About Dominical 2017-04-20T19:21:49+00:00


Study the language
and explore the land
with AEC in Domincal.

Our Dominical campus is located in the rural beach town of Playa Dominical, on Costa Rica’s amazingly beautiful Central Pacific coastline. This is a surfer’s paradise the most consistent waves in all of Central America. This is the real Costa Rica with no high rise apartments or big name hotels.

Instead you will find long sections of stunning coast line in a lush tropical paradise. The AEC programs offered here provide unique “study the language and explore the land” experience. Never surfed before, take our Surf and Spanish class and enter a whole new world of discovery.

Getting Here

Dominical Stats

Location on Earth:
09°15′ North & -83°52′ West

Country: Costa Rica

Province: Puntarenas

Canton: Osa

Altitude: Sea level

Climate: Tropical

Rainfall: The average yearly rainfall is 131.378 inches (3337 mm).

Temperature:Temperature:The average temperature in Dominical is 74.84°F(23.8°C).

Things to Do: Learn Spanish, adventure tours, whale watching, and a plethora of water sports.

Things to See: Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge, Ballena National Marine Park, Nauyaca Waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.

Google Map of Dominical

Surrounding Areas

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. There are two national preserves in the immediate area offering a wide array of opportunities to explore this stunning region of Costa Rica.

North of town:  On the other side of Rio Baru is Hacienda Baru, which is a private 1000 acre preserve. Hacienda Baru offers the ecological tourist the opportunity to see a wonderful diversity of tropical plants and animals.

South of town: Head to Costa Rica’s only totally underwater national park, Ballena National Marine Park. Here it is possible to see a pristine and virgin underwater world with scores of multi-colorful marine creatures, coral reefs and jagged, ash black, volcanic rocks and tide pools.

East of town: Explore area of primary forest with numerous waterfalls throughout, including the countries tallest, a three level, 800 foot high mountain of cascading water.