71) PLAYA DOMINICAL:
This one of the best known beaches in Costa Rica, since it has a great variety of waves, very ample ones and in just one beach. For example, you can surf waves of different kinds such as: hollow, tubular and fast ones in low tide, or good and long rides during high tide. The wave is clean and open, with an excellent form. Access: By land. Tide: High or low. Swells: South, Northwest. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 10. Season: All year. Stars: 4.
It is 1.5 kilometers from Baru Ranch and 35 kilometers away from San Isidro del General (Perez Zeledon), and 44 kilometers from Quepos by the Costanera road with a distance of two hours, leaving from San Isidro del General over a paved road that crosses the Valley El General by the south which has precious landscapes. The trip from San Jose to Playa Dominical lasts four hours. Dominical is a large beach with sediment sand of very dark red tones with good waves to surf. If you wish to swim, you have to be careful, as there might be some dangerous currents. The Costanera road surrounds Dominical and you enter the town by crossing the Rio Baru Bridge. There is a main road that passes through the community, where many facilities are found. A road also runs parallel to the beach. There are two Internet services, surf stores, public telephones, a commercial center, but no banks can be found here. In Playa Dominicalito, south from Dominical, there are good breaks for surfers. It is recommended to swim during low tide so you are able to see the coral rocks. As well as this an excellent view of the beach can be enjoyed.
Dangers and warnings
This is an area with surf, waves and very strong currents. Many people have drowned at nearby beaches. Because of the mortal accidents, the beach is signposted and there is a life guard on the beach.
Bank of Costa Rica Ph + (506) 2787-0381/ 2787-0382/ 2787-0383/ 2787-0384. In the Commercial Center Plaza Pacifica. Schedule: Monday – Friday 09:00 a.m to 04:00 p.m. Counts with ATM and currency exchange.
The Costanera Sur highway surrounds Dominical; the entrance to the village is after crossing the Río Barú Bridge. There is a main road that goes through the village; there are a lot of facilities located here, parallel to the beach. There are two internet cafes; a surf shop, public telephones and two shopping centers, there are bank.
Estación de Servicio el Ceibo Ph + (506) 2787-0057. Located 1 km north of dominical. Service of fuel, repair of tires, change of oils. They accept cards credit.
Where To Sleep & Eat?
Hacienda Barú Ph + (506) 2787-0003. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.haciendabaru.com/. Double 70 US$, extra person 11,50 US$; breakfast included. There are six spacious cabins with two and three bedrooms, each one with an American cooker, fridge, private bathroom with hot water, dining room and a mosquito net. The restaurant serves lunch for 7.50 US$ and dinner for 8. 50 US$. It is a private nature reserve with an extension of 336 hectares, but you will be able to find a large amount of species. This is because it is on the coast and has a varied habitat, including 3 kms of beach, 16 hectares of mangroves and 1km of the Río Barú, pastures and plantations, such as the rainforest in the lowlands and the mountains with an altitude of 320 meters above sea level. Around 80 hectares of primary rainforest, 50 hectares of felled rainforest, and 25 hectares of secondary forest with pasture land. There are areas which are filled with trees, fruit orchards, cocoa plantations, open pastures and bushy areas. The reserve also has several Pre-Columbian cemeteries and petroglyphs. The list of birds that have been seen in Hacienda Barú passes 330 species, 56 mammals, including 23 species of bat, amphibians and reptiles total 49 and there are still frogs, toads and snakes to be identified, the list of botanical species is more than 100 varieties of trees and 75 orchids. The owners, Jack and Diane Ewing, have lived here since 1970. How to arrive and leave; The bus makes the following route: Quepos-Dominical-San Isidro and stops at the entrance of Hacienda Barú. The buses that cover the route: San Isidro-Dominical-Uvita leaves you at the Río Barú Bridge, 2 km from the Hacienda office.
Hotel Diuwak Ph + (506) 2787-0087. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.diuwak.com Is an oasis in the middle of the town of Dominical, which has developed into a tourist Destination attracting surfers, yogis and families alike. The expansive property including gardens, pond, large pool, and common areas, as well as its dining options provide well deserved rest and relaxation. Leave the property and walk a few yards to the beach, or head into town for shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Tu Lu Restaurant, meaning Full Moon in Bribri, offers a varied international menu catering to all tastes and dietary requirements. Try their Italian specialties, such as thin crust pizzas and pastas. Certainly, their fresh “ceviches” and “tiraditos” which pay homage to Peruvian recipes are not to be missed so close to the ocean. Additionally, they offer soups, seafood, salads, desserts and an ample wine selection to pair with your meal. The Surf School located a couple of doors down from the front desk. You may rent a surfboard and brave the waves on your own. Additionally, set up classes with the experienced instructors who can handle individual travelers, families or groups.
