Montezuma, Costa Rica
With the proximity to other Costa Rican landmarks such as Cabo Blanco, the first National Park in Costa Rica, Tortuga Island and the Curu Wild Life Reserve, Montezuma is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations located in the South of the Nicoya Peninsula. Tropisphere Vacation Rentals has the best selection of vacation rentals to suit your budget and needs. This article will list out of the beaten trackhotspots of Montezuma.
Montezuma beaches are wide, the sand is soft and clean, and the water can be rather temperamental depending on the time of year, like many of the beaches on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. From these beaches you are able to see the sunrise, usually beginning at 5:30 am.
The most popular out of the beaten track hotspots of Montezuma are:
The waterfalls: they are about a 10 minute walk from the town center (truthfully, 10 in flip flops and 15 in barefoot ), or a couple of minutes with a vehicle (there is a parking lot). Composed of three waterfalls, neatly stacked one on top of the other and being more than 15 meters in height. The trip can be a bit intense and sometimes you might need to use a rope (conveniently posted along the mountain, like an Indiana Jones starter kit). If you are a strong swimmer and not afraid of the heights, you can jump from a rock to the deepest pool of the second waterfall, not for the faint of heart! But remember to do it with caution.
Piedra Colorada: located just before Playa Grande and just after Hotel Ylang y Ylang. Piedra Colorada Begins as a waterfall and ends up as a small, gentle stream that flows into the ocean. Here you can enjoy the cool sweet water of the falls and at the same time the ambience of the ocean while checking out ( or if the spirit moves you, partaking in ) the meditative act of “balancing stone” artwork at the mouth of the stream, created over the years by inspired tourists and locals.
El Chorro and Playa Cocalito: From Montezuma center it is about a 2 1/2 hour walk/hike on the beach. For those who do not want to walk, there is another point of access from Tambor Beach, but believe me when I say the walk is worth it (a horseback trip is also an option). You’ll get to experience 4 scenic beaches in this trip; Montezuma Beach, Piedra Colorada, Playa Grande and finally Cocalito. Here you will find the River Cocalito, who’s water will delight and intrigue you, hot on the bottom and cool on the surface. From the river you will see ‘El Chorro’ waterfall. It is a majestic place where the fresh water flows in and mingles with the ocean, like nature toasting herself in a job well done. Once at El Chorro, if you still have it in you after the hike, climb up the rocks to the top and you will find an amazing view of all of the Coastline you just experienced by foot.
The Butterfly Gardens: The gardens are lush, tropical and peaceful. A great opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of the lepidoptera (read: butterfly), you should not leave Montezuma without seeing this.
Montezuma is a really small town with only two streets but for sure it’s a place where one will never be bored. There are a lot of tours offered in this area from island trips, to horseback riding, to canopy zip line fun…and those are just day time activities! About the night time, options, options, options. Enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the many unique restaurants in town or cook your own on the beach, then watch a spontaneous jam session/ fire dance from where you dine, then grab a partner and go dance in the only bar in town…Chico’s!
Although Montezuma is a very small town, there is a wide range of accommodations and vacation rentals in paricular to choose from. Tropisphere Vacation Rentals has the best selection of vacation rentals to suit couples/honeymooners, families and friends, check it out and make the most of your perfect holidays in Montezuma.
Costa Rica Tours
Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream. One of the first true eco-destinations, this tiny country gives you almost unlimited wildlife viewing and many other activities. Some travelers choose to spend a week in one place, but the more popular option is to spend a few nights in San Jose and then visit other areas so that you can enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer such as Arenal, Tortuguero and Sarapiquie.
San Jose: San Jose is the capitol of Costa Rica. Visit the National Theatre, Central Park, the cathedral, Congress Building and Justice Court. Take a short drive to Sarchi, which is famous for hand-painted oxcarts. It is a great place to shop for souvenirs.
Central Valley Region: Home to the capital city of San Jose, this is a region of coffee plantations, rolling hills, towering volcanoes and rain forest reserves.
Tortuguero: Also called the “Amazon of Costa Rica,” for its unique eco-system, this remote area is a place for real nature enjoyment.
Arenal Volcano and Lake: There’s a lot to do and see in this area: hike over lava from the eruption in the 60’s, take a canopy tour, see Tabacon hot springs, horseback ride to La Fortuna waterfall, visit the Venado Caves and Cano Negras Biological Reserve.
Southern Pacific Coast: This is an area of popular beach spots full of action. The Manuel Antonio National Park is a lush blend of jungle and beaches.
Caribbean Coast: Home to Limon, this is a unique region of the country with beautiful palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, national parks and an Afro-Caribbean flavor.
Monteverde: Monteverde is famous for its cloud forests and incredible biodiversity. A highlight of the region is the famous Skywalk Canopy tour.
Guanacaste: The most popular beach area in the country. Home to Tamarindo. Guanacaste is blessed with hundreds of miles of pristine, sandy beaches.
Choose from a vareity of escorted tours, or hosted packages where you are on your own most of the time, but have a contact in the country to help you arrange excursions.
Costa Rica Unfolds
If you are looking for the ultimate nature trip, then the Central American nation of Costa Rica is right for you. Here you can experience going up close to its several active volcanoes, getting to know its wonderful marine life, hiking through lush rain forests and going to the mountains to visit its several cloud forests.
Although the country of Costa Rica is small compare to its Central American neighbors, it is huge on bio diversity. It is the ultimate nature paradise cause of its diverse flora and fauna. Whether you are a surf nut, beach bum, nature enthusiast or just someone looking for a place to chill out and escape the urban life for a while.
There is no other place in the world like Costa Rica if you are fond of active volcanoes. Here you can marvel at the sight of its lava streams. Be amazed at the wonder of nature at its extremes. You can travel to some of its active volcanoes like, the Volcan Arenal, Poás or Irazú. There are several tours which can take you where the action really happens and there you can see the volcanoes erupting daily.
The rainforests, tropical dry forests and cloud forests here in Costa Rica are home to an impressive variety of not only birds, but also lizards, monkeys, snakes, butterflies, sloths and frogs. Take a trip here to see a number of the rarest wildlife on the face of the earth including Leatherback turtles, Morpho butterflies, Scarlet Macaws and the Central American squirrel monkey. You can also take a canopy tour and zoom across the rainforest to appreciate incredible views of the jungle below.
Exploring the Coastline
For those people who like better the open spaces, take a trip along stunning coastline. Costa Rica, bordering the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on either side, and being a habitat of an overabundance of amazing and exotic coral reefs and marine life, its coast literally offers many extraordinary opportunities to see various dolphin species, migrating whales, the endangered West Indian manatee and sea turtles as they swim along the coasts.
Costa Rica, with its own unique take on ecotourism today has established its role as one of the foremost ecological vacation hotspots on the planet. Creating its image as an eco-wonderland, It promises you unforgettable vacations.
There are exciting activities here that await the visitors. You can go hiking along the trails of the tropical rainforests in their famous Corcovado National Park. The Palo Verde National is another park to explore. It is populated with many local and migratory birds. The hiking trail here is also recommended. You have the option to go boating to explore the other areas.
Visit Barra Honda Caverns if you are into a wild spelunking adventure. These caves are very well kept. The limestones inside have been there for many centuries already and are being protected.
It will take a boat trip to get to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, but it will be worth it. The wildlife view here is one of the most spectacular you will ever see.
And of course, nature tripping will not be complete without beaches. And Costa Rica is a haven of wonderful beaches. In fact, it is good for water activities also like surfing. The surfing hotspots here include Playa Hermosa, Jaco, Tamarindo, and Pavones. The waves are perfect for a wild surfing adventure.
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