The best way to explore Montezuma’s beaches and country roads is on an all-terrain vehicle. They are inexpensive to rent for a half or full day’s solo adventure, but consider hiring a guide to access the area's best trails. A notable tour includes an exhilarating ride from Tambor to La Florida Waterfalls in Montezuma.
Bird & Wildlife Watching
Cabo Blanco Reserve and Curu Wildlife Refuge are not the only guaranteed bird and wildlife watching spots. Even stumbling around downtown Montezuma can provide opportunities to see fascinating creatures such as vine snakes, Jesus Christ lizards, bare-throated tiger herons, motmots, and magpie jays.
Montezuma’s canopy tour zooms through the rainforest, passing by several tumbling waterfalls. It features nine cables and eleven platforms, covering 3,937 feet and ending at the Montezuma Falls where visitors can stop for a refreshing swim.
Day Spa Treatments
Indulge in a relaxing massage in one of the town’s day spas. An extensive treatment menu includes Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and somatic bodywork.
Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve offers some good hiking trails, but Montezuma’s most popular path leads to the beautiful Montezuma Waterfall. The hike is at times steep and strenuous, but only lasts about 30 minutes each way. Wear sturdy shoes, as there are several fun river crossings en route. There have been reported injuries from jumping off the 80-foot falls; heed local advice and stick to swimming in the pools below. Keep in mind that the nearest clinic is miles away in Cobano.
Horseback riding to El Chorro Waterfall takes about two hours there and an hour and a half back. El Chorro is one of the few freshwater falls that empties directly into the ocean. Tours leave daily at low tide.
Kayak tours around Montezuma beach and out to Cabuya Island are soothing and fun. Sometimes dolphins, sea turtles, and whales glide by, seemingly posing for photographs. A fascinating mini-whirlpool near Cabuya Island is well worth the trip.
Explore the area’s paved roads and nearby towns on a mountain bike, available for rent in downtown Montezuma for $15 per day. Unfortunately, it is impossible to take these bikes near the water, as they are not beach combers and sand will clog the gears.
Costa Rica Color offers photography workshops and in-depth tours that focus on natural lighting, long exposures and capturing scenes from the great outdoors. Spend a few hours tweaking your macro photography skills; learn how to snap night shots; or embark on tours to explore Montezuma's beaches, streams, and wildlife reserve.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Snorkeling and scuba diving at Isla Tortuga and Curu Wildlife Refuge are unforgettable experiences. A wide variety of fish, moray eels, turtles, lobsters, octopus, and sea urchins inhabit the area. Book a half or full-day tour with local operators.
Inshore and offshore fishing excursions are offered on comfortable 26 to 35 ft. boats. Guests are in the hands of experienced captains who know the best spots for big game fish. Common catches include yellow and black-fin tuna, red snapper, grouper, striped and black marlin, snook, and mahi mahi. Anglers have the option of cooking their catch on the boat (or sampling the freshest sushi in town), or saving their prize for later.
With a decent south swell, Playa Los Cedros offers surfers an impressive right point break. While not as consistent as nearby Santa Teresa, surfers can catch this break on either side of high tide, but should look out for the area’s many jagged rocks. Seasoned surfers are better off trying their luck at the nearby beaches of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. Buses run to Cobano frequently, and from there it is a 20-minute ride to Santa Teresa and Mal Pais.
Relax the body and the mind with Montezuma’s enlightening yoga classes. Many studios are located on spacious outdoor pavilions, just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean. Classes run $10-$15 for a one and a half hour session, but prices drop if bought in packages of ten or more.