Playa Negra Reviews and Ratings
(Costa-Rica – Guanacaste)
Visitor reviews of Playa Negra surf break
March 07, 2010
Siamak Hefazi from United States
Playa Negra is a really fun Right point! Be careful not to let the current pull you too far over to the left, you'll get caught inside before you know it... great channel for paddling out makes it easy to manage when it gets big. Don't get caught inside the break will push you into sharp rocks.
Playa Negra Ratings
Based on 5 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 4.8
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
(1: Playa Negra is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 4.2
(1: Playa Negra is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Costa-Rica - Guanacaste. 5: the best break in Costa-Rica - Guanacaste).
Difficulty Level: 4.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.8
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Playa Negra can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 4.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Playa Negra, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.2
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Playa Negra are often excellent).
Water Quality: 4.2
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Playa Negra is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Playa Negra requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 3.2
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Playa Negra for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Playa Negra is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Playa Negra is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 3.8
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Playa Negra, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Playa Negra where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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