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Dominical

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

Pineapple Kayak Tours
Pineapple Kayak Tours
Owner description: We offer Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard tours for all levels and ages in Dominical, Costa Rica. It's an amazing way to discover the beauty, nature and adventure of this tropical... more Owner description: We offer Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard tours for all levels and ages in Dominical, Costa Rica. It's an amazing way to discover the beauty, nature and adventure of this tropical paradise. Whether you are kayaking through enchanting mangrove estuaries, searching for exotic birds and animals, paddling through adrenaline-filled ocean caves, coastal kayaking in Dominicalito, or just a lazy paddle up the rio Baru, our 9 years experience and knowledgeable, local guides will leave you with memories and a HUGE smile. Tours to Mangroves (Hatillo), Ventanas Caves, Whale's Tail at Marino Ballena National Park, Rio Baru, or Dominicalito. Rentals available too. less
Attraction type: Eco Tours; Caverns & Caves; Nature & Wildlife Tours; Stand-Up Paddleboarding; Kayaking & Canoeing
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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
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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Airborne Arts
Airborne Arts
Owner description: Exhilarating Flying Trapeze and aerial classes open to the public! Come experience an adrenil-filled 2 hour class with our professional staff. All ages and experience levels... more Owner description: Exhilarating Flying Trapeze and aerial classes open to the public! Come experience an adrenil-filled 2 hour class with our professional staff. All ages and experience levels welcome. We are located off the Coastal Highway in the beautiful town of Dominical, Costa Rica! More information is available on our website - please call ahead to verify class times. less
Attraction type: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours; Adrenaline & Extreme Tours; Caverns & Caves; Eco Tours; Waterfalls
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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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cafe Mono Congo
Cafe Mono Congo
Ranked #1 of 39 Restaurants in Dominical
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
El Pescado Loco
El Pescado Loco
Ranked #2 of 39 Restaurants in Dominical
Cuisines: Fish & Chips, Seafood
Dining options: Lunch
PorQueNo?
PorQueNo?
Ranked #3 of 39 Restaurants in Dominical
Price: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Pizza, Contemporary, Fusion, Pasta, South American, Central American
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Del Mar Taco Shop
Del Mar Taco Shop
Ranked #4 of 39 Restaurants in Dominical
Cuisines: Mexican, Barbecue, Vegetarian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
Ranked #5 of 39 Restaurants in Dominical
Price: $3 - $10
Cuisines: American, Chicken Wings
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

MAVI Surf Hotel de Dominical
MAVI Surf Hotel de Dominical
$99 - $227
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Dominical
Farm of Life (Finca de Vida)
Farm of Life (Finca de Vida)
$60 - $70
Costa Paraiso
Costa Paraiso
$99 - $125
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Dominical

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
3.0 of 5
Rio Magnolia Nature Lodge
$171 - $240
Ranked #1 of 14 Dominical B&B and Inns
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Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm
$110 - $330
Tree of Life Cabinas
Tree of Life Cabinas
$109 - $179
Ranked #2 of 14 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
$266 - $383
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Kura Design Villas Uvita
4.0 of 5
Kura Design Villas Uvita
$588 - $892
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
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Rancho Pacifico
4.0 of 5
Rancho Pacifico
$277 - $427
Ranked #2 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.