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Location: between Junquillal and Avellana beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
GPS Coordinates: 10.196483,-85.828111 (10°11’47.34″N, 85°49’41.20″W)
District: Veintisiete de Abril, canton: Santa Cruz, province: Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Zone postal code: 50303.
Negra Beach Costa Rica: beautiful beach of 1.5 km of dark sand that is mixed with rocky arisings and tide pools, located on the Pacific coast in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, famous in the surfing community by having the most consistent waves and surf breaks in the region. Playa Negra is also famous because the movie Endless Summer II was filmed here.
For those not interested in surfing may also enjoy other activities such as horseback riding or just go a little further south from the main beach to enjoy peace and quiet. Negra beach has a number of excellent hotels, resorts and accommodations near the beach, for all budgets.
Getting to Negra beach in Guanacaste:
From San José drive north to Puntarenas and then follow the highway towards Liberia until you reach Limonal. Turn left at Tres Hermanas Restaurant to La Amistad bridge until you get to Santa Cruz. Go straight, always on the highway, for 500 m and take the exit to Tamarindo and Junquillal. Continue for about 15 km (9 miles) passing through 27 de Abril, turn left to Junquillal and continue for 13 km (8 miles) until you reach Paraiso (a small town). There, turn right and follow the road for about 4 km (2.5 miles) to Negra beach. This route requires a total of 3.5 hours from San José.
From Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), drive south to Santa Cruz. Just before getting to Santa Cruz, take the exit to your right for Junquillal, Ostional, and Tamarindo. Continue for about 15 km (9 miles) passing through 27 de Abril, turn left to Junquillal and continue for 13 km (8 miles) until you reach Paraiso (a small town). There, turn right and follow the road for about 4 km (2.5 miles) to Negra beach. This route requires a total of 1.5 hours.
Take a bus from the route San Jose – Santa Cruz, which takes about 5 to 6 hours (Tralapa, 2221-7202 / 2680-0392 or Tracopa-Alfaro, 2222-2666), and then take a bus from Santa Cruz to Junquillal/Negra beaches, which takes about 1 hour, making a stop in Negra beach.
You can also take a flight from the Juan Santamaria Airport to the Tamarindo airport, either with Sansa or Nature Air airlines every day. From here you can rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Negra beach, which takes about 20 minutes.