This weekend we had the opportunity to get away and travel down to the beach town of Dominical located in the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica. In Costa Rica our summer season runs from December – April. This time of year is called the “dry season”. in January the Dominical area will experience daytime temperatures which can range between 28 to 31 °C. There was no rainfall during the two days that we spent in Dominical which is quite a contrast for this area of Costa Rica that can get around 150 inches of rainfall per year.
During our stay we were able to see white faced monkeys jumping from tree to tree. A pair toucan birds landed on the tree in front of the property where we were staying. This area of Costa Rica is very diverse in both nature and wildlife.
The town of Dominical is a well known town for surfing. The beach of Dominical is about two miles long and surrounded by the natural vegetation of the area. The entire town of Dominical consists of two main streets which are still unpaved. One street runs along the main commercial area of town while the other runs along the ocean front which is lined with restaurants, small hotels / BB’s and hostels.
Our friends Jose and Nicole Leon allowed us to stay in their beach house which is only two blocks from the beach and right in the middle of all the activities of Dominical.
We parked the car and did not need it anymore during our stay. The restaurants, supermarket and the ocean were all within walking distance from the beach house. You can purchase coconut water on the beach for one dollar. The Tortilla Flats restaurant and Bar was around the corner and the very popular Coco restaurant for typical Costa Rican seafood was also just a few blocks away. The beach road is lined with vendors and artists selling their artifacts. We were there on a Saturday and the locals generally come down from the city of Perez Zeledon which is only about an hour away to enjoy the beach during the Costa Rican summertime. Those who live and visit Dominical are an interesting mix of people from different countries around the world. You have a good number of Americans, Canadians, Europeans and Argentinians in the area.
It was great weekend in Dominical and we look forward to our next visit to the area .