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Miles of Black Sand Beach to Explore

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Playa Negra is a black sand beach which stretches more than 10km from the west entrance of Puerto Viejo town all the way northeast to Cahuita National Park. The beach is well suited to beginning surfers at the west end near town (where you'll find the overgrown barge). Traveling further north it becomes a very quiet beach especially once the highway goes inland and you may indeed have it to yourself, or perhaps share it with a few wild horses! Do ask about local surf conditions before swimming, there can be strong waves and/or riptides at some times of year.

North of the highway turn off the area tends to be mostly residential with hotels catering to a quieter stay and many vacation rental options. However there are also some restaurants and some shopping along Playa Negra. Depending on how far north of town you are located it is well suited for cycling or walking into town should you want something that can only be found in Puerto Viejo. Buses also run along the main highway on a regular schedule but not along the smaller roads after the highway turns inland toward Hone Creek. After dark, a taxi is recommended between town and Playa Negra hotels. Check the local transport page for more details.

Further north towards Cahuita National Park even the small 4x4 track ends and it becomes very remote. Walking here by yourself or trying to walk to the national park is not recommended for security reasons. Please refer to the safety page for more information.

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Bars

The Point Sports Bar and Grill

The Original Sports Bar in Puerto Viejo that offers all major sports TV packages so you can watch your favorite sports action happen on 6 televisions and one huge projector. There is a beautiful Caribbean beach front view as well. The bar offers 3 Costa Rican Microbrews on tap, as well as favorite bottled beer choices, and premium liquors. The restaurant menu provides American food and Caribbean dishes daily and features specials throughout the week.
 2756 8491
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Zilom Lounge

Sports bar and restaurant just across from the barge on Playa Negra before the bridge to town.
 +506 2750 0865
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Community Organizations

Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Caribe Sur

Non-profit organization that promotes sustainable tourism and businesses in the South Caribbean.
 +506 2750 3117
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El Puente-The Bridge
 www.elpuente-thebridge.org

The Bridge provides educational assistance, food assistance, and microloans mainly to indigenous people in the southeastern part of Costa Rica. Our goal is to help people help themselves to self-sufficiency.
 +506 2750-0524
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Police and Medical Services

Local Police Station

The police in Costa Rica are responsible for enforcing the peace and responding to active crimes. The OIJ with taking crime reports and investigating. See the safety page for more information.
 2750-0230
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Hardware, Building Supplies, Nurseries

Almacen San Francisco

Hardware store and building materials retailer.
 +506 2756 8478
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Jardines Paraiso

Nursery with local plants specializing in bromeliads
 +506 8871-5517
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Hostels

Marcos Pizzeria Hostel and Cabinas

Pizza restaurant, hostel and cabinas. Hostel above the restaurant with big oceanfront terrace. 3 rooms which sleep 14 people; 6 bunk beds and 1 double bed. There is free WIFI, a bathroom, coffeemaker, tv and guests can use a downstairs cooking area. Also there are Four separate Cabinas for 1-3 persons each with a private bathroom, fan, mosquito netting, fresh linen and towels, a small sitting area in front from which you can see the ocean and WIFI.
 2750 2111 / 7030 8966
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 Average room rate: $33
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Hotels

Puerto Viejo Top PicksBanana Azul
 www.BananaAzul.com

Tropical Beachfront Boutique Hotel with 14 rooms Located on the quiet sandy beach of Playa Negra. Banana Azul is limited to adults over age of 16 and offers restaurant, bar, pool and tour kiosk. Beach views, tropical gardens, comfortable rooms & friendly staff make for memorable vacations.
 +506 2750-2035 / 1-877-284-5116
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksCasa Las Brisas
 www.casalasbrisascr.com

Small hotel managed by and located next door to Hotel Banana Azul. The property consists of a beachfront apartment on the main floor, two cabinas with ocean view balconies on the second floor, and a small standalone cabina also with ocean view. All units have private bathrooms, ceiling fans, WiFi and a shared garden/patio area. The apartment is suitable for up to four people and features two bedrooms, one bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. All the guests from Casa Las Brisas receive the same services and facilities as Hotel Banana Azul guests.
 +506 2750-2035
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 Average room rate: $79
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksCasa Vikingo
 www.casavikingo.com

