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Ojochal, South Puntarenas

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Ojochal, a village situated on Costa Rica's Southern Pacific coast, offers travelers a wide range of activities, accommodations and services that will help make their Central American adventure a trip to remember.

The village of Ojochal sits approximately 30 minutes south of the city of Dominical, while it is roughly 30 minutes to the north of Palmar Norte. Tourists can get to Ojochal in many different ways. From the Costa Rican capital of San José, travelers can drive to Ojochal by booking a rental car or can ride one of the many bus lines that run between the two destinations. Those who would rather travel by air can fly from San José to Palmar Sur, a beach destination that lies just to the south of Ojochal.

People who visit Ojochal enjoy participating in an array of fun activities. Travelers can get their adrenaline pumping on an ATV tour, which allows them to drive an adventure vehicle through Costa Rica's rugged terrain. Thrillseekers may also enjoy going on a canopy tour, where they can see the wildlife of the local rainforest as they zoom down ziplines strung up through the treetops. Nature lovers may enjoy going birdwatching, as the local region has been found to have more than 450 species of birds. Animal enthusiasts may also like exploring the area's mangroves, which are a unique ecosystem that lies at the border between the forest and the sea.

Ojochal is also a great place for people looking to relax on the beach. Top local seaside attractions include Playa Ventanas, a beach named for the sea caves at its northern and southern ends; Playa Tortuga, which can only be accessed at low tide; Playa Piñuela, which has a small reef off the coast; Playa Ballena, which is ideal for people learning how to surf; and Playa Uvita, which is famous for its pristine beauty.

Travelers can also use Ojochal as a base for exploring some of the many national parks and reserves scattered throughout the area. At Corcovado National Park, tourists can see an astoundingly diverse array of plants and animals, while Marino Ballena National Park is known for its gorgeous coral reefs and the many whales and dolphins that swim in the waters off the shore.