The popular beach resort of MONTEZUMA lies about 40km southwest of Paquera, near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Some three decades ago, a handful of foreigners seeking solitude fell in love with Montezuma and decided to stay. In those days, it was just a sleepy fishing village, largely cut off from the rest of the country, but today Montezuma draws tourists galore, and virtually every establishment in town offers gringo-friendly food and accommodation and sells tours. Nevertheless, it still feels like a village because large-scale development has been kept to a minimum – and it’s still a bit of an effort to get here.
Montezuma and the area south to the Reserva Absoluta Cabo Blanco features some of Costa Rica’s loveliest coastline: leaning palms and jutting rocks dot the white-sand beaches. Here you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific, especially arresting when the occasional lightning storm illuminates the horizon and silky waters. Inland, thickly forested hills, including rare Pacific lowland tropical forest, dominate the landscape.
Things to do in Montezuma
Montezuma, being a fairly popular yet charming place, has an assortment of restaurants and bars to dine and drink in. There is plenty to do in this sweet little town whether that is ziplining through the canopies or relaxing on the beach.
Quite the hotspot, Montezuma falls is a great day excursion to get active. It takes 40 minutes to hike to the waterfall, with three different routes each suitable to different abilities. Once at the waterfall, you can swim and dive from the designated platform.
Montezuma Falls, Costa Rica © Mlenny / iStock
Montezuma is beach is straight from a postcard; soft sands, teal waters and palm trees. The rocks on either side mean waves are small making it a perfect place for a swim. Follow the trail to the North of the beach to Piedra Colorada where you will find a hidden waterfall and freshwater pool.
Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica © SL Photography / iStock
For those of you who do not get jelly legs when dealing with heights, then ziplining is the one for you. Nearby Montezuma, you can zip line through the canopies and over waterfalls.
Ziplining in Montezuma, Costa Rica © The Palmer / iStock
Montezuma gardens are about 2 km South of the town, and quite a haven for wildlife lovers. The butterfly garden stretches along the waterfall and makes for a pleasant morning activity.
Featured Image, Montezuma Town © Stellalevi / iStock