About 27 mi (44 km) south of Quepos is the quaint and growing beach town of Dominical. Along the coast, before arriving in this popular surf town, the cascading cliffs converge with the deep-blue ocean, producing a scenic landscape full of small coves for truly precious views. The laid back beach town is surrounded by plantations, estuaries, mangroves and marshes. Birder beware, you may not want to leave!

Dominical Best Things to Do

Rainforest Experience, Costa Rica
Rainforest ExperienceDominical

This rainforest experience takes you on a hike through Hacienda Barú. You’ll hike with an experienced guide through primary and secondary forest.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Dominical Paragliding Tour, Costa Rica
Dominical Paragliding TourDominical

You don't have to be a professional adrenaline junkie to enjoy this tour! Get a rush when you sign-up for a tandem paraglide across beautiful Dominical, Costa Rica. Soar like a bird for 20 minutes as the region's gentle currents carry you over the landscape. Prepare to glide so smoothly that you don't even have to remove your sunglasses.

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Area Guide

With perhaps the most consistent waves in Costa Rica, Playa Dominical is a haven for surfers. Swimming, however, can be dangerous due to the strong riptides that are found throughout the 2.5 mile (4 km) strip of beach.

The pleasant town of Dominical is relatively small but offers the beach-lover a wide variety of nearby beaches to choose from. Playa Dominicalito is just south of Dominical and is a great spot for beginner surfers and swimmers. At Punta Dominical, on the southern end of Playa Dominicalito, you'll see the lush green land merge with the rich blue Ocean. It is a great spot to watch the ocean's waves crash onto the rocky shore below and see a near perfect sunset almost year round. Other activities include treks to nearby waterfalls including the Nauyaca Waterfalls (7.5 mi from Dominical on Hwy 243), canopy tours, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling.

For attractions in the surrounding areasyou can access Chirripó National Park by traveling along Hwy 243 towards San Isidro about 31 miles (50 km). Access to Manuel Antonio is possible by traveling 23 miles (37 km) north along Hwy 34. To the south 95 miles (152 km) lies Golfito and access to Corcovado National Park.

Feedback From Travelers

Other than the steep Drive to get in and out of our hotel area, it was a lovely stay there.


Anywhere was awesome! Extremely responsive and professional! The trips and transportation they set up were high quality, enjoyable and a good value.

- ESTHER L, JUL 2018

We were new to this area and really enjoyed ourselves. Great people, great beaches, great things to do, and a variety of activity choices. This area might have had a number of expats as we seemed to meet them. Someday we will have to go back and see what we missed.

- STEVE H, JAN 2018