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    Montezuma Snapshot

  • Summary: Bohemian beach town; exceptional surfing; spectacular scenery and hiking.
  • Landscape: Beaches, Rainforest
  • Attractions: Cabo Blanco Reserve, Waterfalls
  • Activities: Bird & Wildlife Watching, Hiking, Snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming
  • Caters to: Budget Travelers, Couples/Honeymooners, Surfers, Wildlife Enthusiasts

Laid-back by day and lively at night, Montezuma is a bohemian dream for the young and young-at-heart. Soft sand beaches, adventure tours, and world class snorkeling are all a short walk or boat ride away.

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Known for its mellow, hippie atmosphere, Montezuma has long attracted an international crowd of artists, musicians, backpackers and eco-tourists. Transfixed by the area’s natural beauty, many put down roots, lending to the community’s eclectic mix. Nothing is rushed in this seaside village, and time seems to float by more slowly than in other parts of the world.

Despite its popularity among the Nicoya Peninsula beaches, Montezuma retains a small-town feel. Visitors can still spend the day on stretches of deserted beach with magical surf spots shared by only a few seasoned locals, and then return to town for its amenities and nightlife.

The multi-cultural community has several gourmet restaurants, trendy bars, and a collection of hotels and beachside cabins. Framed by the sparkling Gulf of Nicoya and imposing cliffs covered in tropical rainforest, Montezuma is visually stunning. Walking to and from the outskirts of town is possible, but can be a hot and steep endeavor, braved only by those in good physical condition. Though rental cars, all-terrain vehicles, and bicycles are other practical means to explore the area, tanned and toned pedestrians clad in swimsuits still outnumber those with wheels.

Agile monkeys and colorful birds traverse the gorgeous coastline, from Playa Grande and Montezuma in the north to Playa Las Palmeras and Las Manchas to the south. Beautiful waterfalls are scattered throughout the vicinity.  Towering nearly 80 feet high, the most striking of all is Montezuma Falls, located a short walk from the town center. A butterfly garden, handmade jewelry and craft market, and waterfall canopy tour are just a few of Montezuma’s other unforgettable attractions.

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Montezuma Travel Guide

Montezuma Weather

Current Conditions


76°F (24°C) Sunny

Wind: 6 mph NNW
Visibility: 10 mi

Humidity: 59 % Barometer: 29.86 in/Hg

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Montezuma Tides

Monday, March 27, 2017
High 02:06 a.m. 8.6 ft. (2.62 m.)
Low 08:09 a.m. 0.23 ft. (0.07 m.)
High 02:28 p.m. 9.12 ft. (2.78 m.)
Low 08:34 p.m. 0 ft. (0 m.)

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