San Jose to Luna Llena Montezuma

From San Jose to Montezuma, downtown San Jose and from Airport San Jose to Luna Llena Montezuma we have Collective Shared Shuttles, Private Services and VIP Private Service.

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Collective Shared Shuttle:

Shuttle Rate: $49 per person

Morning Departure: 8:45am

Afternoon Departure: 2:00pm (only available between Dec 15th & May 30th)

Service Description: (Shuttle San Jose to Luna Llena Montezuma)

Shared Collective Shuttles have 2 departures per day, in the morning and in the afternoon from San Jose to Luna Llena Montezuma. This is a 5 hours drive from San Jose Airport area to Luna Llena Montezuma. 45 minutes before if the pick up is from San Jose Downtown (8am)


Private Service:

Private Service Rate: $250 for the service from 1 up to 6 passengers / 4.5 hrs drive

Service Description: (Private Service San Jose to Luna Llena Montezuma)

This is a private service with your own driver and own vehicle door to door. At the time of your election our driver will go to the location of your preference to pick you up from there you will be assisted. If needed we will stop in a restaurant, supermarket or drugstore.

Rate for the service, not person. from 1 up to 6 passengers. Rates vary depending on your drop off location and if the service is operated between 6pm and 6am.


San Jose Airport to Puntarenas (first vehicle from the airport to the ferry deck)

Puntarenas to Paquera (passengers travel along on the ferry)

Paquera to Luna Llena Montezuma (second vehicle from The ferry deck to your hotel in Montezuma)


Private VIP Service:

Private Service Rate: $340 for the service from 1 up to 6 passengers / 4 hrs drive

Service Description: (Private Service San Jose to Luna Llena Montezuma)

This is a private service with your own driver and own vehicle door to door. At the time of your election our driver will go to the location of your preference to pick you up from there you will be assisted. If needed we will stop in a restaurant, supermarket or drugstore.

From San Jose to Puntarenas by land in one of the most scenery highways in Costa Rica. From Puntarenas to Paquera by ferry crossing the Nicoya Golf and passing by paradise islands until arrive to Paquera.

From Paquera to your destination/hotel by land form 1hr approximately.

Rate for the service, not person. from 1 up to 6 passengers. Rates vary depending on your drop off location and if the service is operated between 6pm and 6am.



Tours & Adventures in Luna Llena Montezuma


Horseback Riding All Day Cowboy Ride Horseback Riding All Day Cowboy Ride

Fishing Trips: Mal Pais

Guided Hike in Luna Llena Montezuma Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike in Luna Llena Montezuma Cloud Forest Reserve

Zip Line Canopy Tour Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Sunset

Curi-Cancha Refuge Cloud Forest Guided Hike Curi-Cancha Refuge Cloud Forest Guided Hike




About Hotel Luna Llena and Montezuma:

Luna Llena, which translates as Full Moon, is a very unique hotel that is situated on the hillside just above the always lively town of Montezuma. Surrounded by jungle and wildlife, the hotel is only 200 meters from the beaches of Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica. Fall asleep to the sounds of the surf, and wake up with monkeys and birds moving through the trees. Most rooms have an ocean view, and some look directly into the waves. There are beautiful gardens and pathways throughout the property. The air is perfumed with the scent of Ylang-Ylang flowering trees at dusk and monkeys stop by for a taste of our star fruits (or carambola , as they are called here). Many of our guests choose to extend their stay once they become accustomed to the tranquility and natural beauty that surrounds them here at Luna Llena Hotel.

Our Hotel offers 10 private rooms with shared bathrooms, 4 private rooms with private bathrooms and one dorm room for travelers on a budget. If you're traveling with a group, we can accommodate up to five persons in one of our private rooms, and we offer several options for groups of three or four persons, all at very reasonable prices. Most rooms have an ocean view, and some look directly into the waves. Every room has a sitting area/balcony in front with views of either the jungle or the ocean.

We have five full bathrooms throughout the hotel with two hot showers and three cold showers. Each guest is provided with one clean towel. Our large living room/chill-out lounge has comfortable seating, cable TV, a DVD player with movies to watch, a radio to listen to, and monkeys stopping by to say hello every so often. We offer free WiFi to all our guests in the common area and the signal reaches to several of the rooms.

