Montezuma Travel Guide

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Montezuma Highlights

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    dawnmc says…

     Nice beaches and little town, hike to the waterfalls is awesome 

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     'roads' to get there 

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     Best of Costa Rica: great vibe, endless things to do 

Montezuma Things to Do

  • Excellent Photography Tour

    I've wanted to learn how to take photos for a long time and finally, I found out the best way to do it while on vacation. John Ussenko is a professional photographer offering photography tips and techniques. He helped me understand the basic principles of aperture, shutter, and composition. The best part, we did this all in the rainforest. I have...

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  • Cabuya Island Fishing & Snorkeling Tour

    You quickly learn that the main tour pushed all over Montezuma is the Tortuga Island tour. It's a fun tour but it is a pretty standard tour.... lots of lolling around the island time waiting for the boat to leave, snorkeling with 50 people in the water etc. In search of something a little different and more authentic we went on a fishing and...

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  • Reserva Absoluta Cabo Blanco

    I'm not sure I can be an unbiased critic of this particular outing. I set out for the Cabo Blanco beach at the end of my trip, sore from long day of surfing and tired from battling a day of light travelors diarrhea. I expected for the bus to drop us off at the beach, I wore sandals and shorts and did not bring water. Reality hit hard. Getting to...

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  • Movie Night

    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

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  • Day Trip to Tortuga Island

    Another popular and fun tour from Montezuma is a day tour to Tortuga Island. Again shop around as many tour operators offer this. I believe I paid 40$ a person for the full day. You depart from the beach in the morning and head out to the island area, stopping for an hour of snorkeling. You arrive to the Island for a lunch, laying in the sand or...

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  • Horseback Riding Along the Beach

    My first time horseback riding was in here in Montezuma, Costa Rica. The Montezuma area has several long patches of beach for horses to romp, and let me tell you, the horses take off! The tour guides ensure you get a thrill by racing by your horse on their own, sending yours into a full gallop. They give the horses an hour or so break at a stop at...

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  • Talk to Paul

    Paul is an American expatriate who lives on the beach in Montezuma. Seen by some as a bit of a nuisance, he is actually quite an interesting fellow. He is on the main street every morning sweeping up the garbage in hopes of a bit of compensation from the merchants. He pan-handles most of the rest of the day but is more than happy to engage in...

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  • Montezuma-Snorkel trip

    I purchased the all day snorkel trip via CocoZuma in Montezuma. Departure is at 0830 from the beach. About 20 people on the small boat seemed a challenge but it was more seaworthy that at first appearance. Its about 60 minutes to the Island which is a tropical paradise with fine white sane, acqamarine water, and excellent snorkelling. brought my...

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  • Scuba Diving

    I booked a 2 tank dive through CocoZuma Traveller in Montezuma. I went by the same boat that takes the snorkellers to Tortuga Island. Just before we got to Tortuga, I was met by the other boat with the divers. I believe the scuba operator is based in Tambor. The two tank dive was $140 which is much more than I had paid elsewhere in CR. Equipment...

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Montezuma Restaurants

  • Next to Chico'S Bar

    I missed the name but its directly to the right of Chico-s bar is you are looking towards the water. They have a little patio upstairs at the back. You walk through the restaurant to get to it. I had one of the best casado i've ever had in CR. Breakfast is also great . Casado con pescado. Great patacones with it and a generous portion.

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  • The Best Sandich in the Southern...

    Certainly you'll have to pass by Cobano during your stay at Montezuma because that's where the only bank is. Cobano is awful but we discovered a great and cheaper than Montezuma place to have a godd cup of coffee and a delicious sandwich.The place itself is unique because it is very stylish with photos of people from Havana, the owner is Cuban. It...

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  • Guacamole heaven

    I didn't have a full meal here, but the nacho chips served with guacamole were tremendous. OK, the chips were just average, but the freshly made guacamole is amazing. I went back another night just for that.

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  • Vegetarian food with macays and monkeys

    This lovely little bakery and cafe also features a bright terrace which is often frequented by stellar macay birds and white-faced monkeys- watch out! They are there to steal your food, not to visit, so pay attention to your plates. Has a great pristine ambience and great vegetarian food- for breakfast and lunch. You can also organize various tours...

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  • Sea-side fine dining

    This is a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant up the road towards the waterfall right on the ocean with a fantastic ambience and great service. You can select one of the low tables right beside the crashing waves and sit on a pillow, your meal lit by candle. Food is to die for: try the tuna carpaccio to start- OUT OF THIS WORLD! For the main meal,...

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  • Best Italian in Montezuma

    This tiny little open-aired bistro facing on the main street across from Chico's is owned by a Calabresa woman and has a selection of delicious freshly baked thin crust pizzas, homemade pastas and typical Italian appetizers and main dishes. Try the gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and basil or the gorgonzola pizza!

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Montezuma Nightlife

  • Great Bar Scene

    There is a great bar/dance scene in Montezuma. Right at the end of the street is a bar that extends to the beach, and during the tourist season, this will be packed with travelers and Costa Ricans on vacation themselves. It's safe and a great time. Since Montezuma is a pretty small city, you are gonna be within walking distance of your hotel so no...

