Explore Nature and the most beautiful places around Santa Teresa

Montezuma Waterfalls

This set of waterfalls is located on the outskirts of the small town of Montezuma, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. They are, as many people say, some of the best in the country.

In total, there are three waterfalls, all located very close to each other. The first waterfall is the largest one, measuring about 80 feet in height. This is a good place to rest, swim, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the place. Continuing upwards, beyond this waterfall, you will reach the second one, about 50 feet high. From this waterfall, you can jump, but be careful. The third and last waterfall is directly above it and offers perhaps the best place to relax or swim. The waterfall itself is only 10 feet high and flows into a backwater that is perfect for splashing. On one side of the pool, there is a nice swing, and there are many other areas that are suitable for relaxing, picnicking or sunbathing.

It should be noted that while the river is public property, much of the hillside surrounding the waterfalls is not. Please be respectful and courteous during your visit to the Montezuma waterfalls.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Nature enthusiasts visiting Costa Rica should not miss the opportunity to visit Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve. This area is the oldest reserve in Costa Rica, and was initially designated as an absolute nature reserve, with no visitors allowed.

The Cabo Blanco Reserve is located just south of Montezuma. Located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the reserve protects more than 3,000 acres of land and more than 4,000 acres of adjacent ocean.

Since the 1980’s, a limited number of visitors are allowed to enter the park every day. However, there are policies to reduce the environmental impact. Currently, visitors are allowed daily with the exception of Mondays and Tuesdays, and camping is not allowed. Only 40 visitors are allowed in the park each day, and reservations are necessary to ensure that you can visit on your preferred date. Remember to bring water and supplies with you since the park has no internal trade of any kind.

The Cabo Blanco Reserve is an excellent place to see exuberant plants and exotic fauna, in addition to walk along one of the two main trails that lead to beautiful beaches. A path crosses the beaches of Balsita and Cabo Blanco, and the second path begins at the Balsita beach and goes to the limit of the reserve. Seabird watchers will be rewarded with sightings of frigates, gulls, and pelicans.

The Nature Reserve of Cabo Blanco is a wonderful place very close by to observe wild birds, animals and an impressive flora, while staying close to town and various activities such as surfing, snorkeling and golf. Holidays in this area of Costa Rica offer a variety of recreational opportunities, places to relax, and incredible places to explore.

Playa Hermosa Tidepools

One of the best secrets of the area, often overlooked by travelers here, is the giant tidepool between Playa Hermosa and Playa Santa Teresa.

It’s only exposed at low tide, and at that time, you will find a huge natural pool. There is usually about a 2-hour window at low tide that is perfect for snorkeling.

Filled with all kinds of interesting creatures, including puffer fish, octopus and other sea life, it’s a really great place for families with kids.