Family Vacation in Costa Rica

What better place to take a family vacation in Costa Rica? There are activities for all ages and abilities. Relax by the pool or sit in a hammock on the beach, go ziplining, horseback riding, ATV riding, fishing, bike riding or surfing. There are activities for every interest. Each person in the family can find something they enjoy. Try new activities as a family. Enjoy a family adventure together! A family vacation in paradise is the perfect way to enjoy time together. fishing in costa rica costa rica waterfalls

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Banana boat adventure at Tortuga Island.

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Costa Rica Beach Vacation

beach view costa ricaA Costa Rica beach vacation is exactly what you need now that the winter cold has hit! Our beach front resort offers private bungalows with ocean views or garden views, family suites and standard rooms with ocean views, and a few specialized bungalows and units. Our bungalows and specialized units offer privacy and seclusion from other hotel guests. Our family rooms offer enough space for you to bring your family and comfortably enjoy a room together.

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Our beach paths take you right down to the beach, just steps away from all of our rooms. Almost all of our rooms have beach and ocean views making it the perfect beach vacation!YlangYlang30 beach front bugalow

 

Yoga in Costa Rica

Yoga in Costa Rica has become very popular. Here in Montezuma, there are a number of different yoga studios and a retreat center for those interested in getting certified as a yoga teacher. Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, we have a beautiful beach front yoga studio. Our yoga studio offers classes twice a day, everyday at 8:15am and 4:30pm. We have a number of different styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha and Kundalini for all levels. The classes are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced students. Our teachers are from all over the world, but have all found home in Montezuma. The yoga community in Montezuma offers a number of different types of classes and special workshops. We are fortunate to have many great teachers passing through who offer new insight and styles.

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Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

Horseback riding in Costa Rica is exciting adventure. The tour takes you along the beach and through the jungle and ends at the small waterfall of El Chorro. One of 7 waterfalls in the world that drops into the ocean. Explore the river, jungle and beaches on horseback. The experienced guide will take you up and down hills and beaches, until you arrive at the waterfall, where you will be given time to take a swim or explore the area. river rocks Horseback Riding in Costa Rica Horseback Riding in Costa Rica Cocalito Waterfall

Aerial View of Costa Rica

Shot with a DJI Phantom 2+, these drone photos capture beauty from above. This aerial view of Costa Rica, magically captures the natural beauty in our area. Montezuma is a small fishing village on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Over the years it’s become a hot spot for tourists because of it’s laid back, beachy and artisan vibe. Montezuma mainly has hotels, shops and restaurants these days, but you will still get much of the traditional Costa Rican culture. One of the main attractions is the beach and wildlife. As seen in these photos, the area is green and lush, home to many animals. The beaches are preserved in their natural beauty.

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Breakfast at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

The breakfast at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort isn’t your typical hotel breakfast. Our breakfast is made with the freshest ingredients and our recipes are hearty and delicious. We offer a number of different options to choose from. For those who have a sweet spot for breakfast, try our banana pancakes topped with tropical fruit or our French toast on homemade bread.

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Tropical banana pancakes topped with fresh fruit.

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Tropical french toast made with our homemade bread and topped with a mix of papaya, watermelon and pineapple

For those who crave salty, try our omelet, topped with cheese and veggies or our huevos rancheros made with homemade ranchero sauce, refired beans, friend eggs and sour cream. For those who crave the traditional Costa Rican breakfast, our Tipico breakfast is for you. The tipico comes with eggs, tortillas, gallo pinto (rice and beans), Costa Rican cheese and sweet plantains. We will make sure you start your adventurous or relaxing day energized and ready to go!

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Typical Costa Rican breakfast served with rice and beans (gallo pinto), eggs, tortillas, sweet plantains, and white cheese.

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Open faced breakfast omelet topped with tomato, onions, peppers, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Served with homemade wheat toast.


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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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.

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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