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En Route South: Playa Avellanas & Playa Negra

Heading south from Tamarindo are several as-yet-undeveloped beaches, most of which are quite popular with surfers. Beyond Tamarindo and Playa Langosta are Playa Avellanas and Playa Negra, both with a few basic surfer cabinas, and little else.

Where to Stay

The Mono Congo Lodge (tel. 2652-9261; www.monocongolodge.com), just outside of Playa Negra, is a rustically plush option in a lush, forested setting a few hundred yards from the water.

About a 15- to 20-minute drive inland is Los Altos de Eros ★ (tel. 8850-4222; www.losaltosdeeros.com), a small, adults-only, luxury hotel and spa.

In addition to the JW Marriott, the large golf, residential, and vacation resort complex of Hacienda Pinilla (tel. 2681-4318; www.haciendapinilla.com) features a couple of small hotels and condo rental units.

Villa Deevena (tel. 2653-2328; www.villadeevena.com) offers up six cool, comfortable and well-appointed rooms in a quiet setting, a few hundred yards from the beach at Playa Negra.

Where to Dine

The restaurants inside the JW Marriott resort are excellent, and open to the general public, while the restaurant at Villa Deevena, in Playa Negra, is also first-rate.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.