There’s nothing like the beaches here, they are our favorite in the whole country. Waterfalls, beaches, tilapia farm/restaurants, jungle, inland visits to fantastic farmer's market....we really loved an atv tour we took up in the mountains with Karl at Diamante Verde tours. I don’t think I’d miss it but wondering if might be fun for the boys–so many cool activities nearby ? Hope you and your wife have s good return visit to CR. You can do an overnight(s9 trip to Osa (Puerto Jimenez or Drake Bay) if have not been there yet. We will check housing rentals as it gets closer and that may narrow it down also. Hope to meet you someday, safe travels! One of our favorite places for wildlife viewing is Hacienda Barú in Dominical. We rented a super villa in Ojochal (https://www.vrbo.com/380251) , and used it our home base. We’ve been to Dominical and liked the little town but we are not surfers. The only tour that we know of that doesn’t operate on Christmas Day is the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Any recommendation for English speaking expats?And are the mosquitoes bad? La Fortuna: What to Expect – With a volcano, hot springs, and many adventure activities, it’s no wonder that La Fortuna is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations. What might otherwise get chopped down as farmland may stand a chance as a beautiful rainforest if enough money can be made through local tourism. There are some very rustic hot springs near the town of Hatillo. We landed in San Jose, stayed overnight at an airport hotel, then got our rental car and drove the lovely and easy and safe 3.5 hour drive to Ojochal. Uvita has bigger grocery stores, banks, more restaurants, and the closest beaches are part of the national park so you have to pay to get in (other non-pay beaches are only 10 min away). All the hotels are full and the beach is crowded. If money were not part of the equation, what part of Costa Rica would you live and why ? Can you please recommend low-key, not very expensive hotels on the beach anywhere from Dominical to Uvita, or elsewhere on the Costa Ballena? Here’s the link: https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/whale-watching-costa-rica/, Do you know if there are buses from Ojochal to Manuel Antonio? Let us know if you need help arranging a tour, happy to do so. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-61248238', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');rent a car near the airport (we like Vamos). Hope you get back soon. Thank you Jenn and Matt. Each villa has huge glass windows, which make you feel like you’re immersed in the jungle. thank you. Second…..We are planning a trip soon, however, I unable to find anything comprehensive regarding ‘organic’ fruit and its availability in Costa Rica. They also have a 2 bedroom bungalow with full kitchen and lots of space which might work well for a long term stay and is a lot less expensive than most of the vrbo listings. It will still be nice and warm then too. We have several more recommendations for things to do in the Costa Ballena in our postÂ, Exploring the mangroves by kayak or SUP – another activity to do in the area, If you’d like to book a whale watching tour, tour at Hacienda Baru, surf lessons, guided hike of Manuel Antonio National Park or Rainmaker Nature Reserve, or another excursion in the Dominical/Uvita area, we’d be happy to help. I’m so bummed I’m going to miss the beer festival- I arrive on the 11th. Uvita and Ojochal have a bigger mix of expats. The ocean waters around the park are a mating area for humpback whales passing through from California and further north. There are some drugs but it’s not a scene or anything like that. Hi, We want to travel from Alajuela to Bahia Drake by bus but don't want to try it in a single day so we were thinking of stopping somewhere on… We love the beach but wouldn’t want to be right on it because of the heat. drive to a beach but it would be nice to have a few restaurants close by, especially if we have heavy rain in the evening. Tents start at $100. Seeking different, simpler lifestyle, I heard of womens group of Expats in Ojochal that would be awesome. As day tours, you can do as far as to Manuel Antonio on one side and Sierpe on another, and even a trip to San Gerardo de Dota is feasible if starting early. If you do end up renting a car, be sure to check out our rental car discount to save some money. Here’s a link to their Facebook page. Manuel Antonio has grown a lot but it’s still relatively quiet down near Dominical/Uvita. Dominical to MA/Uvita/Nauyaca~ taxi, private driver, bus..? Hi Tricia, Yeah, that’s s doable itinerary. Fast forward a few years and you’ll discover that this is no longer the case. Thanks in advance! I do have a follow up: I found a nice house in Uvita but now my sister in law was also referred to a nice house in Playa Negra (close to Tamarindo). The community is at the turnoff for Ranchos Remo off the highway (34). Pura vida! Hi! We get discounts for our clients and also other benefits like free second driver, discounted GPS, etc. This area offers lots to do and see. It will be fun to see how the country has changed over the last 20 years. Each town has a different feel, making the area fun to explore with a rental car. For beginners, Uvita’s Playa Colonia is a perfect place to start. And as you said, not too remote as we will be working and need good internet access. Self-guided hikes are $15 per person. Most communities have a farmers market and a lot of times they have a few organic vendors. 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