Luna Llena Hotel offers a large and well-equipped kitchen for our guests' use with two large refrigerators, two stovetops and plenty of pots, pans, plates, cutting boards and silverware so you can whip up your home-cooked favorites. We provide free coffee for our guests every morning. Travelers on a budget will find that having access to a large and well-equipped kitchen will save you a lot of money, as restaurants in Montezuma are not cheap. There is a large supermarket in the center of Montezuma, approximately 100 meters from Luna Llena Hotel.

Luna Llena is located 10 minutes walk from the Montezuma Waterfall Trail. Some of the finest beaches for Surfing and Swimming are as close as a 4 minutes walk. Walk 30 minutes on the Beach Trail, past small waterfalls, to an isolated Beach Break with excellent waves for Surfing. There are Point Breaks and Reef Breaks within 3 miles. Cabo Blanco Reserve is only 5 miles South. The beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are an 8 mile drive or bike.

If you are coming by Car, follow the signs from the Paquera Ferry to Cobano. Make a left turn at the Banco Nacional, in the center of town. Drive through the countryside for 6 kilometers. When you reach the bottom of the cliff into Montezuma, we are on the right.

If you are coming by Bus, walk the 50 meters up the main road from the Montezuma bus stop. We are located on your left.

If you are coming by boat from Jaco, click here to book your Montezuma Zuma Tours taxi boat.

Our rates are based on double occupancy, except #2 and #4 which are single rooms. Additional guests are $10 per night. Children under 10 are $5 per night.
Children under 3 are free.

All guests have access to our fully equipped kitchen, BBQ grill, and our chill out lounge area with book exchange library, games, stereo, satellite TV and Wireless Internet.

All rooms are equipped with safes and fans. We offer free coffee and a full service tours desk to assist you in booking your adventures.

We offer 4 private rooms with private bathrooms and 12 rooms with shared bathrooms. We have five showers and six water closets to adequately service our guests.


Time slows down when you are in a place like Montezuma. Bordered by waterfalls on the north and south, you will find an international community that knows how to enjoy life. Numerous unique beaches are framed by jungle-covered cliffs, with a lively beachside village at the center of it all. When you arrive in Montezuma you will find excellent restaurants, eclectic shops and a variety of nightlife awaiting your enjoyment.

When you are staying in Montezuma the choice of activities and adventures is vast:
hiking to the Montezuma Waterfalls, surfing isolated beaches, canopy tours, boat trips to Isla Tortuga, day hikes into Cabo Blanco National Reserve, snorkeling and diving the area reefs, ATV rentals, horseback riding, or sunbathing and swimming on the numerous unique beaches. Our staff will help with information and booking of most of the activities.
For such a small town, there sure is a lot to do here in Montezuma!

Montezuma Waterfalls

One of the major reasons Montezuma attracts many thousands of tourists each year is to see the famous Casacadas Montezuma, or Montezuma Waterfalls. Rio Montezuma empties into the ocean just north of Amor del Mar hotel, which is about a 10-minute walk from Luna Llena. From the mouth of the river it's about a 20-minute hike up the river bank to the first waterfall, which is almost 30 meters high. Even on the hottest of days it's always pleasant and cool up at the waterfall with a slight mist on the breeze all day long. Not only is it a great photo opportunity, but you can swim across the pool and stand behind the waterfall and watch it fall in front of you. A delightful and free way to spend your day here in Montezuma, the Montezuma waterfall is a must-see during your stay with us at Luna Llena Hotel.

Montezuma's waterfalls are actually 3-in-1, with two more waterfalls just above the first. We recommend hiking up to the higher waterfalls only when it is not raining, as flash floods can occur when it is raining and one misstep can lead you sliding back down over that 30-meter drop. When it's not raining, it is safe to hike up to the second and third waterfalls where you will find beautiful swimming pools. The third waterfall even has a rope swing! Bring some snacks and your camera and it's a great way to spend the day.

