Playa Dominical is a must see for surfers in Costa Rica

Dominical Beach Surf
Dominical Beach Surf

While the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica has long been celebrated as one of the most beautiful beachfronts in the world, surfers visiting the Central American nation tend to congregate on the west coast, where the more lively waters of the Pacific provide travelers with plenty of opportunities to carve world class waves. Yet there is no rule that says that a top quality surf spot cannot also be scenic and beautiful, and surfers exploring the Pacific coast of Costa Rica can experience this phenomenon at Playa Dominical.

Playa Dominical

Located in the southern part of the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica, Playa Dominical is a growing tourist destination thanks to its world famous beach and well-paved roadways that provide easy access from San Jose and the nearby city of Quepos and make the beach a popular destination during both the dry and wet seasons.

Strong and Fast Waves

Playa Dominical has one of the most consistently strong and fast waves in all of Costa Rica, with wave heights that rarely drop below waist high and strongly positioned sandbars that make for challenging lefts and rights as well as strong barrels. The beach itself spans roughly 1.5 kilometers with multiple beach breaks that produce strong waves. This means that surfers at Playa Dominical will rarely have to compete for waves and that the beach is hardly ever crowded.

Surfers of all skill levels will find much to enjoy about Playa Dominical, as a number of beach schools can be found along the shoreline. Amateurs should be warned, however, that the waves at Playa Dominical can get pretty intense, so staying close to shore is recommended. Thankfully, Playa Dominical is also one of few beaches to feature lifeguards on duty, as the donation-based Dominical Lifeguards patrol the beaches.

All tides are ridable at the beach, but surfers will find the hollow breaks that come about as mid tide rolls into low tide to be irresistible.

Exploring nearby Forests

For those surfers who need a break from the waves, the coasts of Playa Dominical also feature several lush, tropical rain forests that can make for excellent sightseeing, or a challenging hike. The area is home to several caves and waterfalls that are sure to make any jungle excursion a truly memorable experience.

Expanded Accommodations

As the city's tourism grows, numerous accommodations have popped up near Playa Dominical over the years particularly in the southern city of Uvita.