Playa Negra is probably my favorite beach in Puerto Viejo, although I might be a bit biased considering it’s only 142 steps from my front gate! Oh yes, I counted! What a beauty this beach is, absolutely breathtaking with 10km of soft black sand stretching as far as the eye can see. The sparkling black sand is magnetic and many locals swear by its healing properties. Playa Negra is “my” beach, it’s where I walk with the dogs every morning, I know this beach more intimately than any of the other beaches in Puerto Viejo. It feels like home to me and the amazing view never gets old. It’s more of a swimming beach than a surfing beach which is great for me because I’m swimmer, not a surfer! Sometimes there are good surfing conditions in the winter though, on those days there will be people renting surfboards and offering surfing lessons. The swimming conditions at the end of our road are generally good year-round, use caution as always in the ocean and don’t swim if the waves are too rough. Riptides can occur anywhere at anytime but we don’t get them as often in the section of Playa Negra at the end of our road. As you walk to the left the shoreline changes and riptides are more frequent. Never leave your valuable unattended at any of the beaches in the Puerto Viejo area.
It only takes two minutes to walk to Playa Negra from Hidden Jungle Beach House, just go out the front gate and walk to the right! Once you are at the beach you can walk to Puerto Viejo in about five minutes if you walk to the right. If you walk to the left the beach stretches endlessly, perfect for an early morning run or for beachcombers looking for a long and lazy beach stroll in the afternoon. I recommend a long walk to the left out to Banana Azul for a Coco Loco or a pina colada!
The author enjoying an afternoon out at Banana Azul in Playa Negra
Playa Negra is wide and long, part of it runs along the main road where it begins at the entrance to downtown Puerto Viejo but after that it’s just beach and jungle, all throughout there is plenty of room for personal space even on a busy day. It’s not too crowded during the week, it gets busier on weekends just like most of the beaches in the Puerto Viejo area. We get a lot of day-trippers on Saturdays and Sundays! Playa Negra offers shady trees to lounge beneath and plenty of sunbathing opportunities as well, you’ll want something to lay on because the black sand gets hot on a sunny day! Playa Negra will be an unforgettable memory of your stay in Puerto Viejo, every day I’m so grateful to have this amazing beach right at the end of my road. Come visit and experience it for yourself!