Montezuma is a town in Puntarenas, Costa Rica which began as a remote fishing village and has gained popularity since the 1980s among tourists all over the world. Montezuma is located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway in a small bohemian town then Montezuma is the place for you…
We started on our trip to Montezuma after spending a few days in Tamarindo. First off, let me tell you that the drive to Montezuma from Tarmarindo is NO JOKE! For the most part you are on a paved road…but then you get to a little town called Playa Naranjo (insert a dramatic “bum bum bummmmmmm”) and everything changes. The road from Playa Naranjo to Paquera is absolutely crazy. When I say crazy I mean driving 10 miles an hour on the most pot-hole ridden road you can imagine. There were several times we wondered if we were going the right way or slightly considered turning back around. So glad we ignored those feelings because the moment we actually arrived to Montezuma was absolutely amazing. Montezuma was everything we needed and hoped for after spending a few days in Tamarindo, which was a little too touristy for us.
Where to stay:
Montezuma Artist Rooftop Loft – This charming and romantic hideout is located about half a mile up from the bohemian village of Montezuma. The loft is incredibly unique with handmade furniture, a huge rooftop terrace, and an open air bathroom surrounded by tropical flowers and trees. It truly is a peaceful, private little sanctuary on a mountain.
On the property you will find beautiful flowers, succulents, palms, fruit trees, and a stunning yoga shala which we played in on a daily basis during our visit.
In the house below, live the owners, Dagmar a yoga teacher and Daniel an artist/painter. Dagmar owns Montezuma Yoga, a fabulous yoga studio, located in the town village. Daniel is specializes in unique architecture, design and art. They were both very kind from the moment we stepped foot onto the property. We absolutely loved staying here and highly recommend to anyone traveling to this part of the country. Be sure to check out their other property, The Luxury Treehouse, it is built upon a recycled shipping container and is designed to perfection.
Where to eat – Gluten free and vegan food in Montezuma, Costa Rica:
El Sano Banano – This was our favorite place to eat while staying in Monteuzma. The staff is great, the location is perfect and the vibe is relaxing. Be sure to try their spring rolls, smoothies and patacones. Your taste buds will thank you!
Cafe Organico – This is an awesome spot to get healthy helpings of delicious, all natural vegan foods. The ambiance is great, the music is awesome and it’s proximity both to the beach and to the Montezuma ‘strip’ makes it a great place to chill.
Hotel Amor de Mar – This place is absolutely stunning. Make sure to get breakfast here at least once while you visit Montezuma. The view is breathtaking and the food is delicious. Their breakfast quinoa is simply amazing and filling.
The Bakery Cafe – This place is surprisingly perfect at lunchtime for the gluten free vegan despite the name. Try their Vegetarian Casado. It is packed with yummy veggies and full of flavor. You will leave completely satisfied and ready for some fun in the sun!
What to do:
Explore Montezuma Beach – The beaches of Montezuma are located in close proximity to town center. Montezuma’s beaches have been voted to be among the top ten most beautiful in Central America.
A 15 minute hike north of Montezuma is a small beach, stream, and waterfall called “Piedra Colorada”. A local artist used to come out to Piedra Colorada every morning to rebuild a balanced rock sculpture garden here, and the tradition has stuck, so you will probably still find that others are adding their own stone towers to the garden. Piedra colorada is a great place for kids to play as it has a small beach and a freshwater pool fed by the stream and waterfall!
Hike up to Montezuma Falls – If you prefer to cool off in freshwater, you can hike rio montezuma to find natural bathing tubs with sparkling jacuzzis surrounded by the jungle. The waterfall is reached on a 20-minutes hike from the village center. Thrill-seekers can continue uphill on a difficult small trail at the right side of the waterfall to find another waterfall above with two more large swimming pools in the rocks and a tarzan rope swing. If you’re looking for a more laid back hike you can also reach the upper pools on an downhill path which starts at the Montezuma Canopy tour, half a mile drive uphill from Montezuma, on the road to Delicias.
Canopy Tours – Live the zipline adventure and explore nature from the tops of the trees. A journey over the mountains of Montezuma with 13 platforms, a suspension bridge 30 meters high, between trees and 9 cables of various sizes, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and ending at the majestic river Montezuma, right at the famous waterfalls where you can take a dip.
Yoga – Start off your morning right with a rejuvenating yoga class at Montezuma Yoga. Montezuma Yoga is located at Hotel Los Mangos, just outside the town center of Montezuma. They have 1-2 classes a day and welcome all levels of experience.
Take a day trip to Santa Teresa – Santa Teresa is about a 30-40 minute drive from Montezuma. The beaches are enormous and the waves seem pretty friendly for first time surfers or kiddos. Check out Banana Beach, a fun place to have a drink while you escape the blazing heat or enjoy a dazzling Costa Rican Sunset!
Tortuga Island – This dreamy island paradise fringed with tall swaying coconut palms, sugary white sand beaches and emerald waters invites absolute tranquility. A huge attraction to this island is its scuba diving sites and snorkeling opportunities to check out marine life such as sting rays, angel fish, sharks, dolphins and octopus.
Curu Wildlife Refuge – For eco-tourists and animal lovers the Curu Wildlife Reserve is one of the highlights of the Nicoya Peninsula. The area offers easy access to seeing some of the most sought after species such as White-faced monkeys, Howler monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Scarlet Macaws, White-tailed Deer, Collared Peccary, Coati, Raccoons, Coyotes, Iguanas, and hundreds of species of tropical birds.
Overall thoughts about Montezuma, Costa Rica – Its amazing. If I had a dollar for every time I said “Babe, lets move here!” I’d already be living in Montezuma.
Let us know if you’ve ever been to Montezuma or if you have any questions!!!