Whether it's your dream to stand up on a board for the first time as you feel the adrenaline rush of a wave pushing you from behind, or whether you're already a pro, you'll find great waves to surf here in Montezuma.
Montezuma is blessed with amazing surfing beaches up and down its southeast facing coastline. There are a variety of waves for all levels of surfers at Playa Grande, a 30-minute walk to the North, Los Cedros, Rio Lajas and Los Reyes to the South.

At Luna Llena we work with Young Vision Surf School to offer surf lessons and board rentals.  Young Vision is the only surf school in the area with International Surf Association (ISA) certified instructors, who are also certified Open Water Beach Rescue Lifeguards.  They are bilingual local Costa Ricans with years of surfing and teaching experience.  They offer lessons and training to all levels of surfers with daily lessons in Montezuma and sunset surf safari trips to Santa Teresa.  They have an unprecedented number of excellent reviews written by clients from all around the world.  They will get you up and riding waves on your first lesson, teach you invaluable tips on ocean safety, and inspire you with a wealth of knowledge about this jungle paradise and the surrounding area.
Contact us to arrange your surf adventure for you.

Canopy Tour
A trip to Costa Rica is not complete without doing a zip-line tour through the jungle. Sun Trails' two-hour zip-line tour includes nine cables and eleven platforms. You have the opportunity to see monkeys, birds and other wildlife and stop for a swim at the third and top-most waterfall of the Rio Montezuma where there is a gorgeous swimming pool and a rope swing. The Montezuma Canopy Tour is an exciting and exhilarating way to spend a morning or afternoon enjoying Montezuma's infamous river and waterfalls from above and below the tree canopy line. Trained guides will teach you to use the equipment, keep you safe and provide you with drinking water and fresh fruit for a snack.

Isla Tortuga
If you love to swim, snorkel and catch some sun on a beautiful boat ride, a full-day snorkeling excursion to Isla Tortuga is a must during your vacation to Montezuma. A 50-minute boat ride with our friends at Zuma Tours provides you with a view of the beautiful beaches up and down the Eastern side of the Nicoya Penisula. Isla Tortuga is one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The beach and waters surrounding Isla Tortuga have consistently received the Bandera Azul Ecologica for being free of contamination.

According to Zuma Tours website, some of the fish you will see include: King Angelfish, Porcupine fish, Morays, Needlefish and Spotted Eagle Rays. After snorkeling, you'll spend the afternoon on Isla Tortuga's white sand beach where you can sunbathe and swim in the crystal blue calm waters. Some days there's live calypso music being played on the beach for you to dance to if the mood strikes, and there is a volleyball net if you want to toss around the ball. Zuma Tours' top chef will prepare you a delicious barbeque lunch with your choice of chicken, fish or vegetarian options. You can also rent a kayak and explore the island's hidden beaches, or just take a nap under a coconut tree. After relaxing for a few hours, it's back out to the reef for another snorkeling session for those who still have the energy. You return to Montezuma sun-kissed and spent around 4 o'clock in the afternoon.


Cabo Blanco National Park
Cabo Blanco National Park is located approximately nine kilometers to the South of Luna Llena Hotel, just past Cabuya on the map. The park comprises the Southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and means “White Cape.” It was named for a large rock just off the coast of the cape where many seabirds, especially the Brown Booby, tend to congregate, turning the rock white with their droppings.

Cabo Blanco was the first National Park to be established in Costa Rica in 1963 by Nicholas Wessberg and Karen Morgensen, a Danish couple who settled in Montezuma in the early 1960s. Disturbed by the fact that many original-growth trees of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula were being felled to make way for cattle pastures, Nicholas and Karen recognized that the area of Cabo Blanco was still largely untouched, with abundant wildlife and enormous native trees still thriving. In an effort to save what was left of Cabo Blanco's primeval forests, Nicholas and Karen purchased 1270 hectares (3,150 acres) of land area. Currently the park also includes 1789 hectares (4420 acres) of marine area, as well, where fishing is prohibited and plenty of marine life still thrives.

