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Casa Escapada Close to Beaches and Nature in Ojochal

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Calle Principal, Ojochal, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America (30 minutes north to Dominical, 20 minutes south to Palmar Sur).  We are on the Main Street in Ojochal less than a five minute drive from the Costanera Highway--about 1 kilometer or 1/2 mile.



La Escapada is our home away from home located on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica in a little village called Ojochal.  On some maps it is still called Tortuga Abajo.  We consider it our little piece of paradise that we are happy to share when we are not here.  There are numerous reasons why we consider it our paradise.  Costa Rica is a very peaceful country and because of that their resources do not go into the military... they have no military.  Their priorities are education and health care.  They have the highest literacy rate of all third world countries and their health care is on par or better than the United States.  And let me not forget the vast array of interesting and unusual plants and animals... and spectucular beaches.  You will notice that I did not list infrastructure as a priority and, if you visit, you will experience their lack of transportation infrastructure first hand.


It is a 4 hour drive from San Jose through the Sierra de la Muerte, a beautiful mountain range, or 4 hour drive or bus ride on the coastal route (a much easier drive) or a 40 minute flight from San Jose to a local airport in Palmar Sur.  There are numerous car rentals in San Jose or you can take a van and rent a car when you arrive.  You can also take public transportation which goes conveniently from San Jose to Uvita (three hours) which is only a short taxi ride (10 minutes) to Ojochal or continue to Ojochal on the bus and get off at the Ojochal sign.


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We have had our little piece of paradise for about ten years.  It is very comfortable, well kept and with the following amenities--refrigerator, gas stove, running water, hot water shower, fans in all rooms and on covered terrace, washing machine with solar dryer (clothes line), phone, fast speed internet and linens provided. It has two bedrooms (each with a double bed), bath, kitchen, living room with two daybeds/sofas and outside living area (terrace) with hammock. You will find it well kept, clean and with beautiful gardens.  We have a manager who will take care of any problems you might encounter while you are there.

activities and attractions in Ojochal Costa Rica

There are numerous beaches around Ojochal, and they are very beautiful.  Visiting all but one of them requires a brief car ride.  These are all easily reachable by bus which passes about every two hours. The other, Playa Tortuga, you can walk to but requires strict attention to the tides as you can only wade through the river at low tide to get to it. Most of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast has very strong currents with dangerous rip tides, which is quite perfect for most surfers.  Not being surfers we picked this southern region of Costa Rica because of the calm water and ability to swim safely.  For those who are interested in surfing Domincal, a reknowned surf town, is only 30 minutes away.  Another plus to our beaches is the lack of people.  They are very secluded and without lifeguards, food concessions or any amenities –just you and nature.  At Playa Uvita you will be able to walk to a little settlement with restaurants and gift shops.  If you’re looking for a more populace area then Manuel Antonio is a nice trip and it is about one hour north on the newly paved section of the Costanera “Highway”. 

Because Ojochal is still relatively undeveloped (though that is changing), there is a large selection of wild animals.  You will hear the monkeys in the jungle early in the morning, the parrots flying overhead as the sun comes up and sets, and the vast array of other animals that live in the jungle.  At various times of the year the Toucans visit what we call the “Toucan Tree” to eat the seeds, giant iguanas are often seen sunning in the nearby trees and sometimes you will see monkeys nearby.  My favorite early morning visitors are the large blue irridescent Morpho butterflys that lop along their flight path right by and through our terrace.

There are also many other activities close by like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, boating, rafting, canopy tours (zip lines) etc.  The information office in Uvita (about 10 minutes to the north) can direct you.  Another nice trip is to the Osa where you can drive (or take the bus) to Sierpe... then take the water taxi to Drake's Bay.  Here you will find Corcovada National Park--the Amazon of Costa Rica.

