Things To Do
Just five minutes from Bali Rica is Ventanas Beach, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and home to unique natural gaps or windows (ventanas in Spanish) in the rocky cliff which dramatically drain during low tide then fill again as the tide comes rushing in.
The popular surfer’s beach in Dominical is approximately 30 minutes away. The newly built San Buenas Golf Course is 10 minutes away.
Ballena National Marine Park was designated as a protected marine area by the Costa Rican government in 1990. This haven for migrating humpback whales, olive ridley and hawksbill turtles, dolphins and other marine species is just a 15 minute drive up the coastal highway from Bali Rica. The centerpiece of the park is a unique spit called Punta Uvita which resembles a whale’s tail from the air. Visitors can stroll the beach at low tide.
Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most famous and popular parks in Costa Rica, offers hiking trails and one of the most beautiful bays in the country, perfect for cooling off after your hike. Sightings of white face capuchin monkeys and sloths are virtually guaranteed. Migrating whales pass by as well in season.
Horseback riding, zip line tours, ATV tours, off-shore fishing and boating, turtle observation (seasonal) and whale watching (seasonal) can be easily arranged as well. For book lovers there is a library within walking distance.
Restaurants and Markets
The town of Ojochal is home to a number of the finest restaurants on the Pacific Coast including Exotica, Azul, Citrus , Ylang Ylang and a number of other delicious choices. Ojochal also has two outstanding bakeries, a butcher shop, a weekly farmer’s market including organic items and a supermarket able to supply any other ingredients you may need to create delicious meals in the fully-equipped kitchen in your casita.