Dominical is a small and friendly town located amid the lush and still-largely untouched region of the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This town has a more mellow and laid-back atmosphere than some of the country’s popular destinations on the Nicoya Peninsula, like Tamarindo and Jaco. The majority of its visitors come to surf as Dominical is known for its consistent and advanced waves; however, there are many other activities to choose from around the area.

Dominical Tourist Attractions & Activities

While Dominical is primarily known for its waves and abundance of surf camps, there are plenty of activities for those who do not want to spend all of their time surfing, or learning to surf. In the immediate area, one can explore the dense, jungle-covered mountains, hills, and valleys and potentially witness the exotic wildlife, including whales and turtles, in their natural habitat. There is also a variety of other activities to take part in:

  • Kayaking
  • White-water rafting
  • Sport Fishing
  • Snorkeling Tours
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Waterfall Exploration

Hotels in Dominical

There are several places to stay in Dominical, for travelers of all different budgets and preferences. Here are some of the hotels in the area:

  • Hotel Villas Rio Mar
  • DiuWak Hotel And Beach Resort
  • Coconut Grove
  • Tortilla Flats
  • Roca Verde

Where To Eat In Dominical

There are a variety of places to eat in Dominical. Not only can you experience the food of the region, there are also international options:

  • Tortilla Flats
  • Maracatu
  • Porque No
  • Cafeteria Delicias

How To Get To Dominical

You can easily to get to Dominical from San Jose by bus, car, or a combination of flying and driving/taking a bus.

The first and quickest way to get to Dominical lena is to take a domestic flight from San Jose to Quepos, from Quepos you can rent a car and drive south to Dominical along the Costanera Highway. It is approximately a 30-minute drive from Quepos to Dominical. Another option is to take a bus from Quepos to Dominical, approximately a 75-minute ride.

The second option is to rent a car in San Jose and drive to Dominical. The quickest route is to head from San Jose towards Jaco and then continue southward on the Costanera Highway. Dominical is roughly a three hour drive from San Jose. Another option is to head through the mountains towards San Isidro El General, and from there head west towards Dominical. This trip is approximately 4 hours.

The third option is to take a bus from San Jose to Dominical, which is roughly a six hour bus ride.

Nearby Attractions

From Dominical you can easily visit Uvita, Bahia Ballena, Ojochal, and the rest of the Costa Ballena region. Other popular activities for those staying in Dominical include:

  • Visiting Isla del Caño
  • Hiking or horseback riding to the Nauyaca Waterfalls
  • Surfing at Playa Hermosa
  • Visit to the Whale Tail in Bahia Ballena
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