Rainy Day Wedding

Kayla and Brian came to Ylang Ylang shortly before Brian was to be deployed to Afghanistan. On their trip to Ylang Ylang, they reserved a romantic dinner on the beach. During that dinner, Brian gave Kayla a promise ring and they committed to being there for each other when he got home. Because of this romantic evening, Ylang Ylang has always been a special place to them and they knew that some day they would come back and host their wedding here.

Last month, Kayla and Brian got married here at Ylang Ylang, surrounded by a large group of family and friends. The day of the wedding began beautiful and sunny, however, the afternoon turned stormy and we soon figured out that their outdoor beach wedding would not be possible. The entire staff at Ylang Ylang jumped into action to transform the yoga studio into a magical ceremony space. This rainy day wedding was completely transformed! Their ceremony was done by a close friend and was very touching. They wrote and read their own personal vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The amazingly wonderful photographer, Ale Sura, offered to come back the next morning to capture their couple’s portraits. She did a stunning job of capturing this special day. Check out the photos below!

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Travel to Montezuma Costa Rica

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.

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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.

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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.

taxi boat to MontezumaThe 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!Costa Rica townIf 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.

Tropical Beach Weddings

Beach Wedding Costa RicaThis amazingly gorgeous beach wedding had beautiful personal touches and tropical colors. The wedding was hosted here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort where we work to create beautiful tropical beach weddings. The ceremony was decorated with pink, yellow and orange flowers, our beautiful driftwood arch and bamboo chairs.

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The bride and groom spent months collecting driftwood from the beach and painting signs for their ceremony. It was important to the bride and groom that their guests were comfortable and barefoot for their beach ceremony.

costa rica beach wedding The tropical wedding reception was decorated with light pink, orange, and yellow lanterns. The tables numbers, menus and name cards were decorated with a hand drawn traditional Costa Rican ox cart wheel made by the groom’s mother and sister (shown below) and our florist made customized wooden boxes for the flower arrangements. The also added some personal touches like the “Just Married” sign. Tropical wedding table decor

All photographs done by Ale Sura Photography.

Montezuma Waterfalls

Montezuma WaterfallsThe 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!

costa rica river 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. costa rica waterfalls

 

Spa Vacation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the perfect place to come and relax. Our spa menu offers a wonderful collection of treatments to help you rejuvenate in paradise. Why not take a spa vacation in Costa Rica? Our treatments include, massages, facials, body polish, hot stones and body scrubs. spa package

We use homemade, natural essential oils for all of our massages. Our partial open air spa offers the sounds of nature, the ocean and wildlife while enjoying your massage. spa treatments

We also offer some incredible spa packages! Our half and full day packages include a healthy welcome drink, access to our pool, massages, facials and lunch (full day). It’s a perfect way to spend a romantic day together or find inner peace for yourself! costa rica couples massage

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Relaxing Family Getaways

Costa Rica vacationThe last few days we have had some wonderful evening storms. Falling asleep to the sound of the rain and waking up to fresh, clean air and sunny skies can’t be beat! It also means that the days are not as hot because of the cool rain. It’s a perfect time to take one of your relaxing family getaways, now that school is out for the summer!

family vacation costa ricaOur family beach suite is the perfect room for a small family. It has two queen beds and a lofted king bed with large glass windows of a beach front view. The room also has a balcony with ocean views. Just steps from your room you will find a sandy area with comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks. Enjoy your spot perched on a lounge chair while your kids play in the sand! costa rica vacation

We also offer a large and family friendly swimming pool, with lots of lounge chairs, hammocks and sun or shade. Kids love our pool and especially love our waterfall!

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Vegan Desserts

Everyone loves to indulge a little bit on vacation. Why not indulge with a healthy vegan dessert! We offer two delicious vegan desserts, that both vegans and non-vegans can enjoy.

Our Trio of Chocolate Truffles is made with avocado, chocolate powder, brown sugar, and vanilla. The truffles are topped with fresh coconut shavings, fresh mint, and cocoa powder. They are the perfect small treat to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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The Chocolate Banana Mousse is made with avocado, chocolate powder, bananas, brown sugar, and vanilla. It’s topped with fresh slices of banana. It’s a fresh, creamy mousse that is delicious and easy to share! vegan chocolate mousse

We are proud to offer these delicious options for our vegan friends! We love dessert and are excited to share them with you!

Eating Healthy in Costa Rica

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.

Healthy Smoothies - Costa Rican Fruit

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. Vegan Namaste Rolls - Healthy Food in Costa Rica

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. Seafood in Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica Beach Yoga Retreat

In preparation for our Costa Rica beach yoga retreat in August, some of the yoga teachers decided to take a trip to Tortuga Island for a photo shoot of beach yoga ! The photos that resulted were amazing! We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful retreat August 16-21! Yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit. The yoga retreat will incorporate many natural elements, through river walks and waterfall hikes. The yoga retreat will include a daily physical practice, meditation, sound healing, and mindfulness. We hope you’ll join us for this special week! E-mail yoga@yybr.info for more information!

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Yoga on the Beach, Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Travel to Montezuma Costa Rica!

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.Travel to Costa Rica

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.

Tortuga Island, Costa Rica

An aerial view of Tortuga Island.