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.