10 Reasons We Love Montezuma, Costa Rica

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motezuma beach

We fell in love with the small bohemian town of Montezuma, located on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. 

Good Vibes

hammocks in montezuma

montezuma hotels

  • We stayed at the family owned Hotel La Cascada the duration of our time in Montezuma. They offered laundry services, a ride anytime they passed us walking along the road, and surfing lessons. Our last night in Montezuma the family organized a bonfire on the beach and a private barbecue dinner for us.

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yoga retreats montezuma

  • Montezuma’s holistic lifestyle makes this small town a popular location for yoga retreats and classes.

Butterfly Brewing Company

motezuma butterfly brewery sign

clandestina sign

flights at butterfly brewery motezuma

  • The view from the bar in Clandestina Restaurant overlooking the rain forest made the long hike worth it. We ordered a flight of the 3 available beers: Luna Azul, Summerweizen, and Earthquake IPA. There is a small menu of appetizers, salads, and fish. We recommend the tacos ticos and empanadas.

walking to butterfly brewery at night

Traveling Gingerbread Note: We recommend visiting Butterfly Brewing during the day. Walking back at night our IPhone flashlights were the only sources of light at times between sparsely placed street lights.

Beaches

Costa Rica

white sand beach montezuma

  • On our way from Montezuma Beach to surfing lessons at Playa Grande of Montezuma we walked across 3 very different beaches from white sand to colorful pebbles to black volcanic sand.

rock garden montezuma

  • Every morning a local artist used to build a balanced rock garden along the beaches of Piedra Colorada, Montezuma. Although the artist no longer lives in the area, locals continue the tradition.
Piedra Colorada
Piedra Colorada Beach consists of tiny colorful pebbles instead of sand.

volcanic beach montezuma

volcanic rock beach montezuma

Free Waterfalls

montezuma waterfall sign costa rica

Wildlife

howler monkey in montezuma

  • We heard the ear shattering bark of this Mantler Howler Monkey before we spotted it in the tree above us. These monkeys can be heard up to 3 miles away. 

hermit crab montezuma

  • Many small hermit crabs can be seen wandering along the sand. Costa Rica is home to over 800 species of hermit crabs, but only about 15% live on land.

white throated magpie bird

  • This White Throated Magpie Jay flew in to enjoy the nearby diners’ french fries at Restaurante Montezuma.

costa rica land crab

  • During the rainy season, land crabs make the journey to the coast to lay their eggs. The crabs travel in a straight line regardless of obstacles obstructing their paths. Many crabs become trapped in kitchens, bathrooms, homes or killed crossing the road.

Surfing Lessons

walking to surf lessons in montezuma

Traveling Gingerbread Note: We learned quickly 20 minutes was the common response when inquiring about how long something will take; a wait, a drive, a hike, until we need to leave, ect. We began the walk to surfing lessons under the false impression it will take 20 minutes to reach out destination. The trek took 2 hours.

surfing in montezuma

me surfing

  • We walked 3 miles across beaches and jungle paths to Young Vision Surf School at Playa Grande of Montezuma for our first surfing lessonSeparated into groups of 3-5, we practiced paddling and standing up on surf boards drawn in the sand before paddling out to the waves. Rash guards, surf boards, a post surfing snack of papaya and mango, cold showers, and drinking water were provided. Note: We both stood up our first time on a surfboard!

Conservation Efforts

sea turtle volunteer base camp montezuma

save the ocean montezuma

  • The Sea Turtle Preservation Base Camp accepts volunteers for 2 week periods to assist with protecting nests, educating the public, patrolling and cleaning the beach.

Nicolas Wessberg National Reserve Montezuma

  • The Nicolas Wessberg National Reserve is named after the founder of Costa Rica’s National Park System, Olof Wessberg.

Sodas

dining in montezuma costa rica

Traveling Gingerbread Note: A soda is a small cafe or restaurant that serves Costa Rica dishes. Almost every soda serves a dish of rice and beans called Casado, translating to marriage.  

  • Sweaty, tired, and hungry our G Adventures group of 16 arrived in Montezuma. Sitting down at Soda La Naranja our group filled the small cafe. The waitress and cook quickly got to work taking and preparing orders. Soon, another “waitress” began helping. We later learned, the woman we assumed was the second waitress was actually a local taxi driver. She saw our group arrive while she was eating lunch. Knowing the staff of 2 would be overwhelmed, she immediately started helping by taking orders and waiting tables. After she finished cleaning away our empty dishes, she ate the rest of her lunch, and walked back to her cab.

chelo pizzeria

  • Bruno’s Pizza has varieties of pizza that can be purchased by the slice and enjoyed in the colorful dining room or on the upstairs balcony.
  • Our last lunch in Montezuma was at Chelo Pizzeria. Our delicious thin crust pizzas were accompanied by bread and a spicy dipping sauce.

soda monte sol montezuma

breakfast soda de sol

  • Our favorite place for breakfast in Montezuma opened at 7:00am, Soda Monte Sol. We returned every day upon discovering the dense, banana pancakes and breakfast options of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, and toast.cocolores monezuma
  • Located at the edge of town is the hotel and restaurant, Cocolores. After walking down the dark path, an ocean side terrace came into view softly illuminated by hanging lanterns. The menu consists of Mexican, Thai, Greek, and Italian cuisine. The ambiance, craft beer, and great vibes may have contributed, but the curry at Cocolores was one of our favorite meals in Costa Rica. All beers: Nazanja, a reddish ale, Osuza, a new Belgium, and Illozena, a brown ale are brewed locally on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula at La Selva Cerveza Artsenanal. 

Isla Tortuga 

palm trees on isla tortuga costa rica

Reason #10

engagement. montezuma

  • As our time in Montezuma came to an end, a new adventure as a future husband and wife began. 

storm in montezuma


* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.

  1. Day 1: Fly into San José
  2. Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
  3. Day 3: La Fortuna
  4. Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
  5. Day 5: Montezuma
  6. Day 6: Montezuma
  7. Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
  8. Day 8: Fly out of San José

April 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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