Wildlife is most likely to be seen during an early morning hike through the reserve. Some animals you may see include howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, sloths, iguanas, raccoons, agoutis, armadillos, anteaters, peccaries and deer. You can hike on your own, or hire a guide who will show you hidden streams where the locals swear the water is pure enough to drink. These streams form hidden swimming pools where your guide will take you to cool off, as most of the hiking in Cabo Blanco is quite hot and without breezes. If you really put in the effort, you can hike for two hours and be rewarded by spending the day at Cabo Blanco's beach where you're likely to be the only humans, as it does take a lot of effort to arrive there.

Cabo Blanco can be reached by bus from Montezuma, or you can rent a bicycle and ride the nine kilometers down, but you'll have to leave the bike at the park's entrance since no vehicles are allowed inside the park. It's a $12 entrance fee for foreigners to enter and the park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to minimize human impact on the land.

Horseback Riding
The romantic image of riding a horse on the beach in Costa Rica can be part of your Montezuma adventure during your stay at Luna Llena. Or you can take a jungle horseback tour through secret jungle paths to a hidden waterfall. Either way, it's an adventure you'll not soon forget.

The beach horseback riding tour starts at the entrance of Luna Llena Hotel and follows the beach North along the coast. The tour takes you through jungle trails, mountains, beaches and ends at Cocalito , one of the few waterfalls in the world that falls directly into the ocean. There you take a rest, have a snack and then gallop your way back across the white-sand beaches of Playa Grande back to Montezuma. It's a great way to see Cocalito without having to hike for three hours, which is about how long it takes to arrive there by foot.

The jungle horseback riding tour starts on the horses' farm just a few kilometers away from Luna Llena. Guests are picked up by car at the entrance of our hotel and taken to the farm where you get to see where the horses reside and are cared for. The tour goes through hidden jungle trails where the shade of the trees can provide a needed break from the hot afternoon sun. You'll see wild animals and your guide will take you to La Florida , a beautiful series of waterfalls and pools between Cobano and Tambor that are a challenge to find on your own. These waterfalls are usually not very populated, so your tour group will likely be the only people there. Stop and take a cooling swim if you like, have a snack before heading back to the farm by horse and return to Luna Llena by car.

Both tours offer bilingual guides and horses that can accommodate beginning riders. We at Luna Llena only work with reputable companies that take excellent care of their horses, feed them well and never over-work them.

Many of the residents of Montezuma enjoy natural living, so practicing yoga is a popular pastime. It's a great way to relax, gain flexibility and get in tune with nature during your stay at Luna Llena.

Hotel Los Mangos has a highly recommended yoga instructor who gives classes Monday through Friday at 8:30am and 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ylang Ylang start time also change to 8:30am

ATV Rentals
A great way to explore the peninsula on your own is to rent an ATV (Quad) and take off into the hills to see amazing views, hidden beaches and wildlife.  You can visit neighboring towns of Cabuya, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa all on your own schedule.  You have the freedom to get around without waiting for buses or taxis and you get to see the back roads of Costa Rica.  Rentals are generally 12 hours and we book with a reliable agency who keeps the quads in good condition.

There are a number of excellent massage therapists in Montezuma offering all types of massage.  We can arrange for them to come to your room or balcony at the hotel for treatments.  After a long travelling day, it is the perfect way to de-stress and rejuvenate yourself while enjoying the sounds of the jungle and the ocean from your own room.

Snorkel Gear
We have snorkel equipment available for rent right here in the hotel.  You can walk to nearby beaches like Las Manchas and explore underwater all on your own.  The waters around Montezuma are blessed with an amazing variety of tropical fish and sea life.

Cabuya Island
The cemetery island of Cabuya is a magical place to hike to.  It is located just off the shore of the lovely town of Cabuya, and accessible by foot at low tide.  Many of the area’s residents have been laid to rest here in a cemetery decorated with creative personal monuments.  You feel as if you are standing in the middle of the ocean, looking back at the picturesque beaches up and down the coastline.  After walking back across the rocks to main-land, you can buy fresh fish from the local fisherman coming in from their day.

Sea Turtles
On the main Montezuma beach, just 100 meters from town you will find the ASVO Sea Turtle Hatchery.  The volunteers who work here take care of turtle eggs until they are hatched and release the babies into the ocean.  Many days if you pass by just before sunset, you can witness the release of the new born baby sea turtles and their first journey into their home in the ocean.


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