Nestled between jungle-filled mountains and expansive oceans is Dominical, widely recognised for it’s world-class surfing. This quirky beach town has much to offer visitors, from adventure sports to more relaxing activities. These Dominical surf camps are the best the area has to offer, and can provide the perfect tropical getaway for guests.
Playa Dominical is a hippie haven for surfers and yogis. Like Pavones this little gem is one of the least developed beaches in Costa Rica. Apart from being the safest, cheapest and arguably most authentic, Playa Dominical offers some of the nicest waves in the entire country.
|Number of surf spots||7|
|Water Temperature||February-June: 28-31°C / 82-88°F
July-January: 26-29°C / 79 to 84°F
|Swell||Multiple consistent swells all year round|
|Nearest Airports||Under 3 hours drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (192km).
Less than 30 minutes to Aeropuerto La Managua, a domestic airport in Quepos.
Mavi Surf Hotel Dominical
Guests staying at Mavi Surf Hotel will find themselves at the most highly rated Dominical surf camp. Reviewers rave about the location, cleanliness and friendly service. Staff will go above and beyond to make any surfer, beginner or expert, feel at home. Additional services available to guests include car hire, shops and water sports facilities.
Hosts at Mavi Surf hotel speak English, Spanish and Italian to make guests from all over the world feel comfortable and welcome. Visitors get a lot for their money with each room having it’s own private bathroom and a daily maid service.
Solo travellers favour this property over other Dominical surf camps for surfing, rating it an exceptional 9.7/10. Complementary breakfasts, year round pool access and a shared lounge area makes the hotel highly social. Rooms at Mavi sleep 1-3 people, with rooms containing both a king double bed and a sofa bed.
Tree of Life Cabinas
Travellers wanting to get off the beaten track for their tropical getaway should stay at this Dominical surf camp. Located just outside of the main town, up a long winding path into the mountains is the Tree of Life Cabinas. These cabinas blend in perfectly to the jungle covered hills, and help guests feel at one with nature.
Outdoor showers and a garden walking trail give guests the opportunity to observe tropical plants, flowers, birds and other local wildlife.
Guests can retire to a hammock on the patio of their private Costa Rican cabina after a long day of surfing, listen to the sounds of the jungle and fully relax. Each of the 3 rooms are detached and sleeps 2, with a bungalow layout looking out over the ocean.
Cool Vibes Beach Hostel
Of all Dominical surf camps this is the closest to the beach, it’s just a minutes walk from the property for all those surfers who can’t wait to catch some waves early in the morning. Reviewers even claim the property is so close you can here the waves breaking!
Costa Rica boasts incredible biodiversity in which guests can fully immerse themselves at Cool Vibes Beach Hostel. The property offers a garden, an open air swimming pool and is less then 10km drive from both Nauyaca waterfalls and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.
Guests receive the best value for money at this property compared to other Dominical surf camps. They are offered free wifi and private bathrooms for each bedroom. Bedrooms available include a double/triple room – featuring a double or twin beds, or a bed in a 4/8 bed mixed dorm.