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.
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.
Travel to Montezuma Costa Rica can be complicated for those who have never been here. Part of what makes Montezuma such a special place is that it is not simple to get to. There are a few options for transportation so I’d like to highlight some of the positives and negatives of each method.
The fastest and easiest way to get here is by flight on Sansa Airlines or Nature Air. The flight goes from San Jose to Tambor and takes about 25 minutes. From Tambor it’s a 30 minute taxi ride to Montezuma. The pros of flying are that it’s fast, easy and you get some incredible views of the country side and coast from above. The cons are that the tickets are a bit more expensive than other modes of transportation and if you have any aversion to small planes or heights, this may not be the best option.
The second way to arrive to Montezuma is by private transfer or shared shuttle. From San Jose a driver will pick you up at the airport, drive you to the ferry in Paquera, put you and your things on the ferry and then have another driver pick you up on the other side of the ferry to drive you to Montezuma. This can be a great way to see a lot of the small towns and countryside of Costa Rica. The ferry ride is also a beautiful trip across the Gulf of Nicoya. The only downside to this method is that it takes about 5 hours. However, if you’re lucky you can catch a spectacular sunset on the ferry.
The other option is a shared shuttle and taxi boat. From San Jose, you will ride in a shared shuttle to Jaco and then take a high speed 1 hour taxi boat ride from Jaco to Montezuma. This is a very fun option for those who like to be on the water. It takes slightly less time than taking the ferry, about 3.5-4 hours. For those who like to be on the water, this is a great option!If you are an independent traveler. The best option for you, might be a rental car. This gives you the freedom to explore on your own time and schedule. If you are only traveling to Montezuma, however, you won’t really need a car once you get here and it will end up sitting in a parking lot for the most part.
The least expensive way to get to Montezuma is to take the direct bus. This is by far the most cost effective option and you will still get the opportunity to see a great deal of the Costa Rica country and ride the ferry. The downside to taking the bus is that it leaves at certain times throughout the day and therefore you could end up waiting for a bus. The trip also takes about 6 hours, so it is a good chunk of the day spent traveling. You can check on bus times here on our website.
The Montezuma Waterfalls are one of the main attractions in our area. The waterfalls are about a 20 minute hike from the town of Montezuma. However, once you arrive at the falls you will be in awe of their beauty!
The walk to the falls includes a nice hike along and across the river. There is not any one clear path to take, so the trail can be wet and slippery. It is important to wear good shoes that can get wet. After hiking along the river, crossing the river on rocks, and climbing over a large rock, you’ll get a great view of the falls and the large pool below. After a long hike, the pool is wonderful for a swim to cool down. This hike to the falls is a truly natural and special Costa Rican experience. You’ll see animals, wildlife and incredible natural beauty along the way.
Eating healthy in Costa Rica is not difficult here at Ylang Ylang. We buy fresh, local, and organic produce whenever possible. We use herbs and coconut milk from our very own garden. The homemade coconut milk is used in our delicious and fresh smoothies.
We also have a large menu, that satisfies any diet requirements or restrictions. Check out our gluten free, raw, vegan and vegetarian options. Below are our Namaste Rolls. A raw vegan option with fresh vegetable and avocado wrapped in rice paper with a sesame dressing.
For fish or chicken eaters, we’re happy to offer fish from local fisherman and hormone free chicken. One of our most popular dinners is the stuffed Mahi Mahi topped with a creamy mussel sauce.
The fastest and easiest way to travel to Montezuma Costa Rica is by domestic flight. Sansa or Nature Airlines, both offer great flights to our local airport in Tambor. From Tambor it is a 30 minute taxi ride to Montezuma. The flight from San Jose to Tambor is 25 minutes, which significantly reduces the time to get here. By car, the trip can take 4-5 hours including the ferry. There are a number of transportation options, but the flight is by far the easiest.
