Three Things You Need to Travel to Costa Rica

Google Map of Costa RicaTravelling 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.

 

2. Vaccinations

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!


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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Costa Rican Vacation

When you embark on your Costa Rica vacation, you will not have a choice about the weather. It will be either nice, or rainy, with rainy being probable as you near the start of the green season. If it is your first visit, you will likely have an itinerary for your trip. Because the weather could change at an instant, there are a few things you can do for a better trip:
 

  1. Plan extra things to do and see. Make sure some of these things are inside, like visiting a museum and art gallery. It’s a good idea to have several places like this on the list, just in case it rains a lot. If all else fails, head to the beach, where the rain is more tolerable.
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  3. Always purchase full coverage insurance on the rental car. This will cover you if you have an accident or hit too many potholes. Expect a lot of potholes during the rainy season.
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  5. Always rent a GPS device. Most streets are not marked in Costa Rica. When getting directions from people, it’s likely to receive directions that are based off landmarks. A GPS device will help you to find different places and hidden roads. Just make sure the device is off Simulation Mode.
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  7. Avoid the mountains during rainy season. The mountains receive more rain than anywhere else on the island. This means many roads might be washed out or flooded, making them dangerous for travel.

Cultural Exhibits in Montezuma

Though it is a quiet beach town, Montezuma offers many unique activities that allow you to sample the culture during a Costa Rica vacation. Just wandering the town will give you a “beachy” feel while listening to the waves and watching the surfers. There is much more to the beach in this area of Costa Rica.
 

  1. Cemetery Island. Heading south of Montezuma, you’ll find a scenic road along the beach on the way to Cabuya. It is a 7 km drive through the jungle and along beautiful beaches. On the way, you will pass the Higueron de Cabuya, which is an extremely large strangler fig tree. Once in Cabuya, walk out on the land bridge to Cemetery Island during low tide. Indians once used this island to bury their dead, and today funerals are still held here.
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  3. Visit the farmer’s market on any Saturday morning to immerse yourself in the food, crafts, and music of Costa Rica. Many vendors line up to sell their fresh goods, while street artists perform for the crowds.
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  5. Fiestas Civicas de Cobano. This fair is located in Cobano, located a short distance outside of Montezuma. It lasts for two weeks each year in February. It features carousels, great food, and crafts for sale. The main event is a large rodeo with daring cowboys and bulls.
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  7. The Art Galleries of Puntarenas. In the mountains outside of Montezuma is Puntarenas. This small town offers several art galleries to explore that offer art, crafting, and sculpting classes.

Top 5 Places to Visit for Your First Costa Rican Holiday

When on your first Costa Rica vacation, you might not have a clue where you should go or what to do. There are so many activities to do in Costa Rica, you might not be able to choose. However, there are some activities that you do not want to miss.
 

  1. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This area of Costa Rica is completely unique from the rest of the country. Here, most residents speak English. The area is known for its Afro
  2. Arenal. The Arenal Volcano is a sight to see. During a clear day, you can see its conical shape rising in the distance. Take one of the many tours available to visit one of the lakes near the summit. At night, you can watch and hear the small eruptions within this active giant.
  3. -Caribbean culture and delicious Jamaican food. All around you’ll hear reggae playing in every home and business.
  4. Tortuguero. For a great eco-tourism destination, check out Parque Nacional Tortuguero. Here, the jungle is filled with narrow canals. You can rent a canoe to take you through these canals and take an opportunity to watch and take pictures of the local wildlife.
  5. The Central Valley. For outdoor adventurists, the Central Valley is the place to be. Experience some of the best whitewater rafting in all of Central America.
  6. Playa Samara. Playa Samara is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. It offers white sands and turquois seas.

For more information on visiting Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Costa Rican Canopy Tours

Sometimes Costa Rica vacation packages include activities such as canopy tours. These tours allow you to soar high above the forest floor on a zip line through the treetops. This vacation activity is as fun as it is gutsy. Those who are in fear of heights might not find this activity as inviting.

 

These tours often include Superman cables and Tarzan swings to keep you entertained for hours. Other tours have elaborate platforms that take you walking through the top of the forest. Bridges take you from platform to platform, sometimes 30 to 60 meters in the air. Leave your fears behind to share this extraordinary activity.

 

Try out a unique tour with the Monteverde Trainforest. This tour takes you on a miniature train system a whole four miles through the rainforest. You will go through one long tunnel and cross four bridges through the trees. During the trip, take advantage of the views of Arenal and Monteverde. Children are welcome on this tour, and children under 12 ride free.

 

Another great tour is the SkyTrek. This adventure-packed tour offers zip lines, a tram and hanging bridges. The tour offers daytime hours, but you can also request a nighttime tour. This is a unique opportunity to create memories on your vacation that you and your family will never forget.

 

When visiting Costa Rica, always explore all of the things you can do in the area where you are staying. You might discover a great new tour or activity that will make your vacation the best you have ever had.

 

For more information about Costa Rica and attractions, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.

Costa Rican Historical Tours: San Jose

When you plan your Costa Rica vacation, consider heading to San Jose for their historical tours. There you can learn about Costa Rican history and explore many of the historical buildings. Several places for you not to miss are listed below.

