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The beach, ocean and surfing have historically been the main attractions for a Dominical vacation. Now there are numerous reasons for making such a trip. The rainforest, whales, waterfalls and overall tranquility have become featured players in the drama.

What to do while in Dominical

You'll likely want to know where you can stay while here. 

If you are like most people, you'd probably like to eat while you are here.

The data from the Internet is that "Dominical" is the main word that people use to find information about the area. A vacation in Dominical involves hotels, restaurants and tours & activities in 3 main towns: Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal. Locals frequently refer to this area as "The Zone", the local hospitality chamber refers to it as "Costa Ballena"


Painting Uvita Happy

on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:18

There is a blended community effort going on in Uvita Costa Rica to make the town beautiful. The group spear-heading the effort has a name and even a Facebook page: Pueblo Alegre Uvita (click to view). 

This past Saturday was the third occasion of the community getting together to paint the town, and the numbers of voluntary participants is growing. The effects of their efforts is starting to make a notable difference on the town.

Uvita has  an interesting problem. Travelers come from all parts of the globe to vacation here, largely due to its natural beauty.

How Dominical got its Name

on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:52

Article is contributed by Jack Ewing of Hacienda Baru Eco-lodge & Tours

There is a well known local story of how Dominical got its name. In Costa Rica we have many different types of bananas including plantains, cuadrados, guineos and dominícos. In Spanish a field of bananas is called a “bananal;” of plantains, a “platanal;” of cuadrados, a “cuadradal;” of guineos, a “guineal;” and of dominicos, a “dominical.”

Before the appearance of roads, everyone walked down the beach to get from one place to another.

Every Saturday starting at around 8:00 AM, the Uvita Farmers Market starts up and runs until about 1:00. This is the place to get your organic food needs for the week and quite a bit more.

There are local artisans who regularly display their wares there, as well as some excellent jams, jellies, hot sauces, organic palm oil, pink Himalayan salt, baked goods organic chicken and eggs etc.

There is a big side benefit to visiting the farmers market, especially if you want to get a taste of the the local expat culture. There are vendors there who live in the area, but who are from all parts of the world: Italy, France, Germany the US and Canada are generally fairly well represented.

Here is a taste of what's there:

Ian and Faith

They can usually be found just to the right as you

walk in.

Faith hand-makes custom jewelry with an eye for the "fine". Necklaces and ear-rings make up the bulk of her display, but custom orders almost always result in a happy customer.

Ian does some fine wood working in local exotic hardwoods. He is a master over the wood, so any request can be met, but his claim to fame are his pens.

All About Restaurants & Sodas in Costa Rica

on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 15:45

I know, fascinating topic, right? Well, for the vacationer to Costa Rica, it will actually enhance the overall experience to know the difference between a restaurant and a soda, and can help to explain some rather bewildering events that can occur in one's vacation to this second-world country (is there such a thing?)

There are 2 basic types of eating establishments in Costa Rica: restaurants and sodas. A restaurant is what you think it is - a place to order and be served the food of your choice from a menu. A Soda, on the other hand, is something that differs considerably.