Ferry from Puntarenas

For travelers who desire more flexibility, renting a car and driving from San Jose can sometimes be a better option than arranged transportation. The highway from San Jose to Puntarenas is an easy drive. However, once you arrive in Puntarenas, the ferry can be a bit more confusing. Start, by arriving about 30-45 minutes early. If this is a weekend, or holiday time, we would suggest arriving an hour ahead of time to make sure you can get your car on the ferry. The ferry schedule leaves about every 3 hours, so you don’t want to have to wait around for the next one. Once you find the line to wait in, park your car and find the little ticket window. This can be tricky, but look for a short line of people. The ticket window is located inside a bakery on the corner. Once you purchase your ticket, you can go back to the car. They will tell you as you pull your car on, but no passengers (besides the driver) are allowed in the vehicle as it’s being parked on the ferry, so your travel companions will have to get out and walk and meet you on the ferry.ferry in costa ricaOnce on the ferry, the upper deck is an open area with seating, snacks, drinks and music. Downstairs, you’ll find a large air conditioned space with seating, more snacks and drinks. The ferry ride in total takes about an hour and a half. There are wonderful views of the Gulf of Nicoya and if you are riding in the evening, you will likely get some magical sunset colors.

sunset in costa ricaOnce you arrive in Paquera, again the passengers will not be allowed in the vehicle, so the driver will need to wait in the car while others walk off. The seen on the other side can seem a bit chaotic with taxis and buses waiting for people. It’s best to tell your travel companions to walk a bit ahead of the traffic so that you can pick them up. Once on your way, it’s another hour or so of driving to Montezuma!

The perfect Costa Rica Vacation

Costa Rica has a little bit of everything. You can enjoy a relaxing beach vacation, you can hike waterfalls and jungle trails to see wildlife and natural beauty, you can observe volcanoes and you can try many new activities. Here in Montezuma, you can almost do it all. Our tips for having the perfect Costa Rica vacation include spending a few days near one of the volcanoes and then coming to Montezuma to explore the many other wonders of Costa Rica.

In Montezuma you can hike in a couple different nature reserves to see wildlife and natural beauty. Cabo Blanco national park and Curu wildlife refuge are the two closest places to visit. You’ll likely get to enjoy a number of different animals, so bring your camera!

monkey in costa ricaYou can also and relax in one of our beach side hammocks or lounge chairs. There’s no better way to relax than to kick back on the beach. The beach in front of Ylang Ylang has wonderful white sand and the ocean can be very enjoyable to swim in!

Hammock Relax in Costa RicaInterested in trying something new and adventurous? Take a surf lesson, ATV ride or zipline through the jungle canopy. There are so many different adventures you can take!

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Travel to Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers a bit for everyone. There are so many ways to take advantage of all that Costa Rica has to offer and these are just a few! Enjoy your time in this beautiful country! Pura Vida!

Reserva Karen Mogensen

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Patricia Slump (one of the program leaders and owner of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano) planting trees with students in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

This past weekend, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel and Restaurant sponsored two groups of local high school students to go to the Reserva Karen Mogensen for an educational program on nature conservation. The two groups of students came separately for two, one night stays at the reserve. The first group was 25 students and 3 teachers from the Colegio Cobano and Paquera. The second group was 26 students and 4 teachers from Colgeio Jicaral. Also, there were two additional volunteers, making for a total of 60 participants in the program. They planted trees on the endangered species list, listened to lectures, had discussions, and created materials to take back to their classrooms and homes.

 

The students participated in lectures about the importance of our forests and the benefits they have for us and wildlife. They also learned of the great damage that can come of us destroying our forests. They learned about the founders of the National park system in Costa Rica, Karen Mogensen, Nicolas Wessberg, Mario Boza and Alvaro Ugalde who were pioneers in conserving Costa Rica’s forests.

 

The students also spent a good deal of time working in small groups and discussing ways in which they can make a difference in their own communities. They brainstormed a number of ideas that they can implement at home and in their schools. They were each given a wildlife guide to take home with them and used them throughout the program to identify animals. Over the course of both programs, the students assisted in planting 1,000 young endangered trees in the reserve.

 

The program was fun, educational, and hard work, thanks to a number of people who helped make the program happen. Wildlife guides were donated to each student by Rainforest Publications. The bus transportation to and from the reserve was donated by Transportes Cobano. Lectures and programs were designed by Patricia Slump and Luis Mena. The owners of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel, Lenny Iacono and Patricia Slump generously donated their time, knowledge, and financed this program.

 

Forest conservation in incredibly important in Costa Rica and we hope that by teaching and instilling these values in Costa Rica’s young people, we can continue to preserve our beautiful country.

