Cahuita’s neighborhood black sand beach, Playa Negra, is quiet and relaxing, and the small waves and water temperature make it perfect for swimming. Frequented by locals more than tourists, it is an authentic beach experience, void of any vendors and overcrowding. Green-blue black sand makes magical designs on the shore, and sloths hang from palm trees than bend over the beach. It is important to note that locals know not to bring any valuables to the beach, as they will almost certainly be stolen. Take care to leave cellphones, wallets and jewelry in the hotel room, and take only the essentials, as Playa Negra is only a quick walk from anywhere in Cahuita.