San Gerardo de Dota – Dominical
After breakfast, drive or transfer to Dominical where you'll spend three nights relaxing - one of the favorite destinations for surfers. The beach extends for more than 4 km and is surrounded by exuberant vegetation typical of the Pacific coast. This is not a massive tourism area, which makes it perfect for relaxing and enjoying nature. In the town of Dominical and next to the beach you can find some small restaurants that serve typical Costa Rican meals. Because this area is a fishermen community, seafood is the main ingredient in most of the dishes that are served in the restaurants of this region.
Downtown you will find some small stores, houses and other businesses line up along the only way that goes to the beach. At the end of Dominical, close to the cliff known as Roca Verde, you can find some smaller beaches that are a fantastic destination, which give a perfect idea of the incredible natural sceneries that you will find in this place.
Dominical is very close to the Ballena National Marine Park, a spectacular place, which plays an important role in protecting several marine species such as the migrating Humpback Whales, the Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles. There are two whale migrations to calve in the warm waters of Marino Ballena. Antarctic families arrive in July and depart in November while their northern cousins from California and Canada come in December and leave in April.
The small village of Uvita de Osa is located between Dominical and Ojochal, known for its exquisite culinary tradition. Here, the mountains of the rainforest loom over sea, sheltering the stunning pristine beaches of Uvita, Ballena, Arco, Piñuela, Ventanas and Tortuga.
For day trips, the area is close to Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park.
Some suggested optional tours and activities:
Whales and Dolphins
This is one of the best options to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. This boat tour departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale Tale, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour, we will search for Humpback and Pilot Whales as well as for the three different species of resident dolphins. When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the Humpback Whales and observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. We also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine wildlife. While cruising in the boat, enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline of Costa Ballena; observe the diversity of pelagic birds in the Islets and the amazing caverns of Ventanas Beach (if conditions permit, the captain will navigate the boat through these wonderful natural water passages to give you a spectacular view!)
The Humpback whales visit the waters of Costa Rica and the Ballena Marine National Park between mid-July to October late (Southern Humpback Whales), and again from mid-December through late March (Northern Humpback Whales) as they migrate to and from feeding and mating grounds. The snorkeling is good only during the dry months (from late November through June) due to visibility. The Bottle Nosed Dolphins and Pacific spotted Dolphins can be seen year round.
Guided visit to Finca Ibis
Take a walk through the only sustainable farm in the area and meet Don Güelo and his family. Finca Ibis is just 500 meters from Marino Ballena National Park. This is a great opportunity to meet a local family and share with them during a walk through the farm. At the end, you will be invite to try some delicious homemade dishes made with the products of the farm.
Cuna del Angel Hotel (Angel Deluxe Room)