Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfall in Dominical

Cataratas Nauyaca

This center, owned and operated by a Costa Rican family, is home to the coast's most impressive waterfalls, which cascade through a protected reserve of both primary and secondary forest. The family runs horseback-r…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Dominical

Fuego Brew Co.

Glowing electric purple from the center of Dominical, this sleek establishment is the town's first craft brewery and a place to sip guanábana-flavored Hefeweizen all day long. The bartenders are super nice and the b…
Top Choice Cafe in Dominical

Cafe Mono Congo

Perch on a swing at the bar or at a riverside table to enjoy the best espresso in town, hands down. This open-air cafe also dishes up tasty, simple breakfasts like gallo pinto and huevos rancheros and (largely veggi…
Top Choice Thai in Dominical

Phat Noodle

Newish in town, this expat-owned Thai restaurant and bar serves up piping-hot bowls of rice and noodles, along with spicy margaritas, all from the inside of a converted school bus. Skilfully prepared menu items rang…
Top Choice Nature 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 those that can be and reintroduce them to the wild, …
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 spot …
Zoo in Dominical

Parque Reptilandia

Seven kilometers up the Dominical–San Isidro road, this reptile haven is the closest thing humans have to Jurassic Park. It's got everything from crocodiles to turtles and snakes to poison-dart frogs, and our favori…
Vegetarian in Dominical

Maracutú

This mellow, reggae-spouting 'natural restaurant' hits a lovely high note in Dominical. It serves mostly vegetarian and vegan dishes that span the globe, from falafel and burritos to pad thai and curries, with pesca…
Costa Rican in Dominical

Charter

This Costa Rican restaurant serves excellent comida típica (regional specialities), but is better known for the old, hollowed-out Allegro airplane parked beside it, which supposedly is being converted into a cocktai…
Tacos in Dominical

Del Mar Taco Shop

On the approach to the beach, an expat cooks up some of the Pacific coast's best tacos in this casual surfer hangout. We prefer the fish tacos to the shrimp, which can vary in size. Also delicious are the daily Hawa…