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!

Tortuga Island boat

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.

adventure at tortuga island

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!

 

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.

Costa Rica jungle

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

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.

Relaxing Family Getaways

Costa Rica vacationThe last few days we have had some wonderful evening storms. Falling asleep to the sound of the rain and waking up to fresh, clean air and sunny skies can’t be beat! It also means that the days are not as hot because of the cool rain. It’s a perfect time to take one of your relaxing family getaways, now that school is out for the summer!

family vacation costa ricaOur family beach suite is the perfect room for a small family. It has two queen beds and a lofted king bed with large glass windows of a beach front view. The room also has a balcony with ocean views. Just steps from your room you will find a sandy area with comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks. Enjoy your spot perched on a lounge chair while your kids play in the sand! costa rica vacation

We also offer a large and family friendly swimming pool, with lots of lounge chairs, hammocks and sun or shade. Kids love our pool and especially love our waterfall!

tropical swimming pool

 

Family Vacation to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an excellent place to take a family vacation, especially during the summer months when the kids are out of school. A family vacation to Costa Rica offers many activities for all ages. Traveling during the summer months (June, July and August) also means that Costa Rica will not be as crowded due to the low season in tourism. Not only does this mean that beaches, restaurants, tours and hotels will be less crowded, it also means that travel will be more affordable. Most hotels offer “green season rates” and for family travel these are great to take advantage of.

Costa Rica Beaches - Beach Resort

Our Family Beach Suite is the perfect room for small families. The suite has two queen beds and a king bed located in a loft with large panoramic glass windows of the ocean. The suite also has a nice balcony with furniture and a sandy area with lounge chairs in front.

Family Vacation Costa Rica

Almost all of the tours and activities are family friendly. Even young children can enjoy the zipline, horseback riding, or snorkel tours. Be sure to check with the tour provider about minimum ages, but children usually love these exciting activities. They provide excellent memories of family vacation!

Costa Rica Zipline

What to Pack for Rainy Season in Costa Rica

Green Season in Costa RicaOver the last week, we have had our first rains of the season. This means that we are at the end of our dry season and the beginning of our green season! For the next few months, it will rain off and on. Some days more than others and some days not at all. In addition to your regular packing list, here’s a list of important items for you to be prepared for the rainy season when you pack for Costa Rica:

-Umbrella

-Rain Poncho

-Lightweight Rain Coat/Windbreaker

-Extra Batteries  (With rainy season storms, the electricity is not as reliable)

-Battery operated alarm clock

-Flashlight with extra batteries

-Sandals that can get wet

-Lightweight and waterproof hiking shoes

-Lightweight clothing that dries quickly

-Waterproof cases for your phone, camera or other valuables

-Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses (even though it’s the rainy season, the sun is still strong and powerful!)

-Insect repellent

-Anti-Itch Cream

-Water bottle

The green/rainy season in Montezuma is a beautiful time to be here. It is not as hot, there is less dust, the trees and plants are lush and green, and Montezuma is not as crowded with tourists. The rain storms in Costa Rica are truly something special to experience.The list of items above is to help make your trip more comfortable when the weather is not as predictable. Don’t let the rainy season stop you from taking a trip to Costa Rica. The rainy season in Costa Rica is a very peaceful time to travel to Montezuma. Should you have any other questions about your trip, check out our FAQs.

 

Cocalito Falls-El Chorro in Costa Rica

The Cocalito Falls are located approximately 7 kilometers north of Montezuma, making it a pretty good beach hike that can take about 2 hours, depending on how fast you walk. The walk is beautiful, along pristine and deserted beaches. Often times, you’ll see only a handful of people along the way.The other option for getting to El Chorro is on horseback. This takes less time and can be a really fun for those who enjoy horseback riding!

Cocalito Waterfall - Costa Rica Hiking

Once you arrive at the falls, you will see that they fall right into the ocean. El Chorro is one of only 7 waterfalls in the world that fall into the ocean. If you climb up to the top, there is a nice, cool, fresh water stream for swimming in and a stunning panoramic view.

El Chorro Waterfall, Costa Rica

As mentioned, this is a long hike. It is definitely recommended to start early in the morning when it is not too hot and to bring lots of water, a hat and sunscreen. There is very little shade while walking. The best advice to to cool down by taking a swim and to make sure to stay hydrated!

Costa Rica Beach Vacation

Montezuma Beach

While your vacation to Costa Rica can offer great adventure, wildlife and activities, it can also provide a fun and relaxing vacation right from the comfort of your lounge chair or beach towel. Costa Rica is famous for it’s incredible beaches. The beaches of Montezuma are no exception. They are beautiful, expansive and truly natural. Bring a book, grab a cold drink, or spend most of the day in the surf. The beaches also offer many spaces to hang a hammock or relax in the shade. Montezuma Beach

Depending on which beach you decide on, the water can be great for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding and/or snorkling. The water is the perfect temperature year round to spend the whole day swimming. Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort we offer boogie board and surf board rentals, flippers and masks to add to your beach vacation. We offer lounge chairs on the beach and beach towels to make your time on the beach more comfortable. There are plenty activities to keep yourself busy with here in Montezuma, but don’t forget to enjoy the perfect Costa Rica beach vacation.

Romantic Beach Getaways

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is the perfect place for your romantic beach vacation or honeymoon. Keep these three suggestions in mind to plan the most perfect romantic getaways to Montezuma, Costa Rica.

1. A couple’s massage. Spa Ylang Ylang offers a number of different treatments that you can share with your loved one. There’s nothing better than knowing that you both get to let go and completely relax at the same time. This is the perfect addition for a romantic vacation.

couples massage2. Romantic Beach Dinner Package. This is an incredibly unique and special experience. We set up a beautifully decorated table right in the sand and private from the rest of the restaurant. You have your own personal waiter for the evening, while you sit watching the ocean. The package includes a cocktail, appetizer, main course, and dessert per person and a bottle of wine to share. This is always a good idea to add for a romantic honeymoon.beach dinner

3. Sunset Beach Tour in Santa Theresa. This special tour takes you to the other side of the Nicoya Peninsula where the sunsets over the ocean. The beaches of Santa Theresa are long and expansive providing the perfect view to talk a walk or sit back and enjoy the sunset.

beach sunset

Relaxing Vacation

If you’re looking for a place to completely disconnect from your hectic, busy life and reconnect with nature, warmth and fresh air, look no further. The grounds of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort offer all that you need to completely relax. Begin your beach vacation by being surrounded by these beautiful lush gardens. Then follow our three relaxation techniques, which are sure to leave you feeling happy, refreshed and relaxed.

Costa Rica jungle

Relaxation technique number 1: Hammocks. Can you think of anything better than stumbling upon a hammock that is already put up between two palm trees right at the edge of a white sand beach? Ylang Ylang has a number of hammocks hanging up all throughout the property that are available to our guests. Take a nap, bring a book, or just watch and listen to the sound of the ocean, but most importantly, relax. Hammock Relax in Costa Rica

Relaxation technique number 2: Yoga. If you’re job requires to sit in a chair most of the day, yoga is the best cure. Not only is yoga good for your body, it also helps to relax the mind. Yoga at Ylang Ylang offers an open air studio with an ocean front view. Ylang Ylang yoga classes are great for beginners, intermediates or advanced students. We encourage everyone to give it a try! yoga Costa Rica

Relaxation technique number 3: The Spa. Ylang Ylang offers a number of different spa treatments with our homemade massage oils. The open air spa allows for you to hear the sounds of the waves crashing while enjoying your massage. Need I say more? There is nothing better to take your relaxing vacation to the next level. Relax massage costa rica