Dominical Surfs up Adventure

  • 3 years ago

Head south from San Jose to Dominical for an adventure you won’t forget. This popular surfing enclave offers a great escape from big city life. 40 Kilometers from Jaco, this surfing village has grown into a wellness capital anchored by its extraordinary environment. Strips of white sandy beaches with a splattering of a few hotels and eco-friendly resorts as well as restaurants and many opportunities for yoga combine to makes this a favorite destination among expats. The expat population continues to steadily grow each year by creating a strong community. It’s a vibrant community that centers around the sun, surf, and health. Dominical has been protected from over-development too.

Dominical is situated along the Costa Ballena an area of beach spanning across the Southern Pacific which l up to Ojochal. This area is one of the best spots for whale watching from August through November. It’s a hot spot not just for surfers but also nature lovers and conservationists. Anyone seeking to spend time in a pristine natural environment will appreciate this stretch of coastline in Costa Rica. It’s also known as a superb spot for snorkeling, diving, sports fishing, and canopy tours.


Surfers flock here year round as well as eco-adventurers and yoga enthusiasts. The strong swells make it a great place for surfing but not so much for swimming. Surfing defines much of the culture here. In recent years, the area had undergone a tremendous amount of development. Warm temperatures during the day and a cool breeze at night means year-round near perfect weather. Home seekers can build a dream home or purchase one of the newly built homes along the coastline and tucked into the mountains. There are several vibrant expat communities that have sprung up in recent years.

You can explore the jungle hiking deep into the mountains. Travel on horseback to the Nauyaca Waterfalls where there are enchanting two-tiered waterfalls. Also, nearby is the Hacienda Baro Wildlife Refuge, which also has a hotel. The Altras Wildlife Sanctuary is a rescue center that rehabilitates animals and birds injured in the wild. White-faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, white-nosed sloths, armadillos, and anteaters. There’s no shortage of wildlife and adventures here.

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