Hotel Villas Rio Mar Ph + (506) 2787-0052. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.villasriomar.com Location; 800mtrs from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Eco hotel 10 min. walk from Playa Dominical. Many amenities: tropical gardens, quality restaurant, big pool, AC rooms, free Wi-Fi. Is an internationally recognized 3 Star Eco hotel located in a stunning natural setting; an easy 10 minute walk from the fun and the beach of Dominical. Whether traveling as a couple or with family, Villas Río Mar offers a wide range of amenities guaranteed to make your holiday worry-free and enjoyable. Our hotel includes 52 rooms and can also host medium-sized groups. All rooms include a private patio and are equipped with AC and TV. Our spacious tropical gardens provide privacy and include many beautiful plants, flowers, and birds, which one can observe from outdoor patio areas located in front of the rooms. One of the best restaurants in the area, El Rancho, is located at Villas Río Mar. The area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities including beautiful beaches, five National Parks, and many other nature & wildlife reserves.
Cabinas Bar Restaurante El Coco Ph + (506) 2787-0235. E-mail: email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/Bar-y-Restaurante-El-Coco-143180662455070/ Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Double 15 US$, with bathroom 32 US$. Rooms with a bathroom have a capacity for four people 45 US$.
Cabinas Paraíso Dominical Ph + (506) 7134-4060. https://www.facebook.com/Cabinas-paraiso-Dominical-168766383854074/ Dominical de osa, Puntarenas, contiguo al hotel villas río mar, 200 metros Este, casa color verde. Very touristy, excellent for family enjoyment, very quiet, safe area, are equipped, with wi fi and air conditioning.
Cafe Mono Congo Ph + (506) 2787-0090. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cafemonocongo.com Centro Pueblo del Río, Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Breakfast, Lunch & Desserts. Friendly cafe. Beautiful view. GF, Veggie & Vegan. Start your day with our strong coffee & delicious, healthy breakfasts. Try our Mad Monkey cold pressed juices, cold brew coffee, healthy lunch options & delicious baking!
Cool Vibes Hostel Ph + (506) 8353-6428. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.hosteldominical.com Hostel in Dominical, Costa Rica, located 50m from the beach. We offer dorm rooms, as well as private rooms with private bathrooms. Our facilities include Wi-Fi, hot water, fans, fully equipped kitchen, swimming pool, cosy TV room with Playstation and Netflix, spacious dining area, several relax chill-out spots with hammocks, terrace, parking lot, night guard. Air Conditioning available upon request.
Hotel Bar Restaurante Arenal & Sol Ph + (506) 2787-0357. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.arenaysol.com Dominical, contiguo a las Instalaciones del ICE. The Room Has Private Bathroom And AC With Breakfast.
Tortilla Flats Bar, Hotel, and Restaurant Ph + (506) 2787-0033. E-mail: email@example.com https://tortillaflats-restaurant.business.site/ Is located on the beach in the small surfing town of Dominical. We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving everything from fat breakfast burritos to awesome footlong subs, and beautiful tuna steak dinners. The beers are cold, the people are great and the view is amazing.
Hotel Roca Verde Ph + (506) 2787-0036. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://rocaverde.net We have a private, guest-only pool, which is handicap accessible, and we offer free WiFi throughout the property. Our ocean-side hotel is easy to find, since it is right off the main road, and has ample, complimentary guest parking. We are known for our rustic, thin crust pizzas, freshly caught seafood dishes, organic salads with our signature dressings and a full bar. Also, Friday nights are a popular destination with travelers and residents because of the fun local bands who entertain us here and delicious food.
The Imiloa Institute Ph 808-379-3466. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.imiloainstitute.com Imiloa Institute Costa Rica is a 20-acre campus nestled within the majestic primary rainforest of Hatillo, just outside of Dominical, in the Puntarenas región. The property sits atop the Savegre Mountains, cradled by their magic and mystery. Facing West toward the mighty Pacific, it features 180-degree sunset ocean views overlooking the coast. You’ll see Manuel Antonio in the North, all the way to the Osa Peninsula and Cano Island in the South. Imiloa welcomes Masters to host retreats with their students, organizations looking for the perfect vacation getaway or venue for private events, and individuals interested in joining a retreat. Imiloa is an intercontinental institute for the education and advancement of humanity. We help the world’s teachers and masters host transformative retreats, educational workshops and unique corporate trainings.
