We are refining our August Costa Rica trip. We are going for three weeks, and after a lot of reading and researching, I think the Nicoya Peninsula area we want to stay in is the Montezuma area. I have found affordable and great-looking hotels in each of these areas. We are vegan, so the hippie-ish sounding scene and food options of Montezuma appeal. However, the beaches of the other areas combined with less crowds is likewise appealing. Ultimately, we are looking for beautiful beaches that are good for swimming and possibly snorkeling, a place to get a beer, ability to go on a smaller day trip or two, and a good general place for our more laid-back and relaxed segment of the trip.
So which of these would be your pick for spending 3-4 nights? Alternately, is there somewhere else on Nicoya you would recommend over this area (such as Playa Samara area?). I am pretty sure we are going to skip Tamarindo altogether, based in part on posts on this board.
Thanks for any insight, I very much appreciate it!