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Surfing in Costa Rica

Looking for a place to go surfing in Costa Rica? Make sure you stop in Dominical, a laidback surfer’s paradise at the Pacific coast. Catch the waves straight away if you are an experienced surfer, or take a lesson first: Dominical is the perfect place. 

If you’re not a surf fan, don’t worry, the beautiful beaches are great to just relax and when you seek more action, you can book a canopy tour in the jungle or hike to the Nauyaca waterfalls! There are many activities to do around the area, so there is something for everyone.

Ecolodge in Dominical

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Ecolodge in Dominical

Your accommodation near Dominical is a very special place. The owner started out as a cattle breeder in 1972, but gradually became fascinated by the natural surroundings of his farm and decided to give the land back to nature. Now, the land is about 95% pure jungle again. Because of the cocoa trees, the area attracts many animals such as different species of monkeys, sloths, raccoons, toucans and other birds!

The lodge is located on the beach and has a nice swimming pool. It is a fantastic place for jungle treks with enthusiastic local -English speaking- guides, canopytours, hikes to the Nauyaca Waterfalls and much more!

Hacienda Baru is now well-known (in Costa Rica and beyond!) as a leading example of ecological entrepreneurship.

The best surf beaches van Costa Rica!

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The best surf beaches van Costa Rica!

Hacienda Baru is just a two minute drive from Dominical. Go surfing here (or take your first lesson) at one of the best surf beaches in Costa Rica!

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Remco and Louise

Hacienda Baru is a hotel with great natural surroundings and we explored the jungle by foot. The hotel itself is not super special, but its surroundings are. The small, nearby surfer’s town of Dominical is really great! There are high waves, so you can surf well and you can book various trips by boat, for instance to go snorkeling or whale watching. The area is not  super touristy, which we liked.

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Van Buggenhout family

In Costa Rica, the Pacific coast is clearly different from the Caribbean coast. At the Pacific, the ocean is quieter and the beaches are wider. We stayed at Hotel Cuna del Angel, a very good hotel with a superb kitchen and a nice pool, which we liked at the end of our holiday. Also, we could walk from our room right to the pool. From here, we went to Uvita beach to see the whale’s tail (the Marino Ballena National Park), which was definitely worth it.

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Hakemulder family

Hacienda Baru was very nice. The cottage was larger than we expected, with 2 spacious bedrooms and even a kitchen. Very nice people. We would do the twilight hike but it rained a lot, so we could change our reservation to the next evening without problems. The hike was great, so nice to explore the jungle after dark! We also booked a whale watching trip in Uvita, that was great! Spotting the whales greatly impressed us.

 

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Corrie and Annemiek

What a nice place! Beautiful cabinas, three beautiful and interesting walks around the terrain of the lodge, a reasonably good restaurant (friendly knowledgeable with humour), nice pool and also close to the beach and the ocean. At the top of the tree near the reception was a three-toed sloth with her little one! What else do you want? We were satisfied with everything.

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Pieter and Lieve

Hacienda Baru in Dominical was a nice place to stay; Certainly their orchid garden has a lot to offer.

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Leonie and Lennart

The night in the jungle was fun! We were two and a great guide so it had become a kind of private tour.  The tent and food were also fine. The only sad thing was the rain, because of this there wasn’t a lot we could do during the day. Our guide however made us aware what was happening in the jungle, also when it was raining and we appreciated his efforts a lot!

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Verloop family

In Dominical we stayed in a surf hotel. Highly recommended for families with teenagers. It was low season, so quiet in the village, but the kids had surf lessons and explored the Dominical night life. Everything is within walking distance and the managers – Italians – are hospitable. And what a great breakfast! There are also plenty of nice sodas and restaurants within walking distance where you can eat. We would have liked to stay here a little longer.

