Playa Negra is one of the most popular surfing locations in Guanacaste.  It is well known due to the fact that the film Endless Summer II was filmed here on the dark sand beach.  The surf here consists of a hollow right break reef which makes it suitable for both the expert surfer and the not so experienced surfer.  The wave quality here is world class and you can expect top quality surfing conditions for over 150 days in the year with the best conditions between December and April.

Surfing Level Advanced
Waves Direction Right
Surf Break Type Reef Break

The normal length of waves is from 50-150 meters and waves can reach as high as 16 feet.  The waves here provide a fast, powerful surf making it an extremely popular location for surfers.  The swell comes from Northwest, West and Southwest directions and the wind comes in from the South East, East or North East.  Surfing here is best in mid to high tides.

Playa Negra North Pacific Costa Rica | Playa Negra Surf
Playa Negra North Pacific Costa Rica | Playa Negra Surf

The area boasts a number of quality hotels, resorts and other accommodations.  There are also lower priced lodgings perfect for the surfer crowd.  The famous Café Playa Negra which is situated in front of the surf break will make the perfect place to relax and eat while keeping an eye on the competition.  If you do not want to surf, you can ramble further south of the main beach to relax and chill out without the crowds.

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Access to Playa Negra will involve getting your own transportation as there is no public transport to take you there.  There are many companies which will arrange a special tour there if requested.  The best form of transport would be a 4 wheel drive as the terrain can be quite rough.  If you like to surf without the crowds, the best time to come to Playa Negra would be during the week days as it can get very crowded at the weekends.

Playa Negra Surfing Forecast