South of Avellanas is Playa Negra, another great surfing beach. Its hollow, right-breaking barrels are popular with experienced surfers, though because of its rocky, shallow bottom, it’s best avoided at low tide. You can also explore tide pools here or swim in its calmer waters to the south.
Playa Negra (“black beach”) is 45 minutes south of Tamarindo, and the next large community to the south is Nosara, an hour and a half away on a fairly rough coastal road. Its remoteness makes Playa Negra an isolated spot far from crowds or traffic.
The beachfront Hotel Playa Negra
offers 17 bungalows and suites and a restaurant/bar. The Cafe Playa Negra Hotel is another lodging option, offering eight hotels and suites, the Leche de Tigre Peruvian restaurant, and the pool, cabana, and cocktails at Club Solare.
Restaurants here include Kon Tiki
(pizza) and La Ventana
(breakfast, bowls, wraps and smoothies).
Negra also offers a limited but enticing selection of homes for sale and vacation rentals, including those at residential communities called Rancho Playa Negra and Finca Los Pargos.