Montezuma has captivated visitors worldwide from its jungle beginnings as a seaside port to a thriving bohemian beach town. You can learn more about our town here.
Seventy years ago, Montezuma was the port of departure for all the agricultural production of the surrounding highlands. It was a small, clean, and quiet port surrounded by nature.
In the mid-70s, a road was built connecting Paquera, the actual port, to Cóbano,the main city. With the port no longer needed, Montezuma transformed into a quaint fishing village first and then into a charming bohemian town to visit.
Electricity was not available in Montezuma until 1986.
The first visitors who found paradise in this beautiful corner of Costa Rica included Europeans, North Americans, and South Americans. Montezuma is now a multi-ethnic community giving rise to the unique and vibrant local culture well-loved by travelers from all over the globe.
As decades have passed, developments for travel and leisure have been significantly established in the area. Impressively, this relaxing destination is complete with world-class amenities and facilities to cater to the standards of international travelers. Unlike many other parts of Costa Rica, commercial development has not affected Montezuma, and it maintains its natural magic and relaxed lifestyle.
Montezuma’s treasures include its lush forests and protected wildlife. Now incorporated with our eco-tourism program to position the town as a top sustainable destination, you can view these animals in their habitat courtesy of various national parks, biological reserves, and a strong community commitment.
In 2021, the community of Montezuma implemented a local certification program to recognize sustainable actions in 7 different areas. All businesses and tourist activities participate and are awarded the eco turtle badge that highlights good behavior to pursue conservation and sustainable development.
1. Refuse plastic & Recycle. Montezuma has a separation and recycling program. Bring your reusable groceries bag; the supermarkets don’t give plastic bags.
2. Travel with your reusable bottle. You will find three free water sources in town. The water in Montezuma is safe and high quality to drink directly from the tap.
3. Don’t feed the animals. They must remain independent and wild to be healthy.
4. Hire a naturalist guide, to learn more about species and their habitat from experts.
5. Volunteer. Donate your time. You can help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach visitors.
The ADIM is a communal nonprofit organization working for the public good and sustainable development of Montezuma. Our budget comes mainly from the support of friends, visitors, and community members. Help to grow this community with your donation. Our projects support the environment, youth, and minorities. Small actions count.