One of a Kind in Costa Rica...
This is the Amor de Mar Hotel


In January 2011, the Amor de Mar hotel - scouted by Budget Travel, was named by CNN - one of the 9 Best Secret Hotels in the World, for under $210 a night. And first arriving...

It was easy to see why.

Just a short walk from the bustling beach town of Montezuma, it's set in the perfect spot - directly in front of the waterfall entrance - and just as its name depicts...

Right on the ocean.

Spectacular views all around, it's a place of tranquility, of passion...

Amor de Mar Buddha
Amor de Mar, Viewed at Dusk

...and of beauty.

Recounting yet another amazing experience here on the Rich Coast - I'm really excited to share it with you, here on this web page.

So please, read along... let's pay a visit to the Amor de Mar - one of Costa Rica's finest.

Click on the following links to learn more...


Tour of Amor de Mar   |    This is Casa Sol

Restaurants   |    Activities   |    Contact






The Amor de Mar Hotel

Crossing over the bridge, just before the entrance to the waterfalls, the Amor de Mar hotel is quite discreet. And this is one of the best things...

It's like you've stumbled upon this secret spot.

Walking up to the entrance - it's easy to see just how much love and care is invested - a vibrant display of plants, flowers and art - greeting you every direction of the way...

Amor de Mar Sign
Entrance to the Amor de Mar Hotel

Right along the wall of the main hallway, is an assortment of maps, wildlife guides and other information...

Amor de Mar Hummingbird
Hummingbird Artwork

A nice helping hand - pointing to a number of different things to do in Montezuma - yoga, horseback riding, Cabo Blanco tours... it's all here.

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Before checking in then, I met up with Ori Braun, owner and founder of the Amor de Mar.

An excellent idea - she recommended taking a walk around the premises, a chance to take in the beauty of the place.

And so - beginning with the patio, overlooking the ocean beyond - here's an initial look at the hotel...

Amor de Mar Terrace
Enjoy Your Morning Coffee - and the Sunrise! - on the Terrace

Making the way from the patio, and off to the left... next it was down to the Montezuma River, and up to its mouth - where it empties into the Gulf of the Nicoya...

Amor de Mar Flags
A Row of Colorful Flags, Spotted Along the Montezuma River

What beautiful scenery...

Amor de Mar Birds
Birds Spotted at Amor de Mar

...and animals too!

Along the riverbank and coastline - especially in the morning... you can spot various birds, one's like pelicans, magpie jays - and others.

Amor de Mar Peek
The Montezuma River, Emptying into the Ocean

And the weather was perfect today too - made for some really nice photos of Amor de Mar...

Amor de Mar Ocean
Where Freshwater Meets Saltwater

Next, it was off to the right - a walk along the lava rock flanking the coastline - directly in front of the hotel.

And soon enough - arriving at the tide pool...

Amor de Mar Rocks
A Natural Pool - Invisible at High Tide...

As Ori had mentioned earlier, the tide pool is something especially unique to Amor de Mar...

Amor de Mar Pool
The Tide Pool

A great little spot to relax and cool off, it's also a chance to catch a rare glimpse of various kinds of ocean life - small fish, crabs, and others...

...and from a safe vantage point too.

It was really neat. The water is so clear, and always just the right temperature!

Continuing on, next - it was back toward the hotel...

Amor de Mar Buddha
A Small Buddha Sits Underneath a Palm Tree

...crossing a lush green lawn that gently slopes toward the ocean.

This was by far my favorite part...

Strung from palm trees - in various spots across the lawn, some out in the open... others tucked away beneath a tree or next to the Montezuma River...

Amor de Mar Relax
A Relaxing Afternoon in the Hammocks...

...are a variety of hammocks - every color of the rainbow, some singles - and others big enough for two people.

It just doesn't get any better - what an amazing spot to curl up with a book - a quiet and peaceful afternoon by the ocean.

After a little rest - impossible to resist a hammock! :-)... next, it was off to get settled in at Casa Sol - one of two gorgeous, two-story open-air houses - here at Amor de Mar.




This is Casa Sol

Amor de Mar Casa Sol
Casa Sol

Making the way back to the patio once again, next - it was over to Casa Sol...

...a beautiful, two-story, open-air house.