Pictured below are the students planting trees in the reserve and learning from their wildlife guides.

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Students looking over their wildlife guides to identify animals.

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Students working in small groups to discuss local wildlife and conservation.

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High school students at the Karen Mogensen Reserve planting trees.

planting trees in costa rica

High school students planting trees in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

Reservations and more information about the reserve:

Reserva Karen Mogensen

P.O. BOX: 25-5353, Jicaral,  Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Telephone: (506) 26-50-06-07  Fax: (506) 26-50-02-01

E-mail: asepalec@racsa.co.cr  Website: www.asepaleco.com

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

Experience the Wildlife of Costa Rica!

White-Throated Capuchin Monkeys - Costa Rica Beach Hotels

A vacation to Costa Rica is more than just another hotel on a beach. There is so much more to do and see in our gorgeous tropical country, and the region’s amazing wildlife is just one of its spectacular highlights.

Exotic Costa Rican Wildlife

Guests who stay with us not only enjoy exquisite dining and amazing suites & bungalows, they also have the unique opportunity to experience fascinating examples of rainforest wildlife in its natural surroundings. A sampling of jungle animals that make their home at the resort include:

  • White-throated capuchins
  • The woolly opossum
  • White-nosed coatis
  • Basilisk lizards
  • The nine-banded armadillo
  • Green iguanas
  • Agoutis
  • Mantled howler monkeys

The exotic animals at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort freely roam about the property, so guests with keen eyes are sure to catch a glimpse of a large number of the inhabitant species.

Northern Jacana - Costa Rica Beach Hotels

Unique Bird Life

Binoculars are a must on the packing list when traveling to Costa Rica, because guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a rare peek at some of the planet’s most beautiful birds. A few of the resort’s resident breeds include:

  • The northern jacana
  • White-throated magpie jays
  • The violaceous trogon
  • Rufous-tailed hummingbirds
  • The blue-crowned motmot
  • Bare-throated tiger herons

Our Costa Rica beach hotel not only offers the sparkling blue sea and glittering white sands of a tropical vacation, but discovering the splendor of the region is an eco-tour in itself.

Want to experience the wildlife firsthand? Make a reservation with Ylang Ylang Beach Resort today!

 

Christmas and NYE Festivities Announced

Planning a holiday getaway to Costa Rica?

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort has you covered with Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities! Events are free to guests staying on these days, and are available to the public by reservation. We’re as excited as we can be for the holiday season!

Christmas festivities feature renowned guitarist Roberto Víquez and include an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet, a beach bonfire, and for those staying elsewhere, a free shuttle to and from Montezuma. The price for the Christmas event is $50 for adults and $30 for children under ten.

New Years Eve festivities feature a Cardamomo performance & more live music (from Africa, Brasil & Afro Latino), and also include the free shuttle from town, our beach bonfire, special gourmet buffet and a midnight fireworks show. Prices for this event are $65 per adult and $35 for children under ten.

It’s going to be a blast, and we’d love to see you there!

New Year's Eve Party 2013/2014

Your Jungle Vegan Home Away From Home

Vegan Restaurant, Costa Rica

We know how tough it can be finding a resort that can accommodate vegan diets, or raw food or seafood-only diets. Luckily, at Ylang Ylang Restaurant & Bar we offer menus full of options suited to such diets. While the exotic adventures and tropical atmosphere may be what you’re looking for to get away from home, changing your diet is not always an option, so we are happy to provide that piece of “home away from home” while still providing interesting and exotic dishes.

Take a peek at our restaurant menus here.

We use only the freshest ingredients, and our produce is mainly organic for all our dishes. You can be sure that you are getting the very best that our Costa Rica beach resort has to offer.

We know that one of the main parts of any good vacation is the food. Good food may not be what you talk about when you get back home, but we know that bad food will be. We also understand the importance of serving in a relaxing atmosphere to ensure you get the most out of your vacation time and your hotel restaurant.

Think you won’t be able to find something you love? Think again! Our talented chefs are prepared to meet all palette challenges. We have the ability to create seafood, vegan, and raw food meals for a truly diverse grouping of dishes. It can be hard to meet the needs of a vegan, vegetarian or pescitarian diet, but at Ylang Ylang, we do what we can to accommodate all diets. Our menu is sure to have something you love.

“Every meal we had was absolutely delicious! Not only was the food incredible, but the presentation was beautiful. You could tell that a lot of love went into cooking every dish.” – Comment From a Recent Guest

We hope that your experience with us is as happy and delicious as can be. Like the rest of our staff, our chefs do everything in their power to make your visit a memorable one.

