Playa Negra town is located on the Northwest Pacific Coast, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. To reach this beach town, it takes less than a two-hour drive from the Liberia International airport. After landing the country, you will find this town the first stop. With its barreling waves, beautiful tide pools for swimming, and relaxed community atmosphere, Playa Negra is considered as the hidden gem of Costa Rica. Playa Negra Town is also a popular spot for the surfers as it is just a half hour drive away from the world famous waves in Tamarindo. You can reach this beach town and its surrounding area only by small dirt road, making a 4-wheel drive vehicle necessary. This small beach town not only popular as surfing destination but also offers plenty of options to enjoy a memorable vacation. It offers different types of accommodations including great hotels, resorts and budget lodges. It also has renowned cafes and local delicacies. While staying at this beach town, you will enjoy the laid-back Tico lifestyle.
Hotel Playa Negra:
In Playa Negra area, Hotel Playa Negra is the only beachfront hotel. It is situated just right in front of the world famous surf break and a few steps from the amazing Playa Negra sandy beach. It provides two kinds of rooms-ten bungalows and suite bungalows. Its restaurant and bar located right on the beach, r a large circular palm leaves’ roof, traditionally called rancho in Costa Rica. It serves a variety of dishes including Costa Rican traditional dishes. This hotel has a yoga studio called Shantih Shala where it hosts different yoga classes.
Café Playa Negra:
It offers a unique space surrounded by natural beauty, perfect waves, delicious food, warm sand and sunshine. It features six rooms including private bathroom, good water pressure, hot water and air conditioning. This café specialize in Peruvian food including a menu of over 30 dishes. Within close destination you will find several surf breaks.
Playa Negra Surf Lodge:
Nestled in professionally designed tropical gardens, this lodge offers privacy. It is featured with kitchen, private bathroom, air conditioner, hot water, WiFi, TV with DVD player, large windows, ceiling fan, safe parking. In its restaurant Jalapeno, you will enjoy delicious food prepared with fresh, organic and local ingredients. From this lodge you can reach popular surf break Playa Negra just with a 9 min walk.
Peace Retreat Costa Rica:
Peace Retreat offers different accommodation options such as jungle cabinas, top floor suites, private home rental and these suit every need and budget. It offers different types of Packages including Yoga and Surf retreat. While staying at Peace Retreat, you can also work as a volunteer.
It is a privately owned small typical hotel. This hotel is within close destination to the popular surfing spot Playa Negra. This hotel features with six individual elegantly simple rooms. All rooms face salt water swimming pool surrounded by gracious and fragrant tropical landscaping.
Café Playa Negra:
This café is popular for its Puravida fusion cuisine. It offers a menu including over 30 dishes that combines Peruvian and Costa Rican tastes that called Pura Vida Fusion Cuisine. It offers International dishes as well as kid’s menu. It always tries to collect fresh local fish and offers catch of the day special when available. This café is also well-known for its daily fresh baked desserts.
Villa Deevena Restaurant:
This restaurant offers a varied menu of original dishes. All the dishes are prepared by Chef de Cuisine Patrick Jamon. The menu includes sea food and other ingredients to ensure the guests enjoy it and get refreshed.
Jalapenos Taco Grill:
At this fun and casual restaurant, you will enjoy a variety of delicious dishes made-to-order. It collects fresh organic chicken from its neighbor farm. It also tries to use the fresh vegetables which are collected locally from different organic farms. It serves hot sauce which are freshly prepared at home by using amazing flavors that make it popular. You will enjoy its signature smoothies and from its espresso bar you can enjoy great coffee. Chocolate lovers can also enjoy its ultra rich, moist and chewy brownies.
In its kitchen, you can enjoy fresh home-made food. It serves a typical breakfast in the morning and at dinner time, you will enjoy a delicious menu including wood-baked pizzas/chicken or a dish you prefer prepared by the chef. Upon request, this restaurant can also invite its guests to the ‘Peruvian Night’, with Peruvian ceviche, tiraditos, Peruvian shrimp cocktails, olive sauce octopus and a special peruvian dish. You can also join BBQ nights and have New York steak, bratwurst, fresh fish, chicken, served with rustic mashed potatoes and salad.
Situated in a 10 minutes walking distance from the main street in Playa Negra, La Ventana offers fresh pressed juices and smoothies, amazing coffees and refreshing beverages, healthy breakfast and lunch options. It also has a small organic grocery cooler with things such as Goat’s Milk Yogurt, Raw Honey, and Fresh Kale (hard to come by in Playa Negra!) If you have any special needs such as gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, raw foods, you can ask for.
Yoga in Playa Negra:
Peach Retreat offers daily donation based Yoga classes, space for yoga retreats, and rental space for teacher training and rooms for rent. It also offers 200-hour teacher training through Real Evolution Yoga and volunteer travel options. It offers a wide variety of yoga styles, wellness and leadership programs which are directed by experienced yoga teachers. Yoga classes offered by Peach Retreat are both accessible and challenging for those who never taken a yoga class before or seasoned yoga veteran.
Surfing in Playa Negra:
Though Playa Negra is a great surfing spot for all levels of surfers and especially for the advanced level surfers though new surfers can also find a perfect break and try their skills on a smaller day. During high-tide is the best time to play with the waves. Throughout the year, many surfers love to visit this place due to its consistent waves but it is recommended to avoid this place at the time of low tide. Many surfers get this beach as one of the top surfing spots in Costa Rica.
Within five minutes drive destination you will find Playa Avellans which caters to many surfing abilities. Beginners and a bit advanced surfers can enjoy surfing the right and lefts near the shore with a long board. More advanced surfers can go to the Avellanas Rivermouth to surf and A-frame break with long barrels on both sides. Playa Negra is also close enough to Tamarindo to hit all of the famous spots including Witches Rock, with long lefts and rights that are easy to surf.
Marino Las Baulas National Park:
With its 445 hectares area, this park is set just 24 km from the Playa Negra beach town. In May 1990, this park has takes as a part of Costa Rica’s national park system. It has 22,000 hectares area of open water. Play Langosta, Playa Ventasas, Playa Grande and Carbon is also included in this park. At the mouth of the San Francisco river estuary and Matapalo river, there are mangroves which are also consisted by this park area. Main attraction of this park is the shoreline where the leatherback turtles come for their nesting and in the planet, it is also one of the last remaining sites. Though it is a restricted area, during the time between November and February, you can travel along the shores with the help of a guide.