Ojochal has a vast selection of fabulous international eateries, authentic French bakeries, local supermarket, excellent wine and liquior store and fresh seafood is readily available.


vacation rental rates

green season (May through Nov)  1 week-$200  2 weeks-$400  1 month-$350

high season (Dec thru April)  1 week-$350  2 weeks-$600 3 weeks-$700 1 month-$775

Stays of one month or more do not include electric and internet/telephone which depends on your usage but is usually around $65/mo..  Once you decide to book your dates I will require a $200 deposit to hold it.   When you arrive at the house it will become your security deposit which will be returned to you when you leave if there is no damage.  I will require half of the rental fee 60 days before your arrival and the other half when you arrive.  If you cancel 60 days prior to your arrival date you will receive your full deposit back but less than 60 days only half will be returned to you.

For stays more than one month a lower price will be negotiated.

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Top things to do in Ojochal
  • viewing the wildlife
  • enjoying the beaches
  • dining at the numerous ethnic restuarants
  • shopping
  • adventure activities
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  • viewing the wildlife
  • enjoying the beaches
  • walking in the mountains
  • dining on the terrace
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  • viewing the wildlife
  • enjoying the beaches
  • visting the butterfly gardens

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Comfortable house in an excellent location

Review submitted: November 2, 2012   Date of arrival: October 15, 2012

My wife and I spent two weeks in Lee Ann's house. It had everything we needed for our stay. We enjoyed the sound of the river nearby. The waterfall located about two miles uphill is absolutely gorgeous. What impressed us most about Ojochal is how well the people take care of the natural environment whose beauty appears at every turn.

If you like trees, flowers and water, you'll like this place. We met several people (Costa Ricans, Canadians and Europeans) that were very nice and interesting. We wouldn't hesitate to return during the dry season.


Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 2


Charming Garden Home

Review submitted: January 18, 2012   Date of arrival: December 28, 2011

Ojochal is a small multinational community right off the Costarena Highway and Lee Ann’s beautiful garden home is just a few kilometers from the stunning Pacific coast. The kitchen is fully functional (no microwave, but I didn’t miss it), the beds are comfortable, the shower is great by Costa Rican standards (plenty of hot water!!), and the hammocks looking out on the garden are equipped with lighting.

There are many rental houses in Costa Rica, and I’m sure most of them are nice and well-priced. I stayed at another rental property that met my expectations, and so did other travelers I met. So let me detail how this property and its owner exceeded my expectations.

Lee Ann answered many questions for me prior to booking, answered follow up questions on a range of topics - running the gamut from transportation to activities both local and in other regions. And anything she didn’t know, she offered a different resource. Sonia Leon at the Uvita Information Center is a gem. Most importantly, I never once felt like i was wearing out my welcome with my questions.

Once I arrived, there was a bounty of information in a binder she keeps at her kitchen table. This details her impressions of the nearest beaches, good restaurants, activities, and some of the services (tour companies, transportation companies, etc) she has used.

I found a car EXTREMELY helpful in Ojochal. You can walk to some things (grocery store, restaurants), and there is bus service, but it’s not a walking friendly area like the bigger towns in Costa Rica.

In addition to the great hospitality and charm of Ojochal, I found the location perfect for my needs. Ojochal is about 45 minutes north of Sierpe - a great place to see wildlife. Uvita is about 15 minutes north, and Dominical another 20 minutes, and those are nice beach towns. I was also totally content to hang out in Ojochal.

I strongly recommend La Escapada and Ojochal. The house offers modest but complete accommodation, the location is close to destinations as disparate as Sierpe and Manuel Antonio, and the hospitality is second to none.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 3


La Escapada is a great place to stay

Review submitted: January 18, 2011   Date of arrival: March 1, 2010

My wife and I stayed at La Escapada for the month of March a couple of years ago. The place is simple but clean. It is located in the village of Ojochal on the road that has the super market,a superb restaurant and a bakery. There are also individuals who sell fish and fruit.You can walk to two beaches although it is a long walk. With a car, Uvita to the north offers a bank, a super market and good retaurants. To the south is Palmar Norte which has internet cafes, restaurants and gasoline. South of that is the Osa Peninsula, the most bio-diverse place on Earth.
The house consists of two bedrooms,a kitchen,a livingroom, and a bathroom and now there is a bodega. I spent very little time inside since I hung out on the covered patio outside reading and listening to the monkeys and parrots. The price is great for the location. ...Chris and Maura

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 4 / 5


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