Sun, Sea, and Sand: A Beach Weekend

I’m loving my time here in Heredia / San Jose, but the one thing that bothers me is how much it rains. And when it’s not raining, it’s cloudy. So of course when I heard there were plans to head to Montezuma this past weekend, I jumped at the opportunity. A weekend of sun and sand sounded perfect.

For those who are unaware, Montezuma is located in the eastern part of Costa Rica, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The area is known for its beaches, waterfalls, and scenic views. As such, Montezuma attracts tourists from all over the world.

Montezuma is pretty far from Heredia, so to make the most of our weekend, my friend Joanna and I left Friday morning at the crack of dawn to catch a 6am bus in San Jose. Why you ask? Well, because the bus to Puntarenas only comes twice a day, at 6am or 2pm, and we wanted to arrive in Puntarenas while the sun was still up. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say the trip was long, hot, and tiring. The best part was crossing the Gulf of Nicoya on the Ferry Naviera Tambor. The view was absolutely stunning. Blue meeting blue. And nothing around for miles, just water and a small island or two.20150710_093639

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Long story short–the ferry docked and after another hour or so on a bus, we reached Montezuma!! In total, there were 13 of us on this weekend trip. Some of us arrived by bus and ferry, some by car. We all stayed at a local hostel called Hotel 20150711_070236Lucy. It was pretty good for the price and the best part is that the beach was just a few steps away. In the morning, I could watch the sun rise from the 2nd floor balcony and at night I could hear the waves crashing on the beach 🙂

The views from Montezuma Beach were equally great, but more than anything, I was just happy to be in the sun. The sand there is pretty pebbly and many large rocks jut out to sea from the shoreline. “Downtown” Montezuma is close by, providing a few places to eat and shop and a little further inland lies a forest.

The highlight of the trip for me was the Montezuma Waterfall. The trek there was rough and my feet prove it. But we all made it there safely and it was worth it. This was my first time seeing a waterfall in person so it was pretty spectacular to witness. I wanted to stand on the rock ledge behind/underneath it, but I had to be satisfied with just putting my feet in the water because I can’t swim. It was still great to be there though.

All in all it was a great weekend. It was interesting to be in the presence of people from all over the world visiting this one area. In our group alone, there were people from France, Portugal, Brazil, and the United States to name a few. And as I already mentioned, it was great to be in the sun.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please check back soon for new content. Here are more pictures from my weekend getaway. Hasta pronto!

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