Based in the lush tropical rainforest along the beach, inspired by seafaring Vikings and the colors of the Caribbean, Guesthouse Casa Vikingo is a brand new option for visitors to Puerto Viejo. A delightful retreat with a sparkling pool in lovely jungle surroundings, with easy access to restaurants, adventurous excursions, and that unpolished pearl, Puerto Viejo. Offering rooms and fully equipped apartments.
 +506 8799 0707
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 Average room rate: $60
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Casitas Las Flores
 www.casitaslasflores.com

A small bungalow resort nestled in the jungle where you can relax, recharge your batteries and fully immerse in nature. Located 1 km from the multi-ethnic and vibrant town of Puerto Viejo and only 300 meters from the spectacular beaches of Playa Negra where you can enjoy the virgin coast in its natural state and where the surf breaks every day! All bungalows have a porch with garden views, a private bathroom including free toiletries and each bedroom is equipped with a fan and a mosquito net over the bed. Larger bungalows are equipped with a full kitchen with stove, fridge and kitchenware as well as a dining area. The smaller bungalow has a fridge in the room but it does not have a kitchen or dining area.
 +506 8343 7810
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Cabinas Kinawe

Offering four cozy Cabinas. Two with fully equipped kitchen A very relaxing atmosphere in a tropical garden with hammocks. All the rooms have there own private bathroom, hot water, fan, safety box, cable tv, wifi. Conveniently located a couple minutes walk to Playa Negra.
 +506 2756 8476
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 Average room rate: $40
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Casa Renada

Luxury cabinas, a great pool, private parking, playground for children, all surrounded by tropical gardens, lagoons, and a small river. Located only 250m from the beach and 750m from Puerto Viejo center.
 +506 2750 0170
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 Average room rate: $90
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Hidden Jungle Beach House

Small guest house in a four bedroom cottage, nestled in the jungle yet only 3 minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from Puerto Viejo. Bright, open and airy, with big windows everywhere, you’re encompassed and embraced by the tropical forest in every room. You’ll see sloths in the trees outside your window, along with iguanas, toucans and a variety of colorful birds. The sound of the ocean waves will lull you to sleep at night and the surrounding tranquility will dissipate every bit of stress. Backpacker prices but for the discerning traveler.
 +506 8310 5061
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 Average room rate: $38
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Hotel La Perla Negra

Rustic beachfront hotel. Accommodations include 2 double beds, private bathroom, ceiling fan, free WiFi internet, and breakfast buffet.
 +506 2750-0111
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 Average room rate: $75
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Hotel Natural

Beachfront Cabinas all with private bath just 1 mile from town.
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 Average room rate: $55
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Kaya's Place

26 room lodge on the Black Beach. Built in the Afro-Caribbean "Rustico" style, the hotel is artistic and unique. Variety of rooms from shared bath to suites to cabins. Onsite is the BriBri Springs Brewery, a micro-craft brewery dedicated to making handcrafted all-grain fine ales.
 +506 2750-0690, (US) +1 802-489-0217
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Hotels - Puerto Viejo

Villas Allen

Located in Black Beach 1 km before Puerto Viejo downtown near to the beach. Villas from 2 to 6 people totally equipped with kitchen, fridge, coffee maker, microwave, cable TV, fan. Pool, free wireless, green areas, parking, supermarket, laundry Service, bikes for rent, tour information.
 2756 8327
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Spas, Hair, Massage, Yoga

Serenity South

Tup and Ro offer Massage, Yoga, Shamanic rites, Belvaspata healing and Tarot reading.
 8301-2991
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Real Estate

Los Cielos Estates

Los Cielos community offers 1 acre buildable parcels with road and electricity to the property. We can assist you with further improvement of your property.
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Maitri Realty

Specializing in real estate in and around the Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Committed to protecting and preserving our natural surroundings.
 2750-0690
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The Preserve

Naturally secluded, conveniently located. Your own private eco-sanctuary in the up and coming neighborhood of Playa Negra only steps from unspoiled Caribbean beaches and minutes from town. This perfectly located enclave offers secluded splendor and lush tropical landscape with titled lots of 1000 m2 and larger. Financing available.
 8305 0747, 8305 0748
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Restaurants

Azul Beach Club
 www.AzulBeachClub.com

Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and drinks overlooking the beautiful beaches of Playa Negra. Enjoy your lunch or drinks in the restaurant or take in the view on the beach while the beachside servers attend you. Serving from 7am to 9pm daily.
 +506 2750-2035
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Supermarkets and Other Groceries

