Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
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Montezuma Costa Rica

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

Montezuma Costa Rica

Itinerant artists in Montezuma

For decades, Montezuma has attracted a multi-cultural blend of naturalists, artists and hippies, seeking an alternative livestyle. Due to its off-beat character, 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 the travel destination for any beach lover and eco-tourist. The small beach village is surrounded by high cliffs, covered by jungle, where small rivers tumble down and form scenic waterfalls and natural swimming 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 easy walking distance. You easily find budget accommodations, as well as vacation rentals and nature, yoga and health oriented hotels.

Montezuma Costa Rica

Montezuma center looking upon Chico's bar

For nightlife, the hot spot is Chico's Bar in the center of Montezuma. The open air bar with dance floor overlooks the village street life on one side, and on the other side has a beachfront restaurant.

Market in Montezuma

Montezuma Organic Market

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

The hippie roots of Montezuma are most apparent during the local farmer's market held each Saturday morning. You'll find organic food and handicrafts, while enjoying the music of local musicians who use the event for their weekly jam session.

Activities in Montezuma:

There are a host of tour operators in Montezuma who can 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 can zip through a lush river valley.

Island near Montezuma

Tortuga Islands near Montezuma

Other activities include diving, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, horseback riding, or yoga offered by any 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 natural attraction, however, are the beaches and waterfalls. Explore miles of fantastic beaches that extend to both sides of Montezuma, and hike through the jungle to discover waterfalls and natural bathing tubs in the rivers.

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