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Beaches of Montezuma

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Beaches of Montezuma


$1299 2×1/8 days – 7 nights

Day 1.

Welcome to Costa Rica. We are pleased to receive you and show you the pristine paradise that Costa Rica offers visitors. We are sure you will like it.

After passing through immigration and customs we will be waiting for you outside, holding up a small sign with your name on it. From the airport we will drive for 20 minutes to reach the center of the capital, San Jose, and the Sleep Inn Hotel.

Your hotel is situated in the center of the city, surrounded by parks, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, museums, casinos, and more. The hotel is very quiet and relaxing.

If your flight arrived early, we will organize a city tour, so you can get to know the main attractions of San Jose.

  • Pick up at the airport, transportation to the hotel and accommodation are included.

Day 2.

We recommend you get up early to have a typical Costa Rican buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant. At 7 am they will be picking you up at the hotel reception to drive you to Montezuma.

Montezuma is a picturesque small village, known for its bohemian atmosphere and the stunning natural beauty of its beaches and waterfalls. It lies nestled in a landscape of true tropical paradise, Montezuma is perfect for any beach lover and eco-tourist. The village is surrounded by jungle covered hills with small rivers forming scenic waterfalls and pools. Groups of capuchin monkeys live in the forest and are easily seen.
For decades Montezuma has attracted a multi-cultural blend of  artists and hippies seeking an alternative livestyle.


The hippie roots of Montezuma come alive on Saturday morning during the local farmer’s market. Here you may find organic food, artwork and handicrafts, while musicians gather for jam sessions.

Montezuma’s center, with charming old wood houses, itinerant artists and vivid street life has an almost Caribbean flair and feels like the open-air living room. Within easy walking distance are beaches, restaurants and hotels in Montezuma.

Montezuma’s nightlife hub is Chico’s Bar in the village center where at night you can dance to Latin music or techno beats.
If you crave a more tranquil evening choose a place on the beach to enjoy the breeze and views across the Gulf of Nicoya. The scenery is particularly romantic on the nights around full moon when the moon rises behind the distant mainland of Costa Rica and shimmers on the quiet water of the Gulf.


On your trip you will make a ferry crossing across the Gulf of Nicoya. Here you can see the old San Lucas Island penitentiary. You will also see more islands such as Los Negritos, Pan de Azucar, Jesucita among others. There will always be beautiful panoramic views and lots of marine life.


Upon arrival your accommodation will be at the Sano Banano Hotel.

Sano Banano is the traveler’s choice in Montezuma to relax in a fun and authentic Costa Rican beachside hotel in the village of Montezuma

Your stay at Sano also includes access to Ylang Ylang Beach Resort (our sister resort on the beach), including the pool and some of the other amenities at the resort.

The rooms have their own private bathroom and are air conditioned for your comfort. Also included with your room is free Wi-Fi, warm showers and a generous and delicious Costa Rican style breakfast in our restaurant.

Just steps to the beach, our rooms are very comfortable, private and quiet for those who enjoy the in town location without the inconvenience of loud noise. The Sano Banano Restaurant is a fun place to hang out during your stay in the hotel. You can eat, drink, and shop. The Sano Banano offers the widest selection of health minded organic food in Montezuma and prepares everything with only the best of ingredients in a clean, hygienic kitchen. Be sure to try the fruit smoothies, frozen yogurt creations, espresso drinks and the famous Mocha Chiller.

  • Breakfast, transportation from San Jose to Montezuma, ferry crossing the Gulf of Nicoya and accommodation are included.


Day 3.

Today after breakfast, you have many options to explore. One of them is to visit the beach of Montezuma in the morning and thus feel the freshness of its waters and the beauty of its natural settings.

But the Montezuma area offers other activities such as a “Canopy Tour”, rather than “Zip Lining,” this activity is more than simply zooming along steel cables through the treetops and more about learning about the rainforest canopy.

Maybe you want to join that adventure …

Breakfast and accommodation included.


Day 4.

Recommended a strong breakfast before leaving the hotel to enjoy your day. Here is an idea …

The Montezuma Waterfalls

The waterfalls are among the most noted features of Montezuma. They actually consist of three cascades, located each on top of the other. The most spectacular is the lowest waterfall. It tumbles from a height of 24 meters into a large, rocky pool which is great for swimming. This waterfall is reached on a 20-minutes hike from Montezuma’s village center. See » Map of Montezuma The rough trail leads steeply uphill through the thickly forested river valley. Wear sturdy, water-resistant shoes as you will wade through the river and clamber over slippery rocks and roots.

On your way upriver you find a couple of natural bathing tubs in the rocky riverbed. Some of these pools also offer sparkling jacuzzis, fed by the cool river water: a refreshing spa in pure nature, surrounded by the steep rising jungle.

From the lower waterfall thrill-seekers can climb uphill on a difficult, steep trail at the right side of the waterfall. It leads to the upper cascades with two more large swimming pools in the rocks. A rope is fixed to a low branch over the pool and you can swing and plunge into the water like Tarzan.
Instead of taking the steep trail it’s far easier to get to the upper pools on a private trail which starts at the Montezuma Canopy tour. They charge a $4 toll for using their bridges and trails.

Breakfast and accommodation are included.


Day 5.

Many options exist to continue enjoying Montezuma. Today you can choose a tour to the beautiful Tortuga Island, with white sand and turquoise waters, perfect for snorkeling. get up and enjoy this unforgettable experience.

Breakfast and accommodation are included.


Day 6.

One of the most worthwhile and cheapest activities however is hiking along the scenic coastline which stretches for many miles to both sides of Montezuma.


Playa Montezuma is a large sandy beach a few steps north of the village center. It is great for sun bathing and swimming but take care as the sea bottom drops steeply and the surf is sometimes rough.

If you crave more solitude venture farther past pristine, secluded bays backed by the steep rising jungle of the Montezuma Biological Reserve. After a 15-minutes hike comes Piedra Colorado, a pocket beach between rocky outrops where a small river empties into the sea. The off-shore reef is good for snorkeling. Still further north, 3 km from Montezuma, you arrive at Playa Grande whose long expanse of white-sand beach is one of Montezuma’s best surf spots. If you are still not tired, you can continue for another 5 km until Playa Cocalitos and the El Chorro waterfall where fresh water cascades off an escarpment into lava rock swimming pools and then into the ocean.
You can also choose to get to the El Chorro waterfall on a tour on horseback from Montezuma.

Breakfast and accommodation are included.


Day 7.

You must have breakfast early. You will be picked up at the door of your hotel at 7 am. You will arrive in San Jose after midday. You will have time for a tour of San Jose or just rest for the trip back home the next day. The Sleep Inn hotel awaits you.

  • Breakfast, transportation from Montezuma to San Jose, and accommodation are included.


Day 8.

All things must pass. We will be picking you up at the hotel at the indicated time and drive you to the internstional airport. Always remember that you have friends in Costa Rica who eagerly await your return.

Including breakfast and departure transfer