Costa Rica Resort Rooms with Personality

View of the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica

Our resort is the prime vacation spot for some real “R & R” – meaning, of course, “Romance and Relaxation.” Prepare to be swept away by all the breathtaking views of tropical jungles and our luxurious beach front. Don’t forget to bring a loved one, because you will truly be in the mood for romance once you arrive. Newlyweds, why not plan your Costa Rica honeymoon here to create some lifelong magical memories?

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort offers many different rooms to choose from. Each suite takes on its own unique personality and feel to accommodate every guest. One of our most popular rooms, called Coco Joe’s Bungalow, is perfect for a honeymoon or a family getaway.
Reserving the Coco Joe’s Bungalow gives you a private and spacious terrace that overlooks the beach and private entrance. This suite comes with 1 King and 1 queen sized beds on each level. The amenities are almost never ending, offering everything from wrap-around class windows and private outdoor showers to an in-room safe for storing valuables while taking long strolls along the beach.

The Tree Top Canopy is another very popular resort room at Ylang Ylang. Here you and another can enjoy something a little different in this jungle centered canopy suite on a tree top. Take 50 steps up to private luxury with a large deck. Enjoy other private amenities and each stay comes with breakfast, dinner and drinks.

Book your next family vacation or Costa Rica honeymoon here. Make your next reservation count — call Ylang Ylang Beach Resort today!

The 10 Best Beachside Paradises of Costa Rica

Beachside Paradises of Costa Rica

When you travel to Costa Rica, the first thing on your mind might be the beach. Luckily for you, great beaches and many quaint beach villages surround this country. Since there are so many beaches to explore, we’ve narrowed down the top 10 to visit on your next trip to beautiful Costa Rica.

  1. Inside the Marino Ballena National Park is the beautiful Playa Arcos. It is surrounded by jungle-covered steep hills.
  2. Playa Barrigona is located just north of Samara. It’s a stunning and well-hidden beach. You’ll have to drive down a bumpy road through dense jungle to get to it.
  3. Uvita is only accessible during low tide. It’s located 17 km south of Dominical along Coastal Highway 34. The sandy outcropping resembles a whale tail, giving it the name Uvita.
  4. Isla de Cano is only accessible by boat. You can reach it 10 miles off the coast of the Osa Peninsula.
  5. Playa Blanca and Playa Virador are located right by each other on the Papagayo Peninsula. Since the Four Seasons dominates the peninsula, you’ll have to hike to the beaches, which are open to the public.
  6. Playa Matapalo is nestled between two popular spots, Manuel Antonio and Dominical. It’s quiet and offers a great sunset.
  7. Punta Uva has a beautiful coral reef just offshore and a beautiful beach. It’s right outside Puerto Viejo, surrounded by jungle.
  8. Visit the sea turtles at Ostional. This beach is located just north of Nosara.
  9. Located on the Punta Quepoa peninsula, Playa Biesanz is a quiet beach surrounded by forest just outside of Manuel Antonio.
  10. The undeveloped beach of Esterillos is sure to please. Find it halfway between Manuel Antonio and Jaco.

The Top 5 Costa Rican Beaches

Those who travel to Costa Rica likely do it to see the amazing beaches there. The small, Latin American country is most well known for their beautiful beaches, some of the most beautiful in the whole world. The ocean waters are warm year round, and the beach communities have a rich offering of lodging and activities for tourists. More than two thirds of the country is made up of beaches, with five of the most popular listed below:
 

  1. Beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula. No, this is not just one beach, but a whole peninsula full of the beautiful white sand. The beaches here are not as lively as the ones closer to larger cities like Montezuma, but they are a lot more relaxing and remote.
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  3. Manuel Antonio. This beach is one of the most beautiful in the world. It has two horseshoe bays with white, clean sand. Hills rise close by, topped with jungle vegetation. While there, you can also visit the waterfalls nearby in the hills.
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  5. Playa Dominical. Playa Dominical is 30 miles south of Manuel Antonio. It is a popular spot for surfers, with surf camps located nearby. Even for those who do not surf, the beach is beautiful and quiet. There is also a good nightlife scene in the town.
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  7. Montezuma. Montezuma is one of the largest beach communities. It is located on the inner part of the Nicoya Peninsula. The beach here is diverse, with lots of local wildlife, waterfalls and tidal pools.
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  9. Tortuquero. Tortuquero is located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. This beach is the most popular with the eco tourists. The area boasts hiking, endangered wildlife and guided safaris.

For a great place to stay at on one of the most beautiful beaches, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.