On the south central Pacific coast, roughly 50 km south of Manuel Antonio, lays the tiny beach community of Dominical. The area´s natural beauty is second to none, bordered by the turquoise Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Baru River and rainforest carpeted mountains.
The location is amazing for surfing. You can be an intermediate, advanced or beginner surfer and still fully enjoy Dominical, with that wide sand break at Dominical allowing surfers to position themselves either in the easier or more powerful waves. However if you wish to surf at an even tamer location, a few minutes drive is the beach of Dominicalito, ideal for beginners. There are also excellent surfing schools and instructors in Dominical. I highly recommend Henry Aguilera of Dominical Surf and Adventures. Not only is Henry a skilled and experienced instructor, but his school has a wide range of boards, equipment and vehicles for an excellent operation.
Surfing however, although I love it, is not the only great thing about Dominical. One of the other great qualities is how relatively undeveloped it is in comparison to Manuel Antonio and of course Jaco, and this means it's teeming with nature, not people. When I am at Dominical I think to myself, perhaps this is what Jaco was like 30 years go?
Hiking through the rainforest to reach amazing waterfalls, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, stand up paddle boarding, biking, and nearby whale watching are some of the great activities the area has to offer. Not to mention that you are just over an hour from the mouth of the Sierpe River, the gateway to Osa Peninsula and the world renown Corcovado National Park.