Playa Dominical at a Glance
- Nature Lovers
- Canopy Tours
- Hiking to Waterfalls
- White Water Rafting
- Whale watching
- Marino Ballena National Park
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Corcovado National Park
Famous for large, year round waves for surfers. An amazing place to see the sunset! Great spot to see whales from December to April and August to October.
Also Known As: Dominical Beach
Closest Town: Dominical (Distance, in driving minutes, from the beach)
Closest Airports: San Jose – Quepos domestic airport
Average Temperature: 70º-90º F (21º-32º C)
Crowd Level: Secluded
Playa Dominical is a 4 mile long brown sand, rocky, uncrowded beaches bordered by lush green forests. It is a small coastal town about 30 miles south of Manuel Antonio National Park. Dominical attracts surfers from not only from across the country, but from all over the world. Tourists are however warned that the ocean here is rather rough and is not safe for beginners or novices. The expert surfers are certain to enjoy the beach, though. Beginners can take lessons from one of the Surf Camps in the area.Swimming is near impossible and not highly recommended in this area due to the strong currents.
Whale watching is another favorite activity. Dominical is at a distance of about 5 miles from the Marino Ballena National Park and offers visitors a glimpse of the whales almost 9 months in a year. There are over six different types of whales that can be spotted here. Dominical has a lot to offer the adventure loving tourists, though. Horse riding, hiking, and eco tours through the nearby reptile preserves are favorite activities. Snorkeling and diving experiences are also offered by some tour agencies.
Warm weather, fresh ocean breezes and delicious seafood are some of the highlights at Dominical beach. Dominical displays an amazing quantity of marine life that can be found under the waves. This beach is a great place to lie back and enjoy the various activities and watersports found around here. It is not only surfing this is also a place to get away from the crowds, relax and sunbathe at the beach all day! Enjoy the surf…enjoy the sun…enjoy the view!
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the area according to Dominical residents is green season due to the fact that the air is fresher and clearer, due to afternoon rains. The green season is a time when the rain forest is most lush, but there will be more rain than the dry season. The Annual 4th of July Sunday Lifeguards Fundraiser is fantastic time as well to visit.
Services & Infrastructure
Public transportation: Buses and taxis
Shopping: Small markets, tourist shops
WiFi or Internet cafés: Yes
Cell Phone Reception: Reliable reception in most areas
Restaurants: Quaint little beach front restaurants
Nearest medical facilities: Public/Private clinic in the town center
How To Get There
San Jose Airport is the international airport nearest to Dominical. Getting to Dominical by car is likely to take about 4 hours by car and 6 hours by bus from downtown San Jose. It is less than an hour from Quepos and less than 2 hours from Manuel Antonio. The roads are not very well developed and the buses, though regular, are not preferred by tourists.