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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Playa Negra

Costa Rica, Guanacaste

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 10° 11.752' N
Longitude: 85° 49.937' W

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 Access

if you are staying in tamarindo follow the signs to "Hotel Playa Negra. a 25 min drive aprox. you have to pass playa avellanas, and then is like 5 min to the spot.

English (Translate this text in English): if you are staying in tamarindo follow the signs to "Hotel Playa Negra. a 25 min drive aprox. you have to pass playa avellanas, and then is like 5 min to the spot.

English (Translate this text in English): if you are staying in tamarindo follow the signs to "Hotel Playa Negra. a 25 min drive aprox. you have to pass playa avellanas, and then is like 5 min to the spot.

English (Translate this text in English): if you are staying in tamarindo follow the signs to "Hotel Playa Negra. a 25 min drive aprox. you have to pass playa avellanas, and then is like 5 min to the spot.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

The wave barrels and is very ripeable. there is a left, but its short and breaks over rocks, just be careful in low tide. when is mid tide going low gets hollow and powerfull, when its good. you can park your car in hotel playa negra,and in the hotel there's a nice restauran in front of the beach and is not expensive.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave barrels and is very ripeable. there is a left, but its short and breaks over rocks, just be careful in low tide. when is mid tide going low gets hollow and powerfull, when its good. you can park your car in hotel playa negra,and in the hotel there's a nice restauran in front of the beach and is not expensive.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave barrels and is very ripeable. there is a left, but its short and breaks over rocks, just be careful in low tide. when is mid tide going low gets hollow and powerfull, when its good. you can park your car in hotel playa negra,and in the hotel there's a nice restauran in front of the beach and is not expensive.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave barrels and is very ripeable. there is a left, but its short and breaks over rocks, just be careful in low tide. when is mid tide going low gets hollow and powerfull, when its good. you can park your car in hotel playa negra,and in the hotel there's a nice restauran in front of the beach and is not expensive.

Atmosphere

Mellow.

English (Translate this text in English): Mellow.

English (Translate this text in English): Mellow.

English (Translate this text in English): Mellow.

General

A step above the other breaks in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): A step above the other breaks in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): A step above the other breaks in the area.

English (Translate this text in English): A step above the other breaks in the area.

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Playa Negra
By DrC123
Jul 27, 2011
Pura Vida - Read Tamarindo Tubes
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By DrC123 , 07-08-2011

- Playa Negra is one of the best spots in Costa Rica. Surf is great. If you get sick of going right off the point just paddle 100 yards over to Stone Fish Reef or Lefty Left's and go left. Post card setting easy on the bugs. Fun easy wave, shallow rock bottom.

By Anonymous , 02-09-2009

Give it up - You might as well pick the punk out that you want to give your $$$, sunglasses, trunks, camera and whatever else you leave in your car.

Every spot in Costa Rica will drain you if you're gullible.

By Barranqueño , 13-06-2007

Good wave - I surfed Negra back in late nineties, early millenium. Probably one of my favorite waves in the world. IT can get crowded these days but if you hang out for a while you can always find a time to slip in for a few drainers. I never had a problem with anyone there. There was one dude who was a loud mouth from somewhere in the States. He owned land and was jaded but he would only come down for a couple weeks at a time. We used to camp on the beach and surf for a couple weeks at a time. Does Manou still hold it down? He is the man, he rips and his woman is really hot. The wave is great but it is not as heavy as some people here say. It get's power and you can get a barrel but the take off is not to critical. In fact, if you get one off the boil, dry hair tube rides with a mellow take-off.

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