Fodor's Expert Review Playa Negra
Contrary to the name, the beach is not black, but rather beige with dark streaks. This is primarily a surfer's beach, so it's not great for swimming because it tends to have fast hollow waves and is lined with rocks. There is one calm, short stretch of clear sand to the south of the Playa Negra Hotel, and at low tide a large tidal pool forms there. The spindly buttonwood trees that edge the beach provide sparse shade. The dirt road to Playa Negra is always bumpy and muddy during rainy season, so drive with caution. Food and drink are served at Playa Negra Hotel's palapa restaurant on the beach. Amenities: food and drink; parking (no fee). Best for: surfing; walking.