Top ChoiceWaterfall in Dominical

Cataratas Nauyaca

Owned and operated by a Costa Rican family, this center is home to the coast's most impressive waterfalls. Two falls cascade through a protected reserve of both primary and secondary forest, and are reached by...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Dominical

Fuego Brew Co

In the center of Dominical, with a doorway decorated with two mini-flamethrowers, this sleek establishment with a coffee shop, glistening hardwood bar and restaurant is the town's first craft brewery and coffee...

Top ChoiceCafe in Dominical

Cafe Mono Congo

Perch on a swing at the bar or at a riverside table to enjoy an espresso. This open-air cafe also dishes up tasty, simple breakfasts like gallo pinto and huevos rancheros and (largely veggie) lunches, using...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Dominical

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Around 1.5km east and uphill from Dominical, this wildlife sanctuary takes in injured and orphaned animals as well as illegal pets. Its mission is to rehabilitate and reintroduce to the wild those that can be,...

Cafe in Dominical

Café de Ensueños

Run by a lovely local family, this cafe is tucked away at the end of the southern spur road. Organic coffee drinks, fresh juices and hearty breakfasts are served alfresco under a covered terrace – an excellent...

Zoo in Dominical

Parque Reptilandia

Near the entrance to Nauyaca Waterfall, this weathered reptile park sits on an acre of land and is a mini–Jurassic Park. It's got everything from crocodiles to turtles and snakes to poison-dart frogs in...

Health Food in Dominical

Mama Toucan's

Selling gourmet, organic and vegan products and those free of 'artificial flavors, chemicals and bad vibes,' this super health-food store is ideal for self-catering. While groceries are a bit pricey, the 12-inch...

Fair in Dominical

Eco Feria Dominical

Self-caterers can stock up on local organic groceries and goodies. Vendors range from chocolatiers, bakers and nut roasters to dairy producers and craft kombucha stalls. However, it's more than a food market....

Costa Rican in Dominical

Ricar 2 Restaurant

This Costa Rican restaurant 1.5km north of Dominical on the way to Cataratas Nauyaca serves yummy comida típica (regional specialties), but is better known for the old, hollowed-out Allegro airplane parked beside...

Thai in Dominical

Phat Noodle

Set in a pretty garden, this Thai restaurant and bar serves up tasty piping-hot bowls of rice and noodles, along with spicy margaritas, all from inside a converted school bus. Skilfully prepared menu items range...

Sushi in Dominical

Dominical Sushi

Set back from the main road through town, in an open-air setting overlooking the Río Barú, this sushi place takes advantage of the fresh tuna and other fish caught daily in Dominical. We're big fans of its ahi...

Tacos in Dominical

Del Mar Taco Shop

On the approach to the beach this casual surfer hangout serves some of the area's best tacos (fresh fish, shrimp, beef, chicken or veggie). The chips are mixed with handmade nachos – pair them with the superb...

Seafood in Dominical

El Pescado Loco

This little open-air shack has only a handful of menu items, but it knows what it's doing when it comes to fish tacos with spicy mango salsa and chunky guacamole. The onion rings and fish and chips are tasty too....

Beach in Dominical

Playa Dominicalito

Three kilometers south of Dominical, this sheltered bay is favored by beginners when the surf is big in Dominical. Surf schools from Dominical frequently do lessons here on the mellower waves, and surf rental is...

Ice Cream in Dominical

Sol Frozen Yogurt, Gelato & Drinks

Organic Dominical homemade artisan ice cream and fro-yo, with lots of tasty vegan varieties. Our faves are the pistachio, coconut and vegan mint-choc-chip gelato. The low-key stand also sells frappés, milkshakes...

Bar in Dominical

Tortilla Flats

The beachfront Tortilla Flats is the de facto place for surfers to enjoy sunset beers after a day in the water (skip the food, though). Its open-air atmosphere and easy vibes reflect the clientele, with regular...

Cafe in Dominical

Cafe Delicias

This Costa Rican coffee shop chain is a solid, good value place to grab breakfast or a snack. The cake counter is always stuffed with sweet goodies and the casados are pretty good too. There's better coffee in...

Bar in Dominical

Rum Bar

On the road into town, this lively divey spot plays reggae, has live music or DJs nightly and does a ladies' night on Wednesday, when women get free shots and other promotions just for turning up.