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.
This 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.
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.
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.
All photographs done by Ale Sura Photography.
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.
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.
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.
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!