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Romelia Wildlife Refuge

Romelia Wildlife Refuge

Known in spanish as “Refugio Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia” (RMVSR), this reserve is located just behind Playa Grande in Montezuma. Although this inscribed as a national wildlife refuge, it’s still managed by the original family who founded it, so it’s not public property and should be respected as such. So unless you’re invited to […]

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Curú National Wildlife Refuge, known in Costa Rica as “Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Curú” is the best park in the southern Nicoya peninsula. It offers scuba diving, a beautiful white sand beach, tons of wild animals including two reintroduction programs, cabinas for rent, mangrove swamps, hiking trails, and much more. Unfortunately, most tourists zip […]

Olingo Surf and Nature Tours

Olingo Surf and Nature Tours

The Olingo team are perhaps the best guides in the area. Professionally certified in Costa Rica, they work with many of the best hotels and retreat centers to provide surf instruction, horseback riding, birdwatching, guided sea kayak tours, etc. Note: This is the “high end” of nature tours, and it’s relatively expensive compared to self-guided […]

Playa Cocolito

Playa Cocolito

Playa Cocolito is probably the most deserted beach in the entire Montezuma/Malpais/Santa Teresa area. It’s inaccessible by car, and so the only way to get there is to hike in. Tourists come here for two reasons… first because it’s an amazingly beautiful hike and for those who want to go farther than Playa Grande it’s […]

Cabuya Island

Cabuya Island

Cabuya Island is one of those magical spots that most people see, but few people actually take the time to walk out to. It’s a place of fear, legend, rumor, and excitement, supposedly haunted by ghosts at night, due to the fact that it’s been a cemetery for as long as anyone can remember. Supposedly, […]

Playa Grande of Montezuma

Playa Grande of Montezuma

Playa Grande of Montezuma, not to be confused with an even more famous beach in Costa Rica, Playa Grande near Tamarindo, is a 30-40 minute walk north of town. A common destination for tourists and locals who would like to get away from the crowds (not that Montezuma’s closer beaches are ever actually crowded) but […]

Rio Lajas Falls

Rio Lajas Falls

This waterfall is legendary in the area, and few people have actually made the epic journey to see it. It’s a two-hour hike each way, so plan to spend the day hiking up to it… bring plenty of food and water. To get there, drive south from Montezuma to the Cabuya Bridge. You’ll see it’s […]

Cedros Falls

Cedros Falls

Los Cedros Falls is a little known, waterfall near Montezuma. To get there, drive towards Cabuya from Montezuma and pass Playa Las Manchas. The road will split, and when it comes back together, there will be a small bridge on your right. This is Rio Cedros, and the beautiful Playa las Rocas is on the […]

Great Stuff

Clandestina Restaurant

  My new favorite restaurant, Clandestina is not to be missed by food lovers staying anywhere near to Montezuma. Established in March 2015, Clandestina is the new kid on the block. The Oregon/Tico collaboration is a winner among locals and travelers alike, with artisan craft beers, made onsite by Butterfly Brewing Co. and delicious, exciting […]

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