Last Updated on February 5, 2023

Located in the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma is a much loved destination for many global travelers.

It is known for its white sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. The town began as a small fishing village, however since the 1980s it has developed into a highly renowned tourist attraction with many visitors coming here every year. 

More than anything, Montezuma is a place that attracts tourists because of the gorgeous surroundings in which it is set. The town is home to many beautiful hotels, which take advantage of the tourism industry here, and anyone coming here will be able to take in the bohemian feel of the town, one that will not easily be forgotten. 

Here are some of the best things to see and do whilst staying in Montezuma:

15 Best Things to Do in Montezuma

Montezuma Beach

View of Montezuma Beach
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One of the town’s main attractions is its beautiful white sandy beach and serene blue ocean. This is a huge draw for tourists from all over the world. The idea of peace and tranquility on one of the world’s most stunning beaches certainly makes for the perfect getaway.

If you are a surf lover then this is an ideal beach, as it is well known for its perfect surfing waves, you can even sign up for lessons! On top of this, visitors have the chance to relax and soak up the sun or perhaps go for a dip and take a swim in this gorgeous ocean.

Chico’s Bar

Montezuma attracts a large artsy community and one of the main nightlife spots in the town is Chico’s Bar, where these tourists flock in large numbers throughout the year. If you really want to get a feel for the local flair, you can pass your time dancing to Latin music or the more modern techno music that is often played here.

The friendly locals will be more than happy to welcome you to this extremely popular venue where there is an amazing atmosphere. There’s plenty of other restaurants if Chico’s is closed, so no matter where you go, you can take in what Montezuma has to offer.

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

View of an ocelot native to the nature reserve
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If you truly want to step back into nature on your stay in Montezuma then why not consider visiting the Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve where you will be able to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the local area.

The reserve was set up in the 1960s and before this time, there were no other conservation projects in all of Costa Rica. Visitors are likely to see many monkeys as well as a variety of birds and of course, a huge amount of interesting plants and trees. This is a great place for lovers of walking as the hikes here are said to be second to none.

Playa Cuevas

If you are looking for a more secluded beach area to relax on your stay in Montezuma then the Playa Cuevas is the place to go. Also known as “the secret beach,” it is just as beautiful as the main Montezuma beach, perhaps even more so.

Glistening sea meets perfect white sand and gives the perfect backdrop for a lazy afternoon by the water, sunbathing, swimming, or perhaps indulging in a luxury picnic. This beach is much rockier, although there is a very good amount of sand, which gives it a more rugged appearance.

If a quiet place is more your speed, check out Rio Lajas to spend a peaceful day at the lake listening to the running water and birds singing.

Montezuma Waterfall

View of the Montezuma falls
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When many people think of Montezuma, one of the first things that springs to mind is the waterfall, for which the town is famous. One of nature’s gifts, this waterfall is the perfect place to go to relax, unwind, and perhaps take a swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls. The waterfall is in fact three different waterfalls, which are all staggered on top of one another.

For anyone looking to take in some stunning scenery on their trip, this is the perfect location and it provides many photo opportunities. Set in amongst tropical jungle, the waterfall also boasts some hidden spa pools.

Not wanting to spend a whole day at the waterfall? See this tour that’ll make you on ATVs to the location as its last stop.

Cabuya Island

One of the most notable activities that you can take part in at Cabuya Island is the snorkeling. This is an excellent and interesting thing to do in many places but here, in the clear blue waters, the visibility is great for tourists to get up close to the local marine life.

There is also the chance to do a spot of fishing, go for a swim or have the locals show you the best spots for surfing. One thing is for sure, this is definitely a tranquil and relaxed place to visit and ideal for those looking to get away from it all.

Tortuga Island

Aerial view of a beach on Tortuga Island
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Tourists can take a boat trip over to the Tortuga Island where they can spend the day engaging in a variety of activities. Whether you are looking to do a bit of snorkeling or perhaps some horseback riding, there is something to keep everyone entertained here.

Boats leave daily for tours here and it is one of the most popular attractions so be sure to get in early.

Cafe Organico

One of the things that Montezuma is most famous for is its eco-tourism industry and one of the ways to encapsulate this into your trip is to visit the Cafe Organico, organic by name and nature. However, the food and drink isn’t the only thing on the menu here.

On Mondays you can take part in the open mic night, and for the rest of the week there are a variety of live music acts from local artists.

The Canopy Tour

View of a zipliner during a canopy tour
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If you want to get a real appreciation for the stunning scenery here, you might want to take part in the canopy tour, which gives visitors a chance to explore the area above the waterfalls through the river valley. This is a guided tour and runs regularly, it has proven to be very popular and is a must see when visiting this town. 

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

For many, a trip to Montezuma is all about relaxation and what better way to relax than to take part in some yoga. At this incredible yoga retreat, you will become rejuvenated and refreshed and not only that, there are courses here to get fully qualified as a yoga teacher yourself.

The retreat is highly acclaimed and is set in amongst a beautiful rainforest for a truly back-to-nature experience.

Pura Vida Surfers

View of surfers in Costa Rica
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Whether you have been surfing for your entire life or you’re very new to the sport and want to dip your toes in the water, Montezuma provides some of the best surfing waters in this part of the world. This highly renowned surf school will provide you with full instruction and equipment and is the perfect activity for family days out.

No matter you age or experience, this surf school has highly trained staff to meet all your needs.

Cocalito Falls

Another beautiful waterfall in this area are the Cocalito Falls located on the beach. This is scenery like nothing else with clear, cool water cascading down the rocky cliff with a backdrop of stunning blue ocean. Spend a day here relaxing and soaking up your incredible surrounding. You could even take a refreshing dip.

Cabo Blanco Butterfly Farm

View of a butterfly native to Costa Rica on a leaf
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If you are traveling with children, this place gives kids the chance to experience nature and learn something too. Set in a jungle environment, visitors can interact with many beautiful species of butterflies and take a walk though the beautiful gardens.

The farm is a conservation space exclusive for native butterflies, so you will have the chance to some of these creatures that will be nowhere else.

Spanish Lessons

For something completely different (and highly educational), why not take part in one of the Spanish classes run from Montezuma, which focus more on speaking the language than on boring textbook learning.

Not only are these an interactive class but there is also the chance to mix with the locals and really put your skills to the test. This is an excellent activity for those who travel a lot and would benefit from language skills.

Cueva Murcielagos Nature Reserve

View of Santa Teresa Beach
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Part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, the Cueva Murcielagos Nature Reserve has been specially placed as a wildlife reserve where guests can go to take in the scenery and observe the beautiful wildlife that calls this place home.

The tropical forests here are fully protected and one of the most notable animals that can be seen in the caves here, are bats, after which the reserve has been named. There’s also plenty of other beaches, like Santa Teresa Beach pictured above.

Where to Stay in Montezuma

Looking for where to stay in Montezuma? Check out these hotels located in the city.

Is Montezuma Worth a Visit?

Montezuma is a place to real rest and relaxation. If you are looking for a destination, where you can sit back and enjoy yourself without having to exert much energy, then this is definitely the perfect place to do that.

With a vast array of beautiful beaches and some glorious nature and wildlife experiences, a trip to Montezuma will not soon be forgotten.


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