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Playa Los Cedros

Playa Los Cedros

One of the most beautiful beaches in the area, Playa los Cedros is located south of the town of Montezuma, about halfway to Cabuya. Not only is it one of the best beaches to just hang out at, but it’s a great surf spot. A left-hand point break, “Cedros” is a beautiful wave, but only […]

La Lora Beach in Santa Teresa

La Lora Beach in Santa Teresa

One of the most beautiful beaches around, and perhaps the reason that Forbes magazine voted the beaches of the Malpais/Santa Teresa among the Top 10 Most Breathtaking Beaches. This beach has soft white sand, with no rocks, so it’s a fairly safe beach. It’s named for the nightclub, called “La Lora Amarillo” (The Yellow Parrot) […]

Piedra Colorada

Piedra Colorada

Twenty minutes hike north of Montezuma is a small beach, stream, and wasterfall called “Piedra Colorada” which is a fairly easy hike and a popular destination for both tourists and locals. Further past is Playa Grande, but many stop here because it’s so scenic, lots of people hang out here, and there’s more shade. A […]

Playa Carmen’s White Sand Beach

Playa Carmen’s White Sand Beach

Playa Carmen is the first beach you’ll arrive at when you come down the hill from the mountains to the Santa Teresa / Malpais area of the southern Nicoya Peninsula. This is the center of the beach areas… to the south, everything is Mal Pais. To the north, you get to Santa Teresa, then Playa […]

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 […]

Fishermen’s Beach and Market in Malpais

Fishermen’s Beach and Market in Malpais

Officially, the beach where the fishermen in Malpais have their boats is called “Playa Malpais”, but you’ll very rarely see anyone swimming here. It’s most notable for the fishermen who have their boats and storage here. You can book a boat for a fishing trip, or find Malpais’s only sailboat. Malpais Fish Market Many people […]

Playa Los Suecos

Playa Los Suecos

Playa Los Suecos is a place with many names. It’s also called “The Malpais Secret Beach” or Punta Murcielago. It’s one of the most beautiful spots on the Nicoya peninsula, and a favorite of visiting photographers because it’s so photogenic. Cick for Better Quality HD VIDEO: Playa los Suecos Malpais – HD Quality A White […]

Playa Hermosa, the Most Beautiful Beach of the Santa Teresa Area

Playa Hermosa, the Most Beautiful Beach of the Santa Teresa Area

Playa Hermosa is considered to be the most beautiful beach around the Santa Teresa area, and Hermosa (“beautiful beach” in Spanish). Older maps show this as the original name from as early as 1975 and possibly before. This beach is very long and the flattest beach around. At low tide it’s really huge, and can […]

Playa Las Rocas – A Secret Awesome Beach Experience in Montezuma

Playa Las Rocas – A Secret Awesome Beach Experience in Montezuma

Amazing Playa Las Rocas is a short drive from Montezuma to the south, or perhaps 20-30 minutes by foot. It’s between the beaches of Playa los Cedros and Playa las Manchas. This beach has a lot to it… there are two sandy beaches, with few waves because the rocks prevent the surf from getting too […]

Hermosa Tidepool

Hermosa Tidepool

One of the best secrets of the area, often overlooked by the surf-oriented travelers here, is the giant tidepool between Playa Hermosa and Playa Santa Teresa. It’s only exposed at low tide, and at that time, you will find a HUGE natural pool, larger than an olympic swimming pool. Filled with all kinds of interesting […]

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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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