One thing that Costa Rica, and Playa Negra in particular, is not lacking is “things to do” while you’re here! The area is absolutely filled with activities of all kind, meaning all ages and energy levels are taken care of. Care to relax in a hammock and stroll the beach for shells and sea-glass? Have at it. Literally fly through the jungle canopy on a zipline? Check. Horseback gallop on the beach at sunset on a white stallion? Covered.


Arguably one of Costa Rica’s most amazing assets are the waves that grace our golden coast. With more than 20 breaks within 15 minutes of house, there are waves to be had by surfers of any experience level and style.  Local and professionally trained instructors are available to help you catch that first wave, try your hand at SUP surfing, improve on your current skill level and make sure you have fun while doing it! Local guides are also available for intermediate or advanced surfers, looking to find waves any time of day.


Whether you are looking to catch a class at local Playa Negra Yoga studio and beach shala or practice with your group on our back patio with a private instructor, there are several options and instructors available for your practice.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tours

Take a wildlife and mangrove SUP tour up local estuaries or learn to catch waves from local SUP instructors.


From a gorgeous morning sail/snorkel to an afternoon sunset tour to a private/luxury catamaran replete with white glove service and a full bar, there are sailing options to fit your needs!


Snorkel at local spots just off the beach or off catamarans that will take you to a private beach/reef for the day!


Canopy/Zip Line: Many options from 15 minutes away to 3 hours away from town! Some tours can be done as part of a multi-activity day and can be combined with other activities should you choose to head up to the volcano or nearby jungle areas.

Nature tours: Estuary tours, bird watching, beachcombing and turtle tours are all within reach.

Hot Springs: Relaxing in a thermal spa is a great way to melt away the day. Arenal, Rincon and Miravales are all volcanoes that are within reach of Playa Negra.

Cultural Tours: The Guatil pottery village is an interesting and different way to spend the day seeing the local craftsman create their famous pottery, and you’ll be sure and pick up that special gift for your jealous friend who couldn’t make the trip!

ATV: A 2, 3 or 4 hour ATV tour is a high energy way to spend the day. Zooming down the back roads and visiting neighboring beaches, checking out different vistas and getting “dirty” are all part of the fun! Amazing guides and good times are the norm!!!

Mountain Biking: Green, Blue and Black level single track courses will challenge all levels of riders. Finish off your ride with a dip in the ocean and a snack at a local restaurant!!!

Golf: 18 holes of golf just moments away from Playa Negra await at Hacienda Pinilla’s amazing oceanfront golf course. Be careful on the signature 16th hole, you might end up on the beach if you overshoot the green! Club rentals, playing lessons, driving range, etc. are all available.

Fishing: World class offshore and inshore fishing are one of Costa Rica’s most famous experiences. Blue and Black Marlin up to 1000lbs are caught less than an hour offshore along with Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Roosterfish, Snapper and Spanish Mackerel. Trolling, bottom fishing and fly fishing are all options

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