What does your dream retirement look like?

If you love tropical settings and jungle retreats – hopefully your dream retirement location will look a little something like this! Costa Rica retirement is the stuff of retirement legend – a country with beautiful beaches, a fantastic climate and an excellent quality of life.

Your dream retirement location exists and I live here! In the South Pacific of Costa Rica retirement you’ll find everything you could possibly need to enjoy the best years of your life – and that’s no exaggeration.

With long stretches of white sandy beach, a breathtaking tropical landscape, endless ocean views and fascinating wildlife it’s clear that the South Pacific is a lot more than your typical retreat.

Imagine waking up every morning in this beautiful house in Ojochal and enjoying your tropical fruit breakfast by the pool before you take a stroll along the beach. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom property is the ideal retirement residence. With a total construction of 150qsm and a lot area of 1880 sqm, priced at $225,000 this an affordable piece of paradise.

Ojochal is home to a welcoming community of people from around the world, many of who have imagined their dream retirement location and found it here.

The small village of Ojochal is just thirty kilometers south of Dominical. This area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Playa Ventanas, Playa Piñuelas, Playa Tortuga, Playa Ballena and Playa Arco have ensured that Ojochal sustainably prospers from the steady arrival of tourists to the area.

Ojochal has a doctor, dentist, supermarket, beauty salon, bakery, gas station, hardware store, taxi service and internet café as well as a few bars and a small disco. Residents often travel out of town to nearby Uvita, Palmar Norte and Sur or Cortés, if they are looking for a wider selection of products or need banking services. Furthermore Palmar Sur offers domestic flights to other parts of Costa Rica.

The town has an EBAIS which offers basic medical care, for more specialized health care services a new hospital, Hospital de Osa opened at the beginning of 2010 and is just 15 minutes south along the Costanera Highway.

This area is principally known for offering a good selection of quality restaurants serving international cuisine. Many tourists flock to this area just to sample the town’s culinary delights and quality imported wines. Exotica, El Jardín, Lily Pad restaurant and Gringo Mikes are just a few.

The advantages retiring in Ojochal are clear, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors. If you love swimming, bird-watching, canopy tours, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, boat tours, scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking and sports fishing this is the place for you.

Many members of this multicultural community originate from France, Germany, Italy, America and Canada. The mountainous landscape of Ojochal has meant that although there is a centre it is relatively small in comparison to neighboring towns but this is certainly home to a strong and welcoming community of expats. Residents frequently organize group activities including turtle watching and a yearly fiesta which will help you feel part of the community.

John Wieland

John Wieland

John currently believes that this is the best time in history to being a buyer in Costa Rica. He studies global markets and the flow of funds meticulously and is seeing an upswing. He is currently working with Haute Living Magazine to promote a higher quality of luxury homes to discerning clientele throughout the US. He is rigorous in his pursuit to expand such marketing efforts and visits prominent markets like Los Angeles, Miami, New York and more to build upon his network of affluent brokers. As the President of Coldwell Banker Costa Rica’s nine offices, his #1 Priority for his franchisees’ is training. With an ever-changing industry, he carefully reviews the performance of each office and is committed to helping each succeed. He is committed to growing the brand in Costa Rica from nine offices by implementing systems and a useful business tools that brings all the offices together. A visionary and consummate professional, John saw the benefit of starting an alliance amongst other brokerages and in 2008, spearheaded Southern Pacific Alliance of Realtors (SPAR). Although this may be his most challenging work, the sustainability of this business model has already proven to be a tremendous success and benefit for the area brokers. He has built networks spanning multiple countries and is committed to providing the highest level of client service. John, a self-proclaimed wine snob, currently resides in Playa Uvita where he often chooses wine from his hidden stash while his wife prepares something fantastic to pair with it. They continue to travel and visited Spain and Germany and also enjoyed a trip to visit family in California & Arizona. He has purchased a couple properties this year and has plans to build their family home next year in Ballena. An avid golfer, he was able to tick off Torrey Pines in San Diego and PGA Championship in Palm Beach from his bucket list. He is currently reading such books like “The One Thing”, “Business Adventures”, “Tomorrow’s Gold” and “The Clipper Ship Strategy” while also finding time to play the guitar for his wife and daughter.” Keep an eye for his new love of writing on his blog and other various industry platforms.