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Playa Negra

Playa Negra is a beautiful dark-sand beach famous in the surfing community for its right-hand barrel waves. The beach lays on the Pacific coast in Costa Rica's hot province of Guanacaste. Its location sits in close proximity to other popular beach breaks including "Little Hawaii"? on Playa Avellanas, a short 10-minute drive away.

Playa Negra
Playa Negra
Playa Negra
Playa Negra
Playa Negra

Surfers and non-surfers alike enjoy Playa Negra's pristine, natural, and remote landscape. Its dark-colored sand is interspersed with rocky outcroppings and tide pools for exploration. To the beach's southern end, there are protected areas for swimming with the family.

Dirt roads provide the only access to Playa Negra and the surrounding area. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary, as the road can be dicey and involve a number of river crossings. However, despite the beach's isolated location, its fast and hallow reef break draws surfers from throughout the area, and the take off zone for riding is main break can get quite crowded. Most hotels and restaurants in the area cater to the laidback surfing community.
Playa Negra is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from the town of Liberia and its international airport. The drive from San Jose takes 4-5 hours crossing the Tempisque Bridge. Another option for travel from San Jose is to take a domestic flight to the popular tourist destination of Tamarindo, which is approximately a 35-minute drive away (perhaps a slightly longer drive in the rainy season.) Daily public buses leave from Santa Cruz, but a taxi or rental car is recommended. Santa Cruz also has the last available gas station in the area. After Santa Cruz, the road passes through Paraiso, a small community 4km from Playa Negra.

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Incredible Stays

Latica Lodge
Latica Lodge
Latica Lodge

This artistic gem is nestled in the heart of Costa Rica's 'Gold Coast.' Guanacaste presents to you: Latica Lodge. Near the dark-sand beaches of Playa Negra, this colorful getaway is crafted from fallen trees and hand-painted unused fabrics. You'll feel like you've gone down the rabbit hole as soon as you step through the property's flower tunnel. Be inspired by the beauty of Costa Rica.

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Hotel Playa Negra
Hotel Playa Negra
Hotel Playa Negra

Hotel Playa Negra offers oceanfront cabins next to Playa Negra's amazing reef break. Surfers will delight in the awesome waves off this pristine beach in Costa Rica's sunny and dry Guanacaste. Playa Negra is a caramel-colored beach, punctuated by rock outcroppings and tide pools. For those seeking escape from more developed tourist destinations in the Guanacaste region, this is just the spot.

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