Stay Four Nights, Get 5th Night 50% Off

The peak dry season is the ideal time to travel to Costa Rica. The weather is great and all the roads in the country’s interior will be open for travel. This time of year is excellent for weddings on the beach, or for the perfect honeymoon getaway. If you stay at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, you’ll get to take part in the iconic candle-lit dinners, along with the classic exotic resort experience.
 
Though coupons during this season are rare, the Ylang Ylang is offering 50% off the fifth night of stay if you book four nights in a row. This is a great savings during the busiest time of the year. Don’t wait; if you delay, you might find yourself out of luck, since hotels get booked fast during this peak travel season.
 
The coupon applies to the popular Tent Cabins at the Ylang Ylang. This great deal applies to your stay between May 1st and May 31st, 2014. This applies only to reservations you make between March 20th and April 30th, 2014. Use the code TCMAY50% to redeem the coupon online or over the phone.
 
Don’t forget to add 13% in taxes to your total cost of the rooms. The rooms are also subject to availability. This means you need to book now, before it’s too late to reserve your vacation destination. Rooms sell out fast when the weather is this nice in Costa Rica!
 
For more information on the resort and booking a room, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Costa Rican Dance

When you travel to Costa Rica, exploring the country and immersing yourself in the culture is paramount. One important aspect of the culture is dance. Children are taught from a young age the dance steps for many of the common and traditional dances. Modern options are available in the discos, but traditional dances play a big part in Costa Rican life.
 
There are four major kinds of dance in Costa Rica:

     

  1. Salsa. Salsa dance was popularized in Cuba. It consists of quick steps and sensual movements all to a fast beat. The rhythm is a three-step that is danced over a four beat measure. The man leads in this dance, completing spins and complicated steps.
  2. Merengue. Merengue is one of the most popular types of music to which to dance. Fast footwork and swaying hips make this dance with a two-step beat look amazing. It is a tight dance, with couples sticking in a tight circle, while the man leads.
  3. Cumbia. Cumbia dance takes on a more tropical beat. Originating from Columbia, this dance has a 4/4 rhythm made up of mostly drums and percussion. However, Costa Ricans have made this dance their own with fancy footwork and hopping moves borrowed from jive and swing style dance.
  4. Folk Dance. Traditional folkloric dances are popular at festivals and parades. Each dance tells a different story with complex dance steps and colorful costumes. The Punto Guanacasteco is one of the most popular dances of this type in Costa Rica. 

Traditional Costa Rican Foods

Traditional Costa Rican Foods

While on your Costa Rica vacation, you will experience the culture and food of the Central American country. At the hotels and in the villages, you will find many different types of local food. For picky guests, there are some American, Italian and Mediterranean options available. However, your vacation is not complete without trying some of the country’s delicious traditional meals.
 
The food is flavorful and mild, with fresh ingredients. Some common types of staples are:

  • Fresh local fruit
  • Fresh local vegetables
  • Rice
  • Black beans

The Costa Rican national dish is the gallo pinto, a breakfast meal. It consists of rice and black beans, mixed with onions and bell peppers. The traditional lunch meal is called the casado. It is a plate of rice, beans, meat and salad. The meat options are usually fish, pork, chicken or carne asada. It is common to have tortillas, fried plantains and cheese on the side. Expect to be offered some Salsa Lizano, a popular condiment sauce that is sweet, but spicy.
 
For dinner, expect to have some Arroz con pollo, or rice with chicken, which is commonly served with a large Russian salad. Tavern food is popular; with small dishes served that have dip on the side. Most options contain a meat, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Vegetables from the squash family are most abundant within meals, as well as potatoes, onions and peppers.
 
Beverages found in Costa Rica are similar to other areas of North and South America. Coffee is a national drink, with fresh coffee beans available. Other than coffee, another local drink is the agua dulce, or sweet water. It is water or milk with boiled down sugar cane added.
 
For more information about Costa Rica, including lodging, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

The Top 3 Hot Springs in Costa Rica

When you plan your Costa Rica vacation, plan to visit one of the hot springs and spas located in the volcanic regions. Many people do not realize that Costa Rica has volcanoes, let alone hot springs, but the country does. There are many different spas that offer the natural hot springs, but below are the top 3 that you should consider visiting after a rejuvenating stay at the Ylang Ylang resort.

