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

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

Beach Wedding in Montezuma, Costa Rica

Beach Wedding Costa Rica

A destination beach wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort offers the perfect getaway and beach vacation for both you and your guests. A trip allows for you to spend time with friends and family and relax while having the wedding of your dreams planned out perfectly. All of the wedding planning at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is customized, meaning that you can put together a wedding your way. We give you options on everything and you can choose which ones you would like to include. Our weddings can be traditional or non-traditional, incorporating whatever aspects you find important into your ceremony. Each ceremony is designed in collaboration with the bride and groom and can be performed as a legal ceremony or symbolic.

Beach Wedding Reception in Costa Rica

After the ceremony we offer a number of ways to celebrate! Our reception dinners offer a wide variety of menus for a buffet or course style dinners. We cater to every type of eater and can create a menu for vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten free lifestyles. We have a number of different entertainment options including a DJ, Latin Band, Fire Dancing Show, guitarist and bonfire, to entertain your guests. We offer all the opportunities to have the time of your life while celebrating your beach wedding in Costa Rica!

A Romantic Beach Dinner in Costa Rica

Toes in the sand, cocktail in hand, with the ocean beyond your table and the pink sky of a setting sun. Our romantic beach dining package offers the perfect addition to your romantic beach vacation here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Whether to celebrate a birthday, honeymoon, anniversary or just to celebrate being with you’re loved one, it’s a special experience.

Romantic Beach Dinner Vacation in Costa Rica

Our romantic beach dinner includes one cocktail, appetizer, main course, and dessert per person, in addition to a bottle of wine per couple. This allows for you to enjoy all aspects of our diverse menu. Ylang Ylang Restaurant offers vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free options in addition to seafood and chicken dishes. Ensuring that there is something for everyone! Your personalized server will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed while you enjoy your dinner on the beach. A romantic beach dinner is an incredibly special treat!

Typical Costa Rican Foods at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, your beach vacation includes breakfast and dinner. Our menu has many different options to please any type of eater. If you are interested in trying some of the more authentic Costa Rican food, you can try the Tipico breakfast or the “Casado” for lunch or dinner. Casado translates literally to “married” in Spanish, but it means to have all types of food together on one plate. Every traditional Costa Rican meal centers around rice and beans in some form. A “casado” includes a meat or fish, vegetables, plantains and a chopped salad. Our Tipico breakfast is shown below and includes Gallo Pinto (a rice and beans mixture), eggs, queso blanco (a local white cheese), tortillas, and sweet plantains. Enjoy!

Traditional Costa Rican breakfast food

 

Learn to Surf at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Learning to surf in Costa Rica is a rewarding and fun experience. Difficult, yes, but when you are finally able to stand up on that board for just a few seconds, there is no better feeling! Playa Grande, a 20 minute walk from Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica offers the perfect place for beginners to hit the waves. The long rolling white waves and shallow water allows for a perfect environment for beginners. Playa Grande is also known to offer a fun spot for locals and experienced surfers alike.

Young Vision Surf School Learn to Surf in Costa Rica Surf lessons are the perfect addition to your beach vacation. The lessons we offer here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort are through Young Vision Surf School and last 3 hours with a fresh fruit snack break provided. The owners and operators of Young Vision are all local young men who grew up in Montezuma, are great surfers and have a passion for teaching. They have Lifeguard and First Aid training and work with any age. They work hard to maintain their small local business and we love to support their efforts! Give it a try!