The Diquis del Sur retreat in South Costa Rica offers writers and artists quiet living space in a paradisiacal setting. On one side of the retreat, residents can admire the ocean view at one kilometer away while on the other side, they can enjoy the mountain views.
The retreat located in Ojochal is a compound of ten units in five charming villas sprawled on twelve lush green acres of fruit trees and exotic flowers and birds. Privacy is the key to this retreat so residents can enjoy time alone in a very secure environment.
There's a spacious rancho and a swimming pool where one can relax, write, read or gather with fellow residents.
All villas feature a private terrace, some with kitchenette and air conditioning.
Wi-Fi on-site. The on-site Internet Café is open to all residents seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Residents also have the possibility to connect their portable computer in the rancho.
Breakfast is included in the weekly rate. Proposing a cocktail of Costa Rican, Canadian and Mediterranean flavors, Renée Beaupré offers delicious tropical dinners - all home made recipes for the guests' delight.
Services also available on site include laundry facilities, restaurant/bar service, tour reservations, car and beach accessories rentals, and a shuttle to the beach and to the village of Ojochal.
You'll find a grocery store and a bakery in Ojochal; once a week, a produce dealer offers home delivery. The village offers a wide variety of cuisine. You may select from Québec, Belgian, French, Costa Rican and, American restaurants.
Your hosts Renée Lévesque and Pierre Beaupré are originally from Québec, Canada. As they traveled through many countries, they discovered a truly exceptional region well renowned for the exuberance of its biodiversity, the largest concentration in the world and… fell in love with its sheer beauty. Renée and Pierre warmly welcome artists and writers of all genres - in English, Spanish and French.
Your Host and Retreat Operator: Pierre Beaupré and Renée Lévesque.
Region: Take a stroll through a majestic jungle! Treat yourself to a jungle expedition! Experience an eco-adventure through an enchanting rainforest. All these activities and more are highly prized by nature lovers in search of the most diversified flora and fauna in the world.
HOW TO REACH DIQUIS DEL SUR
BY LAND – From San Jose to Ojochal
• By private mini-bus (shuttle) with Easyride or OPAL Transportation; we can book for you or contact EASYRIDE at easyridecr.com or 506 2524 0889 / 506 2253 4444 and they will pick you up at 8 a.m. at your hotel to bring you to Diquis. About $45-$50 per person. Or contact OPAL Transportation mini private bus at opaltransportation.com or 506 2520 2630 / 2520 2607 ext.105. They will pick you up at your hotel at 7 a.m. to bring you to Diquis. Price ranges from $45-$50 per person.
• Private transport also available (2 to 8 persons) starting at $130. Please contact us directly to make arrangements.
• By public bus at the MUSOC Terminal. For less than $10, enjoy a 3-hour journey in the mountains with one stop mid-way.
• Driving by yourself
If you wish to reach Ojochal on your own, it takes 3 hours from San Jose.
BY AIR - SANSA Company has various flights departing from San Jose to Quepos (1 hour to Diquis) but only one from San José to Palmar Sur (30 min to Diquis). For reservations and flight schedule, visit flysansa.com. We offer airport transportation to our guests. You may also check with Nature Air at natureair.com
Location: Ojochal, Central Costa Rica: A three-hour drive from San Jose.
Closest airport: San Jose International Airport which is a three-hour drive to the retreat.
Room with A/C optional, kitchenette, seating area, 2 single-size beds, private terrace, breakfast, small fridge.
$510 / $57
Villa # 2
Spacious room with ceiling fan, 2 full-size beds, small fridge, breakfast.
Villa # 3
2 spacious bedrooms with A/C optional; 1 room w/queen bed, 1 room w/1double + 1 single bed, private terrace, small fridge, breakfast.
$510 / $570
Rustic cabin - units 9A or 9B
Units 9A and 9B - a typical rustic cabin surrounded by gardens with shared kitchen located between the 2 units. Each unit has a double bed, its own private bathroom and ceiling fan. Perfect for two writing partners traveling together. No A/C.
$330 per unit
Villas # 5 or 6
Each Villa features one room with optional A/C, kitchenette, double bed, private terrace, breakfast.
$540 / $600
Payment terms: To guarantee your Costa Rica reservation, you will be confirmed upon receipt of 50% deposit. Balance is due upon arrival by travelers' check or cash - ATM's are available in Ojochal. All currency is in US dollars.
Cancellation policy: Cancellation policy: If at least 30 days prior, deposit will be refunded less $50 administrative fee. Cancellations under thirty days or no show will not receive a refund. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your travel agent.
sampling of memories from our residents
The Writers' Retreat
Each retreat is independently owned and operated.