Dominical- If crowds are not what you’re looking for you just may have found your place. Although one of the most magnificent areas in all of Costa Rica, it has for the most part remained undeveloped. You will marvel at the incredible scenery as majestic mountains jut up to three thousand feet, as though crowning the beautiful beaches below. What a perfect place to unwind and relax as you look out at turquoise waters and surfers riding the waves. If you’re not into surfing check out Marino Ballena National Park where the waters are calmer and a variety of activities abound.

While in the park be sure to look into the whale and dolphin watching activities. The best times of the year for this are from August to October and from December to April. In this area you will also find many tours ranging from bird watching to nature hikes. Outside the park, you will want to check out the surfing which over the years has been its largest draw. Surfers from around the world come to these waters annually.

Dominical is located on the Southern Pacific Coast. The GPS coordinates of this area are roughly Latitude: 9° 15′ 0 N, Longitude: 83° 52′ 0 W.

The climate of Dominical is always warm, the rain season typically runs from the month of May and into November. The dry season runs from the month of December and into April.

No matter what time of the season you may decide to travel always be sure you’re prepared. At all times your packing should include long as well as short pants, rain gear, sneakers, sandals, and of course, hiking boots. Whatever you do don’t forget the camera, binoculars and batteries.

The surfing along the beaches of Dominical is fantastic but can also be dangerous. If you are inexperienced, please do it only with a pro!

There are plenty of Dominical tours available for adventurers, nature lovers or those that just want to relax and let the captain do the sailing. One can experience everything from Rappelling down rain forest waterfalls to canopy exploration to Dolphin and Whale watching before watching a magnificent Pacific sunset from one of the many pristine beaches in this beach lovers paradise.

There are several great options for Dominical hotels. This diverse beach town offers everything from standard hotels for the adventurer on the go to bed and breakfasts.

Entertainment is plentiful in Dominical. The town is bursting with tourist geared activities including day spas, restaurants, bars, dancing, internet cafes, and souvenir shops. The following is a small percentage of the local businesses and activities that we recommend:


  • Ruta Maya Internet Cafe
  • Reptilandia Reptile Park
  • Surf, Surf, Surf
  • Swim (Tide Dependent)
  • Banana Bay Gallery & Books


  • Ristorante Italiano Confusione
  • Cafe en Sueno – Bfast & Lunch
  • Restaurant Palapa – International
  • Geisha Sushi Bar
  • Thruster’s Bar – Pizzas & Burritos

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