Costa Rica is a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers thanks to its peaceful democracy and spectacularly rich eco-system. Less well known are the towns and villages along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, including the gorgeous Playa Dominical area in Puntarenas province. Located south of the city of Quepos, the small village of Dominical abuts the Manuel Antonio National Park and features a stunning beach more than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long.
Beyond the friendliness of the locals and the attraction of a laid-back pace of life amidst the lush green of the jungle, the village and beach of Dominical attracts visitors thanks to its unique surfing opportunities. A combination of coastline formation and the tidal action of the Pacific Ocean have blessed Dominical with some of the best regular surfing waves in the world, ranging from gentle swells perfect for beginning surfers to large barrels that can challenge even the most experienced surfers.
On land, the weather is postcard-perfect, with long sunny days and warm temperatures. At night, a cool breeze drifts over the community and washes away the day’s humidity. Many visitors find that sleeping out underneath the stars is an unforgettably relaxing and refreshing experience. Dining in Dominical is a bonanza of fresh seafood and locally-grown fruits, all available at very reasonable prices at one of the village’s many “sodas” (restaurants).
The Endless Olas Surf Camp and Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp offer surfers of every ability level the chance to make the most of the surfing opportunities available in Dominical. Participants will be met at the airport and driven the short distance to the camp, where experienced surfing instructors offer lessons ranging from first-time fundamentals to advanced tips and tricks for mastering big waves. Still a small village, Dominical is a great way to meet fellow surfers while getting plenty of practice time in the water.
And while surfing is the main draw for most visitors to Dominical, Endless Olas Surf Camp can arrange for trips to enjoy bird watching, with hundreds of brightly colored species making their home in the area. Other authentic Costa Rican adventures arranged by the camp include taking a guided tour to the canopy in the jungle or horseback riding in and around the Manuel Antonio National Park. For more water sports adventures, Dominical is also a great jumping off point for sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.