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, fax (506) 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.
How to arrive and leave
The Dominical Bus stop is next to the San Clemente Bar & Grill next to the football plaza. Offering; timetable and information about tickets. The buses to Quepos leave at 05:45 a.m, 08:15 a.m, 01:00 p.m and 03:00 p.m towards San Isidro 06:45 a.m, 07:00 a.m, 11:15 a.m, 02:45 p.m and 03:30 p.m and to Uvita 04:30 a.m and 10:00 a.m, the buses from San José to Uvita pass by Dominical at around 10:30 a.m and 09:00 p.m. Those from Uvita to Quepos and San José pass by Dominical 06:00 a.m and 02:00 p.m. Transporte Blanco Ph (506) 2771-2550, Located on the east side of the South Tyre Center. Departs from San Isidro-Dominical to Quepos 07:00 a.m and 01:30 p.m, San Isidro to Coronado-Osa-Uvita 09:00 a.m and 04:00 p.m, Quepos to Dominical-San Isidro 05:00 a.m and 01:30 p.m and from Uvita to Dominical-San Isidro 05:00 a.m and 01:45 p.m.