Platanillo is a peaceful mountain town situated just half an hour from Playa Dominical, with more affordable property and home options. The majority of the residents are locals, with some ex-pats from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The location is the main draw, with a short drive to the beach and only 30 minutes to San Isidro, the closest city. In addition, the mountain location, at an elevation of about 1,200 to 1,600 feet, provides ideal elevation for cooler evenings without the need for A/C and much fresher daytime temperatures than down at the beach.

Platanillo is a typical Costa Rica mountain town, complete with a Catholic Church, football field, town saloon for gatherings, two decent-sized supermarkets, a few local restaurants, a high school and elementary school, a couple of small local shops, and even a butcher.


Platanillo is a primarily friendly Costa Rican village with a strong agricultural history in coffee and livestock and many small working farms. There are small local grocery stores; instead of purchasing coffee or chocolate from a fancy souvenir shop. Dominical has a lovely walkway along the beach with local craft vendors if you prefer something more crafty.

There are small restaurants known as sodas that will serve you a basic plate of food consisting of rice, beans, salad, and a day’s meat for around $5. Typically, they are delicious (and cheap). If you go to a local restaurant or soda, you are not required to leave a tip.

Fruit stands can also be found along most roads. I guarantee you will find fruits in Costa Rica that you have never seen before. Every week, most towns host a farmer’s market. On Friday and Saturday, San Isidro has one. We recommend going early in the morning because things tend to get crowded later in the day. The village and the majority of its surrounding areas were recently connected to high-speed Internet service. Platanillo is a place to unwind and enjoy “Pura Vida” Costa Rica’s motto literally translates to “pure life.” But the native Tico phrase is more than just a catchphrase; it’s a way of life.

Things to do in Platanillo

●    Nauyaca Waterfalls

Nauyaca Waterfalls is a 100% Costa Rican-owned family tourism business that has been operating tours for several years. These are horseback riding tours that take you through the farm and along the Rio Barucito’s two impressive waterfalls. These magnificent waterfalls are one of the main attractions of Costa Rica’s southern region, not only for their natural scenic beauty, which provides tourists with moments of recreation and fun, but also for the opportunity to participate in various activities such as horseback riding tours, swimming, climbing, jumping, and observing much of the beauty of the tropical rainforest, among others.

The Nauyaca Waterfalls are ideal for those seeking tranquillity and nature and those seeking adventure and excitement. They are a reference point for adventure ecotourism because of their beauty and the excellent services they provide.

●    Hacienda Ébano

Hacienda Ebano is a Natural Reserve with a Rainforest, Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, Ocean and Mountain Views, as well as Farming. It is located near Dominical Beach in Baru, Costa Rica. It’s ideal for Tropical tours and safari; one can explore the rainforest, waterfalls, and mountains while learning about Costa Rican culture and cuisine.

●    Parque Reptilandia

Near Dominical, there is a Reptile Park and a Botanical Garden. You can see these magnificent animals up close and personal; a fun and easy trip for the entire family. The largest and most diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians in Costa Rica is Parque Reptilandia. Educate your children and yourself about this unique group of animals. They can be examined safely up close and beautifully displayed, simulating their natural habitat as closely as possible. While strolling down the easy walking paths, you can also admire the many beautiful plants and trees of the botanical garden.

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