Exploring Montezuma Glamping Food & Things To Do

Exploring Montezuma

Montezuma, Costa Rica sparkles from its setting on the Nicoya peninsula. Remote and relaxed, the town offers a respite from fast-paced living. Visitors can check out local spots in a town rich with the work of local artists, affordable lodgings and restaurants, as well as luxurious beach resorts.

The surrounding area of Montezuma, Costa Rica offers beautiful views of the ocean, beach, jungle and wildlife. There is so much to see and do when exploring Montezuma. Beautiful beaches stretch out before the Pacific in the area of Montezuma lead you through jungle paths and secluded beach coves, across rivers and lava rocks.

Montezuma has the most beautiful little bay, which is part of what makes it such a beautiful little town…

The fisherman, boat excursions, and water taxis all launch from here. It can be exciting because at times the waves can be large. Contributor Geoff from montezumabeach.com

Author Geoff adds that the close proximity to nearby businesses means that the precious little cove can get polluted during flooding, or by careless business owners nearby. Plus – boat traffic appears to be pretty heavy, so the author recommends swimming or fishing in less-trafficked beaches on the opposite end of Montezuma, or Playa las Manchas, which is 20 minutes south of Montezuma Bay.

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Montezuma Beach brims with energy. Its waters carry tourists in water taxis and tour boats to islands and locations around the area, and people are also ferried back and forth from Jaco to Montezuma on a one-hour speedboat ride.

While the waves are usually too small for surfing, they are too much for swimming.  Couple Jenn and Matt from twoweeksincoastarica.com write,

Less Swimming, More Scenic

The shoreline of Montezuma town is picturesque but be warned it’s not the best beach for swimming. Understand that most people come here for the scene, not the swim. It’s more of a cosmopolitan beach for live entertainment. When the waves are smaller, it’s safe, but pools in hotels are recommended if you want a safer and quieter swim, especially if you brought children along. There are fantastic and safer beaches just outside of town, however, such as Playa Grande or Las Manchas.

But the scene isn’t the only thing that gets the tourists flocking this area. Even nature lovers have a place in Montezuma.

 

Places To Stay in Montezuma

There are dozens of hotels in Montezuma ranging in price and luxury level, including the popular hostel type hotels for budget travelers to the more expensive resorts in Montezuma proper and on Montezuma beach.

While many prefer resorts, there are those that prefer a comfortable and inexpensive stay in between hostels and resorts, what we call “glamping hotels”, which may include amenities like A/C, room safes, private baths, hot water and more.

Healthy eating seems to be a popular topic in Costa Rica and you wont have to look far to enjoy a good traditional meal in a decent restaurant in Montezuma. Everything from full traditional Costa Rican to vegan, gluten-free to raw and paleo are available in the area.

Very few offer a total “glamping” experience in the area, so, you’ll have to search for them and you’ll be almost guaranteed to have a full and pleasant experience in Montezuma.

Playa Grande

This beach is calmer than Montezuma Beach, which primarily caters to people looking to take excursions, boat rides, and possibly surf if the waves are big enough.

Playa Grande is a 30-40 minute walk north of Montezuma. It’s smaller, more consistent waves are okay for beginning surfers. There are actually some surf schools in the area. It’s also a good swimming or fishing spot. To see more nearby beaches by category, click here.

Wildlife

Explore the wildlife! Animals thrive in the green jungle and waters. See lizards, birds, monkeys, agoutis, and so many more fantastic natural wonders. Although animals roam all over the area, treat yourself to a day at Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve, where you’ll be able to enjoy birding and see fascinating species in an extremely well-kept habitat. Cabo Blamco holds the distinction of being Costa Rica’s first national reserve. It was established by a Swedish couple in 1963.

Cano Blanco is about 9km (5.6 miles) south of Montezuma.  The reserve encompasses the rest of the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, as well as Cabo Blanco island.

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While there, you will explore a dry jungle with over 150 species of trees, at least three different breeds of monkey, and exceptional tropical bird species.

 

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If you enjoy hiking, or just feel like a stroll, there are comfortable hikes for novice hikers or families, as well as more strenuous hikes reserved for experienced hikers.

 

Rivers and Waterfalls

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The small rivers that pass through Montezuma invite you to hike up around them to find hidden waterfalls. In fact, Montezuma Falls is one of the most popular sites in Montezuma. As described by charming couple Jenn and Matt :

 

Montezuma Waterfalls

Probably the most popular activity in Montezuma are the waterfalls just south of town. The Montezuma Waterfalls are a set of three cascades that have something for everyone. While some just relax or picnic at the largest waterfall (almost 80 feet tall), more adventurous types jump and swim at the other two. The falls can be visited in two different ways. One includes a cool hanging bridge and the other goes up the riverbed. We did both on our latest visit…

Come and explore Montezuma for yourself!

 

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel Named Best Value Montezuma Costa Rica

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel received TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence and is currently rated the  #1 Best Value for Montezuma in Costa Rica. Thanks, tripadvisor.com for the great mentions!

This three-star hotel sits in the center of town, but guests are welcome to use amenities at its sister beach resort, Ylang Ylang. Enjoy the beach-side luxury resort’s seaside pool and hammocks on Montezuma beach – just a quick 15 minute walk from town.

El Sano Banano Villa Hotel is located in the center of town in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Sano Banano has a well-known restaurant attached to it that’s a popular gathering spot with decent food and a fun atmosphere. It is appropriate for families, as well.

Friendly, Courteous Staff

The Sano Banano Beachside Hotel responds to any guest issues promptly. If a guest chose to leave comments in a review rather than alert Inn staff, management is unfailingly respectful in their response to such criticisms and offers solutions. The hotel is known for friendly staff and helpful management.

