We spent the first 4 nights at a B&B/Language School (see review of Hotel Horizontes de Montezuma)located between Cobano and Montezuma. Then the last 2 nights at the beachfront Ylang-Ylang.
We used Zuma Tours for a few of our adventures and were very pleased. We did the Isla Tortuga tour (beautiful boat ride, snorkeling, BBQ lunch on the beach, and lots of time to swim and relax). We rented an ATV for a day and spent an afternoon driving up the coast from Montezuma to Mal Pais to these gorgeous beaches. We ended up on Playa Hermosa where we watched the sunset and then headed back to Montezuma for dinner. The following morning we got up early to go to the Cabo Blanco reserve where we hiked the 2 hours to the beach for a swim and saw lots of monkeys and other wildlife along the way. We also used Zuma tours for the 1 hr Montezuma-Jaco boat taxi.
When we stayed at Ylang Ylang we spent a morning and afternoon hiking to the falls 2 hrs up the beach. Apparently 1 of 7 falls in the world that empty straight into the ocean. It was a fun and pretty, but definitely realize it takes the whole 2hrs to do it and can be very hot. We didn't make it to the other waterfalls in Montezuma which I"ve heard are very beautiful as well. I think I'd do those next time instead.
We really enjoyed just walking around Montezuma in the evenings admiring (and purchasing) the local artisans creations or catching a movie at the Sano Banano.
Food is muy importante to us when travelling and so I'll give a run down of the restaurants we tried as well. Have to say we were extremely happy with the selection! A word of warning, we are mostly vegetarians though we occasionally eat some fish or seafood and definitely did so in Montezuma.
Playa de las Artistes- amazing beach location and ocean view. we were there on a 'sushi friday' and it was delicious.
Cocolores- also a beach side restaurant with delicious food. we had the crab gnocchi and cocconut curry vegetables--incredible.
Ylang Ylang- dinner and breakfast were included with accomodations and both were well worth making a trip out there for even if you aren't a guest. huge selection including vegan and sushi menus. the happy hour from 3-5pm is also worth a stop with most drinks 2 for $6.
El Sano Banano- another excellent eatery with a chocolate volcano dessert and movies at 7:30pm every night.
Iguana Cafe- yummy fruit batidos, sandwiches that you can take to go and a perfect corner-side location for people watching
Cafe Organico- name says it all. we only had the homemade ice cream and desserts (slightly less guilt with the organic-ness and all).
Feel free to email me with any questions!