 

  1. Our Lady of Sion. The chapel itself is located at Central and 1st Ave. It was built in the years between 1883 and 1887. It was initially a girls’ school and a convent. Today it is one of the older buildings in the city. It functioned as Sion High School through the 1960s, and it now houses part of San Jose’s Legislative Assembly.
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  3. The Blue Castle. A well-known politician named Maximo Fernandez built this home in 1908. From 1914 to 1923, the home housed the president of Costa Rica. Several presidents stayed there, including Julio Acosta Garcia, Alfredo Gonzalez Flores, Francisco Aguilar Barquero, and Federico Tinoco Granados. In 1989, the Blue Castle became home to the Legislative Directory.
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  5. Costa Rican National Museum. Initially a home built in the 1870s, the Costa Rican National Museum went through several owners before the government bought it in 1914. From 1928 to 1932, the building housed military barracks. Today it is the museum, which houses a pre-Colombian history wing and a wing containing the history of Costa Rica.
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  7. Plaza de la Cultura and Banco Central Museum. Built in 1976, the museum was a center for literary, scientific and artistic activities. It was finished and opened in 1982. It houses many exhibitions and two museums within the large building.
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For accommodations and travel information in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.


Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

After booking a room at one of the many hotels in Costa Rica, consider booking a horseback riding tour. You’ll find horseback riding tours available in most areas of the country, especially popular tourist areas. Most of these tours require advance reservations. Below are the top places to go for tours on horseback.

 

  1. Monteverde to Arenal Tour. This tour lasts two and a half hours, and takes you up close to the Arenal Volcano. You will travel through thick rainforests, jungle and farmland. The first leg of the tour ends at the Arenal Lake, where you’ll get to go on a boat tour of the lake. Afterwards, you’ll jump back on your horse for the return trip.
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  3. Don Tobias Tour. This tour takes you through the fields and forest below the Arenal Volcano crater. You’ll travel partway up the mountain to a beautiful lagoon, where the horses can take a break while you can soak in the view of Arenal.
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  5. Manuel Antonio Tour. This tour takes you deep into the rainforest near many beautiful waterfalls. After discovering the rainforest and its wonderful plants, take a dip in a nice pond fed by waterfalls.
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  7. Samara Beach Tours. Ride horses along the Pacific Coast and through the beachside forests. The tour will go through nature trails where you’ll see many wild animals. Along the beach, you might see turtles, as the trail goes through a turtle nursery.
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  9. Nicoya Peninsula Tours. This tour is on a private coastal ranch that features a turtle preserve and part of a wildlife refuge. There are three tours daily in this pristine ranch.

 

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Announces Peak of Dry Season in Costa Rica

Now is the time to plan your Costa Rica vacation. The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort announced the arrival of the peak dry season on March 22nd. This means it’s the ideal time to travel to Costa Rica to enjoy the beautiful country during the best weather of the year. However, you must hurry to book your rooms before time runs out.
 
During the dry season, rainy days are few. This means you can spend all day soaking up the sun without a cloud in sight. It signals perfect weather to hit the beaches or to explore one of the many reserves. Temperatures hold steady in the 90s throughout this season, making swimming the thing to do.
 
The peak of the dry season emerges in mid-March to April. This brings clear skies and 12 hours of sunshine every day. During this time the Pacific Ocean is nice and calm without large storms or rough surf. Ocean activities are popular and in demand. It is an ideal time for visiting the beach, snorkeling and diving.
 
Montezuma is very busy during the peak of dry season. This means you will run into lots of beach goers, and you might have a long wait at restaurants. If you stay at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, the crowds are small. You will be secluded in your own tropical oasis without having to worry about all the hustle and bustle. Though you are close to Montezuma, you’ll feel like you are on your own private island paradise.
 

4 Ways to Save on Fees from Flights to Hotels

The fees from both flights and hotels tend to add up, over time. It would be shocking to see just how much money frequent travelers and vacationers spend each year on various fees when they travel. When you are planning your Costa Rica vacation, consider the fees involved. You can also try to avoid many of the fees or have them reduced with the following tips:
 

  1. Avoid last minute changes in plans. Did you know that most airlines and hotels charge a fee if you have to change your travel dates? Avoid these fees entirely by not changing travel plans. Or, you could pay more for refundable tickets, at least for the airline. For the hotel stay, look for rooms that allow you to cancel with 24 to 48 hours’ notice.
  2. Look for hidden fees within your hotel booking. On many of the travel booking websites, extra fees are not always clear. In many cases, you can find some fees in small print if you read over all of the information on each hotel’s page.
  3. Before booking your vacation, call and ask about any extra fees before getting on the plane. Make sure that your baggage is below the weight limit, and also be aware of the carry-on rules.
  4. Be aware that many hotels charge extra fees for some of their amenities. This may mean an extra charge for asking for extra towels or bedding. You may also get charged for consuming any food or drink that might seemingly come with the room. This is why it is prudent to always read the fine print.

Get a Great Discount on Your 5th Night Stay!

We’re pleased to offer a discount on your Costa Rica vacation! These promotions are not offered year round and are available for a limited amount of time. Hurry to book your vacation before this good deal is gone.
 

Right now, if you book a 4-night stay in a tent cabin at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, you’ll receive a discount on the 5th night. Receive a 50% discount on your 5th night! This discount only applies to reservations made with our resort between January 15, 2014 and February 28, 2014. Your stay must be between the dates of March 6, 2014 and March 31, 2014. All bookings are subject to availability, so you would be wise to reserve your cabin now.
 
You can call or book your rooms online. When booking, please mention the coupon code: TCMAR50%. This coupon expires on Monday, March 31, 2014. Hurry now to claim your offer for 50% off your 5th night stay in the tent cabins at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort!
 
The dry season is the vacation season for Costa Rica. The weather is great for visiting the beaches or going sight-seeing in the rain forest. Vacation packages in Costa Rica do not commonly have discounts like this during the tourist season, which lasts from December through April.
 
Deals during the dry season are few and far between. Take advantage of this offer before it is sold out. The sooner you call for a reservation, the better your chances are of finding open cabins to receive your offer. Remember that all offers are subject to room availability.