Curu Wildlife Refuge

The Curu Wildlife Refuge is a 4 hour tour with a naturalist, bilingual tour guide. He will take you on a tour through the park, pointing out wildlife and tropical vegetation. You will likely spot a number of different animals including monkeys, lizards, and iguanas. This four hour tour will take you through the refuge and along it’s white sand beaches and calm blue waters. This tour gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural environment of Costa Rica. Check out some photos of wildlife taken from the Curu Wildlife Refuge and then go see it for yourself! monkey in costa ricaresortwildlife17howler monkey costa rica

Tortuga Island in Costa Rica

Tortuga Island beach

One of the most popular tours in our area is Tortuga Island in Costa Rica. This tour takes you on a 45 minute boat ride along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, to Tortuga Island. Once you get near the island you’ll be offered snorkeling equipment and the opportunity jump in the water and see some marine life!

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Boat Ride to Tortuga Island

After snorkeling, the boat takes you to the island where can enjoy the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. They also offer activities like renting jet skis and riding on the banana boat. There are also lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent.

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Banana boat adventure at Tortuga Island.

Your tour also includes a beach BBQ lunch that will be prepared for you there on the island. The tour also includes drinks. After lunch you can enjoy the beach and island before heading back on the boat to Montezuma!

 

Dessert in Costa Rica

While breakfast and dinner main courses are included in the price for our rooms at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, we shouldn’t forget about the extras, including dessert. Our dessert in Costa Rica can’t be beat. We offer a number of delicious dessert options. Including some vegan and raw desserts as well! For non-vegans, we have a number of delicious crepes, including a Tiramisu crepe and a dark chocolate crepe. We also have an apple or banana crepe, banana flambe, chocolate truffles, and homemade frozen yogurt.

tiramisu crepe chocolate crepe  We also offer a couple of raw, vegan desserts including vegan truffles and a vegan chocolate banana mousse. These desserts are healthy and delicious! Why not indulge while on vacation! vegan vacation dessertvegan chocolate mousse

Garden Tour in Montezuma

costa rica jungleThe Ylang Ylang property has some incredibly gorgeous gardens. One of the owners, Patricia, has spent many years creating these beautiful gardens. Once a week, Patricia offers a free garden tour in Montezuma to our guests. She walks them around the property, pointing out different trees, plants and flowers and gives them a brief history of this property and Ylang Ylang. She also brings along some fruit samples that grow on our trees. This is a fun way to get to know Patricia and the history of Ylang Ylang!

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Playa Grande Costa Rica

Costa Rica beaches Playa Grande Costa Rica is a long, expansive beach located about 20 minutes walking distance from Ylang Ylang. To get to Playa Grande, you walk through numerous jungle trails and beaches. You will cross a couple of small rivers, climb up and down some rocks and emerge at a beautiful long stretch of deserted beach. There are no building on Playa Grande and usually very few people. Early in the morning is the best time to find yourself on the beach alone.

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Playa Grande also has long rolling waves and shallow water. It is perfect for swimming, boogie boarding and learning to surf. Playa Grande is also a private refuge, meaning that it cannot be built on or camped on and must stay preserved. Bring a hammock, towel, sunscreen, water, and snacks to enjoy your day here!  More info on day time hikes and activities here on our website.  beaches of Costa Rica

Spa Packages in Costa Rica

For guests not staying with us at Ylang Ylang, we have a great option for enjoying our amenities. Our Day Packages are open to the public (either half or full day packages and include access to the resort facilities. Including the pool and hammocks. The packages also include a drink and lunch (full day package). Our massage therapists will welcome you to Ylang Ylang with a drink, show you around and take you to the spa where you will receive your treatments. spa treatmentsSpa at Ylang Ylang Beach ResortCome enjoy one of our spa packages in Costa Rica!   spa packagespa package

Tree Top Canopy

The Tree Top Canopy is one of the most unique and special units on the Ylang Ylang property. Perched high up in the canopy, surrounded by trees and a partial view of the ocean, it offers an incredible getaway. The Tree Top Canopy room is a large African style safari tent with a large king bed, indoor bathroom and two outdoor showers. There is a wonderful lounging space on the deck outside with a couch, table and chairs.

This space is private and secluded. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature, waves crashing on the rocks and the trees moving in the wind. Walk down your private walkway and you’ll find yourself right on the beach. This is truly a one of a kind experience!

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Costa Rica Beach Wedding

Thai and Alyson moved to Costa Rica to teach English. They fell in love with the country and after having lived here for a couple years were offered the opportunity to run a language school here in Montezuma. They moved to Montezuma last August to run Proyecto Montezuma. In March, they invited their friends and family to come visit their new home and celebrate their wedding! In the days before the wedding a volcano erupted in Costa Rica’s central valley and strong winds blew the ash into San Jose. This caused many flights to be cancelled or delayed and unfortunately many of Thai and Alyson’s guests were effected my this. In the end two guests were not able to make it, but everyone else was able to arrive just in time for the wedding. The gorgeous day was captured by Ale Sura Photography. All wedding planning and preparation was done by Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Check out the beautiful photos below of their Costa Rica Beach Wedding. Beach Wedding Costa RicaCosta Rica beach weddingCosta Rica wedding bridesmaids costa ricawedding reception costa ricawedding photos costa ricaromantic beach weddingCosta Rica beach weddingromantic beach resort

 

Beachfront Bungalow

beach view costa ricaCoco Joe’s Bungalow is definitely one of our guest’s favorite beachfront bungalow. Our largest bungalow is only steps from the beach, has a large outdoor patio (to enjoy the beach views), outdoor shower, hammocks on the beach, and a queen and king bed (lofted).beach front costa ricaCoco Joe’s Bungalow is perfect for couple’s who would like more space, small families or even a couple of friends. The front porch has two lounge chairs and a table and chairs, which means that there is plenty of space to hang out and relax. Coco Joe’s is also surrounded by lush greenery and flowers, meaning that it feels very secluded and private. beach front bungalowIt is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature, the wildlife, and the ocean. Treat yourself to this special and relaxing getaway! It’s the perfect place to have a beach vacation and tropical vacation.

Rainy Day Wedding

Kayla and Brian came to Ylang Ylang shortly before Brian was to be deployed to Afghanistan. On their trip to Ylang Ylang, they reserved a romantic dinner on the beach. During that dinner, Brian gave Kayla a promise ring and they committed to being there for each other when he got home. Because of this romantic evening, Ylang Ylang has always been a special place to them and they knew that some day they would come back and host their wedding here.

Last month, Kayla and Brian got married here at Ylang Ylang, surrounded by a large group of family and friends. The day of the wedding began beautiful and sunny, however, the afternoon turned stormy and we soon figured out that their outdoor beach wedding would not be possible. The entire staff at Ylang Ylang jumped into action to transform the yoga studio into a magical ceremony space. This rainy day wedding was completely transformed! Their ceremony was done by a close friend and was very touching. They wrote and read their own personal vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The amazingly wonderful photographer, Ale Sura, offered to come back the next morning to capture their couple’s portraits. She did a stunning job of capturing this special day. Check out the photos below!

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