Super Licorería Black Beach

Grocery store, locally known as Jeffrey's after the owner.
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Tours and Activities

Puerto Viejo Top PicksCaribe Fun Tours
 www.caribefuntours.com

Full service in-country travel assistance provider based in Puerto Viejo with a satellite provider in the capital San Jose with plans to open in other exciting destinations all over Costa Rica. Their goal is to offer the best possible vacation experience to all clients, including the LGBT community. Whether their clients are looking for tours, transports, hotels or full multi day vacation packages they are there to assist them every step of the way.
 +506 2756 8118
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Cacao Trails

Chocolate Tour and Caribbean & Indigenous Chocolate Museum & Factory: Old cacao plantations, machines and objects, photographs and cacao history. Indian style, organic chocolate factory. Botanical Gardens, Boat tour down the Carbon River.Restaurant and swimming pool facilities.
 +506 2756 8186 / 8875 3924
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Finca La Isla Botanical Garden

See frogs, birds & flowers. Smell tropical flora and spices. Taste natural chocolate & fruits in a nature park setting. Garden has been in cultivation for more than 20 years.
 +506 8829 4229
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Vacation Rentals

Puerto Viejo Top PicksMagic Moon Beach House
 www.MagicMoonCR.com

Magic Moon Beach House is truly beachfront, only 50 meters away from an ocean you can see and feel! And if you have ever been on the sandy shores of Puerto Viejo and seen the moonlight ripple across the night sea, felt the warm, salty breeze, heard the coconut's leaves rustle above you, then you may be under the spell of Mother Earth's irresistible beauty. That's why this place is called Magic Moon. It can be rented in either 2 or 3 bedroom configurations. And the house of course comes with all the modern conveniences.
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksPedro's Place
 www.pedrosplace.com

Beachfront privacy on black beach. There are two options for you to choose from: a second floor studio with deck or downstairs there is a 2 bedroom/1 bath unit.
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksVillas Banana Verde
 VillasBananaVerde.com

Puerto Viejo's newest vacation rental option just in front of Hotel Banana Azul in Playa Negra. Owned and operated by Hotel Banana Azul, Villas Banana Verde boasts 2 stories, private gardens, your very own private "cool" plunge pool, full kitchen, king bed, sleeps 4, 2 baths, AC and an outdoor dining area. Access to all of the amenities that Banana Azul offers, Azul Beach Club's seaside service, pool, restaurant and their in-house tour company, Caribe Fun Tours. Dreaming of owning your own tropical beach escape? You could own in this small community of 18 two story villas. Enjoy your time away instead of worrying about all the complexities of owning vacation property in another country. Find out how you can own a 7 day deeded fractional share from only 5k.
 2750-2035 / 1-877-284-5116
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 Average room rate: $185
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Casa de Delfines
 casadedelfines.com

Beautiful Caribbean style house situated just a short walk from the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Puerto Viejo, and just 200 meters from Playa Negra (Black Beach). Close to the beach, jungle, and town! Casa de Delfines is fully equipped with 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms. The 2nd floor open air living room is the perfect place to relax in a hammock and listen to the sounds of the waves crashing and the jungle. The downstairs bedroom is air conditioned and is the ideal room to keep sensitive electronics. Securely fenced and gated.
 US number +1 320 248-1735
 Average room rate: $90
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Casa de Veyda
 vrbo.com/632423

Casa Fiesta is under new ownership and is now called Casa de Veyda. Beachfront house and studio apartment for vacation rental. Equipped with all the amenities: swimming pool, kitchen, A/C, phone, internet, cable TV, security system. The apartment is suitable for 1 or 2 persons, the house for up to 4 or rent both for up to 6. The beach is just a few steps thru the backyard filled with coconut palm trees and flowering bushes. The house sits in the middle of a large bay with spectacular views in both directions. You can walk and explore the beach and nearby jungle for hours of tranquility without being disturbed.
 +1 512 826 2683 (USA number or Whatsapp)
 Average room rate: $100
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Puerto Viejo Vacation Rentals
 puertoviejovacationrentals.com

A selection of properties in Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast for the perfect beach getaway. Whether you're looking for a large house for a group, a comfortable apartment for a family or couple or a bed and breakfast property, we can help you find what you need. Our properties are located at Playa Negra in Puerto Viejo, a quiet black sand beach away from the bustle of town. The beach and the jungle are just a few steps away.
 8799-0707
 Average room rate: $70
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Be My Guest Cabinas

