When the sun starts to come down, make sure you have navigated your way back through the rocky beach or the sandy steep trails in the forest and are only a few minutes from the town.. but take a half hour to sit on the beach, listen to the sounds of the ocean and watch the sun go down. Pink at night, sailor's delight (for tomorrow of course)!
I almost put this on the "tourist trap" tips, but it wasn't all bad. The snorkling was good for that area. i mean, it's no carribean. I had a friend who scuba'd and didn't think it was worth it. It was mostly just nice to get on the water, meet some other folks and see another view.
There is not much to on the island. A game of volleyball was struck up. we poked around a bit, etc.
You can get to the Montezuma waterfalls from a bridge not far from town to the south follow a river to a dramatic falls. A second set of falls, is found further upriver. It´s a great combination of jungle, ocean and fresh water in nature's natural jacuzzis. Monkey families and colorful birds are often seen and their music accompanies you along the way.
Not too far out of town, the waterfalls are a chill place to hang out for an afternoon. There are 3 pools to swim in, 2 of them above the first are a bit more difficult to reach, so ask someone where the path is. Theres 2 paths, but one is much easier. There were some real daring guys there jumping off the falls around 75 feet up, amazing to watch. At the upper pools theres also a rope swing.
When you are in Montezuma, you can either go left towards Playa Grande or right towards the waterfalls. I suggest you do both!
To the waterfalls, walk across the small beach and follow the dirt road past Pension Lucy and you will come to a small bridge to cross, where you immediately take a left. There is a man there selling fresh grilled lobsters, shrimp, bananas, and fish - definately treat yourself on the way back. I had a lobster that cost US$3!
Follow the trail up to the waterfall, it is about 15 minutes and can get tricky at times - wear water shoes. You can swim and hang out at the waterfall, or you can continue to climb up to another more difficult spot to reach and walk around to the top of the falls. I almost made it up there and had to turn back (got a bit scary), I was sore for 2 days!!
I did not reach but have heard about other waterfalls that spill into the ocean which are located past Playa Grande. I heard that it is about a 2 hour hike - I didn´t make it due to the sun setting and tide coming in, do keep them in mind. But the falls are right near or on the beach, so if you head that way you should come upon them.
The beaches are great.
Go to the left from the town. The beaches are endless. Big waves and lots of fun.
Be a bit carefull with the tides.
Can be pretty heavy sometimes.
Ask some locals or at the tourist information.
Take a hike out of town to the waterfall. It's about a ten minute hike through a river bed. The water is really nice to dive into after the hot hike. When we were at the fall there was a local boy who could scamper up the side of the waterfall really fast to where the jumping ledges were. He was jumping from about 35 feet.
A visit to Cabo Blanco makes for a great day trip from Montezuma. The reserve is made up of tropical lowland forest, and is home to abundant wildlife. Trails lead through the jungle to a lovely beach. The heat is oppressive in the forest, so bring plenty of water. And, if you dont want to be a buffet for the swarms of bugs, stock up on insect repellent.
Shame on me for not remembering, but a resteraunt along the main drag of Montezuma has movies most nights, on nice plasma screen T.V.'s, relax with some dessert and a few drinks and enjoy a show
as I mentioned earlier, some of my favorite jewelry came from Montezuma, Costa Rica. Most of it custom made!
From Montezuma you can check out the surroundings, and not very far is Malpaís. We usually went to St.Teresa beach in Malpaís. There's a bit more about it in my Malpaís page.
Some local guys like to surf right next to the rocks, looks pretty dangerous to me... but also like fun if you know what your doing...