Attractions & Activities in Dominical

About the Dominical
Dominical has warm temperatures during the day and a cool ocean breeze by night. This beach has a “Blue Flag award” for being one of the cleanest beaches in the Costa Rica. Tourists will find an easy going ambience in Dominical, which is ideal for young people and surfers.

Water Sports

Dominical has the most consistent waves that can reach over 10 feet high that attract surfers from all around Costa Rica and the world. On the North end of the beach, in front of the Baru river mouth is a little bigger and more current. Be careful with rocks.

Kayaking and Diving
Kayaking is an unforgettable experience. There are Kayaks for rent all over the coast in Dominical and its neighboring towns. On the other hand visitors will have the opportunity to dive one of the last alive coral reefs in Costa Rica in the Marino Ballenas National Park.

Natural Attractions

Marino Ballena National Park
The Coast line of the Marino Ballena National Park has many pristine beaches where Humpback Whales migrate each year from December to April to mate. Green marine iguanas, bottle nosed and common dolphins, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles, corals, sponges, anemones, lobsters, trunkfish, frigate birds, brown footed boobies, pelicans, ibises are some of the species that call this area home.

Nauyaca and Pozo Azul Waterfalls
These majestic waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the southern region in the country for its natural scenic beauty. Horseback riding, swimming and climbing are some activities that visitors can enjoy in this waterfalls.

Caño Island
The small Caño Island Biological Reserve is situated near Drake Bay. Hiking in its interior is an unforgettable experience. This Island is a good option for snorkeling and diving. Underwater, is possible to appreciate its wonderful marine life including coral beds, manta rays, octopus and more.

Corcovado National Park.
The Corcovado National Park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical rain forests in the world. The area is open to the public and can be visited on day trips and for overnight visits

Chirripo National Park
Chirripo is the highest mountain in Costa Rica, where travelers can climb and stay in the middle and at the end of the mountain for a night. It is necessary to do the reservation days before. The best time to go is during the sunny season from December to May.

Nearby Towns

Osa Peninsula and Drake Bay
Osa Peninsula and Drake Bay are located in the south of the Puntarenas province in Costa Rica, close to the Panama border. This two amazing attractions had became the premier eco-tourism destination in Costa Rica.

Jaco beach is very popular for its large waves ideal for surfing and its 1.86 miles of brown sand beach. Located in the Puntarenas province in Costa Rica, its lively town is situated very close to the famous Hermosa and Esterillos beaches and the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Located in Puntarenas, on the the Pacific coast; Manuel Antonio Nacional park is one on the smallest parks in Costa Rica, but it’s by far one of the most popular and visited park in the region. Created in 1972 and encompassing an area of around 682 hectares of primary and secondary forests, this park is among the most diverse and beautiful places in the region

Walking around
There are some accommodations here from every budget. Sea food in Dominical is a good option and there are some restaurants and “sodas” (a small restaurant) and bars in the area. For surfers there are many shops in Dominical also.