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Guide to Costa Rica: Dominical

Written by Thomas Power | 10th January 2014 |


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The large rolling waves off the beaches of Dominical have made this Central Pacific resort very popular with surfers.

The once tiny fishing village has certainly grown in recent years, but it still retains the charm that now, sadly, eludes some of its larger neighbours further up the coast.

Playa Dominical stretches for around 4km along the coast and is smattered with a selection of hotels, lodges, cafes and restaurants.

In fact the food here is some of the best in Costa Rica, with a great selection of seafood restaurants to suit every pocket. The small 'sodas' (snack bars) selling fresh lobster and crab are not to be missed.

One of the greatest draws of Dominical is its proximity to Corcovado National Park, which can be easily accessed on a day trip for a chance to see some truly incredible wildlife. Tours tend to sell at a premium locally, so it is worth booking in advance.

There is also plenty to do around Dominical itself, including horse riding and walking tours to the nearby Nauyaca Waterfalls.

Strong swells and rip tides make this an unpredictable area for swimming, but excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities can be found on day trips to Caño Island, or along the coast at the Marino Ballena National Park.

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