Me and my girlfriend Emilia went for a weeekend trip to some coast villages. Our first stop was Montezuma. The fastest way to get there from Santa Teresa is to drive straight to Malpais and from there through the jungle on a bumby and muddy road that will takes you to Cabuya. Once in Cabuya we took a surf session and ate at our favourite restaurant there before heading to our place for the night in Montezuma. From Cabuya it's only 5 kilometers to Montezuma and the road is fine to drive even with a 2WD, so you'll get there in about 10-15 minutes.
Montezuma is a nice and calm village, not as busy as Santa Teresa. The highlight in Montezuma is their waterfalls and fresh water pools that you easily can access if you're willing to walk along a river and do some jungle climbing.
To date Costa Rica apparently has 27 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 32 protected zones, 15 wetland areas/mangroves, 11 forest reserves and 8 biological reserves, as well as 12 other conservation regions that protect the distinctive and diverse natural habitats found throughout the Costa Rica. So as you travel through the country you're are most likely to come across some nature reserves here and there. The Nicoya Peninsula is not an exception and we took the opportunity to visit both Reserva Curu and Reservera Blanca. These nature reserves are full of animals but they are difficult to spot, especially since they often are hiding during the day. Anyway, part from trees I've managed to capture some animals with my camera 🙂