With its gorgeous natural beauty, fabulous weather, and astonishing diversity of animals and plants, it’s no wonder that Costa Rica has become one of the top visitor destinations in Central America.
The Matador Network recently selected Dominical, Costa Rica, as one of its 35 World’s Best Places to Travel in 2017. Matador Network selected Dominical for the ninth spot on its list, describing the calm oasis on the Pacific Coast as a paradise where “surf, yoga, and natural foods” are always “within easy reach.”
The variety of wildlife and thriving natural ecosystems in Costa Rica bring in millions of visitors every year, but the quiet town of Dominical has successfully maintained its uncrowded, relaxed lifestyle. Featuring an eclectic collection of restaurants, cafes, and shops, Dominical remains an iconic surfing town with a laid-back atmosphere.
The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is popular with surfers due to the abundance of regularly consistent waves and large swells. A combination of both left and right-handed breaks, river mouths, and small offshore beaches combine to provide a cornucopia of surfing environments ideal for practitioners of all skill levels. The beautiful setting of Dominical includes an unforgettable backdrop of blue skies and verdant nature that provide a surf experience like no other. Dominical is also popular for its complementary holistic activities like professional massages and yoga classes performed right on the beach.
Nearby attractions to Dominical include the Nauyaca Waterfalls that cascade 200 feet or 61 meters down to a deep natural pool ideal for swimming. Horseback riding to the falls and in the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park is also a popular adventure option. And few spots can compare to the wildlife opportunities at the Hacienda Baru Refuge, home to peccaries, white-nosed coati, caimans, sloths, monkeys, and dozens of species of tropical birds. The outdoor park known as Parque Reptilandia (Reptile Park) is a great place to see tortoises, lizards, and even dart frogs in their natural habitat.
And while surfing is the most popular draw for visitors in Dominical, other water adventure opportunities include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), canoeing, white water rafting, and deep sea fishing. There are also excellent snorkeling opportunities at the nearby village of Uvita. In season, whale watching tours allow visitors to glimpse Bryde’s whales, false killer whales, pilot whales, and even humpback whales.
Dominical is located approximately one hour from the airport in Quepos or a three-hour drive overland from the capital of San Jose.