And yes - this is where I'd be spending the night here at Amor de Mar.

It - along with Casa Luna (another gorgeous house on the grounds), is easily one of the most beautiful spots to stay - in all of Montezuma.

Even a first glance, looking at the exterior of Casa Sol - hidden off to the side - surrounded by vegetation, and flanked by the ocean in front...

It was easy to see why CNN Travel - or anyone for that matter! - would consider Amor de Mar, as one of the best.

A further description - beginning with the first of two floors... here are some pictures of the house...

Amor de Mar Inside
A First Look Inside...

It's such a cozy feeling inside - several large windows allowing the breeze to flow through consistently.

A nice big open kitchen too...

Amor de Mar Kitchen
The Kitchen

Here's a look at the bathroom...

Amor de Mar Casa Sol Bathroom
The Bathroom in Casa Sol

Something else... I really like how Casa Sol is decorated. Carefully selected pieces of art, some really neat looking lanterns as well...

It's all about the little things. Adds a nice touch.

Well next, it was off to check out the upstairs, tons of room - two beds, a couch - even a safe for your valuables...

Amor de Mar Bed
The Upstairs is Beautiful!

...and then out to the balcony - catching some beautiful views of the lawn, as well as the ocean beyond...

Amor de Mar Balcony
Taking in the Ocean Views... a Great Place to Type this Web Page! :-)

Wow - what a beautiful house!

And especially at night - everything all lit up...

Amor de Mar Night
Casa Sol at Night

...the place is perfect.

Cap it off with an amazing night's sleep - waves rolling over right next to your ear...

And just when you thought things couldn't get any better...

Amor de Mar Sunset
An Amor de Mar Sunrise

It most certainly does! :-)

Take in the beautiful sunsets at Amor de Mar, over a delicious breakfast on the patio. Homemade bread, I highly recommend the eggs benedict, along with a tropical smoothie...

Amor de Mar Breakfast
Eggs Benedict and a Watermelon Smoothie for Breakfast

It's delicious! :-)

What a fantastic experience this was. Everything about this place is spot on - definitely not to miss out on during your next stay in Montezuma.




Surrounding Restaurants

Another treat - just down the road from the hotel, right before the beach as you head into Montezuma...

Amor de Mar Playa de los Artistas
Martin of Playa de los Artistas

...is Playa de Los Artistas, easily one of the nicest restaurants in the Montezuma (Costa Rica?) area.

Entrees differing every single night - the Mediterranean-fusion cuisine served here - is out of this world.

But not only that...

There are more than just a few great eats in Montezuma.

Two other favorites are Cocolores - be sure to try the chicken curry in banana sauce!...

...and a great pizza spot - L'Angolo Allegro - situated right on the main corner, on the way into town...

Amor de Mar Restaurants
Cocolores (Left), and L'Angolo Allegro (Right) - Two Fantastic Restaurants

Of course - during your stay at Amor de Mar- eating won't be the only highlight.

There are all sorts of fun and adventurous! things to do as well...




Activities

Amor de Mar your home base - you're bound to find something to do - no matter what direction you go...

Amor de Mar Explore
Fire Shows, Zip Lining, Waterfalls... So Much to See and Do!

Directly across the road for example... is the entrance to a 15 minute hike - up river to check out the Montezuma Waterfalls. And yes - this is a *must see*.

Or how about taking in a Fire Dancing show - among the practitioners Eli Monte Zuma - known for some pretty dazzling stunts with devil sticks, staff - and one of his favorite flame-wielding tools...

Amor de Mar Mariposario
A Blue Morpho Butterfly

Poi!

Or even still...

Venture up the road to the left of the waterfall entrance...

And you'll come to the Mariposario - a place to take in the nature of the area, up close and personal...

...and then just a little further - a chance to zip tree to tree - high above the jungles of Montezuma, on a Costa Rica Canopy Tour!

Yes - I could go on for a while like this - but you most definitely get the picture... lots to do - and everything is super close by! :-)




Contact the Amor de Mar Hotel

So what do you think?

Would you like to spend some time at the Amor de Mar Hotel, in Montezuma?

You can contact the hotel directly, at:

  • +1 (506) 2642-0262



Well thanks for reading.

See you again soon, for more great places to stay - here on the Rich Coast.

Pura Vida!