Dominical is located in the Central/Southern Pacific Coast, approximately a 3 hour drive from San Jose and a 30 minute drive from Quepos/Manuel Antonio. The area is considered the gateway to the southern zone, and is a surfer’s and naturalist’s paradise. The town of Uvita, just 8 miles south of Dominical has become the coastal hub for the area and offers a dynamic, colorful and full service town with a funky demeanor and a growing, eclectic community.
When one envisions Costa Rica, thoughts of vibrant jungle, wild Pacific Coast, gushing waterfalls, tropical birds and undeveloped landscapes come to mind. The moniker of Dominical is “Where the Mountains meet Sea,” and nowhere else in Central America do the 1000 to 2000 foot verdant mountains come so close to the coast. This provides a dramatic landscape, stunning ocean and coastal views and a level of natural beauty which is simply intoxicating.
Dominical is perhaps the most representative area of what real Costa Rica has to offer. Ease of access but not too close to the capital city and busy towns, a bohemian, surfer vibe which beckons memories of California in the 1950’s or Hawaii in the 1960’s, artistic and home grown businesses, organic farmers markets, fathers taking their kids surfing, art and music festivals, and a growing sense of sustainable community development are some of the primary characteristics of the Dominical area.
A Pacific Coast highway runs along a very thin coastal plane, alongside rocky points, bays, peninsulas, headlands and sandy beaches. The roughly 20 mile stretch of coast which runs from a little north of Dominical just past the colorful community of Ojochal is referred to as the “Costa Ballena” or “Whale Coast” and is quite simply the most dramatic stretch of coast anywhere in the country.
The development history of the area also lends to the current state of the pristine landscape. Until 2009, the ‘coastal highway’ which connects the town of Quepos with Dominical was a poorly maintained gravel road. This difficult access kept many tourists and would-be investors at bay, and now that the highway is paved the area is just starting to open up and provides some of the best established, yet up and coming environment anywhere in Costa Rica.
The area provides an authentic experience, larger estate sized properties, a comfortable service level and infrastructure and an abundance of natural beautiful. Discover Costa Rica’s most beautiful and relatively undiscovered jewel and align yourself for a vacation of a lifetime and an experience which is sure to bring you back.