Sueños de Mariposacr Ph + (506) 8314-8820. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://suenos-de-mariposacr.negocio.site/ Lagunas de baru Puntarenas Province, Savegre, Costa Rica. A euphoric topical adventure awaits you at Suenos Mariposa. This spellbinding oasis, set in the Punta Mira mountains, overlooking the Tres Piedras valley.
Manu Villas and Spa Dominical Ph + (506) 8821-5442. E-mail: email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/ManuVillasCostaRica/ Is a haven for those who want privacy and seclusion amid the magic of the rain forest.The villas can be fully staffed for an indulgent vacation, honeymoon or retreat.
Gate One Charter Restaurant & Tropical Wings Bar-Lounge Ph + (506) 2787-0172. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/elaviondominical/ Location; 1,5 Km del cruce de Dominical camino Pérez a Zeledón Puntarenas. The Bar & Lounge in our Boeing 727, the only 100% bar inside an airplane. Our restaurant offers varied options of dishes, drinks and desserts to taste. With pool and parking.
Punta Gabriela Ph + (506) 8706-2921 CR, +1(954).931.0940 US. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.puntagabriela.com Location; 2 km sur de la entrada de Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Villa 4, also known as the Penthouse, is the perfect “honeymoon suite”. It features a private balcony with jungle and ocean views, outdoor jacuzzi, outdoor sunbathing and dining area, king size bed, sitting area with rich leather lounge chairs, mini-bar, coffee maker, spacious bathroom with extra large outdoor shower, complimentary hi-speed wi-fi and free use of US telephone line.
Costa Paraiso Ph + (506) 2787-0025. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.costa-paraiso.com Rocas de Amancio Road, 2 km South of Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Oceanside boutique hotel with 5 private casitas & restaurant, in Costa Ballena. On the beach, the hotel backs onto the north entrance to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute drive to Dominical, you have access to all the adventure tourism the region has to offer…surfing, kayaking, scuba, stand up paddleboards, canyoning, ziplining, atv, horseback riding and yoga.
Restaurante La Macha Ph + (506) 2787-0064. https://www.facebook.com/Soda-La-Macha-523778587692944/ Location: de la entrada principal de Playa Dominical 4 Km Sur. It offers the best in Seafood, come to the beach and enjoy our delicious dishes where you can savor the exquisite FLAVORS OF THE SEA !!!
La Parcela Costa Rica Restaurante & Cabinas Ph + (506) 2787-0016. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.laparcelacr.com Dominicalito de Osa, Puntarenas. La Parcela Restaurant is considered by many as one of the best restaurants in their specialty which is seafood, we are also privileged because our strategic location allows us to have a wonderful ocean view. We have 4 separate cabins for up to 4 people each. They are in an unique setting where you can rest easy thanks to the soothing sound of the sea, it is also a good way to break the routine. The cabins that we offer have ample amenities to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We have three cabins with two queen size beds each with availability for four people, and one with a King size bed for two people. The amenities that you will enjoy include: Air conditioning, TV service, Parking and security, Balcony or private terrace with an ocean view, A variety of furniture inside the cabin for your use, Hot Water. In La Parcela Restaurant we have a menu for all tastes and demands of our clients, we specialize in seafood, though; prepare all kinds of red and white meats, pastas, salads and more.
Pacific Edge Eco Lodge Ph + (506) 2200-5428. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pacificedge.info Located: Km. #148 Costanera, Dominical, Costa Rica. Is located in the area known as Escaleras de Dominical. This unique Costa Rica vacation rental is perched 600 feet above the breathtaking coastal white water surf line, and the other side a densely wooded primary rainforest wildlife sanctuary, alive with the cry of Howler Monkeys and Toucans, backgrounded with the sound of the crashing surf below. Pacific Edge Vacation Rentals – featuring: one Bungalow, 1 Standard Cabin and 2 Deluxe Cabins. All rentals have the same magnificent ocean view, complete with private balcony and hammock, private bath with hot water, ceiling fans, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Your hosts, George and Susan Atkinson with 24 years experience of operating Pacific Edge, can make your Costa Rica Vacation a experience to remember.
