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Playa Negra: Miles of deserted beaches await you... Photo by Doug Dosdall

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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Hotels

Banana Azul

Tropical Beachfront Boutique Hotel with 25 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, many with A/C, & friendly staff.
 +506 2750-2035 / +1 305 846-8220
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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Cabinas Kinawe

Offering four cabinas, two with fully equipped kitchens. Situated in a tropical garden with hammocks. All the rooms have private bathrooms, hot water, fan, safe, tv, wifi.
 +506 2756 8476
 Average room rate: $40
 Average rating: 87 Very Good
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Cabinas Kuákua

Small hotel with 6 rooms over two floors each with two beds, private bath. Rancho with fully equipped shared kitchen & lounge/dining area.
 +506 8960 7794
 Average room rate: $65
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Casa Las Brisas

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: $89
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Casa Renada

Three apartments set in a lush garden with a large pool all just 200 m to the beach. Each apartment has a well equipped kitchen, bath, bedroom with 2 queen sized beds, living room and its own patio with chairs and hammock.
 +506 2750 0170
 Average room rate: $90
 Average rating: 99 Exceptional
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Casitas Las Flores

Property nestled in the jungle 1 km from Puerto Viejo and 300 m from Playa Negra. 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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 Average room rate: $75
 Average rating: 93 Excellent
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El Pizote Lodge

One of the Puerto Viejo's first hotels, they offer rooms, bungalows and vacation houses in a jungle setting, all with private bath. Swimming pool. Standard rooms can accommodate 2 to 6 persons. Bungalows for up to 4 persons. Vacation homes in a variety of sizes for up to 10 people, some with A/C and kitchens.
 +506 2750 0088
 Average room rate: $80
 Average rating: 66
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Hidden Jungle Beach House

Small guest house with four guest rooms. You'll share the 2 bathrooms and the kitchen with the owners and other guests.
 +506 8310 5061
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 Average room rate: $46
 Average rating: 89 Excellent
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Hotel Natural

Small hotel with 5 cabinas with private bath right beside Playa Negra
 Average room rate: $55
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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Hotel One Love

Hotel and hostel with rooms, dorms and an apartment.
 +506 8408 8073
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 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Hotel Playa Negra Brewing

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 restaurant, bar and micro-craft brewery. Hotel previously named Kaya's Place.
 +506 2750-0690, (US) +1 802-489-0217
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 Average room rate: $48
 Average rating: 74 Good
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La Prometida

Boutique hotel with swimming pool. Modern bright rooms with private bath, A/C, balcony or patio. Newly opened November 2021.
 +1 646 474 8877
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 Average room rate: $150
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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Perla Negra

Beachfront hotel. All rooms with patio or balcony with view of sea or garden. Each room includes 2 double beds, private bathroom, ceiling fan, WiFi, breakfast.
 +506 2750 0111
 Average room rate: $75
 Average rating: 72 Good
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Sonora Jungle Retreat

Situated in the jungle about 1 km from the beach, this property offers 8 bungalows all with private bathroom and 2 loft-style houses with kitchens. All with ample terraces. Swimming pool and breakfast area. Da Alessandra restaurant for dinner.
 +506 4600 1111
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Sunshine Caribe

Rooms with private bath, kitchenette, tv and some with A/C. Garden setting a short walk from Playa Negra and Puerto Viejo Centre. Secure parking.
 +506 2750 0401, 2250 0941
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 Average room rate: $85
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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Villas Allen

One and two bedroom houses accommodating up to 6 people. Fully equipped with kitchen, fridge, coffee maker, microwave, cable TV, fan. Pool, free wireless, green areas, parking, laundry service, bikes for rent, tour information.
 +506 2756 8327
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 Average room rate: $100
 Average rating: 87 Very Good
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Vacation Rentals

Be My Guest Cabinas

Property with 4 studio apartments, pool, and some units with AC.
 +506 2756 8376
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 Average room rate: $90
 Average rating: 85 Very Good
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Cabinas GACU

Two 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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Caripro Apartments

Four apartments with air conditioning located 7 minutes from Puerto Viejo, 2 minutes from the Playa Negra beach. The building features A/C, fans, WiFi, floor to ceiling windows, bathroom with hot water shower & kitchenettes in some units. This property is located in a busy area so guests might experience some noise. Bicycles are available at the property for an extra cost. Free private parking is available on site.
 +506 2750 2035
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 Average room rate: $55
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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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
 Average rating: 99 Exceptional
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Casa Galim Beach House

Vacation rental house with two stories. There are separately rented 2 bedroom/ 1 bathroom units on each floor. Each unit has a living room and an equipped kitchen. Just 200 meters from the beach. Also known as Blue Morpho Beach House.
 +506 2750 0224, 8919 0837
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 Average room rate: $115
 Average rating: 89 Excellent
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Casa Luna Beach House

A gorgeous vacation rental right on the beach. 2 bedrooms each with A/C and ensuite bathrooms, pool, secure parking. A lovely view of the beach from the decks. Garden, kitchen, living and dining room. Lovely ocean views and breezes. Sleeps 4 people (2 twin beds or 1 king bed in each room), an additional 2 children can sleep on the day beds in the living room.
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 Average room rate: $200
 Average rating: 98 Exceptional
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Casa Theia

Two bright, airy and modern vacation rental homes. Each with one bedroom, private bath, equipped kitchen and focus on outdoor living.
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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: $80
 Average rating: 69
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Chimuri Beach Retreat

Three equipped, authentic Caribbean cottages for personal retreat time; daily (3 night minimum), weekly and monthly rates. Ananda Yoga studio on property with regular classes.
 +506 2750-0119
 Average room rate: $70
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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El Jardin de Playa Negra

