The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information
Montezuma is a picturesque village, known for its bohemian atmosphere and the stunning beauty of its beaches, rivers and waterfalls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the center of Montezuma a host of tour operators arrange taxi boats to Jaco and tours to nearby sights and activities. Very popular is the canopy tour across the Montezuma waterfalls where you can zip through a lush river valley, or a day jaunt to the Tortuga Islands which includes snorkeling in crystal-clear water. Other activities include fishing tours, surf lessons, horseback riding, or yoga. All activities and tours can also be arranged by any of the hotels in Montezuma.
A must-see jewel for nature lovers is a visit to » Cabo Blanco,
Costa Rica's oldest Nature Reserve, located 9 km south of Montezuma.
The most popular natural attraction of Montezuma is the » Montezuma Waterfall with its large swimming pool and the miles of fantastic » beaches which you can explore to both sides of Montezuma.