HOW TO GET HERE
Domestic airlines make 30 minutes flights to Tambor from San Jose, where the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is located, or to Liberia, where the Liberia International Airport (LIR) is located. From Tambor, Montezuma is a 30 minute drive away, you can get a taxi or take the public bus to Cobano and from Cobano to Montezuma. The fastest option is a domestic flight to Tambor, and a 30 minute drive from there to our Hostel.
Taxi boats are becoming more and more popular for travelers from the central Pacific beach town of Jaco and Montezuma beach. The 1 hour journey provides the opportunity to view sea turtles, rays, whales and dolphins while zipping along the ocean in a high-powered speedboat. Boats are about 30 passengers big, operated by bilingual guides and have an overhead canopy shade (although using sunblock is always recommended). You should book a ride online in advance but sometimes when the boat isn’t full they accept walk-ins.
Direct buses depart from San Jose once in the morning and once in the afternoon for a 5 hour journey to Montezuma. Buses cross the Gulf of Nicoya via ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. The bus ticket includes the ferry fee per person and you do not need to carry your luggage on the ferry and you can buy your ticket online in advance.
You could also take the public bus from San Jose to Puntarenas, from there go to the ferry pier where you can buy your ferry ticket, and then take a bus from Paquera to Cobano and from Cobano to Montezuma. But if you are coming from San Jose by bus we recommend taking the direct bus.
From Alajuela or San Jose take the Caldera Highway west to Puntarenas, up to the Naviera Tambor ferry pier. From there, take the ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya to the town of Paquera. The ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera runs many times during the day and you can buy your ticket online in advance, this ride takes about 1.5 hours. From Paquera drive 20 miles to Cobano and then continue 4 miles south to Montezuma. This way can take about 4 to 5 hours depending on how fast you drive. Although the ferry ride is faster and less tiring, you can also drive around the entire way. The drive from San Jose to Montezuma takes about 5 to 6 hours and the best route is through Route 1, 18 and 21, around the Nicoya Peninsula.
Coming from Guanacaste, the Puntarenas and ferry route is also an option. You can drive via mainland to Naranjo and then down to Paquera, this is shorter and the road conditions are good. From Samara and the coastal towns of Guanacaste, it is possible to take the seaside road during the driest part of the dry season (December to April) leading south through Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Punta Islita, Coyote and finally Playa Manzanillo, Santa Teresa and Malpais. From there, it is possible to take a shortcut to Cabuya and Montezuma – otherwise a stopover in Cobano is inevitable. The Bongo River often blocks the path just before Manzanillo, so be sure to ask beforehand if you plan on taking this adventurous route. Keep in mind if you are in a rental car, that you will have to travers rivers.
You can always book a shuttle or private transportation service from anywhere in costa rica to Montezuma.