South Pacific Coast: Places to Explore



Carate is literally the end of the road. The black volcanic-sand beach stretches for more than 3 km (2 miles), with surf that's perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing but not for serious board surfing or safe swimming. The main entertainment at the beach is watching the noisy but magnificent scarlet macaws feasting on almonds in the beach almond trees that edge the shore. Carate has no phone service; a couple of lodges have satellite phones and iffy Wi-Fi and cell-phone connections.

Carate at a Glance

Sports and Outdoors