Montezuma is our location for one of the Turtle Conservation Projects. We offer two turtle projects here – one is in a place called Refugio Romelia, a bit outside of Montezuma (30 minutes). It’s a more isolated but very beautiful project. Montezuma has another turtle conservation project right in town, but it’s often very busy. Hence we also send our volunteers to Refugio Romelia.
Montezuma is a very sweet town. It’s very small but has many tourists – backpackers and volunteers go there, so it’s always busy. There are several supermarkets and an atm as well so you can get everything you need there. There are lots of street venders with nice jewellery and souvenirs and surf shops as well.
The town has many bars and restaurants to go out out in the evening, everyone is friendly there and you can make new friends easily. Montezuma has a beautiful beach where you can learn surfing, go fishing or go horseback riding. You can also take yoga classes, go for a canopy tour, head to the waterfalls, go snorkeling or just relax and watch the breathtaking sunset. It has a busstation so you can perfectly reach places like Santa Teresa or Mal Pais to spend a day or even a weekend there.
Montezuma is a lovely place where everyone can live their personal Costa Rican dream.
The Ostional Wildlife Refuge is a Wildlife Refuge was originally declared a protected area in 1982. It was created to protect important nesting beaches of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).
The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. In rainy season, the week before new moon, hundreds – and sometimes hundreds of thousand sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach at Ostional to dig their eggs into the black, volcanic sand.
Only olive-ridleys and their close relatives, Kemp’s Sea Turtles, the latter an Atlantic species synchronize their nesting in mass emergences or “arribadas”, the Spanish word for arrivals.
Ostional is a very small and more remote town. There is not much going on there besides the turtles. There is a couple of small pulperias / supermarkets, and just a couple of sodas.