Dominical is a quaint but beautiful seaside town in the southern cast of Costa Rica. Dominical beach is about 27 miles or 44 kilometers south of the Quepos Township. Other nearby towns are San Isidro de EL General at a distance of 18 miles or 28 kilometers and Manuel Antonio at 62 miles (100 kilometers).
How To Get There?
The Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica is the international airport nearest to Dominical. Getting to Dominical by car is likely to take about 4 hours by car from San Jose Downtown, less than an hour from Quepos and less than bout 2 hours from Manuel Antonio. The roads are not very well developed and the buses, though regular, are not preferred by tourists.
The Easy Ride Shuttle service from Downtown San Jose is a convenient option to get to Dominical from the Costa Rican capital.
The greatest attraction of Dominical is undoubtedly the sun and surf. Tourists are however warned that the ocean here is rather rough and is not safe for beginners or novices. There are very few lifeguards available on an average day. The expert surfers are certain to enjoy the beach, though. Learners can join the Green Iguana Surf Camp or the Dominical Surf Camp and learn.
If you plan a visit in early July do not miss out on the Annual Lifeguard Benefit. Do leave a nice donation as the excellent Lifeguard force here is entirely funded by donations.
Whale watching is another favorite activity in this part of the Pacific. Dominical is at a distance of about 5 miles from the Marino Ballena National Park and offers visitors a glimpse of the whales almost 9 months in a year. There are over six different types of whales that can be spotted here. Dominical has a lot to offer the adventure loving tourists, though. Horse riding, hiking, and eco tours through the nearby reptile preserves are favorite activities. The nearby mountains offer the perfect opportunity to learn rock climbing and rappelling, or to try cliff jumping. Snorkeling and diving experiences are also offered by some tour agencies.
The tides and currents at Dominical beaches are rather rough. Red flags often mark dangerous areas. Watch out for these. The city is also infamous for its drug problem. Though the nightlife is vibrant, tourists are advised to take adequate caution.
Hotels & Accommodation
Dominical has some good budget hotels, luxurious resorts, and hostels.
Hotel Cuna Del Angel|
Tel: + 506 2787-4343
Location: 4.5 miles south of the Dominical Beach
Tel: +506 2787-0087
Location: 0.3 miles from the Dominical Beach
Villas Rio Mar
Tel: +506 2787-0052
Location: 0.5 miles from the Dominical Beach
Hotel Domilocos, Dominical
Tel: +506 2787-0244
Piramys Beach Front Hostel|
Main Street, South of Restaurante el Coco, Dominical
Bella Vista 12
Escaleras Road, Dominical
Hostel del Rio
Pueblo Del Rio, Dominical
Last Updated On : September 12, 2012