Dominical Getting There
The closest airports to Dominical are in Quepos and Palmar Sur. Both are serviced by regional airlines Sansa and Nature Air.
Direct buses from San Jose depart from the Tracopa Station at Plaza Viquez (Calle 5 and Avendia 20) in San Jose : $9; 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; 5 to 6 hours travel time via the Route 34 and Route 1.. Tel. 2223-5567.
Dominical to San Jose: $9; 5:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., departs Uvita and passes through Dominical.
San Isidro del General to Dominical: $2.55; 7:00 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; 1.5 hours. Departs two blocks south of the church – look for the bus stop. Transportes Blanco Tel. 2771-4744.
Route 34 from San Jose takes about four hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. Take Route 34 west past Orotina, then follow signs for Jaco and Quepos via the Costanera Sur. Continue south, following signs to Dominical and Uvita. The road between Quepos and Dominical is completely paved, and the single lane bridges are in relatively good condition.
If the Route 34 is closed, another option is to take the longer, but more scenic route over the Cerro de la Muerte. Plan on five to six hours behind the wheel. Note that this drive is best done during daylight hours as fog, rain and road conditions are unpredictable on this winding, mountain road. From San Jose, take the Route 2 south toward Cartago, following signs to San Isidro del General and Dominical.
Bus Private shuttle companies Interbus and Grayline service between Dominical and San Jose, but they have a two-person minimum. Shuttles have A/C, seat 10 to 15 people and have a bilingual driver. . There are morning departures for Dominical from San Jose, and fees average $78 per person, each way.