Playa Negra Travel Guide
Member Reviews (2)
- Playa NegraFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Playa Negra is a remote coastal/surfer town about 15 miles south of Tamarindo. Despite its proximity to bustling Tamarindo, Playa Negra feels off-the-beaten-path. The road there is mostly unpaved, and when you arrive in the "town", you find that it isn't much of a town at all but more like a small strip of civilization along a dusty road. Which, for some, is probably a wonderful thing.
The beach itself is fantastic. It is a series of small beaches sandwiched between black coral rock. The water is clear and the perfect wave crests are something to behold. I am not a surfer, but my wife and I rented boards and were able to catch a few waves.
Right on the main beach there is a resort and open-air restaurant with decent food and an outstanding view. You can rent boards from the resort surf shop or get one back in "town", but you'll have to carry it for about a 10 minute walk if you do that.
Most of the folks we encountered at Playa Negra seemed to be Costa Rican families, although there were people from Europe and other Latin American countries. Surfing is popular here.
My wife and I enjoyed Playa Negra, but for some reason we didn't love staying there for so long (4 days). It started to feel a little too remote although there were other tourists around. If you like to surf without the crowds, and/or you like the off-the-beaten-path feel, you may really like Playa Negra. Playa Avellana is right near there and is supposed to be really gorgeous but we didn't check it out. Although as far as "remote" goes, I liked Playa Grande better (north of Tamarindo).
On the main drag of Playa Negra there are 2-3 restaurants and a tiny little market. For being so remote the food is pretty fantastic.
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By Marcelo Luiz