Ojochal Costa Rica Restaurants Unite

Ojochal is a trendy town located just south of Uvita and 30 minutes South of Dominical on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. The town is known for great beaches like Playa Ventanas and Playa Tortuga, but it is also known for some great cuisine. When local ex-pats or tourists want to experience gourmet dining, they go to Ojochal. The international influence including French, Italian, Canadian, Indonesian, Spanish, and American provide a fusion of tastes sure to delight even the most discriminating diner.

In an effort to highlight their unique and world-class talents and promote Ojochal as the premier culinary destination in Costa Rica, several restaurant owners formed an association called “El Sabor de Ojochal” (The Flavor of Ojochal). We are so glad they did! The association was formed by the owners of Citrus, Ylang Ylang, & Azul in 2012. The group seeks to brand Ojochal as a Costa Rica Culinary Mecca by featuring regular events throughout the year.

The first major event by El Sabor de Ojochal was a major success. The Great Culinary Festival on January 26, 2013 with hundreds of food lovers showing up to enjoy dishes from Ojochal’s finest restaurants, live music, and wine. The festival was held at the Restaurante Boca Coronado which sits at the mouth of the Rio Terraba.

Many of Ojochal’s best restaurants participated in the culinary event including Azul, Citrus, Ylang Ylang, Exotica, Pancito Café, Mama E Papa, Le Bistro, Coco Lindo, Villas Gaia, Diquis del Sur, and El Fuego.

James Drews

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​