Armonia Eco-Village at Finca Los Caballos
Armonia is located on one of the most pristine and protected areas of Costa Rica. Situated on the Nicoya Peninsula, Armonia sits adjacent to the Piedra Colorado Wildlife Reserve, and is only 10 minutes from the famous Montezuma Waterfalls. In this incredible, protected nature corridor, you’ll find amazing wildlife, lush green landscape, and ocean views from your front door. And, as it is part of a nationally protected area, you can be assured that it will stay that way!
Montezuma, on the Peninsula of Nicoya, Costa Rica
Montezuma was a small, quiet fishing village until it was discovered in the 1980s by budget-minded, mostly young foreign backpackers who were drawn to the nearby Cabo Blanco National Park, the Isla Tortuga, and the Curu Wildlife Reserve. Still young, hip and laidback, the village today has a vibrant nighttime party scene. But Montezuma’s appeal has expanded over the years: With its enticing beaches, small shops and artisans, as well as its exotic restaurants and quaint hotels, Montezuma and the surrounding area now attract eco-tourists and adventure travelers of any age. There is a growing community of ex-pats, people joined together by their desire to nurture the environment and live in such a wondrous, peaceful place.
The Nicoya Peninsula Beach region is blessed with a relatively dry climate. From December through April, you can expect temperatures to reach highs in the mid-90s and lows in the 70s with very limited rainfall. From May through November, temperatures reach highs in the low 90s and lows in the 70s with more rainfall. At this time of year, rain in the region is usually limited to late afternoons and early evenings, though it certainly can rain at any time.
Montezuma has an artsy, free-spirited vibe, and welcomes adventurous spirits looking for a more out-of-the-way, less-popular-with-the-masses vacation. After the sun sets, Montezuma is the consummate place to be on the peninsula, with plenty of bars, music, and dancing – an excellent place to hang out and have a good time.
The beaches along the Montezuma coast are stunning, separated by rocky outcrops. Surfing, of course, is one of many outdoor activities here, but there is often a strong rip tide and caution is advised. The surf on Mal Pais – located nearby – is often better. Montezuma beaches, though, are ideal for snorkeling, horseback riding, boogie boarding – and quick dips after long walks on extended stretches of warm sand. The more secluded beaches of Cocal, Quizales and Cocalito are also nearby, splendid for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
The cooling Montezuma Waterfalls are located just a few minutes walk outside town. Over 50 feet high, the Montezuma Waterfall is a somewhat irresistible draw, enticing daring tourists to take the plunge into the shallow pool at the bottom of the falls. Caution is advised, though, as more than a few brave souls have been injured on the rocks below.