Costa Rica Beach

Playa Montezuma

Montezuma is an unique bohemian surfing village located in the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a laid back surf town popular among young surfers and artsy beach lovers. The beach itself is somewhat of a rocky inlet which contains graceful rivers that cascade down the jungle and turn into waterfalls. The town has grown to become an endearing home to a multi-cultural group of people who seek an alternative lifestyle, giving it a funky new age character. There are plenty of budget lodgings, vacation rentals and yoga related hotels.


The waterfalls are a must see for any eco tourist or curious traveler. An exhilarating way to see them is on a canopy tour that zips you from one platform to another through the lush jungle. Or you can take a hike and follow the river uphill until reaching the river pool which is the base of the waterfall. The most popular waterfall, Montezuma Waterfall, cascades twenty four meters down into a large pool and is reachable in a twenty minute hike from the center of town.

Getting to Montezuma

Montezuma is located about 3.5 hours south of Tamarindo. Cars can be rented in San Jose (5.5 hrs) and Liberia (4.5 hr) and in town, four wheel drive is highly recommended. The closest national airport is Tambor Airport, serviced by Nature Air. Bus shuttles can be arranged through Interbus. A daily boat taxi is available from Jaco.

Playa Montezuma Directory

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Spa services, yoga teacher trainings, yoga classes and workshops.

Visit Anamaya Yoga Montezuma.

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Luxury jungle suites, with pool, Turkish baths and Mediterranean style cuisine.

Visit Montezuma Hotel Kalapiti.

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Ylang Ylang

Locally sourced sustainable, organic restaurant set in luxury resort.

Visit Restaurant Ylang Ylang.

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Asian fusion restaurant, hummus, falafel, fish, and kebabs.

Visit Montezuma Restaurant Puggo’s.

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