Montezuma, Costa Rica

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Montezuma is a town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica which began as a remote fishing village and has gained popularity since the 1980s among tourists on a budget.

Montezuma Falls

Montezuma is located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, 41 km (25 mi) southwest of Paquera and 8 km (5 mi) south of the town of Cóbano. Most services are in Cóbano. The nearest airport is located in Liberia, 200 km (124 mi) away from the town.[1]

The town features a mix of local residents as well as foreign backpackers and eco-tourists who come for the beaches, rivers, and scenic waterfalls that surround the village. The nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve draws a large number of visitors to the area. Montezuma has well-known healing arts and yoga communities and is known by filmmakers and artists from across the world for the annual Costa Rica International Film Festival in May. Costa Rica International Film Festival - Montezuma.

The center of Montezuma consists almost entirely of accommodations, restaurants, and souvenir shops. For those who are looking for something to do at night, Chico's Bar offers different music and dancing nightly. The crowd is a great mix of the beautiful locals and visitors from all over the world. There is no bank and no post office in Montezuma (although there is an automated teller machine that works at certain times when there is not a huge crowd in town).

Beachfront panorama of the town of Montezuma, Costa Rica, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.
!st Annual International Beard & Moustache Competition 2009 - Montezuma Costa Rica- Playa Grande

Further reading[edit]

  • Lonely Planet Costa Rica ISBN 1-74059-118-6
  • B&B Map Costa Rica Road Map ISBN 3-89707-510-5
  • "the Montezuma map and guide"—available free from the downtown Tropisphere Real Estate Montezuma centro office

Coordinates: 9°39′N 85°04′W / 9.650°N 85.067°W / 9.650; -85.067