The 2019/ 2020 High Season is in full swing here on the Ballena Coast, in Costa Rica. It began early, again, this year; and we are experiencing a huge increase of tourists, from many different countries; as well as many long-term renters who are “trying” Ojochal!
Because of all this, the village of Ojochal, and the entire Ballena Coast is very busy! Lots of tourists means a dramatic increase regarding inquiries about available properties in the area, and this is will be followed by an increase in sales throughout the year, and then into the following year! There are a lot of sales happening, however; it is still a “Buyers” market…for how long, we don’t know!
Our C21 Ballena Properties team continues to be one of the top 2 Century 21 offices in Central America. With our new, additional office in Herradura, we expect to be #1 once again in 2020! We continue to grow, expand and serve our clients!
On the Ballena Coast, Uvita continues to grow; and becoming a serious marketing hub and tourist center. The Wednesday market in the Bahia is a very popular event, with fresh produce, fish, meat, etc! There is always new stores, restaurants and services arriving! Read our blog “living in Uvita Costa Rica” to find out more about Uvita and it’s lifestyle.
Ojochal has a new center near the entrance to the village -Plaza Tangara; with Citrus restaurant, Stam – the Belgium beer bar, a Dr’s office, a pharmacy, hairdressing and beautician shop, a wonderful gourmet deli! The community continues to grow and thrive!
The Mona Grita continues to be a poplar expat hang out, especially for “Fridays at Five”. Neighbours and friends meet to have a few refreshments, get caught up on life; and then go for dinner! A great place to meet new friends!
The Look Out Hotel is under new management! We wait to see what it will be!!
The former Villas Bosque / Villas Oro hotel is under new management with many great improvements and is now called Villas en el Bosque.
Ojochal received its first “Community” Blue Flag in 2016. The community completed the work and received the third blue star in 2019! Ojochal is one of the few communities in Costa Rica, with this prestigious award. You can see it proudly flying at the entrance to Ojochal! Proof of how awesome this village is.
The “Ojochal Family Resource Center” continues to support local families in need or crisis, send 22 + children to summer camp, provide Christmas hampers to 13 needy families, Back to School supplies for 45 children, and much more! For more information, to donate or support, go to their website: https://www.fscojochal.org
The Ojochal Volunteer Library continues to gather books for all ages, help local children become more proficient readers, learn English, etc. They always welcome children’s books in both English and Spanish. Adult pre- read books are readily accepted! The Library is across from the all new, blue 2 storey, ASADA office in Ojochal.
Wondering about building a new house in Costa Rica?
The Ballena Homes Team, our sister company; works in partnership with a team of architects, designers, engineers, home construction specialists and infrastructure providers to deliver a complete range of professional services to our customers.
By offering the option to build a new custom designed home, new property owners can invest safely, and acquire their new home in the tropics. Every house is a custom design – to fit your specific needs!
For sellers you have the option of building a reasonably priced home on the “Lot” you own. This will not only increase the chance of selling the property faster, it will add tangible value; easier to sell! And, the house could also become a source of income within the active, local rental market.
Every home is customized to suit your lot and your specific needs! Ask the team of specialists at Century 21 Ballena Properties for more details.
Concept to Completion, Ballena Homes will manage each step of the process.
For more information on buying a property in Costa Rica we recommend reading our blog “buying a property in costa rica – how long does it take to complete“.