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February 19th, 2007 – by: Higton
OK, I've been avoiding here for a reason. I met a bloke in Jacó who had learned to surf in Dominical and he scared the bejesus out of me. I really wish I hadn't met him. Dominical is great, much smaller than Jacó and Tamarindo and none of the attendent saucy industry. I think there is a reason for this - the beach is unswimmable. It has a very strong rip-tide and throws rocks onto the shore the size of your fist. It is quite good fun to watch surfers at high tide - they wait for the sea to draw back, then take a running jump as it comes back in, leaping over the break and landing on their boards.
Note for crap surfers (like me) - the best time is about 3 hours off high tide for about an hour and a half. The paddle out isn't too bad and huge monster waves don't rear up out of nowhere. But hitting a wave here is truly fabulous - it is worth the battering.
Little, but with heart
Sprawling metropolis it aint, Dominical is just a couple of streets at the moment (although it won't be in two years). Sadly, a lot of the businesses seem American owned - I say that because it would be nice to have some ticos running more places. That said, my hostel was Tico run and... more later.
The thing there is no shortage of is stuff to do with surfing - perhaps not surprising, I think it is really the only reason people come here.
It has a few nice places to eat and quite a few places to stay, although in the week it seems a little dead - which really isn't a problem for me. One thing that is occuring is a number of main road developments - shopping centres and larger hotels a little out of town. That is why I think it is going to expand exponentially soon. If you like small, go now. Otherwise wait a few years and all the strip joints you could ever wish for will be here.
Dominical Backpackers Hostel
A review of the actual place is attached, but the experience needs its own section.
I have also never had the experience of staying alone in a hostel for 20 people before. Yes, there was some pretty young thing from Brighton there when I arrived, but she just slept (or hid) and was gone the next day. It was a bit eerie - the hostel equivalent of The Shining. Still, I was only sleeping there, so who cared? All that remained was to hire a board (a mere $20 per day oh Tucan Hotel), buy a six pack of Bavaria with no frowns and enjoy the sun. Bliss.
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