Costa Rica exports a lot of coffee, bananas and microprocessors, and imports a lot of swell. And that makes Costa Rica’s surf-lavished coastlines among the country’s most valuable natural resources.
Immerse yourself in the Real Costa Rica when you visit our off the beaten path location at Playa Negra.
Photo: Tony Roberts
The community surrounding the casa at Playa Negra de Los Pargos is like going back in a time machine. You get to experience life as it was before any real outside development or influence. The tropical dry forest lands surrounding the house are still virgin & undisturbed. It is customary to see real cowboys, wild horses, cattle traffic jams, wild bull fights, wild monkeys, thousand of species of birds & more. These natural, wild and cultural experiences will make your stay with us unique and will remain with you long after you’ve returned home.
Casa Playa Negra is located 50 meters from a quiet beach with surf spots in both directions. The house has four fully equipped bedrooms and four bathrooms. High ceilings with big windows make this house light and bright, with good cross ventilation. The second floor features a big terrace- perfect to practice yoga, chill with a book, or enjoy the monkeys that pass by. Two big yards with tropical landscaping and a swimming pool lead to an ocean view through the trees and private access to the beach.
Playa Negra is an old coral volcanic reef break that is a perfect reeling right into a channel. All around Playa Negra are amazing spots and many are still rarely surfed if at all.
The main break at Negra was first made famous when it was featured in the surfing movie, The Endless Summer II. Experience this small laid back surf community that hosts a tropical blue, right hand reef break and sand bottom beach break right beside each other. It is one of Costa Rica’s most consistent waves, it breaks on all tides and works best on southwest swells, which are the most common in this region of the Pacific Ocean. Along with Negra, there are numerous other waves in the region that cater to all different skill levels.
At low tide a slamming barrel forms over a shallow reef leading to a ramp section. The paddle out (rock dance) at this tide looks frightening but is basic. At a higher tide the break is much more forgiving and even intermediate surfers can enjoy these amazing waves.
* Boat trips available for additional cost to Witches Rock & Ollies Point. Please inquire for more information.
There are only two seasons in Costa Rica, wet and dry. The wet season generally runs from May to November and is characterized by tropical showers with variable winds. The rainiest months are September and October with torrential downpours often washing out roads and riverbeds.
The dry season, December to April, brings consistent offshore winds and the coolest weather despite little to no rainfall. Water temps average 80 degrees year round.
Costa Rica is a good bet for surf any time of year. The Southern Pacific Ocean pulses energy toward Costa Rica’s Pacific coast year-round, although south swells are strongest from April thru September.
The northernmost part of Guanacaste from Tamarindo to the Nicaraguan border sticks out like an elbow and is more exposed to winter swells from November to April. This region of Northern Costa Rica also benefits from Nicaragua’s “Lake Effect” offshore winds that can blow all day, every day during the dry season.
Playa Negra Surf Tours has a long menu of activities beyond surfing. Be sure to ask your travel specialist.