     

  1. Tabacon. The thermal springs at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort offers guests a close encounter with nature at its best. The hot springs here are located among lush gardens and the natural rain forest. The springs are heated by the nearby Arenal Volcano, which heats the water up to 122 degrees. Other spa services are available on site, too.
  2. The Springs at Arenal. The Springs Resort offers 18 different hot springs within its property near the Arenal Volcano. The property is filled with lush gardens among the rainforest and wildlife preserve.
  3. Baldi. The Baldi Hot Springs is a unique destination. They offer 25 different water pools heated by the volcano, but also have three large water slides on the large property, which rests at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Other services include a full service spa, pools and a sauna.

Hot springs are a feature of a volcanic area that creates a unique experience for the whole family. Costa Rica offers many of these hot springs around the many volcanoes within the country’s borders. Stay for the day, or book a vacation at one of the many spas or resorts.
 
For more information on vacationing in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Visit the Volcanoes of Costa Rica

While on your Costa Rica vacation, take note of some of the natural features of the country. Costa Rica is home to three recently active volcanoes: the Poas, Irazu and Arenal. You can visit the Arenal Observatory Lodge, overlooking the Arenal Volcano, which is just 1.7 miles away.

     

  1. Poas. The Poas Volcano is located in the Poas Volcano National Park. It is an active stratovolcano that has erupted multiple times in the last 100 years. The main crater is located at the summit and is a lake. The lake has an acidic pH that varies from 4 to 0. There is no aquatic life in the acid lake. The lake waters cause acid rain in the region.
  2. Irazu. Inside the Irazu Volcano National Park lies the summit of Irazu. It is the largest volcano in the country, at 11,260 feet at the summit. The volcano has 5 craters, the largest of which is The Main Crater. There is a road from San Jose that leads to the volcano, and a bus that takes tourists to the top of the summit.
  3. Arenal. The Arenal Volcano is located in the center of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Up unto 2010, the volcano erupted often, but has since become dormant. Many hotels and lodges are available in the park.

When visiting the volcanoes of Costa Rica, remember that these volcanoes are only dormant and could erupt at any time. However, this is unlikely to occur.
 
For more information about vacationing in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Travel to Costa Rica for Corcovado Beach

Many people travel to Costa Rica for the beautiful beaches. The beaches there are known worldwide for their beauty. One of the most remote but beautiful beaches is the Corcovado Beach in the Parque Nacional Corcovado.
 
Why Travel There?
 
If you love nature, you’ll love this part of Costa Rica. Here, you’ll find one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Four different species of monkeys, two species of crocodiles, four large cat species, and many small mammals and birds are located here.
 
When to Travel
 
Since this national park is located in one of the most remote areas of the country, only attempt travel in the dry season. During the wet season, it might be hard to get into the park. You can get there by traveling along the beaches from the north and south. From the east, take a 13km hike from east to west.
 
The Beach
 
The beach at Corcovado is beautiful, but deadly. Black sand covers the beach, leading into the rain forest. The tides are especially strong here and sharks are always present in the waters. The crocodiles there can tolerate salt water, which means you need to watch for them, too.
 
This national park area offers a lot to do, including hiking and bird watching. You will need to be careful of the natural wildlife, as well as the tides and crocodiles. Bring plenty of water when visiting to avoid dehydration. A portable water sanitation device would be helpful too.
 
For more information on travel in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Choosing the Best Travel Reward Credit Cards

Frequent travelers often apply for credit cards that offer travel rewards so that each airfare and hotel stay will reap rewards. This is useful for receiving savings on future trips. However, not all travel reward credit cards are made equal. There are certain things you should look for in a card when planning your Costa Rica vacation, or a vacation to any other destination.
 

  • Compare the rewards with what the fees associated with the card cost. If you are going to end up paying more in fees than what the reward is worth, move on. Not all rewards cards charge an arm and a leg in fees.
  • Most reward credit cards offer free airline miles or hotel stays. Choose a card based on the reward you are likely to use more often. If you fly a lot, consider the card that offers airline miles.
  • Consider your travel patterns in the mix. Sometimes a certain card would not seem worth it, with the high spending requirements, but if you are already spending a lot on travel, it might be worth a second look.
  • Look at a reward card that offers variety. Some credit card companies will offer points that can be redeemed for airline miles, hotel stays, train tickets and cruises. In many cases, these rewards will be offered across brands.

