Dominical Tourist Attractions

Dominical is a small coastal village that is popular with surfers. The currents are strong along Dominical Beach and offer good surfing conditions. Apart from surfing, the main activities for visitors in Dominical are nature related, including camping, rainforest hiking, horseback riding, fishing and wildlife observation. There are waterfalls in nearby hills. There are several options for accommodation and dining in Dominical, and the village is expected to see much more development.

Nauyaca Waterfalls Tourist Center

This area features two waterfalls that are 20m/65ft and 45m/147ft high and plunge into a deep swimming hole. There is no vehicle access to the area, so visitors arrive by a guided horseback tour.


Uvita, Costa Rica

This tiny village is a loose string of farms and houses without a real center. A few accommodations are available, and most visitors stay in Uvita because of its close proximity to natural attractions. Two beaches in the area, Uvita Beach and Uvita Bay Beach, are popular for swimming.

La Merced Ranch

La Merced Ranch is a working cattle ranch where over half of the grounds have been left as protected forest. Several tours are offered, either by horseback or on foot, to observe wildlife in various habitats. A popular tour available at the ranch is "Cowboy for a Day", where participants ride with local cowboys and work the ranch.

Oro Verde Biological Reserve

Situated on the Duarte family farm, the Oro Verde Biological Station is on 150ha/370.5ac of land that is mostly rainforest. Tours are available to visit waterfalls, see the rainforest and observe wildlife. Horseback riding is also a popular activity at Oro Verde.

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