North of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve and south of Tambor Bay, along a forested sandy bay, Montezuma has numerous beaches, waterfalls, good fishing, seafood, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. Playa Las Manchas is popular for snorkeling, though you need to be mindful of riptides as you gaze at the parrotfish, rays, puffers, and needlefish. The kids will like exploring the colorful rocks and tide pools at Playa Rocas. Beachfront cantinas, bars, and restaurants are plentiful in Montezuma. Playa de los Artistas on the Montezuma beachfront serves sushi, pizza, and vegetarian dishes by lantern light at driftwood tables on smooth sand floors beneath bamboo lattice ceilings. Playa Montezuma hosts the fishing fleet. Hike half an hour to the endless sands of Playa Grande to swim, surf, boogie board, or sunbathe nude where the waves are big and the currents less strong. Horseback ride, bike, or hike the beachfront path north towards Playa Cocolito, where El Chorro waterfall tumbles into the rocky ocean. Follow the river upstream from the beach to find more waterfalls for swimming. Playa Los Cedros, a small scenic beach flanked by a waterfall and large banyan tree near Cabuya, has a right-handed point break favored by experienced surfers when the south swells get going good. The beaches and tropical forests at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve are protected as a national park. Surf at nearby Mal Pais, Playa Santa Teresa, or Playa Carmen. Surf camps can teach you the basics.
Things to do in Montezuma
4.5 based on 522 reviews
The setting on the beach front is beautiful. However everything else was disappointing. Service was erratic at best. We had to ask 5 times to 3 different people to get a beer when we arrived.
The menu is promising - however sadly it doesn't live up to expectation. We had the dorado carpacio style to start, which was nice enough, and the home made bread is very good.
For mains we had the chilli relleno and the tortello of lobster and broccoli. Both were very disappointing - and tiny portions served with no sides at all. The chilli relleno was stuffed with potato which tasted a bit strange - and ok we didn't expect it to come piled with sides Mexican style but something would have been nice! The lobster tortello is basically a pastry/empanada. It was over-cooked and tasted more like salmon than lobster. It was also very small for a main course when served without side dishes. If it wasn't for the bread we would've left hungry - and one of us is definitely not a big eater!!
The wine was also terrible. The only option is a glass or carafe of house- it was the most expensive we had in Montezuma and the worst tasting by far. Normally we would order a second but not here!
So overall very disappointing. Would be nice for an early evening drink.
4.5 based on 566 reviews
Open for lunch 12:00pm 3:00pmDinner 5:00pm-10:00pmAbierto almuerzo 12:00pm-3:00pmCena 5:00pm:10:00pm
Place came highly recommended but our meal was just okay. I had the seafood spaghetti and all of the seafood was overcooked and pretty tasteless. The staff were great and the service was excellent--just wasn't thrilled with the food. And seemed just a little spendy for what we got.
4.5 based on 728 reviews
Puggo's Restuarant is located just off the beach in the small town of Montezuma. The owner is a world traveler who has found her home in Costa Rica. Her menu and its flavours are a direct reflection of her life experiences. From the fresh local fish to the slow cooked osobuco and moussaka, you can taste the love she has for her food. She uses a range of ingredients, from local organic chocolate to spices she brings directly from her home country of Israel. Puggo's also has a fresh sushi bar which specializes in a range of asian inspired dishes using locally caught fish and prepared right in front of your eyes. The atomsphere is friendly and relaxed and the multilingual staff is happy to recommend not only their favourite dishes but Beaches as well! .
I live near Montezuma, and since reviewing this restaurant 6 years ago, it has changed hands. The new owners have really taken the place in the right direction. The food is extremely good, especially their Mediterranean dishes (my favorite is the falafel with hummus). In addition to the Puggo's regular menu, in the evenings there is a sushi chef on site. I highly recommend the Maya Roll. As far as I know, they only serve house wine (red/white) & 2 kinds of premium beers plus soft drinks/juice.
The restaurant is in the center of Montezuma in a wooden hut-style building with really cool hanging lights. It definitely has a nice ambiance.