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  • Disco central

    This casual bar during the day becomes the town's main dancing spot in the evenings (or at least on weekends) and fills up with locals and hippies dancing to the reggae, salsa and merengue. There are many tables to chill at and several pool tables. Just down the steps on the beach is another bar which has several tables right on the beach- good for...

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  • Disco on the beach

    There is a very large bar (nightclub almost) at the bery end of the road when you walk towards the Montezuma Beach. They have a hip hop, house and latin night down here....and it gets to be pretty packed.We went out for the house night which eneded up being a trance all-nighter after a visiting DJ took the stage. Cool place. I guess I wouln'd go...

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Montezuma Transportation

  • Boat from Jaco to Montezuma

    It is quite popular to get to Montezuma by boat from Jaco. This is handy in case you wanted to get to the Guanacasta from the Southern coast. You need to book this in advance, and you can do that in Jaco or Manuel Antonio, or possibly pay the boat drivers. Basically a speed boat picks you up by the beach and takes you for a choppy, approx 2 hour...

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  • San Jose to Montezuma

    The easiest method of getting to Montezuma from San Jose is via the direct bus from Coco Cola station. Unlike the most of the other buses, you can't pre-buy your tickets. Get there at least 30 minutes prior to departure for a good seat. Buy the ticket from the driver. The fare of CRC includes the boat crossing to Nacoya but make sure you keep your...

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  • getting to Montezuma

    I definetly drove trhough the wrong way that is trough East-peninsula Nicoya and it took me more then 5 hours to get from Tamarindo to Montezuma.(sta cruz, Nicoya, Lepanto, Pavones, Playa Naranjo, Paquera , Curu, Cobano-Montezuma)The thing is that I wanted to take the shortest way but unfourtunately the only paved way in really good condition is...

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Montezuma Shopping

  • Local's Table Top Craft Stores

    You may notice that around 9 am the dreadlocked locals prepare their tables for a hard day at work selling jewelrys and other knick knacks. You may find a lot of these interesting and faily cheap. Have a look at each of their tables, they are much less imposing then shopkeepers

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  • Grocery shopping at the Super Montezuma

    The super mercado (super market) in Montezuma has pretty much everything you would expect to find in a grocery store. Cold beer, liquor, bread, bug spray, and whatever else you might need Grab a 6 pack of cold Imperial or Pilsen for a day at the beach! I expected the prices to be higher since Montezuma is a bit remote but found that everything...

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  • Montezuma Hotels

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Montezuma Warnings and Dangers

  • Montezuma is safe

    I never felt in danger at any time in Montezuma. Everywhere in the world warrents certain awareness about safety issues and Montezuma is no exception. I felt safer here then I do in certain parts of my hometown of Modesto, California

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  • Slooow, sloooow internet

    If you are heading to Montezuma for a few days, you may want to tell your friends you'll catch up with them later.I've tried to send e-mails about three times on separate days...and they all failed. I'm sure the situation is not always the same, but it is to be expected.The good thing is, you will not get charged if you just sat there staring at...

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  • Don't let your guard down completely...

    It's easy to feel safe in Montezuma - the town is so relaxed that you never want to leave... the vibe is relaxed and the people are friendly.... HOWEVER - on the night that most people go to town for dinner and dancing, a ring of thieves made way thru the unguarded hotel rooms and cars taking passports, cameras, cash and anything else of value....

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Montezuma What to Pack

  • Simple Packing suggestions

    Jeans/Pants for horseback riding. Skin suit for surfing/snorkeling. Flip Flops. Hiking boots if you want to visit Cabo Blanco Sun tan lotion (the sun is strong), aloe vera for when you get burned, chap stick, swim trunks/suits x 2, sunglasses.

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  • Make sure to bring some insect repellant

    There aren't too many bugs in Montezuma but you will get bitten if you dont have any insect repellant

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Montezuma Sports & Outdoors

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    by Anita_Porec Written Jun 17, 2006

    There are two waterfalls in Monzeuma that you can climb to.
    Both are pretty hard to reach althugh the first one is a bit more accessible. The hike is beautiful and you can take some great pictures if you're carefull.... but I wouldn't attempt it in the aining season or after a rainy day.

    Equipment: Good shoes!

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Montezuma Favorites

  • Montezuma town

    This is a very tiny town but has many little restaurants and tourist shops where you can buy sandals, clothes (great skirts and shirts), handicrafts, hammocks, surfing and swimming gear, incense and other souvenir ammenities.There is one main place in town for internet but it is infamously slow. There is no bank so make sure you come with enough...

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  • Map of Montezuma

    Montezuma is a small town that has two main streets with shops, a bar and restaurants. There are several side streets and a road that leads south to Cabuya that has some hotels and other restaurands

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  • Reserva absoluta Cabo Blanco

    Have also a look to my travelogue...http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/49de1/#TLAlso here I worked a few weeks as volunteer and I've to say its a great place! This reserve was the initial step in the development of the country?s extensive national park system. The reserve lies at the boundries between tropical dry and tropical wet ecosystems and is...

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