Dominical

South Pacific

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!

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.

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Diamante Verde Rappelling

3-in-1 combo|8 hours

Dominical

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Diamante Verde Rappelling

On this tour you'll get to see one of the most alluring parts of the Dominical landscape.

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Baru Falls Rappelling Tour

3-in-1 combo|7 hours

Dominical

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Baru Falls Rappelling Tour

This trek will take you to two different levels of the Barú Waterfalls. You’ll get to swim and jump off cliffs.

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Hotel Cuna del Angel

Dominical

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4.6 / 5.0
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Hotel Cuna del Angel

Hotel Cuna del Angel is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, near the surf town of Domincal. The exclusive and cozy boutique hotel sits amidst the...

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Hotel Villas Rio Mar

Dominical

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Hotel Villas Rio Mar

Hotel Villas Rio Mar is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, approximately 30 miles from Quepos and a short walk from Dominical&s splendid beach....

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Hotel DiuWak

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Hotel DiuWak

Hotel DiuWak is situated in Playa Domincal, found in the Central Pacific Zone of Costa Rica. DiuWak, in the native indigenous Bri Bri language, means "sun people' and...

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Rio Magnolia Ecolodge

Dominical

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Rio Magnolia Ecolodge

The Río Magnolia Nature Lodge is situated along the Pacific coast near the town of Dominical. Set on a 280-acre (113-ha) piece of property between Manual Antonio and the...

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Hacienda Baru

Dominical

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Hacienda Baru

Hacienda Baru is an eco-lodge located near Dominical along Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. Dominical is famous for its stellar surfing and relaxed atmosphere.

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Coconut Grove

Dominical

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Coconut Grove

The Coconut Grove Hotel is located just outside of the quaint beach village of Dominical, 40 KM south of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Enjoy the beauty of the area with its...

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Casa Ramon

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Casa Ramon

Casa Ramon is a large, luxurious guesthouse in the small beach town of Dominical. It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and can accommodate up to 14 guests.

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