4.5 based on 399 reviews
Ylang Ylang Restaurant is a joyful place... your meals are prepared especially for you with the freshest of ingredients and caring, friendly service. A calm atmosphere and delicious food awaits you...We are proud to serve mainly organic produce in all of our dishes.Our restaurant caters to seafood, vegan and raw food lovers. We also serve great chicken dishes, but do not serve red meat. Please see our online menus for more details.We are always willing to accommodate your needs, just ask at the time of booking.The restaurant is open to non-hotel guests as well.Great Happy Hour from 3-6pm everyday
Our family dined at Ylang Ylang for breakfast and dinner for 3 days while we stayed at the resort. We also enjoyed lunch and app/drinks for happy hour as well. Best food in Montezuma and perhaps best from our whole Costa Rica experience. The setting is absolutely incredible - beautiful beach nearby, shade when its hot, open air to the sky when its not. Food was delicious, healthy and fresh. Cocktails were yummy too. Plenty of options for adults and kids. Staff was also incredible - especially Patricia! Can't say enough about Ylang x2!
4.5 based on 400 reviews
Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve vegetarian, vegan, sushi, pasta, chicken, fresh seafood and much much more...
We loved the garden area in back, although the river smell is nasty until you get used to it. We enjoyed the Namaste spring rolls and the chicken Sandwich. We went again and totally enjoyed the chicken burrito (lots of flavor without rice or a lot of beans). Then we enjoyed the happy salad with the shrimp and mussels fettuccine. All wonderful. They do not serve 'meat', only chicken and seafood. Friendly staff.
5 based on 81 reviews
This is a local restaurant thst is attached to the owner's residence. It is mint green, across the street from super david mercado, with the coca cola sighs,
Unfortunately we waited until the day before our last day to visit Soda Marvin for lunch. We shared two excellent different shrimp dishes. Pictures is my dish with a great local salad, rice, and a crispy shrimp (oh yes, and an ice cold Corona. Soda Marvin is across from the market Super David. Reasonable prices and nice staff.
5 based on 144 reviews
Flavor and wisdom of traditional italian cuisine....<br>selection of cheese and cold cuts,home made bread and wood-fired pizzas.Fresh pasta,lasagna,veggie fettuccini,sea food spaghetti.<br>Tenderloin,ribeye steak and pork from BBQ,balsamic vinegar<br>"tagliata" with arugula and parmesan,grilled chicken and home made desserts...<br>WIFI-parking area-botanic garden-safe for children
We had dinner at Tierra y Fuego. It is a simple Italian restaurant outside Montezuma at "Las Delicias de Cóbano" (some call it Montezuma Hights which sounds good but is overstated).
The pizza from the brick oven was delicious, the salad and the pasta as well. We had a beer from the local Microbrewery that was much better than Imperial or Pilsner. The panna cotta for desert was excellent, the chocolate salami we would not order again.
Take enough cash they don't accept credit cards.
4.5 based on 150 reviews
We stopped there randomly for lunch after visiting the Isla of Cabuya because the other place we wanted to go seemed to be closed. We were pleasantly surprised. Omelet with avocado was excellent, and their fruit drinks very refreshing. I can't comment much on the pastries/dessert because we did not try them but they seemed to have quite a bit of choice. Service was a bit slow but not unusually so for Costa Rica...Overall a nice option if you're on your way/back from Cabo blanco or Isla de Cabuya.
5 based on 116 reviews
Ola Jenny! Cheers from Kevin and Tracy in Canada! We miss having drinks in the afternoon and chatting with you! My husband and I have been vacationing in the area for years and we cannot believe we just found Café Coyote. Over the years we...MoreHola mis amigos !!!! It was a placer having you around here, I really love makng people feeling at home. Regards , !!!!! Pura vida!!!!!
4 based on 258 reviews
on map of central Montezuma: http://www.nicoyapeninsula.com/montezuma/montezuma.phpon fodor's: http://www.fodors.com/world/mexico-and-central-america/costa-rica/central-pacific-coast/review-201382.htmlrestaurant downstairs part of Hotel Moctezuma: http://www.hotelmoctezuma.com/a better picture of the front: http://travelphotos.beachcomberpete.com/Central-America/Costa-Rica/Montezuma-Costa-Rica/11452231_JPDdWw/805360318_3x6nc#!i=805360318&k=3x6nc
seems to be a popular place, cant be for the food which was pretty substandard. dry chicken drowned in a nasty sauce. staff not particularly friendly. the tables at the seafront are also next to the loo. the smell is gruesome. not impressed by rhis ülace.
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