Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
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Montezuma Costa Rica

Montezuma is a picturesque, small village, known for its off-beat, bohemian atmosphere and the stunning beauty of its beaches, rivers and waterfalls.

Montezuma Costa Rica

Itinerant artists in Montezuma

For decades, Montezuma has drawn a multi-ethnic blend of naturalists, artists and hippies, seeking for an alternative livestyle. Due to its off-beat ambience Montezuma is also known in Costa Rica as Montefumar or Moctezuma.

Playa Montezuma

Montezuma Costa Rica

Nestled into a landscape of true tropical paradise, Montezuma is a travel destination for any beach lover and eco-tourist. The small beach village is hemmed in by high cliffs overgrown with jungle where small rivers tumble down and form scenic waterfalls and natural pools. Groups of capuchin monkeys live in the forests and are easily seen.

Hotel in Montezuma

Hotel in Montezuma

Montezuma's center, with charming old wood houses, itinerant artists, and vivid street life has an almost Caribbean flair and feels like the open-air living room of the community where a continuous mellow party takes place.
Hotels in Montezuma, restaurants and beaches are all within short walking distance and there are many budget accommodations, along with vacation rentals and nature, yoga and health oriented hotels.

Montezuma Costa Rica

Montezuma center looking upon Chico's bar

The hot spot of the nightlife scene is Chico's Bar in the center of Montezuma. The open air bar with dance floor looks onto the street life to one side, with a lounge area to the sea on the other side.

Market in Montezuma

Montezuma Organic Market

Across from Montezuma, on the other side of the Gulf, you can see the mainland of Costa Rica. Shuttle boats are available who whisk you over to the beach town of Jaco, 50 km from Montezuma.

The hippie roots of Montezuma are most apparent during the small farmer's market held each Saturday morning. You'll find organic food and handicrafts, while musicians gather for a jam session.

Activities in Montezuma:

There is a host of tour operators in Montezuma who take you to nearby sights and activities. A day jaunt to the Tortuga Islands includes snorkeling in crystal-clear water. Another popular activity is the canopy tour across the Montezuma waterfalls where you zip through a verdant river valley.

Island near Montezuma

Tortuga Islands near Montezuma

Other options are diving and snorkeling, fishing, surfing, horseback riding, or yoga in one of the hotels in Montezuma. A must-see jewel for nature lovers is Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica's oldest Nature Reserve, located 9 km south of Montezuma.

Montezuma's biggest attraction, however, are its beaches and waterfalls. Explore miles of fantastic beaches which extend to both sides of Montezuma and hike up to waterfalls ensconced in the jungle.

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