When planning your vacation, consider putting your travel and stay on a rewards card. That way you can collect points for future stays. Plus, having extra cash on hand is smart, in case of sudden travel delays or other expenses along the way.
 

5 Great Costa Rica Travel Tips

Costa RicaWhen you are considering travel to Costa Rica, you will need to plan out your vacation. This means securing airfare, a place to stay, and also deciding on attractions that you don’t want to miss. Many factors go into planning your travel, including your budget and the season you plan to visit Costa Rica. Those two things will determine your stay and what you do, to a point. However, many other things go into planning a great vacation, like these 5 tips:
 

  1. Costa Rica is a top destination for eco-tourism. It is a great country to visit to bird watch and for hiking. About 23% of the country is part of the national park system, making it easy for you to find something nature-related to do.
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  3. It is easy to get in to Costa Rica, there is no need for a visa, all you need is a valid passport with more than 3 months expiration on it. You are also allowed to stay for up to 90 days in the country. If traveling from Colombia or any country in South America, prior to getting on the plane, you must have a yellow fever certificate. If traveling anywhere from the North or Central America you will not need this.
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  5. The best way to get around Costa Rica is by taxi. Renting a car is very risky. The cost is expensive, close to $700 a week, plus a large deposit. According to travel websites, it is common for unscrupulous rental companies to claim damage to the rental car when there was none.
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  7. Spanish is the official language of the country. Learning some common phrases will be helpful, but, if you stick to tourist areas, it is not required.
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  9. Two great outdoor things to do are visiting the beaches and going rafting. Since the country is part of an isthmus, there are hundreds of miles of beaches on both sides, in the Caribbean and along the Pacific coast. There are also more rivers per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world, which means rafting is a very popular hobby here. 
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The Top 5 Places to Find Travel Discounts

Travel to Costa Rica has never been easier with the ability to book all of the travel online. From the airline to the hotel, you can make any and all reservations online. This makes travel very easy, but not all travel sites are equal. Many travel websites offer discounts of various amounts. These vary from website to website, which makes it difficult to choose what offer is best. Check out the best travel websites below to get the best deal on your travel.
 

  1. Airfarewatchdog.com. This website offers the best last minute airfare deals. These deals are available nowhere else, since they come straight from the carrier websites. All of the promos and listings are verified by live people to make sure the deal is legitimate. They even offer Southwest Airlines deals, which normally are not brought up in normal search results. All deals are brought to you by email or in tweets. 
  2. Jetsetter.com. This website offers a list of flash sales on popular travel destinations. All deals are hand selected by the Jetsetter team. Prices are usually at least 40-50% off, and there are about 20 to 40 sales a week. They offer even bigger specials on Mystery Mondays, where you can book for even less, but won’t learn the name of the hotel until later.
  3. Hotels.com. They let you search through more than 220,000 properties for bargains. Last-minute deals are updated daily. Many search options are offered so you can search by location, rating, stars, or accommodations.
  4. Priceline.com. This website lets you name your price and haggle prices for hotels. You can choose your hotel by minimum stars, your travel dates, and preferred neighborhoods. Savings of 60% of published rates is common. However, the name of the hotel is not known until after you pay.

Dealbase.com. This website offers a collection of deals by hotels that offer more than just a room. You can search through packages and see whether or not they are really a good value. When you are ready to purchase, DealBase will redirect you to the hotel website.
 

How to Find Deals on Air Travel to Costa Rica

Discounts on airfare to Costa Rica are not always available. You are not likely to find very many discounts during their dry season, December to April, as this is the peak season. During the wet season, May to November, you have the best chance at cheaper airfare. No matter when you choose to travel, you should do a bit of shopping around.

 

Do most of your rate checking on the big travel websites, like TripAdvisor or Travelocity. Check several of these websites, because each one offers different rates. However, do not buy any tickets yet. Now that you know the prices, check the airline websites. Many airlines guarantee to have the lowest price on their website. While there, you can also check for sales and promotions.

 

The decision on whether to buy now or wait is a tough one. There are tools to help with this, such as Kayak’s fare history graphs. This will show you whether or not your airline is offering tickets with the prices going lower or higher. In addition to this, wait until Tuesday to purchase tickets. Tuesdays are when airlines release their sales and promotions.

The last thing you can do to make your travel cheaper is to cash in your frequent flier miles. This option may or may not be available. This depends on how many seats are left on the plane. Also, don’t forget to use your credit card to gain more miles when you purchase tickets.