Located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and wildlife, as it is surrounded by three of Costa Rica's national parks: Cabo Blanco National Park, the Curu Wildlife Refuge and Tortuga Island. Montezuma is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an "easy-going" lifestyle, with its charming white-sand beaches, cozy hotels and delicious international food. Montezuma has an ecclectic blend of different cultures from all over the world. There are many tours available in Montezuma, such as horseback riding adventures along the beaches or in the mountains, snorkeling, zip-line canopy tours, hiking, kayaking, boat tours and many other adventures. The world-famous waterfall in Montezuma is a must-see.
Located 150 kilometers from San Jose, Mal Pais is a small costal village bordering Cabo Blanco National Park. The town has many small luxury hotels nestled within the jungle or overlooking Mal Pais' beautiful beaches. The town also has the area's only fish-market, which provides fresh snapper, mahi-mahi and tuna to local restaurants and residents alike. Horseback riding, canopy tours, yoga classes, surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons, scuba diving and sportfishing are just a few of the many activities available.
Just a few kilometers north of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa Beach is known worldwide for its consistent surf, gorgeous beaches and beautiful sunsets. Although typically known as the "green season" due to the rain, the months of May through December usually produce the largest waves for surfing. Santa Teresa is becoming one of Costa Rica's greatest tourism destinations and there are many differents types of accommodations available for those on a budget to luxury travelers.
Manzanillo is a short drive north of Santa Teresa. It is a small Costa Rican fishing village with a beautiful beach. Every year at the beginning of April, the town hosts a popular sand castle competition.