Protected areas, national parks, wilderness areas, community conserved areas, and nature reserves are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation and contribute to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Montezuma lives in its nature and in the protected areas in which this unique town settles.
1,172 hectares inland and 1,700 hectares in the ocean.
Cabo Blanco is the most important nature reserve in the country and also one of the most beautiful. Established in 1963, before the inception of the park service in 1970, It was the first reserve, and thanks to this initiative, today Costa Rica has many protected areas.
To visit the park from Montezuma, you can take a public “buseta” at the Bus Stop or drive south along the coast until you reach Cabuya, from there follow the signs to the entrance of Cabo Blanco National Park.
This Reserve was established on October 10th, 1994 in order to protect tropical forest and beach areas at the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula near Montezuma town. The edge of the reserve can be reached by walking 2 km along Montezuma beach. This protected area is dedicated to the memory of the great conservationist, Nicolas Wessberg.
The land of the RMVS (Refugio Mixto de Vida Silvestre) exudes beauty. It is beachfront, bathed by rolling Pacific Ocean waves, guarded by iconic sea stacks, and the inland is nurtured by peaceful rivers and tranquil waterfalls. It is one of the peninsula’s last bastions of pristine wilderness. The Refuge is visited by tens of thousands of eco-tourists annually.
Curú is located on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of northwestern Costa Rica, 20 minutes away from Montezuma. It contains Costa Rica’s first private National Wildlife Refuge and is an example of a successful sustainable development program.
Curú is a great example of tropical dry and moist forests, as well as coastal, coral reefs, and is known for its high level of diversity due to the protection of several habitat types. Over 230 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 87 species of reptiles, and more than 500 species of plants have been identified.