By Angela Braun, GoGirlfriend correspondent
Beach 411 ~ Montezuma Beach
Nicoya Peninsula Region
- Beach type: Family oriented
- Beach geography: Enjoy rocky, rugged glory and white sands. Take care, as the sea bottom drops steeply and the surf is sometimes rough. Avoid swimming right off the shore due to a rocky coastline – instead, find a tide pool and enjoy a light swim.
- Ease of access: Make your way to Montezuma by vehicle and enjoy the area on foot during your stay. Some visitors report that accessing the beach is difficult.
- Extra costs: No extra costs
- Beach amenities: You’ll enjoy brightly painted concrete garden tables and benches and an early morning clean-up crew that keeps the beach tidy.
- Special note: Where you’ll find Costa Rica at its most relaxed
- Geo-locator: Where is Montezuma Beach?
The Quieter side of Costa Rica
Popular with backpackers, Montezuma is known for its tide pools, waterfalls and wildlife. Like most of the island, Montezuma beach comes alive with the hullabaloo of Howler monkeys, the chatter of exotic birds and the sounds of waves crashing against the shore. Here, you’ll experience the quieter side of Costa Rica as you gain knowledge on a tour, a dark tan during your stay as well as memories that will last a lifetime.
Do all that you plan to do on a beach here at Montezuma – surf, sun, swim but don't be afraid to try something new too. Search out local waterfalls, the area’s most iconic natural attractions, to enjoy their charming waters. Make time for a hike along the trail heading up the hill from Amor de Mar in order to get to Montezuma Falls.
Montezuma attractions & nightlife
Put yourself in the hands of Montezuma’s ocean and waterfall experts and tour with them at Zuma Tours. Take your turn at some watersports with Isla Tortuga Dive Club, the only certified CMAS diving center in Costa Rica, or become a beginner surfer with the help of Young Vision Surf School. Still looking for that go-to location for nightlife? If so, in the center of Montezuma is where you’ll find Chico’s Bar, the hotspot for nightlife in Montezuma – chill outside or around a pool table and dance the night away to reggae, salsa and merengue.
- Festival Chunches De Mar (January-February): Enjoy this month-long International art camp where artists from around the globe come to create work as they live on a beach on the Nicoya Peninsula. This camp will offer you workshops and a chance to participate in an auction held at the Hotel Luz de Mono here in Montezuma where the artists have the chance to auction off their work.
- International Film Festival (November): Come and view an incredibly diverse array of short and feature films from across the world. You’ll enjoy hundreds of films, filmmaker discussions, festival cocktail hours, dinners and plenty of special events, including some really fun late night parties at Chico’s Bar.
GoGirlfriend Montezuma hotel recommendations
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort: A secluded romantic getaway for travelers who want a casual resort with a hunger to be as close as possible to the ocean. Ylang Ylang Beach Resort has 20 units available for booking. Choose from a romantic bungalow with air conditioning, a family suite with a loft or a unique tent cabin. Breakfast and candlelight dinner are included – plus, the beach is within walking distance of about 10 to 15 minutes. Visit Ylang Ylang Beach Resort on Facebook and Twitter and read reviews on TripAdvisor.
Hotel Luz de Mono: Provides its guests with Internet access in public areas, sunbeds at the pool overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya and breakfast (paid in initial rate). The apartment suites feature an equipped kitchen, seating and dining areas, wooden-beamed ceilings and rustic décor, a bathroom with free toiletries and a spa bath on the terrace. Visit Hotel Luz de Mono on Facebook and read reviews on TripAdvisor.
For more hotel recommendations throughout Montezuma we recommend visiting Booking.com.
Costa Rica weather
Temperatures remain stable throughout the year with average daytime highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and nighttime lows dropping to the upper 70s. During dry season, which extends from November to April, you can expect splendid blue skies, heat and non-stop sunshine. If you visit between May and October you can expect daily showers.
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Read our other Costa Rica beach guides:
- Tamarindo Bay
- Playa Jacó
- Playa Manuel Antonio
- Playa Dominical