Both times I’ve visited Montezuma I’ve stayed here. It is clean, safe, and has private bathrooms. ( a few other spots have shared bathrooms although they are mainly hostels) The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful – so much so, that as I was checking out. guests were lining up to hug the staff good-bye.

If you are looking for something more romantic then their sister hotel, Ylang Ylang, would likely be a better choice but both times I’ve stayed here I was traveling with friends and Sano Banano had everything we needed. Also, if you stay at Sano Banano you also have access to the pool and facilities at Ylang Ylang.

Breakfast is included and the restaurant is very good. It is also located right in the heart of Montezuma town which is convenient for shuttles or if you take the speedboat water taxi from the mainland to Montezuma Beach. From a review by kdsNYC_11, “Have stayed here twice” on tripadvisor.com

It’s no surprise that the staff are so friendly and helpful. First, the bohemian vibe of Montezuma, with its relaxed pace and gorgeous settings, affects the people who live and visit the place. But second, the ecotourism business is Montezuma’s bread and butter. Rest assured that the people of Montezuma want you to return.

The Rooms

El Sano Banano Village Hotel Room twin bed view

El Sano Banano Village Hotel Room twin bed view

El Sano Banano Village Hotel Room with queen single bed

El Sano Banano Village Hotel Room with queen single bed

A quick note about windows: two out of 12 rooms at this hotel do not have windows. This is great if you plan on partying all night and sleeping all day! Ask for one of these when booking.
 
(But please do not sleep ALL day – you’re in one of the most beautiful places in the world!)
 
If windows are a must, tell staff when you book so they can work with you to get one of the ten rooms with views.
 
There is no smoking in any of the rooms at Sano Banano. All rooms have access to WiFi, and guests also have the option of having breakfast included for a small fee. Next door to Sano Banano you’ll find a cute little grocery store. Stop by and get healthy snacks for day trips.

 

Take a look at one of our videos on YouTube below to learn more:

Montezuma, Costa Rica: A Family-Friendly Natural Beauty

Montezuma Falls (Wikipedia)

Montezuma, Costa Rica in Puntarenas Province lies on the Pacific side of the country, on the Nicoya Peninsula and boasts beaches, jungle, incredible wildlife, and Montezuma Falls, one of Montezuma’s most popular stops.

Costa Rica gained traction as a popular ecotourism location starting in the early 80s – something that I, purely on anecdotal evidence,believe Wheel of Fortune had a large hand in. In fact, I remember watching as a child and thinking that it was a beautiful tropical place.

Actually, I assumed it was a Caribbean Island.

Luckily, no one asked me to locate it on a map before I discovered that it’s a gorgeous Central American country about the size of West Virginia an excellent destination for travelers with a tight budget.

Calming Natural Beauty

Awe-inspiring sights will draw tourists from all over the world, and Costa Rica has jaw-dropping natural beauty in spades.

Known for its amazing and exotic wildlife, glorious, silvery beaches, and verdant tropical jungles that are bursting with life and the sublime beauty of the cascading waterfalls, Montezuma attracts a wide range of tourists from all around the globe. The town has a hip Bohemian air about it and the twilight show a most animated scene of vibrant night-life, parties, fun, and amazing adventures.

from montezumasurfing.com

A Safe Destination

More than that, the country’s economy is pretty stable, their people have access to education and the means to make a living, and the government has made a concerted effort to keep their native ecosystems in good health. They have tons of designated national and regional parks that enjoy protected status.

Montezuma in particular holds special allure for families due to its slower pace and more relaxed vibe. For fun, there are great restaurants and affordable options in town, about 15 minutes from the beach.

Check out this write-up from travelwheretonext.com:

Driving: Around 5 hours from San Jose (includes a ferry)

Why you should visit Montezuma: The more remote town of Montezuma is on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a small beach town that generally sees many backpackers and younger families. The best attraction is the Montezuma Waterfalls.

 

Sano Banano Restaurant

This healthy oriented Montezuma restaurant offers the widest selection of food in Montezuma, using only the freshest and best ingredients possible.

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel is right in the center of town. There is parking in front of the hotel and the receptionist will assist you with your luggage. Sano Restaurant is a fun place to hang out, eat, shop, surf the internet, and watch movies on the giant screen. (http://elsanobanano.com)

 

Bonus: Check out one family’s home video of their experience in Costa Rica:

Sano Banano Hotel is just walking steps from Montezuma Beach

Costa Rica For Surfers and Non Surfers Alike

surf-montezuma

Costa Rica surfing, on both coasts, is good enough to attract much worldwide attention. Montezuma has several surf spots, although the nearby town of Santa Teresa (25-30 min drive) is a world-class destination, so die-hard surfers tend to spend more time on the Malpais-Santa Teresa side of the Nicoya Peninsula near Montezuma Beach.

According to Montezuma surf school:

Surfing is an ancient natural sport that has the ability to change your life.

The Southern Nicoya Peninsula, of Costa Rica, is a region unlike any other place on earth. When you arrive in this area, your senses will be flooded with natural beauty and positive energy. Near the tip of the Peninsula is the slightly funky and always lively town of Montezuma, a magical and unique Surf Destination. Read more of the original article here.

You’re coming to Costa Rica for a surf camp but your partner doesn’t surf? Not to worry, we’ve got you both covered!

Non-surfers can still expect to have a great time by the water. If you prefer to just kickback and relax, there’s plenty of that going on, the beaches along our coastline are some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country. Original article can be found here