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Trip Start May 07, 2010
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Trip End May 16, 2010


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Where I stayed
Hotel El Pargo Feliz

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Montezuma back in the day was a fishing village and recently gained popularity amongst the budget minded traveler.  Since then, the place is now geared toward tourism but remains a quaint little town.  Accommodations are very affordable, but like anywhere else in Costa Rica, food cost was about the same as the U.S.  The unique thing about Montezuma is that all the businesses are owned by Ticos (by law as told to me by another backpacker, Wayne) so it maintains a very Costa Rican flavour.  It's beaches weren't much to look at since most of it was littered with tree debris.  Some of that debris were huge which included heavy tree trunks that regularly washes up on shore.  If you aren't watching for them, they can literally break your ankles.

We settled in at the Hotel El Pargo Feliz, a budget hostel as recommended by the guidebook.  Cost per nite was US$30.  It was fairly priced since the ceiling fan was broken, no hot water (not really needed since the place was hot and muggy with no breeze anywhere to be found), and the bed looked a little suspicious.

Travel Tip:  Check the mattress under the sheets for bed bugs before plopping anything down on it, including yourself and your backpack or clothing.  Bed bug infestation can be found in the most expensive of hotels to the most affordable hostels.  I sprayed my insect repellant on the sides of the mattress as an added safety measure.  We also decided to use our sleep sacks.  Not to feed on paranoia, but check out this website: http://bedbugregistry.com/

For dinner, we walked down the end of the street to the Hotel Montezuma restaurant.  It was great having the opportunity to wind down and watch the sunset at the same time.  Rowena noticed that the German couple that were part of our zipline tour group was also there having dinner.  As we headed back to the hostel, we dropped by the surf shop a few meters away and met Cesar, the owner.  He set us up for a surf tour the next day along with another couple.  It kills me that I don't remember the surf shop's name because I'd like for people reading this blog to support it if they visit that area.  They teach kids and adults in the evening (a great humanitarian community building activity) along with running the surf business and practice sustainable tourism.

After scheduling our surf tour for the next day, it was really time to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening...  only if we could.  When we got back to the hostel, the little fan that was supposed to substitute for the broken ceiling fan barely moved any air in our room.  So all night, Rowena and I tossed and turned in our little sleep sacks.  Morning eventually broke and we were set for our surf day!

Town Map for Montezuma, Costa Rica: http://www.montezumabeach.com/images/montezuma-map.jpg
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