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Playa Dominical

Playa Dominical is located on the central/southern Pacific of Costa Rica and is the perfect mix of not overly developed yet has places to eat, a bar to get a few drinks, and world class waves. In recent years Dominical has developed a bit but we still use the word "quaint" in describing the vibe of Dominical. Here you will find the unique geological formations of this area of the country, where the mountain meets the sea offering phenomenal views of the Pacific Coast from different areas of Dominical.

The beach itself is a long stretch of grayish volcanic sand that host some of the best waves in the country along with a life guard on duty at all times. Along with the waves of Dominical another one of the gems in the area is the famous Tortilla Flats Bar. This bar was named one of the top 10 surfer bars on the planet and can even be found in movies such as the Endless Summer.

It turns out that most true surfers end up enjoying Dominical more than the more happening areas of Jaco and Manuel Antonio. Domincal still holds on to the Costa Rica of 30 years ago. Walk into Tortilla Flats and you will find some of those original surfers that can give you a history lesson on the origins of surfing in Costa Rica as you listen to some of the legends.

Along with surfing, Dominical in our opinion, offers the best half day tours from any coastal destination in Costa Rica.

Reasons to Go:

  • Excellent waves
  • Small quaint surfer town
  • Fabulous views from the mountains
  • Many house rental options in the area
  • A few places to go out and eat
  • Great spot to learn to surf
  • Half day activities are unmatched by any coastal spot in Costa Rica

Reasons NOT to Go:

  • Not the best beach for swimming
  • Just GO! (We love this beach)