Turquiose blue ocean, white sandy beaches and fresh water rivers all surrounded by 3000 foot mountains and pink and orange sunsets, ...how much better could it get?
Dominical is a small laid back beach town that was first discovered for it's natural beauty and amazing surfing in the 1970s. And slowly the development of a busy little beach town has taken shape - now there are restaurants, bars, hotels, yoga classes, and some of the best surf operators in Costa Rica. Even with this develpoment it's natural charm still remains and surfers are still gifted with a steady stream of waves almost all year round.
To this day the population sits at around 700 permanent residents of a mix of Costa Ricans and expats from around the world. Walking immediately outside of Dominical you will find pure and untouched rainforest which allows the critters and creatures to wander in and out of town providing entertainment and amazement to those who visit. Four different types of monkeys, toucans, parrots of all sizes and colors and a plethora of bird species makes this a nature lovers dream.
About an hour and a half north of Dominical exists Quepos and Manuel Antonio, a larger and more touristic place to travel, and to the south sits Costa Rica's only underwater National Park providing amazing opportunities for snorkelers and scuba divers to see what the untouched and pure pacific ocean looks like.
To get to Dominical, you can rent a car and drive from the airport in San jose for about 3 and a half hours. Be sure to get a car with four wheel drive as some of these roads are not regularly maintained especially in the rainy season. By public bus, it will take you roughly 4 and a half hours from San Jose, stopping in San Isidro de General to change buses.
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Lapa Rios Ecolodge is a luxury hotel consisting of 17 private bungalows set within a 1000-acre private nature reserve. It is located in Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica’s wild and remote Osa Peninsula. It has the distinction of being one of just a few National Geographic Unique Ecolodges of the World. This magnificent property is a paradise for lovers of wildlife, birding, nature and beaches.
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