For a long time I have been wanting to visit Montezuma, and for different reasons a was unable to go. A couple of weeks ago the opportunity of visiting one of the most popular places in the Peninsula de Nicoya in Guanacaste came around, of course, I couldn’t refuse it and this lovely place actually made it to my list of most favorite places to be in Costa Rica.
So, if you are planning on getting away from the noisy city and a busy schedule for your next vacation, a would highly recommend you to explore this small but colorful and unique beach town.
Even though Montezuma is a small town, I was very impressed by all the diversity presented in just one picture. From seeing local and foreigners selling their own handmade products on the side of the road to the stunning mountains covered by all shades of green you can imagine surrounding the town.
How to get there?
There are different ways to get to Montezuma.
When I went there I was already in Guanacaste, so I drove from Los Pargos and it took me around 4 hours (I know, it’s a long drive). So, basically, if you don’t mind driving a long distance and you are coming through Liberia’s International Airport or somewhere nearby that area, you can perfectly get there by car. There are a couple of routes you can take, even though roads are not in great conditions if you go in a 4×4 vehicle you will be fine.
If by any chance you are coming from the city like San Jose and again you are driving, it will take you around 5 1/2 hours to get to the destination, but this time you will be driving for about 2 hours through the Inter-American Highway until getting to the ferry which is located in Puntarenas. It will take you 1 hour on the ferry where you can relax, eat something if you are hungry or just enjoy the view. After disembarking the ferry prepare yourself for another 1 1/2 drive until get to your final destination.
I’m pretty sure there are other ways to get you as near as possible such as local airlines, that offer daily flights for you to get faster for a reasonable price.
Things to do there
There are a lot of things for you to do and a lot of places waiting for you to give them a visit. Let’s start with the principal attractive: the beaches! It will take you less than 3 minutes to walk from the principal road of the town to the beach, from there you can start walking towards Playa Piedra Colorada, Playa Las Manchas and Playa Grande which provide the perfect setting to get some sun, get in the water and even surfing.
If you are in the mood for something more adventurous I will recommend you to go and take a walk to the waterfall. It is located 10 minutes away from the town by car, on the right side of the road, you will see a parking space and the pathway leading to the waterfall. It is not an easy way to get there so I suggest you to wear closed toe shoes and just bring the necessary implements. The place is really nice and big, perfect to refresh yourself and relax.
Cabuya Cemetery Island.
Another place I really liked going was the Cabuya Island Cemetery. Yes! A cemetery inside an island, I was a little skeptical first but when we got there and actually walked through the sea to the little island I just couldn’t believe it myself. One of the coolest experiences. Just make sure you go during a low tide. Once you get there and if you get a little bit before the tide lows you will see nothing but rocks, seashells, and sea. As time passes by you will start seeing the pathway that takes you to the island. In there you can walk through the graveyard, surround the island and also snorkel.
Besides this, there are plenty of activities for you to do like horseback riding, ATV rentals, visit the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and even visit Tortuguero Island in a trip boat from Montezuma.
Nightlife in Montezuma
Now, if you are wondering about the nightlife Montezuma is famous for, I have to tell you, there is a place called Chico’s Bar located right in the middle of the town, you won’t definitely miss it since there is music playing during the day and a lot of people from different places gathering during the night.
We heard Santa Teresa is a good option to go in case you are looking for something else. And it is only 40 minutes away.
Where to eat?
Since Montezuma is a multicultural spot, you will notice that the food options are very varied and fits tastes and budgets. It all depends on what you like or what you are looking for.
If you are into good quality cuts of meat, you want to visit Mocha’s Monchis Grill Restaurant, plates and portions are good, meat and fish are fresh and the customer service makes you want to go back.
Another place we really liked when we went for lunch was Sano Banano Village Cafe, totally recommended the atmosphere of the place and the service were outstanding, food was delicious and seeing the monkeys going from one tree to the other was the perfect plus to our experience.
Of course, if you are going for the full Costa Rican experience we saw other places serving typical Costa Rican dishes and also for those looking for vegan or vegetarian options I’m pretty sure you will find them there too.
Well, this was basically my experience in Montezuma, I loved it as I said before. And I hope that If you decide to give it a chance, you can make the most of it and of course look for more fun stuff to do.