A famous surf movie called Endless Summer 2 was filmed at this location and it is no wonder why. The original Endless Summer movie is actually what put Costa Rica on the map as a top notch surfing destination released in 1966. The best time to surf Playa Negra is at high tide because the break is over a shallow rock bottom. When the swell is large this is the place to go for pros with a fast, hollow right hand barrel that will make the most experienced surfers hair stand on edge. When the swell is smaller this makes a great place to learn how to surf because of the near perfect formation of the wave. Many surf locations have sand bottoms making them inconsistent but the rock bottom at Playa Negra throws consistent perfect waves.
Playa Negra translates to black beach in English and the black sand shows an amazing contrast when faced against the blue Pacific waters. The beach has several tide pools to swim in so you don’t have to take your chances with the strong current and tides. Also if you are looking for a good place to swim then head to the southern end of the beach where you will find a sheltered area.
Most people come here to surf and the rough dirt roads with river crossings make this place less accessible than other locations that are on the beaten path, a 4×4 vehicle is highly advised when visiting Playa Negra.
It is highly recommended that you visit Las Baulas National Park just 24 kilometers away. The park has four beaches with a total area of 445 hectares. The mangroves of the Matapalo River attract a display of wildlife sure to please everyone. The shores of the park are a protected area for the leatherback turtle to nest.
There is a place to eat on the beach and also other options close by in the small village of Pargos. You will encounter boutique hotels to affordable accommodations for the surfer crowd. This fantastic beach is only 1 hour 45 minutes from the Liberia International Airport and 45 minutes from the Tamarindo Domestic Airport.