There is no better way to explore Costa Rica than on your own!! Ride off the tourist map and into the real Costa Rica! Around Dominical is the perfect area for day adventures as there are so many great things to do & see in the area.
Discover several waterfalls in your own car or RENT one of our motorcycles, or on an ATV tour. (get a map to the falls at the Uvita Information Center)
Enjoy a trekking deep into the jungle to amazing multiple waterfalls and pools. There is plenty of exploring, swimming close to Dominical!
The Nacuya Waterfalls:
Cataratas de Nacuya can be reached by foot or hire a horse and go on horseback. “Cataratas” meaning waterfall in Spanish. Just outside Dominical there’s a turn towards San Isidro del General, this is the same road to the starting point for the Nayyaca Waterfall. The walk from the parking lot is 5 km. It is mostly uphill so wear good hiking shoes or sneakers with good treads, bring water/snack, swimsuit, a hat, and wear lots of bug off!!! There is not drinkable water inside or a place to buy it.
You can actually drive your car down the first kilometer and park it at the base and hike up from there. (instead of leaving car where you buy your tickets) We recommend driving down the steep first kilometer and then hiking from there.
The waterfalls are magnificent, probably the best in the country. Make sure you swim in with crystal clear water. This has always been a highly recommended thing to do!
(Cataratas de Nauyaca is also known by the name of Don Lulo's or Santo Cristo.)
A 5 minute drive south of Dominical, you find the waterfall of Pozo Azul, meaning ‘the blue hole’. It is reached after turning into the small town of Dominicalito. You take the right of the Y and just a bit further there are stairs on your right bringing you down to a beautiful little place to bathe and chill out. Pozo Azul is a blue lagoon; the water is supplied by a waterfall.
Swing off the rope and into the refreshing waters, but use caution and be aware of the shallow waters and rocky edges that surround the swimming hole. Keep a look out for sloths, monkeys and other rainforest wildlife.
25 minutes south of Dominical and a short ride from the Uvita information center you will come upon Falls that are fun and amazing! I suggest a good pair of water shoes for the hike and walking in the streams. The stairs down are in good shape. There are a couple of different water pools that are more shallow and the main hall is deep and has a quick drop off where people can jump in. Some people even cliff dive and there is also a natural water slide.
Follow signs for Cascada Verde. Admission is 500 colones per person and the restaurant at the top (the parking area) has wonderful smoothies and food for a good price. The trail to get to the falls is obvious and takes about 5 minutes.
*dont forget to bring fresh fruit, snacks & bottled water. Please remember, A good adventurer always packs Out what they bring in!
35 minutes from the beach town of Dominical to the north you find the Diamante Waterfall in the village of Las Tumbas near Tinamaste. The landscape here has both lush, rolling mountains and open valleys that are sometimes enshrouded in clouds. You take the same road to Nauyaca but you keep going straight up Highway 243 towards San Isidro del General. You’ll wind up and down the mountain, passing several small towns like Baru and Platanillo. In about 25 minutes, you’ll get to the town of Tinamastes at the top of the hill where the road levels off. After a large church on the right, take your first right onto a dirt road (there should be a sign for Valle de Vida). This will lead you into Las Tumbas. Follow this road for about 10 minutes, passing a bridge and a small church.
The scenery is amazing but be careful on the trek up the mountain, following the steep, rocky path. After 2 hours arrive at two twin, 85-foot (26 meter) waterfalls with a few gigantic boulders which formed the base of a cave which you can go into. You can continue hiking up to the tallest waterfall which is about 600 feet (183 meters) up.
35 minutes from the beach town of Dominical to the south you find the El Pavon Waterfall 5minutes outside the village Ojochal. There is a swimming hole, several levels of smaller pools and a big rock wedged between the two sides of the mountain. Its quite a beautiful site! There is a pathway to see the falls from the top. Nice shady area, great for picnics! (avoid weekends for crowds)