Destination guide

Chilled vibes and surf spots in Dominical

Hang out in Dominical and feel the surfer vibes that roll in off the salt-spraying Pacific Ocean. Flitting between the Latin beach bars and the leaning Tiki shacks that pepper the shore, you're bound to be taken by the laid-back living of this Puntarenas mainstay. Surf camps and sailing schools abound for expeditions over the waves. Whale spotters won't be disappointed, while others can look forward to a medley of rafting and paragliding between the lush rainforests of the Costa Rican hills. Dominical vacation rentals are your ticket to the adventure this year.

Things to do

The tropical treasures of Dominical

Dominical's laid-back vibes stem straight from its surf-washed shores. Playa Dominical and the soft rollers of Dominicalito, Playa Uvita, and pretty Ventanas all have their own class of beach break or reef roller to ride. Of course, you could just opt to laze around on the beaches and watch the surfers carving through the tunnels. There are some truly gorgeous places to do that but the most famous of the lot surely has to be the Ballena Marine Park. That national reserve is home to splashing whales, empty sands, and lush tropical coves.

Activities

Carefree surf days in Dominical

Dominical vacation rentals are prized for their proximity to the rolling swells of the Pacific Ocean. Surf outfitters and waxed-down boards are on offer all over the town. Qualified local surf guides tout riding expeditions on the reef-topped left-to-righters, or lessons on the easy-going beach breaks of Dominicalito for the beginners. Once you're done getting gnarly on the waves, a world of other outdoor adventure awaits, whether that's trekking in the Tico jungles or rafting over the whitewater of the Savegre and Coto Brus rivers. Whale watching and rainforest safaris are also possible.

Weather

Dominical offers tropical temperatures

Just as the cold rains and snows are starting to hit the American Midwest, around November and December, Dominical is enjoying the finest weather of the year. That's not hard though _ there's fine weather here most of the year, with regular temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and just a little spurt of tropical rains in the summer months of June, July, and August. You can search to book your Dominical vacation rentals at any time to look forward to rolling Pacific surf, but be ready for the crowds to peak at Christmas, New Year, and during Spring Break.

Natural features

Between rainforests and whales in Dominical

Dominical has everything you'd expect of a Costa Rican surf town. There are waves, of course. They consistently roll into the wide beaches of Playa Dominical, reaching up to 10 feet during swells. Behind the town, the rugged rises of volcanic hills come clad in lush rainforest. For a taste of that at its wildest, you can head to the Marino Ballena National Park, where swaths of coastal palms give way to whale-spotted waters. The Los Quetzales National Park isn't far inland, with its rare cloud forests and multicolored birds and roaring river rapids.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Dominical

The nearest airport is in San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), located 52.4 mi (84.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Dominical?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 398 vacation rentals near Dominical. From 190 Houses to 124 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dominical for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dominical?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dominical. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hacienda Baru: 523 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio Beach: 408 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 377 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 482 vacation rentals
  • Punta Uvita: 544 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dominical listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Dominical?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 190 Houses in Dominical. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dominical include:

  • Villas: 124 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 21 rentals available
  • Cottages: 21 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dominical?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 309 vacation rentals with pool available in Dominical. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.