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Surf, dive, snorkel, beach comb, horseback ride, bicycle, or relax in a hammock in Dominical. Take a stress-relieving yoga class at Bamboo YogaPlay. Enjoy beach restaurants serving up everything from East Indian curries and Italian pastas and pizzas to local gallo pinto and shots of anise-infused sugarcane liquor.

Savor lonely beaches populated by pelicans, frigate birds, brown boobies, and hardy surfers here for the waves and good beachfront food at reasonable prices.

When you’ve caught up on your sleep and feel relaxed, take the family on a hike to the double-cascade waterfall at Nauyaca. Perhaps the family would be up for a horseback gallop on the beach, or a trot to a smaller waterfall like Pazo... more

Surf, dive, snorkel, beach comb, horseback ride, bicycle, or relax in a hammock in Dominical. Take a stress-relieving yoga class at Bamboo YogaPlay. Enjoy beach restaurants serving up everything from East Indian curries and Italian pastas and pizzas to local gallo pinto and shots of anise-infused sugarcane liquor.

Savor lonely beaches populated by pelicans, frigate birds, brown boobies, and hardy surfers here for the waves and good beachfront food at reasonable prices.

When you’ve caught up on your sleep and feel relaxed, take the family on a hike to the double-cascade waterfall at Nauyaca. Perhaps the family would be up for a horseback gallop on the beach, or a trot to a smaller waterfall like Pazo Azul, whose plunge pool is popular with local kids. There is always boogie boarding at Playa Dominicalito. Or beachcombing and dolphin-watching at Playa Dominical. Guided bird-watching, and mangrove estuary and rainforest tours are always educational. Charter a fishing boat. Catch and release big sailfish like marlin in the deep sea, or keep some tasty dinner fish like red snapper, yellowfin tuna, snook, wahoo, and dorado.

In Marino Bellena National Park, humpback whales migrate south towards Dominical to escape the Arctic cold. December to April is the humpback whale mating season in Ballena (Whale) Marine National Park. May to November is the nesting season, when Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles do their nocturnal egg-laying on the beaches. Low tide beach combing walks can take you out to Punta Uvita Tombolo island. Snorkel, dive, and explore mangrove habitats. Or just sit with the family on the gold and white sands watching green marine iguanas sunbathe between dives into the rocks and corals to feed on marine algae.

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All things to do » Things to do

Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio
Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio
Owner description: Located in Dominical, Costa Rica, our retreat oasis lies just two minutes from the beach and warm Pacific Ocean, at the base of rain-forested mountains where the Baru River meets... more Owner description: Located in Dominical, Costa Rica, our retreat oasis lies just two minutes from the beach and warm Pacific Ocean, at the base of rain-forested mountains where the Baru River meets the sea. Home to the gorgeous Bamboo Yoga Play studio, Danyasa offers yoga, dance, movement workshops, retreats and teacher trainings, as well as accommodations, adventure tours, healing mentoring and bodywork and rest and relaxation in general. We invite you to open to experience the abundant creative life force which naturally wants to move through us! less
Attraction type: Health Clubs
Hacienda Baru
Hacienda Baru
Owner description: Hacienda Baru Ecotours offers customers guided tours in the National Wildlife Refuge Hacienda Baru. To discover the nature of the topical forest Hacienda Baru offers different... more Owner description: Hacienda Baru Ecotours offers customers guided tours in the National Wildlife Refuge Hacienda Baru. To discover the nature of the topical forest Hacienda Baru offers different tours such as a fantastic zip-line tour called "The flight of the toucan", a tree climb on a 35 meter high tree, mangrove walk, rainforest experience, nocturnal hike and night in the jungle. Also available are different Birdwatching tours. Seven kilometers of walking trails and three kilometers of pristine beach are here to be explored as well as our orchid garden and butterfly garden. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Parque Reptilandia
Parque Reptilandia
Owner description: Reptile Park & Botanical Garden near Dominical Become thrilled seeing these magnificent animals up-close; a fun and easy trip for the whole family Parque Reptilandia has the... more Owner description: Reptile Park & Botanical Garden near Dominical Become thrilled seeing these magnificent animals up-close; a fun and easy trip for the whole family Parque Reptilandia has the largest and most diverse presentation of Reptiles and Amphibians in Costa Rica. Educate your kids and yourself on this special group of animals. They can be examined safely from close-up and are beautifully exhibited, simulating their natural habitat as much as possible. When strolling down the easy walking paths you can also enjoy the many beautiful plants and trees in the botanical garden less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Owner description: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where we Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release Costa Rica's exotic wildlife back into the jungle! 100% of your donation goes to care for the... more Owner description: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where we Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release Costa Rica's exotic wildlife back into the jungle! 100% of your donation goes to care for the animals. You will see a variety of species and hopefully walk away with an understand on the importance of conservation. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas

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Osa Info Center
Osa Info Center(Ballena)
Owner description: Osa Info Center are a center of information and tourism promotion, coordinate with a variety of hotels and cabins, we have very comfortable places at affordable prices to all our... more Owner description: Osa Info Center are a center of information and tourism promotion, coordinate with a variety of hotels and cabins, we have very comfortable places at affordable prices to all our customers, all our hotels are in the southern zone of Costa Rica, whale bay, drake , miniature golf and Rank Jimenez. We also have a variety of tours including tour to Corcovado National Park, whale and dolphin tour, tour to Cano Island. We also have with us you can coordinate regional sansa air tickets of that fly from San Jose to drake, Puerto Jimenez, palmar or Quepos. Rent car, private transfer by minibus, rent surfboards, bicycles and many more services, you will find us. Do not worry about your trip leave everything in the hands of experts that will help make your trip very pleasant, we help you with everything you need. We are here to serve you. less
Attraction type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers

All places to eat » Places to eat

PorQueNo?
PorQueNo?
Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Dominical
Price: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Contemporary, Central American, Pizza & Pasta, Fusion
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Cafe Mono Congo
Cafe Mono Congo
Ranked #2 of 34 Restaurants in Dominical
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop
Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
Ranked #3 of 34 Restaurants in Dominical
Price: $3 - $10
Cuisines: American
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Dominical Sushi
Dominical Sushi
Ranked #4 of 34 Restaurants in Dominical
Cuisines: Sushi
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Cuna Del Angel
Cuna Del Angel
Ranked #5 of 34 Restaurants in Dominical
Cuisines: International
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Farm of Life (Finca de Vida)
Farm of Life (Finca de Vida)
$60 - $70
Costa Paraiso
Costa Paraiso
$99 - $125
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Dominical
Coconut Grove Oceanfront Cottages
Coconut Grove Oceanfront Cottages
$75 - $135

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm
$110 - $330
Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
3.0 of 5
Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
$173 - $229
Ranked #1 of 13 Dominical B&B and Inns
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Tree of Life Cabinas
Tree of Life Cabinas
$109 - $138
Ranked #2 of 13 Dominical B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Villas by Tekoa
4.0 of 5 Villas by Tekoa
$273 - $393
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Kura Design Villas Uvita
4.0 of 5
Kura Design Villas Uvita
$599 - $834
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
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Oxygen Jungle Villas
4.5 of 5
Oxygen Jungle Villas
$216 - $271
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.