The flight into Tambor also offers some incredible views of the countryside and, once you get closer to Tambor, of the ocean and islands. You’ll get a great photo opportunity of Tortuga Island! This is definitely a fun option for transportation.
An aerial view of Tortuga Island.
Looking to make your travel to Costa Rica more enjoyable? Check out some of our Costa Rica travel packages to find the perfect getaway. Some of our travel packages include romance, adventure, relaxation and exploration.
Each package is unique and allows you to take advantage of exactly the type of vacation you are looking for. Costa Rica has so many options to choose from that choosing a package allows you to know exactly what you’re getting with a couple added perks, such as the two complimentary cocktails that are included with each package.
Explore both the beach and jungle or kick back with our Romance Package and enjoy a massage or a bottle of wine.
One of the most exciting parts of visiting Costa Rica is the wildlife. Most guests who visit us have traveled from very different parts of the world, where exotic wildlife is nowhere near as rampant and the only places they have seen animals like these are in the zoo. Just here at Ylang Ylang, you will spot white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, iguanas, lizards, agoutis (small rabbit like creatures), red squirrels, and more! You can see a picture of all of these animals on our website. If you keep your eyes open, you will likely see or hear almost all of these animals during your travel to Costa Rica. Ylang Ylang does it’s best to keep the wild animals wild. We encourage guests to not feed the animals or try to get close and touch them. One of the reasons we have maintained an abundance of wildlife is that we continue to keep their habitat as natural as possible. It is exciting for guests of all ages to see their eyes light up upon seeing the wildlife in Costa Rica! Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife from the comfort and beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica.
Travelling internationally is a very different experience than just travelling within the United States, but with simple planning, what can seem like a daunting task will simply be a matter of following common processes. Costa Rica vacation packages typically help with an itinerary for while you’re in the country, but getting to the country is sometimes an adventure all its own.
Here are three things you will need to travel to Costa Rica. Take care of these, and you should be in good shape.
1. Travel Documents
You are going to need both a passport when traveling to Costa Rica. A simple Google search for passport services in your local city should provide info on where to get a passport. It is likely your local Costa Rican consulate can help you out. DO NOT WAIT ON THIS – the process can be lengthy (weeks or even months in some cases), so get your passport as soon as possible.
People ask about vaccinations frequently. You’ll need proper vaccinations with documentation only if flying in from South America. From the U.S. – or Panama or anywhere north of there, you’re a-okay! (Read more about Costa Rica’s Green Season…)
3. Weather Report
It’s always good to know the weather report for the location to which you plan to travel, especially when staying at a beach hotel. Costa Rica is a tropical nation, with a formidable tropical storm season lasting from September through October, and during these months Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is closed. And the rest of the year – well, rainfall is as normal as clear skies here, so pack accordingly!
Once you take care of travel documents, vaccinations, and weather planning, we can get your adventure going with our Costa Rica vacation packages! Let Ylang Ylang Beach Resort help you with making reservations. Call today!
If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica soon, the wet or green season starts in May. This season lasts from May until November. This season generally discourages many tourists, due to all the rain, but it is the cheapest time to travel. There are many deals on hotels, and attractions have little crowds. Many areas in the interior of the country are unreachable by vehicle until the dry season, but there is still a lot to do.
Expect a lot of rain, as Costa Rica gets up to 25 feet of rainfall each year, mainly in the mountains. The most rain occurs during September and October. Generally, the best weather is during May and June of this period, but it depends on where you plan to travel. The weather on the Caribbean Coast never changes, and it stays slightly wet throughout the year. The Central Valley area, including San Jose, stays nice during this time period, too, with less rain than other areas.
During the wet season, stick to the beaches and the villages close to the beach. The mountains get the most rainfall, more so than anywhere else does. This would be a great time to head to the San Jose area to see the museums and art galleries there. Indoor activities are your best bet, but having a list of places you’d like to see near the coast is a good idea.
For more information and deals for visiting Costa Rica on vacation, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.