Southern Costa Rica Zone Map & Towns

Dominical, Uvita, and Ojochal location in Costa Rica

The Zone Orientation in Costa Rica

You generally fly into San Jose. From there you can choose 1 of 2 ways to get to The Zone.

  1. Down the middle of the country: The Pan American highway
  2. The coastal route.


is still the best known of the towns, but this is changing as Uvita is moving into the central and most developed of the towns.

Dominical Shops & Services:

  • a small but well stocked grocery store
  • 4 real estate agencies
  • various tour operators
  • surf camps
  • Spanish school
  • Yoga studio
  • 2 vacation rentals (in town)
  • Villas Rio Mar (rental villas resort)
  • various eating establishments that cater to the surfer crowd
  • various lodgings options, none “fine”


is evolving as the hub of a lot of the activity in the zone.

Uvita Services & Shops

  • 2 relatively large grocery stores
  • BCR & Banco Nacional banks, both with ATMs
  • 3 hardware stores
  • Pharmacy
  • 2 doctors offices
  • 2 veterinarians
  • 2 real estate companies
  • clothing & souvenir shops
  • restaurants, none fine. Good diversity
  • 2 almacenes (Costa Rica style department stores)
  • 1 paint store
  • Spanish school
  • 2 private bi-lingual elementary schools
  • farmers market
  • hair salons
  • tour operators


European feel. Not a lot of services & shops but is becoming the culinary center of Costa Rica. Lots of great restaurants: 14 last count.