David McCarthy, New Haven, CT

Montezuma, Costa Rica

Montezuma, Costa Rica: photographs taken in 2010

Population: Estimated at 200 (@2010)

Costa Rica:
Costa Rica is in a tropical zone, very close to the equator. Because of this the temperature and average amount of sunlight each day varies very little throughout the year. However, the country does consider itself to have two seasons: summer and winter. The summer in Costa Rica is its dry season, with little or no rain. Costa Rica ’s summer is the opposite of what is generally found in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere as it lasts from December through May. Winter in Costa Rica, also known as its green season, sees a great deal of rainfall and lasts from June though November. The only exceptions to this summer/winter pattern are in the country’s mountain regions which tend to get more

History and Information:
Montezuma is a town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica which began as a remote fishing village and has gained popularity since the 1980s among tourists on a budget. The town features a mix of local residents as well as foreign backpackers and eco-tourists who come for the beaches, rivers, and scenic waterfalls that surround the village. The nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve draws a large number of visitors to the area. Montezuma has well-known healing arts and yoga communities and is also home to the annual Costa Rica International Film Festival held every November. There is a non-profit organization, Proyecto Montezuma, where tourists can support a local free English school by booking tours and services. The office is located in Montezuma central and a good place to find tourist information about Montezuma and the surrounding area.

Montezuma, Costa Rica
Elevation: 20 feet
Temperature: High in the low to mid 90’s and a low in the 70’s
Annual Rain Average: The rainfall during this time of the year is generally limited to late afternoons and early evenings (though it can rain at any given time).
Location: Near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula

Internet Videos: NOT MINE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXoD_Ex5L-g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUpwNu3bNiQ

Internet Links:
http://www.playamontezuma.net/location.htm
http://www.montezumabeach.com/waterfalls.html

The Vibe:
My friends and I rode into the small town on quads. When we arrived it felt like a once tiny fishing village now small resort. Lots of college age kids, more tourist than locals. The sun is hot and the water is warm. The beaches are white and the water is tropical Blue/Green.

Experiences:
We stayed in Mal Pias and visited Montezuma on rented quads. Ripping through the rainforest on a quad at about 40mph was one of the most thrilling activities of my life. Monkeys in the trees, 4 foot lizzards dashing across the road, and fresh air rushing through your hair; I felt alive.

The Falls
We parked at a small patch of dirt and paid 5 colones (about $1) to leave our quads so we could walk to the waterfall. The walk started out as an uphill rocky terrain, but sooner than later we were holding to trees and ropes as not to fall in the creek as we ventured closer to the fall. There were monkeys above our heads and leaves larger than American sport utility vehicles. The walk was overwhelming to the senses. When we arrived at the fall, the site was jaw dropping. The fall was roughly 140 feet tall and of course we were going to jump (photos 10,11). The water was warm, and the fish were hungry, I felt an occasional  nibble. We did meet a Costa Rican tourist who was kind enough to video our jumps and email them to us =].

The Beach
The three of us decided to have a contest. The winner was the first to knock down a coconut from a palm tree. We attempted to do so for roughly 2 hours. We tried everything, throwing rocks, long sticks, shaking the trees, and even driving our quads into the trees. No one won, but it was a good time.

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