Beach Trail to Playa Grande

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From the public school in Montezuma, walk downhill to Montezuma Beach.  Follow the beach and the winding forest trails for about 20 minutes, and you will arrive at Piedra Colorada, a small river spilling into the ocean.  Continue and, after approximately an hour, you will find yourself on a wide spread of tranquil beach — Playa Grande.  If your energy permits you to venture on even farther, proceed along the beach and the shaded trails for another hour and three quarters to discover a magnificent waterfall emptying from high above into the sea.

 

Cemetery Island in Cabuya

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This island is accessible by foot from the mainland at low tide — about a 15-minute walk.  It is definitely worth a visit!  A local bus provides transportation from Montezuma to Cabuya at 8 and 10 a.m., by car it’s a lovely 7 kilometers drive.

 

Montezuma Waterfalls

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South of Montezuma Village, you can walk the rainforest trail that has its entrance just opposite of Hotel Amor de Mar and leads you to the fantastic Montezuma Waterfalls (about 40 minutes).  The first waterfall you will reach cascades into a fantastic pool very nice for swimming.  From there you cannot see the upper falls, but if you climb the hillside (please ask for directions from locals), you will arrive at waterfall number 2 and 3 from which are grand vistas of the jungle.  Please do not jump from the top of the first waterfall into the pool below.  There have been tragic accidents!  If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, it is possible to jump from the top of the middle waterfall — ONLY with advice from an experienced local and at your own risk.  It is dangerous.

 

River Walk to Montezuma Waterfalls

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The Montezuma Waterfalls may also be accessed from CASACOLORES by following the river down — about 3 hours of a fantastic walk devoid of civilization, only crystalline pools and jungle surrounding you. This is for the most adventurous people.  At times it is necessary to swim through various areas along the way, and you can ONLY do this in the dry season.

 

Swimming and Snorkeling at Playa Las Manchas

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Photo by Donatella Luxardo

South of Montezuma Village about 2 kilometers on the way to Cabuya, you will find Playa Las Manchas, a very beautiful beach which is also good for snorkeling.

 

Rio Cedros, Rio Lajas, Rio Las Palmeras, Piedra Colorada

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These rivers form freshwater pools before meeting up with the sea — clean water perfect for children or to rinse off the salt after a swim in the ocean.

 

Montezuma Nightlife

Montezuma Nightlife

Take an evening walk through the village of Montezuma. Meet locals and tourists from all over the world. Check out the “artisans” in the streets or the shops.  Visit great restaurants and the lively bars, famous Chico’s Bar or Hotel Montezuma.

 

Cabo Blanco National Park (Entrance fee)

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This was the very first national park in Costa Rica.  It is full of meandering trails that will lead you to a beautiful beach.  You will see magnificent nature and wildlife on the way.  This activity is a full day since the walk to the beach is about 2 hours and you have to return via the same route.  Closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

Curu National Reserve (Entrance fee)

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Northeast on the way to Paquera, you will find this fantastic reserve, home of the spider monkeys, situated in front of Tortuga Island — another full day visit.

 

Fiesta civica in Cobano

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A major attraction of Cobano are the annual Fiestas Civicas held in February or March.
It begins with the tope, a parade of horse riders from all the surrounding villages and far away ranches.
From Cobano the parade proceeds to the Plaza de Rodeo where the fiesta runs for three days, with bull riding, a big fair with colorful booths and circus, food stalls and cumbia dancing at night. This is Costa Rican culture !

 

Costa Rica international film festival, Montezuma

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Join us for the Costa Rica International Film Festival as we celebrate the magic of cinema in Montezuma hold every year in November, ask for exact dates.

 

Howler Monkeys

by John Ussenko