Dominical & Uvita, Costa Rica
Read about our stunning natural area; also known as Costa Ballena
Dominical & Uvita
Easily accessible Nature lovers Paradise
Dominical is located between Manuel Antonio and Uvita on the south pacific coast of Costa Rica; an area known for its stunning natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, and tropical jungle teeming with exotic wildlife. It is truly a nature lovers paradise. Yet, easily accessible, just a 3 hour drive over paved roads from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), San Jose (our tour desk offers free rental car drop-off at SJO and Villas Rio Mar).
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Playa Dominical de Osa
Hotel Villas Rio Mar is located a 10 minute walk from the laidback beach village of Dominical. Stroll by the souvenir stands, walk on the beach, enjoy the sunset and have a drink in one of the bars. It is a place that makes you feel relaxed and away from it all; a true holiday. The village has an ATM, grocery stores and several restaurants serving both local and international dishes.
Playa Dominical is famous for its excellent surfing. Good waves almost every day and warm waters 365 days a year (no need for wetsuits). Our tour desk also organizes surf tours to the other good surfing beaches nearby. Not an experienced surfer yet? Go take a surf lesson on Playa Dominicalito.
4 National Parks and a UNESCO world heritage site
Eco Hotel Villas Rio Mar is located nearby 4 national parks: spot monkeys & sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park, see whales & dolphins in Marino Ballena National Park, hike the highest peak of Costa Rica at Chirripo National Park and explore the unique tropical jungle and its wildlife of Corcovado National Park. Visiting the mysterious stone spheres of Costa Rica – a UNESCO world heritage site – is also a great day tour from Hotel Villas Rio Mar.
Plenty of Nature & Adventure activities
Besides the national parks and other nature parks there are many more things to do in the area of Dominical & Uvita. From self-guided day trips to organized tours; the experienced tour desk of Hotel Villas Rio Mar is happy to help you. Go rafting or repelling, visit awesome waterfalls, zip-line through canopy or kayak the famous caves of Cinco Ventanas. Please see our Things to Do page for a complete list of tourist activities in the area of Dominical & Uvita.