On the southern Nicoya Peninsula, 23 miles (37 km) from Paquera and 5 miles (8 km) from Cobano is the interesting little beach town of Montezuma.
Playa Montezuma is a group of Costa Rica's nicest beaches, reachable by car.
You can walk or ride rental horses along the beaches in either direction, even as far as Cabo Blanco Biological Reserve, 9 km to the south there is a Good snorkeling in the rocky coves. South of the village 1 km, the road Crosses a creek worth walking up to see a beautiful waterfall and pool.
New small hotels are going in, and older ones are being spruced up. Beaches are spectacular some to the north have loads of gorgeous shells. Go horseback riding, hike to the waterfall east of downtown for a swim, snorkel, visit Cabo Blanco reserve farther down the road, bird-watch, or surf. The area attracts large numbers of European as well as North American visitors.
One of Montezuma's claims to fame is Sano Banano, a macrobiotic restaurant that serves delicious food with a flair. It has not only a frozen yogurt machine but also a slush machine and serves fresh popcorn. No meat here-veggie burgers, avocado sandwiches, and fresh fish. Sitting in the outdoor eating area, shaded by trees, sipping a terrific tropical fruit shake gives you another perspective on Montezuma. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; nightly movies on a large screen for patrons.
You can walk beaches for miles to the north and find good camping with fresh water about half an hour from the village. Monkeys are the camp robbers here. Swimming can be quiet or rough, depending on the tide and wind.
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