Dominical is a wild and beautiful region situated on the remote south-western Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The area receives far fewer visitors than Manuel Antonio, which is just 40 kilometers north.
Wildlife and landscape
The impressive jungle-covered foothills of the Talamanca Mountains are home to a wide variety of birdlife, sloth and monkeys flanked by vast black sand beaches popular with surfers.
Punta Uvita is a jagged reef which has formed just off the coast, creating a sandbar which looks like a giant whale's tail from the air.
The area is well known for its whale and dolphin watching and humpbacks gather in the Marino Ballena National Park from December to March and August to October.
The park also has mangroves teeming with wildlife, rocky islets, coral reefs and pristine dark sand beaches which are important nesting sites for turtles.
Suggested itineraries featuring Dominical
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Map of Dominical
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Dominical
- Manuel Antonio 22 miles away
- San Gerardo de Dota 23 miles away
- Central Pacific Coast 36 miles away
- Corcovado & Osa Peninsula 41 miles away
- Turrialba 47 miles away
- Esterillos 49 miles away
- San José & Central Valley 50 miles away
- San Ramón 71 miles away
- El Silencio Lodge 74 miles away
- Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 81 miles away
- Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui 84 miles away
- Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast 85 miles away
- Manzanillo 86 miles away
- Northern Pacific Coast 87 miles away
- Monteverde Cloud Forest 96 miles away
- Arenal Volcano 102 miles away
- Punta Islita 114 miles away
- Tenorio Volcano 126 miles away
- Caño Negro 131 miles away
- Rincón de la Vieja 149 miles away
- Tamarindo 153 miles away
- Playa Potrero 155 miles away
- Golfo de Papagayo 168 miles away
Photos of Dominical
Ideas for experiencing Dominical
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Dominical, and which use the best local guides.
Caño Island has great archaeological significance as it was used as a cemetery and a permanent pre-Columbian settlement. You can still see pottery remains and some almost perfectly round stone spheres made by the Indians.View details