|Travel destinations: Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica|
Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00Written by Chance Clever
Playa Montezuma is one of Costa Rica’s most underrated beaches. The sunsets are some of the best on the planet, and have repeatedly been voted as such.
The beaches are clean and safe with waves large enough for mild surfing, not too large to be unsafe for children.
Montezuma is one of the more remote Costa Rican beaches and requires either a one hour via ferry or a slightly-less-than two hours via bus from Punta Arenas and Jaco respectively. The bus ride can be bumpy, particularly in the rainy season when erosion causes craters in the already poorly-maintained Costa Rican roadways. The busses are, however, very safe and generally run on time.
Being an underrated beach does have its advantages. During the off season, the beaches are yours for the taking, a real rarity for most of Costa Rica’s beaches. During the on season, the crowds here are substantially less imposing than on the sands of Manuel Antonio or Jaco. It would be a rarity to not have ample space surrounding your towel here. Also the “beach vendors” now regularly seen on the more central, popular beaches do not seem to have infiltrated Montezuma at this point. This means less hassle, and more safety of possessions left on the beach (although it is really never a good idea to leave bags unattended on any public beaches).
The town of Montezuma leaves a lot to be desired if shopping or nightlife are your goals. The entire town is made up of two main streets which comprise less than a square mile. The hotels and hostels are safe and clean, but the remoteness of Montezuma means that there is little to do after the suns rays have disappeared into the ocean. There are a few bars which serve the local beer, Imperial. Beyond that there is not much nightlife to be had. The real attraction is the beaches, and they do not disappoint.
One location not to miss is the Sano Banano www.elbanano.com. This hostel/hotel/restaurant is wonderful and complete with hammocks, swinging in the evening breeze. Current, English movies are played nightly on a large projector screen. The food is excellent. Not to be missed is the “banana con leche,” Costa Rica’s version of a banana milkshake. The Sano Banano’s is one of the best in the country. Also try the quesadillas. Board games are also available, free for diners or hotel guests.
All in all, Montezuma is the perfect place to unwind and escape the crowds often found at other Costa Rican beaches. It is not the place for a packed Clark Griswold-type schedule. Prepare to relax and you will undoubtedly enjoy Montezuma.