The wildlife in Costa Rica is abundant. Right here on our property at Ylang Ylang, there is so much wildlife to be seen. It’s common to see many iguanas, lizards, agoutis, birds, white faced monkeys, and howler monkeys roaming around the hotel. We try to keep Ylang Ylang as natural as possible so that the animals can continue to make it their home as well. We love having the natural wonder of animal life here at Ylang Ylang and our guests do too!
While Montezuma doesn’t get the stunning sunsets that the other side of the peninsula gets, we do get the fabulous sunrise. If you can drag yourself out of bed early enough, you’ll be impressed by the stunning colors as the sun rises over the ocean. No two sunrises will look the same coming up and over the ocean. It’s such a treat to wake up and watch the sun rise from the beach. Enjoy the sunrise in Montezuma!
While summer is just winding now, it’s not too early to think about your holiday plans. We’ve got a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s Eve planned and we hope you’ll join us! In the past and again for this year, we will be offering a full buffet including salad, dips, hot dishes and a grill. We will also have a dessert buffet with some tasty treats! We offer live entertainment and of course, fireworks for New Year’s Eve! Book your tickets for the event early to save a seat! We hope to see you there! Spending Christmas and New Years Eve in Costa Rica can’t be beat!
Here at Ylang Ylang, we are fortunate to have a number of incredible yoga teachers who offer yoga classes two times a day. Our classes are at 8:30am and 4:30pm, all classes last 75 minutes. We offer a number of different yoga styles, including vinyasa flow, kundalini and hatha yoga. Our beach front studio offers panoramic views of the beach and a natural soundtrack of the crashing waves and wildlife.
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.Once 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.
Once 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!
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!
You 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!
Interested 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!
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!
Imagine waking up with the sunrise and heading down to the beach for an early morning of sport fishing. Climb aboard one of the deep sea fishing boats and head off the coast of Montezuma for a great day of fishing. Costa Rica is known for some excellent fishing and Montezuma is no different. Deep sea fishing in Costa Rica offers the opportunity to catch a number of great fish. Some of the types of fish you can find include yellow fin tuna, mackarel, jacks, and mahi mahi. Depending on how far out you go, you may even find sailfish, wahoo and marlin. The fishing tours we offer can be full (8 hours) or half day (6 hours) tours. There is also the option of an early morning sunrise fishing trip that lasts 3 hours.
The Curu Wildlife Refuge is a 4 hour tour with a naturalist, bilingual tour guide. He will take you on a tour through the park, pointing out wildlife and tropical vegetation. You will likely spot a number of different animals including monkeys, lizards, and iguanas. This four hour tour will take you through the refuge and along it’s white sand beaches and calm blue waters. This tour gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural environment of Costa Rica. Check out some photos of wildlife taken from the Curu Wildlife Refuge and then go see it for yourself!
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.