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Dominical Beach, Puntarenas
Dominical Beach, Puntarenas

Dominical Overview

Dominical Beach is a small town located in the province of Puntarenas which is very close to the cities of Quepos and Perez Zeledon (about 30 miles from each).

This is one of the top spots for the practice of surfing in the country, and the town of Dominical is really foreigner-oriented, with many of the businesses here being owned by overseas citizens, a few who are surfers themselves.

Although the heart of the economy in the area is the tourism industry; this place still hasn’t experienced the substantial development of other important coastal regions in Costa Rica and is still a town with a laidback vibe.

Getting to Dominical

If you are driving, you can choose between two roads: the one that leads to Perez Zeledon through Cartago, or the one that leads to Quepos and then to Dominical.

If you chose the first, then you need to head to the Florencio del Castillo Highway, which starts in Curridabat, San Jose, and follow the directions for San Isidro de El General.

Once you have arrived at that town, it should take you about 30 minutes to make it to Dominical Beach.

The Quepos Route

To make it there through Quepos, you need to head to the new Highway 27 and follow the signs to Jaco, from there to Quepos, and from there to Dominical.

The route through Perez Zeledon can be longer at roughly 4 hours, as bad weather conditions and heavy fog at Cerro de la Muerte can delay the trip.

If you pick Quepos, then you can expect to drive for about 3 hours and the road conditions are excellent, so this is the recommended route.

If you pick Quepos, then you can expect to drive for about 3 hours and the road conditions are excellent, so this is the recommended route.


Flying is another option, and the nearest public airstrip is located in Quepos, so if you take a flight there, you can either rent a car or take a bus or a taxi to Dominical once you have landed.

You can expect a 30-minute flight from the Tobias Bolaños Airport located in Pavas, and another 40 minutes on the road from Tambor to your final destination.

What to Do in Dominical

Since Dominical is not the best beach to take a swim due to the rough waves, you can visit the adjacent beach of Dominicalito, which is the preferred destination for the locals during the weekends (the rest of the week this beach tends to be very quiet).

Marino Ballena National Park: The best way to experience the beauty of this park is to

Marino Ballena National Park, Close to Dominical
Marino Ballena National Park, Close to Dominical

get some scuba diving lessons and jump in the water; as you will have the chance of observing the 18 different species of coral and the many varieties of fish which call this place home.

The beaches of Ballena, Piñuelas and Uvita are inside this conservation area, which is located 10 miles southeast of Dominical.

The Humpback Whales migrate every year during the months of December till April, and if you happen to be around here during that time, you can arrange a boat trip to see these whales, and also the occasional dolphin.

Watching Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs in the sand is also an attractive of this park, though you can only watch this spectacle during the nesting season, which goes from May to November.

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