Liquid Magic Surf Resort Ph + (506) 8310-3822. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.liquidmagicsurfcostarica.com Is located 15 min South of Dominical at 600 ft elevation. Is nestled in the jungle of Costa Rica boasting a gorgeous ocean view. Offering two private villas it is the perfect place to relax. With easy access to many local beaches, Liquid Magic is perfect for surfers, beach lovers, and those looking for adventure and relaxation. Poolside breakfast is included with your stay at Liquid Magic. Our Queen Villa is $80 per night and the King Villa is $100 per night.
Hotel Río Lindo Ph (506) 2787-0078. Ph + (506) 8857-4937. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.riolindocostarica.com. Double with ventilator 53 US$, additional person 5 US$, with conditioned air 70 US$, additional person 15 US$. The rooms with private bathroom with hot water, and others with conditioned air, have swimming pool, Jacuzzi and bar with billiards table.
Posada del Sol Ph (506) 2787-0085. Ph + (506) 8632-1725. https://posada-del-sol-cabinas.business.site/ Single/ double 20/ 25 US$, rooms with fan private bathroom with hot water.
Plaza Suites Ph (506) 2787-0270. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.plazasuitesdominical.com. Located 600 meters south of the entrance to Dominical, on the left hand side on the coast. There are four apartments, day/ week/ month 120/ 750/ 2.100 US$ for 2 people, room with a Queen sized bed, private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, TV, a terrace at the front and behind, with a fully equipped kitchen and a fridge. With a swimming pool, BBQ, private parking and surrounded by a tropical garden and green areas.
Hostel Camping y Restaurante Antorchas Ph (506) 2787-0307. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/Hostel-Camping-y-Restaurante-Antorchas-159655587402960/ Location; 50m esté del restaurante tortillas Flats, Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Prices 4 US$ per person in the camping area, single/double rooms 9/ 12 US$, there are bathrooms, you can rent a tent for 2 US$ a night. There are six rooms that share bathrooms for 3 US$ and you can also use the kitchen.
Marisqueria & Cabinas Luna Llena Ph + (506) 2787-0422. Ph + (506) 8710-5246. E-mail: email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/Marisqueria-Luna-Llena-458124891256372/ We offer a wide variety of dishes from seafood, pasta and meat. We also have a pool and cabins.
Kalon Surf Luxury Resort Costa Rica Ph + 1 949-342-6215. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.kalonsurf.com The best week long All-Inclusive surf coaching Packages, as featured in Forbes, Travel+Leisure, Thrillist, CNN, Vogue. 7 Night All Inclusive Luxury Surf Coaching, beautiful luxurious private accommodation, professional coaching for all levels and gourmet food.
MAVI Surf de Dominical Ph + (506) 2787-0429. E-mail:email@example.com http://www.mavi-surf.com Location; 275 m SW & 90 m SE of BCR, Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Conceived by surfers for surfers, with a special eye for non surfing travelers and accompanying persons, MAVI is a boutique Hotel located in the beautiful beach town of Dominical de Osa. The Hotel is at walking and paddle distance to one of the best surf spots of Costa Rica South Pacific, and a few minutes’ drive from a handful of other “easier” spots better indicated for non expert surfers (¡and when the Beach is firing big!). Within its nice green areas, the Hotel hosts a Reception office, a Tropical bar, and a refreshing swimming pool. The whole premises are covered by WiFi access, and Free Parking spaces are reserved for customers.
Surf School & Surf Shop / Activities Tours
Costa Rica Surf Camp Ph + (506) 2787-0393. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.crsurfschool.com Next to El Coco Restaurant, Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Offers surf lessons and surf tours to beginners, intermediates, and advanced surfers of all ages. Costa Rica Surf Camp is based in Playa Dominical, in the south west of Costa Rica. Playa Dominical is famous for surfing because it offers endless waves to surfers of all levels.
