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When we asked people why foreigners move to Ojochal, they responded...

"Ojochal is a well known international residential community, not a tourist town. It has a larger percentage of foreigners than nearly any other town in Costa Rica. It is often referred to as "the Culinary Capital of Costa Rica" since many expats have opened restaurants there offering food from their home countries. Ojochal was the starting point of the Costa Ballena Women's Network, now with hundreds of members. There's a large US, Canadian and French contingent there, but you can also find residents from every continent. We now have an Indonesian restaurant, 2 French bakeries -- and Italian, Mexican, French, Thai, Tico and World cuisine. There's one of the most extensive collections of cooking ingredients of any grocery store anywhere in Costa Rica, in fact if you like to cook, this is the place to be. The little supermarket in Ojochal sells everything from Caviar to Curry, 5 kinds of Capers, Spring roll wrappers, Nori, Pickled ginger, polenta, cous cous and everything else you could think of. The expat community has been thriving for over 25 years. The crime rate is also lower than most other areas since it is a residential community and not a tourist town. It is also located south of the passport control checkpoint on the Baru River, criminals north of this point don't want to cross that bridge. The beaches in this area are stunning: Playa Tortuga, Playa Ballena, Playa Ventanas. Plus, it is is also where the mouth of the longest navigable river in all of Costa Rica reaches the ocean (the Terraba River). There are at least 10 phases of development for expats in Ojochal and lots of activities for both expats and Ticos. The neighborhood community interacts more with Ticos than in many other parts of Costa Rica," wrote a member who made the move to Ojochal, Costa Rica.

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"Ojochal is a popular destination for expats due to its stunning natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, and affordable cost of living. The area is known for its lush rainforest, stunning beaches, and diverse wildlife. Expats are also drawn to Ojochal for its friendly locals, excellent healthcare system, and low crime rate. Additionally, the area offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, and surfing, as well as a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene. With its stunning scenery, relaxed atmosphere, and low cost of living, Ojochal is an attractive destination for expats looking for a new home," explained one expat living in Ojochal, Costa Rica.

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