Property with 4 studio apartments, pool, and 2 units with AC.
 +506 2756 8376
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 Average room rate: $55
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Cabinas GACU

Brand new: 2 studio apartments and 1 2-bedroom-apartment, all with satellite TV, fan, kitchenette, bathroom and free on-site parking. Just 2 minutes walking to the lush, unpopulated beach.
 +506 8432 7821, 8606 5710
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Casa Corazon del Mar

This guest house is a unique adobe style dome home situated in the lush rainforest of Costa Rica just a 3 minute walk from the Caribbean ocean. Includes amenities such as fully furnished kitchen, a spa style shower, beautiful jungle views, a plunge pool, and an observation/relaxation platform with adirondack chairs and hammock.
 +506 8417 3417
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 Average room rate: $150
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Casa Jessica

4 Beds 4 Bath House. Rent the lower floor or upper floor or the whole house. Beachfront, less than 50 meters from the ocean and surrounded by nature.
 +506 8928-6492, 8537 6075
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Casa Luna Beach House

A gorgeous vacation rental right on the beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, air-conditioning, plunge pool, parking. A lovely view of the beach from the decks. Sleeps 6 people (2 twin beds or 1 king bed in each room)
 +1 416 686 3786
 Average room rate: $350
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Casa Morpho

House for Rent in Playa Negra. 2 bedrooms (1 double bed and 1 single bed), kitchen, coffeemaker, refrigerator, fan, mosquito net, washing machine, phone, Internet. The house is safe and quiet. Surrounded with 1000m2 garden with different flowers, where you can watch birds, butterflies,sloths and many other animals. 200 meters distance from the beach, 10 min walking distance from the center of Puerto Viejo.
 +506 2750 0224, 8919 0837
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 Average room rate: $50
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Casita Alegre

A new house in a peaceful rainforest setting. Set amidst huge trees in a lovely garden, the casita has a queen size bed with a pillow top mattress. Amenities include a kitchenette with a large toaster/oven, coffee maker and refrigerator, high speed wifi internet and a large porch with comfortable chairs. A small safe can be used to store your valuable items such as passports, cell phones, credit cards, tablets and small laptops. Also included is a 32" TV hooked up to Netflix and an assortment of movies.
 +506 8719-1633
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 Average room rate: $90
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Casitas Joanna

Two floor condominium less than 100 meters from the Caribbean Sea. Each condo is fully-furnished and includes: 2 bedrooms (each with a private bathroom with hot water), air conditioning in the master bedroom, one powder room, a kitchen with cooking/serving utensils, a living room, and free WiFi internet access, pet friendly. 5 occupants max.
 +506 8399 4294
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 Average room rate: $125
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Chimuri Beach Retreat

Three equipped, authentic Caribbean cottages for personal retreat time; daily (4 days minimum), weekly and monthly rates.
 +506 2750-0119
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Las Casitas de Playa Negra

Full equipped apartments, 2 bedrooms, kitchen and livingroom. Just 100mt from the beach and 5 minutes to Puerto Viejo, quiet place surrounded by nature.
 +506 2750 0750, 8408 8144
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 Average room rate: $50
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Loco Natural Jungle Houses

Fully equipped houses in a secluded setting in the jungle. Pool.
 2750-0044
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 Average room rate: $100
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My Dreams Puerto Viejo

Luxury fully equipped vacation home. Two floor house that includes 2 double rooms, full kitchen, bathroom, showers and hot water, balcony view, cable tv, laundry, Wi-Fi, security 24/7, parking
 Average room rate: $90
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Villa Aragon

Luxurious and modern villa, just a 3 minute walk to the beach. Located in a tranquil area of Playa Negra. Features: 3 bedrooms (with king size beds), 2 full bathrooms, living room, kitchen (fully equipped with all the utensils you might need), large terrace with dining area, garden hammocks and sun chairs, parking for 5 cars. Property is 100% fenced and secure. Cable TV, wifi throughout the property. A/C in the master bedroom and living area.
 8630 0659
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 Average room rate: $275
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Villa Nera

Luxurious and stylish vacation home. Three bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom, private pool, well equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Washer and dryer. A/C.
 Average room rate: $350
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Villas Puerto Viejo

Two and three bedroom vacation rental homes. Kitchen, balcony, parking, garden, A/C.
 +506 8464-6347
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 Average room rate: $150
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