Costa Rica, Montezuma – Remote Paradise
The port is on the other side of the promontory, so we use a taxi for a few changes. There we embark on a really cheap ferry and sail to the Nicoya Peninsula (Peninsula de Nicoya), which is a well-known surfing spot. At the same time, tourists set off to watch sea turtles and snorkel. Ferry departure times are also available on the Internet (visitcostarica.com) and the journey to Paquera takes just over an hour.
If we thought the cruise from Quepos to the port of Paqueira on the Nicoya Peninsula was tiring, endless and exhausting, the worst was yet to come. It is less than fifty kilometers from the port to Montezuma, but if you, like us, choose local transport, you will have another two hours of slow travel along a stony dirt road with stops at every corner. The views of the surroundings are beautiful. The good news is that a lot of construction work is underway on Nicoy, so a good road will soon take the stony road. Modernization, however, takes a bit of an amazing atmosphere.
But when we finally finish our way, we do not regret that we have come here. Montezuma is a truly stylish colorful town, a small paradise lying on a beautiful beach surrounded by palm trees with colorful houses full of cafes, restaurants, souvenirs and surf rental. Local dreadlocks sell their handmade jewelry, rushing along the beach countless cheerful dogs that do not belong to anyone, and here and there a cruise ship with tourists from the city of Jaco. From Jacó the way to Montezuma is much faster and more pleasant, but unfortunately for a several times higher price. Accommodation in Montezuma is relatively poorer, no luxury really expect. Paradoxically, shared rooms are often more comfortable than double rooms. Also pay attention to card payments for they can easily charge you extra 10% which you will find out about on the spot.
All around Montezuma there is a noisy jungle, from which roarers roar every night and morning. On foot you can go to the nearby waterfalls, but in the dry season are dry. For longer trips there is the possibility to borrow quads or go for horseback riding or cycling. Those who are not surfing will appreciate the excellent conditions for snorkeling. Just in the town you can pick up a map where suitable snorkeling spots are marked, or you can then join an organized trip.
On the edge of Montezuma is the ASVO Montezuma turtle collection station, which is also definitely worth a visit. In order to be lucky to meet the turtles, it is best to inquire directly on their site or contact the station via instagram, where they also respond very quickly. Another possibility of excursions is a cruise to explore the surrounding islands.
Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová
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