Dominical is one of the choice gems of the Pacific Coast. The incredible balance of sand, sea and mountains makes Domical a destination worth traveling to. It has clockwork sunsets with a fiery glaze, and dark volcanic sands that warm the ocean to balmy temperatures. Moments away from the beach are pools of fresh water and natural waterfalls that cascade down the mountainside. Dominical sits on the Pacific Ocean and is bordered to the north by the Río Barú, a fresh water river that runs from the mountains into the ocean. creating a rushing current that you can find and track as you walk along the beach. To the east 3000-foot mountains create a cloud forest, and to the south dark volcanic ash creates coffee colored beaches and coves. Since the main part of the town of Domical is set slightly back from the beach, it seems to magically disappear as you drift into the water, leaving only the tall beach palms and mangroves surrounded by fertile green hills to guide you along the coastline.
The international surfing community has known Dominical for many years. It became a destination in the early seventies by a group of spirited and dedicated surfers, and because of its consistently good waves Dominical has steadily gained in popularity over the last 30 years. The town has become a haven for surfers, with local restaurants offering "Starving Surfer" specials and nonstop surf videos. The unusual conditions of the beach give the surf its size, dependability and the gentle run off and white water splash that also make it perfect for learning. The wave is a beach break with a twist that originates from the mouth of the Río Barú to the north. The river empties out of the mountains to the east and deposits sediments that form into a sand bar that spreads like a pair of sleepy rabbit ears north and south of the mounth. Only recently have people discovered and been attracted by its natural beauty. Not more than fifteen years ago the only buildings to be found were a few dilapidated fishing huts built by local fishermen. Since then the town has grown to over 700 permanent residents with a number of small beachfront restaurants, bars and cabins. Even with the emergence and growth of the town, it is possible to walk from one end of Dominical to the other in less than ten minutes.
The area surrounding Dominical, especially to the south, is almost completely unpopulated. Because of this, the area is full of hundreds of different species of exotic animals including; three different types of toucans, giant green and red iguanas, all four types of native monkeys, parrots of all sizes and hues, three toed sloths and various small cats such as jaguarondis and montegordos.
There are two national reserves in the immediate area, and three more only an additional hour and a half away (Manuel Antonio National Park, Corcovado National Park and Caño Island National Preserve) . To the south is the country's underwater national park, Marino Ballena. Here it is possible to see a pristine underwater world with scores of multi-colorful marine creatures, coral reefs and jagged, ash black, volcanic rocks and tide pools. In a country full of beautiful views, lush landscapes, tropical attractions, and cloud forests, Dominical has the perfect balance between walking on soft sand or hiking along fresh water streams.
Manu villa rental Dominical caters to individuals who value an authentic encounter with nature. Hidden among 30 acres of lush tropical rain forest, four luxury vacation villas are situated on a small mountain ridge with expansive Pacific Ocean views stretching from Manuel Antonio Park in the north to the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Each villa for rent comes with a private pool, fully equipped kitchen, organic linens, ocean views, tropical breezes, and the rain forest at your doorstep.
Private infinity edge pool lava stone pool (chemical free)
Unbelievable sunsets from the large iron wood sun deck
Lounge Chairs and cushions
Stainless steel gourmet gas grill
Black volcanic stone bar with massive hardwood table with three bar stools
Antique carved daybed with an ancient weaver table
3 seater rattan bench with two arm chairs
Wireless high speed satellite internet (512 kbit upload / 1Mbit down) (see weekly rates here)
25 inch Flat screen TV with SKY satellite system for many international
news, sports and movie channels
DVD player with CD/MP3 sound system
DVD library for kids and adults
Bedrooms / Bathrooms
Coral stone bathrooms with carved sandstone sinks and outdoor shower
Three king size beds with orthopedic mattresses
Two sets of Egyptian Cotton Sheets and two large, medium and small towels for each bedroom
Split system air condition in all 3 bed rooms
Kitchen / Dining room
Massive teak dining table for 10 persons
Fully equipped kitchen (please see list here)
36 bottle built in wine cooler (please see wine list here)
Full size stainless steel Fridge
36 inch gas cook top
Industrial strength Blender
once a week free washing and ironing of your cloth (please see additional maid service here)
for additional services see our information page (please see info about services here)
Bosque en el Cielo
Low season (May 1 - June 30 and Sept 1 - Dec 14) USD 280,- / night
Mid season (Jan 16 - April 30 and July 1 - Aug 31) USD 385,- / night
High season (Dec 15 - Jan 15) USD 460,- / night
Low season (May 1 - June 30 and Sept 1 - Dec 14) USD 320,- / night
Mid season (Jan 16 - April 30 and July 1 - Aug 31) USD 395,- / night
High season (Dec 15 - Jan 15) USD 460,- / night
Low season (May 1 - June 30 and Sept 1 - Dec 14) USD 195,- / night
Mid season (Jan 16 - April 30 and July 1 - Aug 31) USD 285,- / night
High season (Dec 15 - Jan 15) USD 360,- / night
Prices for Tour's (only in combination with villa rental)
Corcovado National Park USD 105,- / person
Cano Island USD 105,- / person
Offshore Fishing Trip (5 people max) USD 600,- / boat
Nauyaka Waterfall Tour USD 50,- / person
Kayaking the Mangroves USD 50,- / person
Surfing Lessons USD 65,- / person
Kayak and Snorkel at Ballena USD 65,- / person
Prices for extra maid and laundry service
Cleaning the house and laundry USD 35,- / day
Prices for massages
One hour Massage USD 65,- / hour
Massage Package (Three massages one hour each) USD 120,- / package
Prices for chef service
Breakfast USD 15,- / person / day
Lunch USD 20,- / person / day
Dinner USD 35,- / person / day
Prices are in USD per night exclusive Government Sales Tax (13%) and ICT room tax of 3%.
There are a couple ways to reach our area:
Flying to Quepos :
After arriving in San Jose you can take a Sansa single-engine commuter flight to Quepos . (Sansa Timetable)
For bigger groups (5-18 pax) or out of convenience you might look into a Nature Air charter flight from San Jose to Quepos.
From Quepos, you would then get picked up by your car for the week and your personal driver Jose who will chauffeur you to Manu villas and Spa.
We can also arrange for the rental car company to pick you up from the Airport in Quepos and you take the drive along the coast to Dominical in your rented 4x4.
Total travel time: Air 20 minutes; Ground 60 minutes.
Driving to Dominical:
If you like long leisurely drives through the mountains, you've come to the right country! The roads are in good shape, but plan on 4 to 5 hours to cross over the mountains and arrive at the beach. The drive from San José takes you through stunning scenery on the Pan-American Highway. You can drive through high mountain passes, and the country’s largest cloud forest, with the worlds last remaining, sustainable habitat for the endangered quetzal.
We can arrange that a air-conditioned bus (max 8 persons) picks you up at the airport and brings you directly to Dominical. We can arrange that the car rental company waits for you with the 4x4 in Dominical and you can take over the car there.
We can also arrange for the rental car company to pick you up from the Airport in San Jose and you take the drive over the mountains to Dominical yourself in your rented 4x4.
Total travel time: about 4 hours.