This month we are looking at Dominical, Costa Rica. In part 1 of this series, I talked about two of my favorite National Parks. In part 2, I shared with you the incredible beaches in Dominical. In part 3, I discussed water activities.
This article will discuss the wide variety of land activities Dominical has to offer.
Costa Rica is a bird lover’s paradise, boasting more than 850 species of birds. Approximately 600 of these bird species reside in Costa Rica year-round; the rest migrate seasonally. In Dominical you can see a wide variety of birds. You may wish to invest in a professional tour or a good bird book. My favorite book is the Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean.
Some of the popular birds commonly found in the area include the Toucans and Parrots. At the Corvovado National Park, south of Dominical, visitors can see the rare Scarlet Macaw in the wild.
Several companies in Domincal offer horseback riding guided tours. Take a ride on the beach on a beautiful horse. Explore on jungle trails where you ford rivers on horseback. Take a ride to 600′ Diamante Waterfall or the lesser known 600 + foot Angel Waterfall. There are a variety of different places to explore and many include opportunities to see birds and take photos along the way. Options include full and half day trips. There are horses available for beginning to experienced riders.
Did you love Tree climbing as a child? Well you can take it to the next level and then some. With the tree climb you will use specialized equipment, harnesses and ascenders to climb via a rope to the upper branches of a rainforest tree. You climb to a height of 113 feet where you can sit on the branches and be part of the canopy. An English speaking naturalist guide will be with you. You don’t have to be strong to do this, but you do need to be somewhat physically fit.
No vacation to Costa Rica is complete without the breath-taking experience of flying through the canopy on a zip line. It is a great way to see the rain forest. In Dominical the zip line offers 8 separate cable ridges where you fly from one ridge top to another across valleys and streams. The tour will have two guides and at least one of them speaks fluent English.
I also want to share with you some of the wide variety of accommodations that are available in the area from Costa Rica Bedfinder. Each week I will select a few of my favorite places to stay with you.
Opposite the Escaleras hills on the ocean side, the Puerto Cito is where you will find two of my favorite vacation rentals.
‘The Edge’, is an Estate villa with 180 degree vistas of ocean and jungle, as well as an architectural jewel.
Another great option is “Casa Ramon”, considered by many to be The ultimate luxury home away from home in Costa Rica.