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If you’re looking to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica up close and personal, a visit to Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge is a must. Located just a short distance from the Hotel Ocean Breeze in Ojochal, Hacienda Baru offers visitors a chance to explore some of the most pristine and diverse natural landscapes in the country. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the highlights of this amazing destination.

History of Hacienda Baru

The history of Hacienda Baru dates back over 50 years when the land was purchased by Jack Ewing, an American ex-pat who was drawn to the area for its natural beauty and for spotting wildlife around ocean breezes.  Ewing worked tirelessly to preserve and protect the land, which was eventually designated as a national wildlife refuge in 1995. Today, Hacienda Baru spans over 330 hectares and is home to an incredible array of plant and animal life.


One of the main draws of Hacienda Baru is its incredible wildlife. From sloths and monkeys to colorful birds and butterflies, visitors can expect to see an amazing array of animals as they explore the refuge’s trails and forests. Some of the most notable species include howler monkeys, toucans, and scarlet macaw in the hotel ocean breeze, all of which can be seen and heard throughout the day. Additionally, Hacienda Baru is home to a number of reptiles and amphibians, including iguanas and frogs.


There’s no shortage of activities to enjoy at Hacienda Baru. The refuge offers a range of guided tours, including birdwatching tours, Night Hikes & Exploration, and even tours of the property’s organic farm. For those who prefer to explore on their own, there are several hiking trails that wind through the forests and along the coastline, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. And for those who want to cool off, there’s even a swimming hole that’s perfect for taking a dip on a hot day.


For those who want to spend more than just a day at Hacienda Baru, the refuge also offers luxurious accommodations at the Hacienda Baru Lodge. The lodge features several private cabins that are nestled in the forest, offering a peaceful and secluded retreat from the outside world. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, as well as access to the refuge’s trails and other amenities.


A visit to Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge is a must for anyone who wants to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica up close and personal. And with the Hotel Ocean Breeze in Ojochal just a short distance away, it’s easy to make Hacienda Baru a part of your Costa Rican adventure.

So plan today, and book your stay at Hotel Ocean Breeze with Costa Rica Dreamers.