Montezuma is a really unique spot located on the Pacific shore of Costa Rica. You are surrounded by tropical nature, beautiful sandy beaches, gorgeous islands, pristine rivers, amazing waterfalls and friendly people.
Originally a remote fishing village, this little piece of paradise has become increasingly popular with budget travelers. It is incredibly inexpensive with some lovely budget accommodations and cheap eats! Located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, it is a favorite of backpackers and those interested in eco tourism. It is easy to get around as the center of town has all the accommodations, restaurants and shops.
Montezuma has a laid back atmosphere where everyone is just interested in enjoying the gorgeous surroundings and fun atmosphere. One of the best things to do was to hike to the waterfalls that surround the town. The most famous is about a 10 minute walk on the road to Cabo Blanco (more about that later). This breathtaking waterfall is a must see and you’ll be in awe that it is only a few minutes from town!
Cabo Blanco is another must visit during your trip to Montezuma. This nature reserve is located at the extreme southern trip of the Nicoya Peninsula. This unique geographical location and climate makes it one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Costa Rica. It covers 1,172 Ha of mixed forest – mostly tropical. The forest houses a large variety of animals ranging from white tailed deer to anteaters, howler monkeys and even porcupines. Of course, there are many gorgeous birds as well, such as the magpie jay, long tailed manikin, and ringed kingfisher.
If you plan to stay a few days, be sure to visit the organic vegetable market held each Saturday morning. It has a hippie vibe with food, flowers and handicrafts readily available and you might even get the pleasure of listening to an impromptu jam session.
Of course, if you are visiting Montezuma, you will want to spend time at the beaches. At the northern end of the town is Playa Grande with 3kms of gorgeous white sand. You can actually walk along the beach for about 4 kms to reach the Cocalitos waterfall. Another great beach is located down the coast to the south (walk at low tide only) about 2 kms down is Playa Las Manchas – another gorgeous beach with white sand and turquoise clear water.
You will fall in love with the picturesque little town with a bohemian flair and amazing natural beauty!