Caribbean style vacation rental houses in a tropical garden. Options suitable for 2 to 6 persons. Casa Chiquita, Casa Terraza, Casa Amarilla and Casa Naranja. All with hot showers, wifi and equipped kitchens. All run by Romina and Paolo, an Italian couple.
 +506 8555 8635
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 Average room rate: $70
 Average rating: 95 Exceptional
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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
 +506 2756- 8385
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 Average room rate: $50
 Average rating: 76 Good
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Magic Moon Beach House

Truly beachfront house, only 50 meters away from the ocean. Spacious house with huge veranda. It can be rented in either 2 or 3 bedroom configurations (with or without the lower floor). The house has a large modern kitchen and is fully equipped with all the modern conveniences.
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 Average room rate: $149
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Petrea the Romantic Pool House

Unique one bedroom open concept vacation rental home with plunge pool.
 +506 8381 6837
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 Average room rate: $189
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Sloth House 2

Vacation rental home with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and private pool. Fully equipped kitchen. Eco friendly design. Previously named Casa de Barro
 +506 8320 6571
 Average room rate: $195
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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The Bounty

Rustic design vacation rental home with two bedrooms, 1 bath sleeps up to 5. The house has two floors. The main room features a spacious terrace with ocean views. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a private patio, and an outdoor gazebo with a hammock and chill out space. In house washer/dryer. A groundskeeper lives in a small cabin on the premises and the owners live in the other side of the duplex from Nov to May. Pet and kid friendly.
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 Average room rate: $100
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Villa Aragon

Private Villa with AC, fiber optics, beach access & salt water pool. Located in Playa Negra Heights area of Puerto Viejo, this well-equipped vacation home rental features 3 full bedrooms (w/ king size beds and AC), 1 semi-private bedroom (w/ queen size bed), 2 full bathrooms, 1 half outdoor bathroom, 2 al fresco showers, a spacious living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a large terrace with dining area, a pool house, loungers around the pool, a sundeck, hammocks, BBQ station and parking for up to 5 cars. Private and fenced property.
 +506 8630 0659
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 Average room rate: $300
 Average rating: 97 Exceptional
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Villas Banana Verde

A vacation rental option with the services of a hotel, it is owned and operated by Banana Azul. Villas Banana Verde boasts 2 stories, private gardens, private "cool" plunge pools in each unit, 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.
 +506 2750-2035 / +1 305 846-8220
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 Average room rate: $185
 Average rating: 93 Excellent
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Villas Piña

"Pineapple villas" are 6 newly constructed private villas in a garden setting with private beach path. There is a common rancho area with swimming pool, breakfast area and a large roof top deck for sunning and star gazing. Each villa has A/C, hot water, kitchenette, private large balcony, 2 queen beds, safe, wifi. Breakfast included.
 +506 2750 3176
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 Average room rate: $125
 Average rating: 99 Exceptional
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Villas Puerto Viejo

Two and three bedroom vacation rental homes. Kitchen, balcony, parking, garden, A/C. Villa Seabreeze has three bedrooms for up to 6 persons. Villa 2 has two bedrooms for up to 3 persons.
 +506 8464-6347
 Average room rate: $150
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Villas Serenidad

Two custom-built hardwood cottage and one larger villa, each with vaulted cathedral ceilings, ceiling fans and a spectacular view of the ocean. Each overlooks lush tropical gardens, designed by an award-winning landscape designer and just 50 meters from the surf, at the quiet Playa Negra beach. Each cottage has a king bed and full bathroom. The larger home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. All are equipped with fully-equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and private parking.
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 Average room rate: $167
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Zen Rainforest Retreat

Vacation rental on upper floor of house with huge veranda, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, full kitchen, jungle view. Two bikes included with rental.
 +506 8429 6310
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 Average room rate: $85
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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Property Developments

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.
 +506 8305 0747,+506 8305 0748
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Bars

Bar Pens Point

Beachfront bar in Playa Negra. Beer and cocktails.
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Playa Negra Brewing

Micro-craft brewery dedicated to making handcrafted all-grain fine ales. Restaurant.
 +506 2750 0690
 Average rating: 79 Good
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Restaurants

Azul Beach Club

Beach service starts at 10am daily. This popular restaurant also serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. They offer free access to high-speed fiber optic internet connection for customers.
 +506 2750-2035
 Average rating: 91 Excellent
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Hardware, Building Supplies, Nurseries

Almacen San Francisco

Hardware store and building materials retailer.
 +506 2756 8478
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Miscellaneous shopping

Flor de China

Offers a variety of housewares, baby supplies, electronics, games, gifts, beach supplies
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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Supermarkets and Other Groceries

Super Banana Gourmet Market

Gourmet grocery store. Groceries, fresh produce, beer and wine, coffee, takeaway meals.
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Super Licorera Black Beach

Grocery and liquor store with a selection of produce, staples and liquor.
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Tours and Activities

Caribe Fun Tours

Full service in-country travel assistance provider based in Puerto Viejo with a satellite provider in the capital San Jose offering trips to 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
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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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
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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Talamanca Chocolate

Learn the entire process from tree to bar, making chocolate from scratch: roasting, grinding, tempering then molding. With tasting all along the way. There will be lots to learn and taste, from flavour development to label design, this is a full experience.
 +506 8910 9318
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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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
 elpuentethebridge.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 8771 9702, US phone: +1 970-389-4327
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Police, Ambulance, Fire

Puerto Viejo 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. Call 911 in an emergency.
 +506 2750 0230
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