Nestled in Costa Rica’s amazingly beautiful Central Pacific coastline, the small village of Dominical is a surfer’s paradise where waves can reach above 10 feet. This tranquil bohemian beach-front famous for large, year-round waves and breathtaking scenery has mountains that go beyond the coastline and frame long stretches of palm-fringed beach. The spectacular scenery attracts surfers not only from across the country, but from all over the world, and non-surfers as well.


General Info


Located 28 miles south of Quepos on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and with an average temperature of 83° F, Dominical has perfect weather all year long, with warm temperatures during the day and cool ocean breezes by night.

Dining is a fabulous experience in Dominical, especially if you love seafood. There are a number of local restaurants or “sodas” in the area, which serve everything from fresh lobster and shrimp to delicious crab and fish.

For such a small surf town, Dominical has many of the amenities of a larger city. Visitors will find supermarkets with a nice selection of imported goods, pharmacies, Internet cafes and a bank. Most pharmacies have bilingual staff and an on-site doctor or pharmacist who can prescribe many medications.

Dominical does not have a regional airport.

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The closest airports are located in Quepos and Palmar Sur. The ground trip from San José to Dominical takes around three hours.


Eco Adventure


Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge and Marino Ballena National Park are just two of seven ecological destinations in the southern Pacific that can be visited within a day from Dominical. Wildlife enthusiasts will love nearby Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge, where sloths, monkeys and toucans are frequently spotted in the rainforest. Ecotourism is the primary source of income for the refuge, which attracts travelers with a variety of nature tours. Seven kilometers of walking trails and three kilometers of pristine beach are here to be explored, as well as the orchid and butterfly gardens.

Whale Tale

At Ballena National Marine Park, just south of Dominical, swimmers and snorkelers can enjoy calmer waters. The park is also a hot spot for dolphin and whale-watching.  In this watery realm, named after the humpback whales that migrate there from August - October and December - April, visitors can explore the breathtaking sight of the 600-foot Diamante twin waterfalls, discover unspoiled coves and beaches, and the lushness of the mangrove forests and coral reefs that dominate every landscape. Protecting more than 13,000 acres of ocean and nine miles of coastline, the park also serves as a nesting site for endangered Olive Ridley and hawksbill sea turtles.


Things to do


Surfing is one of the many attractions you can enjoy in Dominical. The neighboring beaches have long been visited by experienced surfers. On the north end of the beach, a large river mouth has a good left break with hollow waves on the incoming low tide. Playa Dominicalito has more forgiving waves than Dominical and is a nice place for beginners.

The famous Canoeing & Sea Kayaking Day Trip Tour to Caño Island is a must-see. Visitors can arrange a trip to this biological reserve, well known for its coral reefs and marine life and where humpback and pilot whales, dolphins and manta rays are frequently spotted.

Canopy Tour, ATV Tours, Bird and Wildlife Watching, Canyoning (Waterfall Rappelling), Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are among other activities. 


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