Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information


Montezuma Costa Rica

Playa Montezuma
Montezuma Costa Rica

Montezuma is a picturesque small village in Costa Rica, known for its bohemian atmosphere and the stunning natural beauty of its beaches and waterfalls.
Nestled into a landscape of true tropical paradise, Montezuma is perfect for any beach lover and eco-tourist. The village is surrounded by jungle covered hills with small rivers forming scenic waterfalls and pools. Groups of capuchin monkeys live in the forests and are easily seen.

Montezuma Costa Rica
Itinerant artists in Montezuma

For decades Montezuma has attracted a multi-cultural blend of individualists, artists and hippies seeking an alternative livestyle. Due to its off-beat character Costa Ricans also refer to it as Montefumar or Moctezuma. The hippie roots of Montezuma come alife on Saturday morning during the local farmer's market where you find organic food and handicrafts, while musicians gather for a jam session.

Montezuma Hotel
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.
Within easy walking distance are restaurants, beaches and hotels in Montezuma, which also include many budget lodgings in hostels and cabinas. Newer and more upscale accommodations are mostly situated in the area uphill from Montezuma. See: Montezuma Map with Hotels

Montezuma Center
Montezuma center looking upon Chico's bar

Montezuma's nightlife hub is Chico's Bar in the village center where at night you can dance to Latin music or techno beats.
If you prefer more tranquility choose a beachfront location for the evening to enjoy the breeze and views across the Gulf of Nicoya. The scenery is particularly romantic on the nights before and on full moon when the moon rises behind the distant mainland of Costa Rica and shimmers on the quiet water of the Gulf.

Activities in Montezuma:

Island near Montezuma
Tortuga Islands near Montezuma

A host of tour operators and hotels in Montezuma offer tours to nearby sights and activities. Very popular is a canopy tour across the Montezuma waterfalls, or a tour by boat to the Tortuga Islands where you can snorkel in crystal-clear water. Other options include horseback riding along the beach, surfing, SUP paddling, fishing or yoga which is offered in various hotels in Montezuma. Nature lovers should not miss a visit to Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica's oldest Nature Reserve, located 9 km south of Montezuma.

One of the most worthwhile activities however is hiking along the scenic coastline or to the Montezuma waterfalls.
Montezuma Part II: » Beaches and Waterfalls in Montezuma

How to get to Montezuma

A » Direct Bus connects to San Jose and the international airport two times per day. With little luggage you can also take the 60-min taxi boat from Jaco to Montezuma. Jaco is only a 1-hour drive from San Jose. Hotels and tour operators will help you to arrange taxi boats and also tranfers to other tourist destinations in Costa Rica.
With a car see the » Map of Nicoya Peninsula.