Exploring Dominical Costa Rica

The pristine beaches of Dominical, Costa Rica have made this town a favorite among surf lovers. The amazing waves here, reaching up to 10-feet tall, draw surfers from all over the world. However, this little beach community has so much more to offer. There is an increasing population of expats who have settled here to enjoy its natural beauty and laid back lifestyle. The hum of civilization can be heard under the crashing waves and reggae music fills the bars but most people feel they are living in a different time, a simpler one.

Unlike other beach communities, the town of Dominical is not overcrowded with tourists dominical costa rica and locals. This makes it an ideal place for those who want to escape the crowds and have a true Costa Rican experience. The area is also famous for its stunning waterfalls, which can be reached by a short hike in the lush tropical forests of Dominical and nearby Uvita. You can spend a day enjoying nature by taking a stroll to one of these stunning waterfalls or simply relax on the beach watching the sunset with a drink in hand.

If you are looking to get active, go horseback riding or hiking in the mountains that surround this beautiful coastal town. You can also take a surfing lesson or attend a yoga class at the many studios in this area. In addition, there are countless restaurants serving traditional Costa Rican food as well as international favorites. The best part is that it is all very affordable, so you can enjoy as much as you want without spending a fortune.

Another exciting activity in this area is whale-watching. The majestic Pacific humpbacks visit this region of Costa Rica two times a year and can be seen from Marino Ballena National Park, located just a few miles south of Dominical. Tours run from December to April and August to October and are an unforgettable experience. You can even watch a whale tail when it is revealed during low tide at Playa Ventanas!

For a truly unique adventure, go snorkeling or diving in the Pacific waters of Dominical. This is a great opportunity to see the incredible diversity of fish and other sea life that inhabits this crystalline blue water. Alternatively, you can go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding to view the untouched coral reefs that lie just below the surface of the ocean. You will be amazed at the vibrant colors of the coral and the many other species of marine life that you can encounter.

As is the case with all Costa Rica, crime is relatively low in this town of Dominical. That said, as in all beach towns, you should always be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking around alone at night. It is also recommended that you never leave your belongings unattended, as thieves may be lurking. Other than that, you will find this sleepy beach town an excellent place to visit and to live.