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Surfing Dominical Costa Rica

Introduction – Surfing in Dominical

Dominical: serious surfers, low crowds.Dominical is a good option for those looking for similar conditions to Playa Hermosa in a more relaxed atmosphere. The surf here is mostly beach break, however, tends to close out on bigger swells as it is not as steep as Hermosa. There is a point break just to the south which offers some good surf on a bigger swell.

Where the Talamanca Mountain Range gently slopes into the South Pacific Ocean and waterfalls cascade down and spill onto the beaches, you will find the small town of Dominical. Dominical, is a small laid back town surrounded by pristine rainforest and beautiful coastlines. This surfer’s paradise offers great surf, numerous local restaurants, bars and a wild nightlife.

Dominical is geared towards serious surfers who wish to avoid the heavy crowds of Playa Hermosa and are looking for a more relaxed, tropical atmosphere.

Getting There

Dominical is accessed by a dirt/gravel road from Manuel Antonio (1 hour) which can be accessed by paved road from San José or shuttle flight into the local airport of Quepos.


Dominical is a good option for those looking for similar conditions to Playa Hermosa in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Playa Dominical

Strong beach break with lefts and rights. Fairly consistent break, located about 45 minutes south of Quepos. The northern end of the beach offers bigger sets while the southern end is better for intermediate surfers. Best conditions at mid – high tide.

Manuel Antonio is to the north with more breaks

Things to Do

There is the muy impressive and unique Nauyaca Waterfalls, an experience that you will not soon forget. Be sure to check out Roca Verde; this hotel’s disco is THE hangout for Saturday night. Also check out Thrusters, a trendy hangout amongst the surfers. There is an excellent day trip to Hacienda Baru, a dense rain forest, including hiking, wildlife, endless trails, canopy tours, and more.

Other Adventures

Nauyaca Waterfall Tour - Kayak Tours, Waves & Caves – Includes drinks, fruits, equipment, guide, transportation.

Kayak & Snorkeling - This tour is operated from Mid December until the end of April.

White Water River Kayaking - Get on another type of board and jam some rivers!

Things to Avoid

Avoid making the drive to Dominical in the evening as the road is not in good condition and can make for a stressful arrival.

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