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Montezuma or Manuel Antonio?

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Montezuma or Manuel Antonio?

Posted on: 9:51 am, today Save

My boyfriend and I are planning on travelling to Costa Rica this April, we would love to explore fully but as we only have 10 days we are trying not to spend tooo much time travelling between places and are currently stuck between whether our time would be best spent in Manuel Antonio or perhaps Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for either which they could share with me to help aid the decision! Or perhaps someone has travelled to both so could compare them? We don't really want to be anywhere that is over comercialised, nor too busy, we aren't looking for a party scene either. Bing students we are not travelling on a big budget, but we are looking to see some of Costa Rica's amazing plant and animal life, experience a little local charm perhaps, and we are very much hoping to find some tranquil and beautiful beaches to watch a sunset or two and relax!

I'd be most grateful for any help!!

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1. Re: Montezuma or Manuel Antonio?

Montezuma much more chill than Manuel Antonio, lots more budget options. MA is beautiful, but also one of the biggest tourist destinations in Costa Rica.

For even more kick back and relax place consider Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast, IMHO one of the most beautiful places in the country, rain or shine! For the budget traveler check out,

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3. Re: Montezuma or Manuel Antonio?

Manuel Antonio:

Better wildlife --the park itself is a wildlife bonanza. Better choice of restaurants, better roads, more variety in lodging. However, its' more commercialized, feels less 'authentic.'

Montezuma: Not as much wildlife (you can see some at Curu or if you stay at a place like Ylang Ylang). Feels more laidback and relaxed. More remote if you're coming from the central part of the country.

We loved Montezuma, but that's also in part because we mildly splurged at Ylang Ylang. If we had to stay at a budget place, I'm not sure we could recommend it as highly.

I'd lean towards Manuel Antonio.

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4. Re: Montezuma or Manuel Antonio?

Ditto Racandee. Even so, the one time I visited Montezuma (over 12 years ago)my daughter and I traveled very inexpensively. We spent only about $100 for 3-4 days for the 2 of us for lodging, transportation (from and back to the San Jose area), and food. It was a great experience. It was then called Montefuma by many expats living in the San Jose area and had the reputation that you could hear 19 or more languages on its unpaved streets at any given time. I didn't count 19, but there were people there from everywhere. We loved it.

However, as stated on this forum many times, Manuel Antonio is popular for a reason. I think you will be able to find what you are looking for there as well. I never tire of it.

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5. Re: Montezuma or Manuel Antonio?

Not a point of comparisson between the two...Montezuma is just a "crazy" fun village at the sea side...Manuel Antonio offer more options...budget or high end...

Both are great... more chances to find budget places Montezuma...and more characters as well!

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Did not do Montezuma, but MA. rocks. At least it did for me this march.. Great public beach just before the park entrance. Do the mangrove tour as well as the park. were my highlights the 5 days there,. Check out Ronnies place for sunset, drinks, food, and some fun.I used Aguila tours for both places, and they were very good. Had a guy named Jaun, and he was the best.. Stayed at el mona azule, about half way between Quepos, and Ma. Enjoy, Keep stuff in your trunk, and you will have a great time. Jon

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