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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

Bar Pens Point

Beachfront bar in Playa Negra. Beer and cocktails. Located in the old location of The Point before it moved to downtown.
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Playa Negra Brewing

Micro-craft brewery dedicated to making handcrafted all-grain fine ales. Restaurant.
 +506 2750 0690
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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
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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.
 8305 0747, 8305 0748
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Police, Medical and Wellness Services

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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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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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 & friendly staff make for memorable vacations.
 +506 2750-2035 / +1 305 846-8220
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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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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
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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: $79
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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
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 Average room rate: $90
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Casitas Las Flores

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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 Average room rate: $60
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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
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 Average room rate: $80
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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: $38
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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 restaurant, bar and micro-craft brewery
 +506 2750-0690, (US) +1 802-489-0217
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 Average room rate: $40
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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
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 Average room rate: $75
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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
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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
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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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Miscellaneous shopping

Flor de China

Offers a variety of housewares, baby supplies, electronics, games, gifts, beach supplies
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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
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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 Licorería Black Beach

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

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.
 +506 2756 8186 / 8875 3924
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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
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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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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. The most hands on in the area, you will get chocolate on you!
 +506 8910 9318
 Average room rate: $30
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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
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Blue Morpho Beach House

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: $120
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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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Caribbean Tropical Villa

Two bedroom, two bath vacation rental villa. Full modern kitchen, living room, large covered veranda. A/C in master bedroom, Internet, TV.
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 Average room rate: $100
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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
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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 de Barro

Vacation rental home with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and private pool. Fully equipped kitchen. Eco friendly design.
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 Average room rate: $195
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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
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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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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
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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
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Magic Moon Beach House

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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 Average room rate: $149
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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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Residencia Kenia

Luxurious and stylish vacation home with African-inspired design. Three bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom, private pool, kitchen, washer dryer, bicycles, safe. Caretaker living on site.
 Average room rate: $350
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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
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Villas Banana Verde

Puerto Viejo's newest vacation rental option at 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.
 +506 2750-2035 / +1 305 846-8220
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 Average room rate: $185
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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
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Villas Puerto Viejo

Two and three bedroom vacation rental homes. Kitchen, balcony, parking, garden, A/C.
 +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: $135
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