The first time I traveled alone outside the United States was this March, when I visited Montezuma. As a lone female, I was a little nervous and didn't really know what to expect. I worried about things like getting lost (this happened) or losing my ATM card (this also happened). I'm so happy that I chose to stay at the Proyecto Lodge! Kerri and Vill, the owners, made me feel completely at home and were very helpful when it came to recommendations, setting up activities, and introducing me around to other guests. Whatever minor setbacks that I faced, I never felt like I was completely alone, because Vill and Kerri were there to help.
As far as the lodge itself, the grounds are beautiful. The yard and most of the rooms overlook the beach, which you can always hear in the background. A short path leads down to the water and to the natural tide pools, where you can take a dip in the hot afternoon. I opted for a large private room upstairs, and it stayed surprisingly cool due to the breeze off the ocean. It's a 10 minute walk into town and the trailhead to Montezuma Falls is a 2 minute walk away (Go there too!).
All of the guests that stayed at Proyecto while I was there were enrolled in either Spanish, TEFL, or surfing classes. Everyone was extremely nice and interesting, and there was a feeling of community without it being overbearing. In other words, everyone would do their own thing during the day and would hang together at night.
I couldn't have had a better time on my first trip alone and owe a lot of that to Proyecto Montezuma. Can't wait to go back!