Just spent a few days in Dominical. It used to be an all day trip to get down there. Now with the new road just finished, it is 40 min. This part of the country is the old Costa Rica. Not over priced, less crowded beaches. Charming hotels, local seafood restaurants. We have done a few weddings in this area and always like coming back. This is a place to consider for those couples that want a more genuine experience of the country.
Humpbacks whales are migrating, what an amazing experience. We stayed at Riotico Safari Lodge (just did a photographic makeover - the photos they have do not do the place justice - they will be up soon). We went with the advice of TripAdvisor and loved it.
Other places in the area that are cute:
Cabinas Riomar (stop at the bridge to see the koati troop)
Cuna del Angel
Stop and have lunch at Roca Verde and ask for one the best Arroz con Camarones (Shrimp n Rice) I have had!