Dominical is a nifty beach town located on the Pacific Coast, just south of central Costa Rica. It is a prominent location, known for its never-ending waves and good times.
Home to nearly 1000 residents, Domincal has made major strides in the past 30 years, transitioning from a place with good surf to a full blown town with great dining, zip lining, spas, nature tours, Yoga, and the same old tasty waves. Despite its rapid advances over the past few decades, it’s still a quaint town that can be walked from one side to the other in much less than 30 minutes! In terms of cuisine, Dominical is a particularly attractive place for seafood lovers. Local restaurants, or “sodas,” serve various dishes with fresh crab, lobster, fish, and shrimp.
Dominical is largely an isolated town, since much of the surrounding land is still undeveloped. There are multiple national parks located in its immediate area, providing some of the most dazzling scenery in Costa Rica. Dominical is a great place for species sightings, including various toucans and parrots, red iguanas, monkeys, sloths, an array of smaller cats, and, on the coast, whales year round!
Dominical is one of a handful of beach areas that make up Costa Ballena, which as a whole is a nature lover’s dream! The region is prominent in scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing. However, due to the constant crashing of powerful waves, it’s not an extremely popular beach from for swimming. For the devoted swimmers, the area is prime for taking your skills underwater by visiting Marina Ballena: an entirely underwater national park with some of the best marine views in the world!
For those looking to vacation, Dominical is a near ideal destination! There are hotels in the area, yet vacation rentals are very popular, and homes of all sizes of price ranges can serve as home for weeks on end; some of them amidst the lush jungle, others on hilltops, as well as homes right along the beach for the eager ocean-goers. As with many other places in Costa Rica, if you want to get the full experience of a given area, it is best to own or rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle. When traveling on bad roads or steep inclines, you’ll really want the power to get across whatever terrain emerges.
Weather is very pleasant in Dominical. It’s generally warm by day and cool at night. Surfers are known to sleep under the stars out on the beach at the night, due to the welcoming breeze that comes off the ocean in the evening. Dominical, Costa Rica is an absolute gem hidden within an already wondrous paradise, ready for newcomers to head down and enjoy the area!