Green Iguana Surf Camp Ph (506) 2787-0157. Ph (506) 8629-6013. Email: email@example.com http://greeniguanasurfcamp.com. Experienced surfers Jason and Karla Butler, we offer surf, paddle boarding, kayaking, river tubing, hiking and waterfall adventure packages. Offer surf lessons and camping for between seven and ten days. It provides lodging for tourists of different budgets. Packages: all the prices a person per day with ventilator for 1, 2, 3 people: 6 nights and 7 days 835/ 525/ 395 US$, 9 nights and 10 days 1,075/ 615/ 445 US$/ 13 nights and 14 days 1,355/ 810/ 585 US$. Packages: all the prices a person per day with conditioned air for 1, 2, 3 people: 6 nights and 7 days 920/ 565/ 455 US$, 9 nights and 10 days 1,185/ 690/ 525 US$/ 13 nights and 14 days 1,515/ 890/ 655 US$. Children under 12 years old 10 % discount. The packages of seven include five lessons of surf, ten days include seven lessons and the fourteen days include ten lessons. Includes the lodging in the Hotel DiuWak, daily transport to local beaches and the waves, registration in the surf school of GISC’S, limitless use of all the surfboards, boogie boards, a trip to the waterfalls of the Pozo Azul, a long walk in the natural sea caves of Ventanas Beach and transport from the airport to GISC’S and return of your final stay.
Las Rocas Marea Alta Ph + (506) 2787-0480. Ph + (506) 8606-5118. Ph + (506) 8521-0459 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.lasrocasmareaalta.com Located just outside Playa Dominical, on the Central Pacific Coast in Costa Rica, is the beautiful Las Rocas de Amancio, from here the Las Rocas Marea Alta crew, provide a full service for SPORT FISHING – FISHING TOURS / BOAT TOURS / WATER SPORTS, for full day, half day or by the hour. They also custom tailor tours for families and groups who would like to fish, snorkel and just see the amazing coastline, whales, dolphins, turtles and have fun out on the water. Our experienced and knowledgeable local crew will make sure you have the enjoyable tour you’ve been hoping to find and experience!
Nauyaca Waterfalls / Cataratas Nauyaca Ph + (506) 2787-0541. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.cataratasnauyaca.com Nauyaca Waterfalls is a totally Costa Rican owned family tourism company, dedicated for several years to tour operations. These are horseback riding tours, traveling through the farm that border with two impressive waterfalls from Río Barucito. These majestic waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the southern region in Costa Rica, not only for their natural scenic beauty, which offers the tourist moments of recreation and fun, but also to participate in different activities such as horseback riding tours, swimming, climbing, jumping and to observe much of the beauty of the tropical rainforest, among others. Nauyaca Waterfalls is the ideal place, not only for those in search of tranquility and nature, but also for adventure and excitement lovers.
Southern Expeditions Ph (506) 2787-0100. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.southernexpeditionscr.com/main/ Located at the entrance, offering day excursions to Caño Island for scuba diving in the Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, kayaking along the Rió blanco or the Gran río Térraba, ½ day excursions kayaking, snorkeling and to the caverns of the Bahía Ballena, there is also bird watching, visit to Hacienda baru, walks, rafting, the Wilson Botanical garden and indigenous reserves. NEWS: Upcoming Special Corcovado Tours, Mangrove Jungle Night Tour, Kayak-Snorkel-Mangrove Tour at Marino Ballena, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica, Shuttle Sierpe to Drake & San Josecito Beach, Southern Costa Rica.
AEC Spanish Institute of Costa Rica Ph (506) 2787-0023. Ph 209-728-8344.E-mail: email@example.com http://adventurespanishschool.com/ Our Dominical campus is located in the rural beach town of Playa Dominical, on Costa Rica’s amazingly beautiful Central Pacific coastline. This is a surfer’s paradise the most consistent waves in all of Central America. This is the real Costa Rica with no high rise apartments or big name hotels. Instead you will find long sections of stunning coastline in a lush tropical paradise. The AEC programs offered here provide unique “study the language and explore the land” experience. Never surfed before, take our Surf and Spanish class and enter a whole new world of discovery.
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Ph + (506) 8609-5363. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://alturaswildlifesanctuary.org We Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release the abandoned, injured, or over domesticated precious animals of Costa Rica! If you love animals, come check us out. You will have an opportunity to learn about and help animals you would likely not have the opportunity to encounter in the wild. As a non profit organization, we think its important for you to know that 100% of your donation is going to feed, care for, give veterinary care, improve habitats and so much more. One of biggest passions other than rescuing, is educating our youth. We have a learning center where school children can come and learn why they should care, how they can protect and to spread the word. There are so many ways you can help and here are a few: monetary donation of any amount, supplies, food, your time, your skills, your love! Please contact us for more details and reservations!