Insider recommendation Linda:

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Insider recommendation Linda:

If you’re up for some real adventure, spend a night in the rainforest! Guided by a local guide you hike to the camp where you dine together. In the evening you’ll join your guide on an evening walk to discover what is happening in the jungle after dark. In the morning you wake up with the sounds of the jungle. After a delicious breakfast you’ll take a walk along beautiful old trees in the rainforest and return to the starting point.

What you can see around Dominical?

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Taste the best coffee in Providencia
Stay overnight in a local village, enjoy home cooked meals, make great hikes and prepare your own coffee during a unique coffee tour in Costa Rica: all this is possible in Providencia. The village is beautifully located in a valley surrounded by lush, green mountains and is well known for its high quality crops, here you find Costa Rica's best coffee!
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Lovely boutique hotel in the hills of Matapalo
Las Nubes is a luxurious boutique hotel where you can enjoy great food and relax at the beautiful pool. It's an ideal destination to indulge before flying back to your home country or it makes a great start of your travels in Costa Rica.
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Artistic boutique hotel in San Gerardo de Dota
This unique boutique hotel in Costa Rica is located on the edge of a valley. About 2500 meters above sea level. If you follow the road down from the hotel you'll end up in the charming village of San Gerardo de Dota. This village is famous for the mythic quetzal. A guided tour to spot this fantastic bird is a must!
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Glamping in the jungle of Quepos
Rafiki Safari Lodge is a luxurious tented camp in the jungle of Quepos. Here you enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings to the fulles. If you like some action, go wildwater rafting or horseback riding. If you are a birdlover, book a tour with a professional guide to spot the many species that live around the lodge.
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Climb the Cerro Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica
If you choose to climb the Chirripó, you choose for a real adventure. It is the highest peak in Costa Rica and Central America and although the climb is not an easy one, the spectacular sunrise at the top is a once in a lifetime experience!
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Spot the unique quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota
Always wanted to see the unique quetzal bird with your own eyes? That is possible in San Gerardo de Dota. This charming village is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, just 85 km from San José. From the capital, you cross Cerro de la Muerte, the mountain range that separates the Caribbean and Pacific coasts; a beautiful route!
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Unique stay in La Leona, in the middle of Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa peninsula and one of Costa Rica's most isolated nature reserves. This very special rainforest harbours unique eco systems which aren't found anywhere else in the world. Here you still find some species that have disappeared elsewhere, spotting these animals make your visit a once in a lifetime experience.
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Take a boat to Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park
From the small town of Sierpe you depart by boat to Drake Bay Costa Rica. The journey itself is already an adventure...you sail through mangrove forests towards the ocean and Drake Bay. During your trip you might be luckey enough to spot dolphins and even whales!
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Glamping on the beach of Matapalo
Waking up from the sounds of the ocean and enjoying your breakfast in front of your luxurious tent, that's in short what you'll be experiencing when glamping in the little coastal village of Matapalo! Matapalo is an authentic Costa Rican town with few tourists, a couple of nice restaurants and a great beach. It's the perfect location to relax and enjoy Costa Rica's Pura Vida!
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Whales and dolphins in Ojochal
You find the charming, little village of Ojochal near the National Park Marino Ballena and the largest nature reserve of Costa Rica: Corcovado. From Ojochal, nearby Uvita you can go whale and dolphin watching, in September there's even a whale watching festival! Do enjoy sun, sea and the beach in Playa Tortuga and Las Ventanas.
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Sloths and capuchin monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio is a small, but beautiful National Park. Here you can explore the jungle, but also relax on the beach and take a dive in the ocean. Iguanas and monkeys might join you on the beach. There's also a great chance you'll see sloths in the jungle. All this wildlife in combination with the white beaches makes Manuel Antonio a very popular tourist destination.
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Soar beyond the cloud forest of Monteverde
Monteverde is famous for its unique cloud forest reserve. The village lies in the mountains and is one of the few places in Costa Rica where you can still spot the beautiful quetzal. While in Monteverde you can explore the cloud forest by foot or hanging bridge, but also book a zipline tour and soar beyond the trees, a great experience!

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