Visitor Resources

Montezuma is located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, 41 km (25 mi) southwest of Paquera and 8 km (5 mi) south of the town of Cóbano. There are many ways to get to Montezuma from the International Airport in San Jose, Juan Santa Maria, or the International Airport in Liberia, Daniel Oduber Quiros. You can arrive by car and ferry, bus and ferry, shuttles, shuttle boat from Jaco, or airplane and taxi/bus. Travelling to Montezuma is part of the experience.

Keeping you up to date with all you need to know.


Getting to Montezuma

We welcome you by air, land, and sea! We’ve gathered helpful links and driving directions to help you decide the best route to make your way to Montezuma.

sunset view on the ferry to Montezuma

Travel by Land

Traveling by land can be an enjoyable experience while visiting Costa Rica.  Drive carefully and keep a lookout for the wildlife.  Here are the resources you need to plan your arrival.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Ferry departing time:

Puntarenas to Paquera
am : 5:30  / 9 / 12 
pm: 3 / 6 /  8:30

Paquera to Puntarenas
am : 5:30  / 9 / 12 
pm: 3 / 6 /  8:00

Transportes Cobano

Montezuma to San Jose

Departing From Montezuma Bus stop

Monday to Saturdays 8 am 

Sunday 2:30 pm  


From San Jose Terminal 7/10

Monday to Saturday 6:30 am

Sunday 3 pm

Driving Directions

If you are renting a car, the roads are well paved until you reach the Southern Nicoya Peninsula. This area of the country is known for its rough roads, though they are slowly improving.

If you are coming from Liberia International Airport or another destination in Guanacaste, it is about a 3 hour trip and you will encounter new paved roads on the drive south along the eastern coast of the peninsula.

If you’re traveling from San Jose International Airport, you can speed up the trip on Route 27 through Caldera port and take the ferry from Puntarenas across the gulf (navigation time 1-1/2 hours) and then continue by car from Paquera, another 50 minutes to arrive in downtown Montezuma. The road is paved all the way


Travel by Air

Many visitors choose the fastest way to arrive by taking a 25 minute domestic flight to Tambor from Liberia or San Jose international airports, on either Green Airways or Sansa Airlines. Once you arrive at the local airport in Tambor, Montezuma is approximately 25 minutes away. You can take a taxi or if you have booked a rental car, the company will arrange to pick you up.

Costa Rica Green Air

Luggage Allowance: Different options available.

Sansa / Taca Regional

Luggage Allowance: 30lbs

Travel by Boat

This is definitely the most fun and scenic way to get to Montezuma. Take a taxi boat from the Central Pacific beach town of Jacó that departs daily at 10:45 am and arrives an hour later at the gorgeous Montezuma beach.

Zuma Tours

taxi boat arriving at Pangas

Getting around during your stay.

Montezuma is a pedestrian friendly town. Hotels, restaurants, waterfalls and beaches are within walking distance. Bike and ATV rentals can be a great option for nearby excursions and to explore the jungle, beaches, waterfalls and the many trails. The public buses connect Montezuma with Cobano and Cabuya and to the Cabo Blanco National Park.

by Henry +506 8871 1540

Moto Rental 
Montezuma Scooters +506 88624982
ATV Rental
Zumatours +506 26420024
ViWolf +506 61010188

Evelio +506 8818 3895

Luis +506 8825 6008

Marino +506 8815 9075

Alex Cabuya +506 6210 7429


Getting around by bus is convenient and cost-effective.  You can travel to Santa Teresa, Cabuya, and even San Jose via bus.  The following links will help you keep up to date on bus stop schedules.

Transportes Cobano

Local Bus Montezuma to Cobano

am   6:30  / 8:00  / 10:30
pm   1  /  3:10  / 6  / 9 
Bus Cobano to Ferry 
am 4:30  /  8:30 / 11:00 / 
pm 1:30  / 3:30  Bus Ferry to Cobano
riders waiting to board bus

Bus to Cabuya

Tuesday to Sunday

Departing from
Montezuma Bus Stop 
am  8:10 /   10:30 
pm  4:00 
Departing from Cabuya 
am 7:20  / 9:30   
pm 3:15
bus to Cabuya

Covid 19

Covid-19 is part of our lives for the foreseeable future. So we’ve put together some links to official resources to help you plan your trip.

Laboratorio J&M in Cobano 
to get an appointment call +506 2642 0464
Antigen test $80 results within 3 hours 
PCR test $ 120 results in 48 hrs 
At any of the International airports 
get at appointment:  https://covid.morphotr.com/
Antigen $65 (example must be taken 4 hours prior to your flight, the result is in 1 hour)
RT PCR Next Day $99
aerial view of montezuma with soccer field

Miscellaneous Travel Essentails

  • Outlets and voltages – are the same in Costa Rica as in the U.S. (120V flat prongs) if you travel from Europe or South America don’t forget to bring an adapter.


  • Headlamp or Flashlight Power outages occur and the return path from a beachfront restaurant to your bungalow may not be obvious after sunset.


  • Pocket Knife or Multi-Tool – don’t forget to put it in checked baggage for flights.


  • Camera – from amateur to professional photographers delight with Montezuma landscape and a variety of animals.


  • Binoculars If you’re an avid birdwatcher they’re probably the first thing you pack.


  • Raincoat – If you visit during the green season, May to November, it’s good to bring a light raincoat.


  • Reusable Bottle – Montezuma is leading the way in the battle against single-use plastics. Most lodges have a filtered water cooler to refill your bottles and even downtown, you can find 3 free sources of drinking water.


  • Amphibian hikers/Water Shoes –these are perfect to explore all the rivers in Montezuma,  advantages include lightweight, fast-drying, and reasonably good traction.
vintage binoculars

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