Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
A special treat is the sand dollars pulsating beneath your feet once you step into the water.
Soft black volcanic sand meets golden sand in a dramatic divide near the bridge at the entrance to Puerto Viejo, marking the beginning of Playa Negra, a striking stretch of coast that starts at the barge near the bus station in Puerto Viejo, and curves north towards Cahuita for miles, framed by coconut palms. The waves are often good for surfing, always good for swimming, and the wide sand beach is ideal for strolling, especially on overcast days. The sun can heat the soft sand rather quickly here, making a dip in the warm Caribbean all the more refreshing.