The perfect Costa Rica Vacation

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!

monkey in costa ricaYou 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!

Hammock Relax in Costa RicaInterested 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!

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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!

Deep Sea Fishing in Costa Rica

fishing in costa ricaImagine 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. sail fish in Costa Ricadeep sea fishingdeep sea fishing in costa rica

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Reserva Karen Mogensen

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Patricia Slump (one of the program leaders and owner of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano) planting trees with students in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

This past weekend, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel and Restaurant sponsored two groups of local high school students to go to the Reserva Karen Mogensen for an educational program on nature conservation. The two groups of students came separately for two, one night stays at the reserve. The first group was 25 students and 3 teachers from the Colegio Cobano and Paquera. The second group was 26 students and 4 teachers from Colgeio Jicaral. Also, there were two additional volunteers, making for a total of 60 participants in the program. They planted trees on the endangered species list, listened to lectures, had discussions, and created materials to take back to their classrooms and homes.


The students participated in lectures about the importance of our forests and the benefits they have for us and wildlife. They also learned of the great damage that can come of us destroying our forests. They learned about the founders of the National park system in Costa Rica, Karen Mogensen, Nicolas Wessberg, Mario Boza and Alvaro Ugalde who were pioneers in conserving Costa Rica’s forests.


The students also spent a good deal of time working in small groups and discussing ways in which they can make a difference in their own communities. They brainstormed a number of ideas that they can implement at home and in their schools. They were each given a wildlife guide to take home with them and used them throughout the program to identify animals. Over the course of both programs, the students assisted in planting 1,000 young endangered trees in the reserve.


The program was fun, educational, and hard work, thanks to a number of people who helped make the program happen. Wildlife guides were donated to each student by Rainforest Publications. The bus transportation to and from the reserve was donated by Transportes Cobano. Lectures and programs were designed by Patricia Slump and Luis Mena. The owners of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel, Lenny Iacono and Patricia Slump generously donated their time, knowledge, and financed this program.


Forest conservation in incredibly important in Costa Rica and we hope that by teaching and instilling these values in Costa Rica’s young people, we can continue to preserve our beautiful country.

Pictured below are the students planting trees in the reserve and learning from their wildlife guides.

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Students looking over their wildlife guides to identify animals.

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Students working in small groups to discuss local wildlife and conservation.

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High school students at the Karen Mogensen Reserve planting trees.

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High school students planting trees in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

Reservations and more information about the reserve:

Reserva Karen Mogensen

P.O. BOX: 25-5353, Jicaral,  Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Telephone: (506) 26-50-06-07  Fax: (506) 26-50-02-01

E-mail:  Website:

Curu Wildlife Refuge

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! monkey in costa ricaresortwildlife17howler monkey costa rica

Tortuga Island in Costa Rica

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One of the most popular tours in our area is Tortuga Island in Costa Rica. This tour takes you on a 45 minute boat ride along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, to Tortuga Island. Once you get near the island you’ll be offered snorkeling equipment and the opportunity jump in the water and see some marine life!

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Boat Ride to Tortuga Island

After snorkeling, the boat takes you to the island where can enjoy the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. They also offer activities like renting jet skis and riding on the banana boat. There are also lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent.

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Banana boat adventure at Tortuga Island.

Your tour also includes a beach BBQ lunch that will be prepared for you there on the island. The tour also includes drinks. After lunch you can enjoy the beach and island before heading back on the boat to Montezuma!


Dessert in Costa Rica

While breakfast and dinner main courses are included in the price for our rooms at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, we shouldn’t forget about the extras, including dessert. Our dessert in Costa Rica can’t be beat. We offer a number of delicious dessert options. Including some vegan and raw desserts as well! For non-vegans, we have a number of delicious crepes, including a Tiramisu crepe and a dark chocolate crepe. We also have an apple or banana crepe, banana flambe, chocolate truffles, and homemade frozen yogurt.

tiramisu crepe chocolate crepe  We also offer a couple of raw, vegan desserts including vegan truffles and a vegan chocolate banana mousse. These desserts are healthy and delicious! Why not indulge while on vacation! vegan vacation dessertvegan chocolate mousse

Garden Tour in Montezuma

costa rica jungleThe Ylang Ylang property has some incredibly gorgeous gardens. One of the owners, Patricia, has spent many years creating these beautiful gardens. Once a week, Patricia offers a free garden tour in Montezuma to our guests. She walks them around the property, pointing out different trees, plants and flowers and gives them a brief history of this property and Ylang Ylang. She also brings along some fruit samples that grow on our trees. This is a fun way to get to know Patricia and the history of Ylang Ylang!

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Playa Grande Costa Rica

Costa Rica beaches 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.

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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.  beaches of Costa Rica

Spa Packages in Costa Rica

For guests not staying with us at Ylang Ylang, we have a great option for enjoying our amenities. Our Day Packages are open to the public (either half or full day packages and include access to the resort facilities. Including the pool and hammocks. The packages also include a drink and lunch (full day package). Our massage therapists will welcome you to Ylang Ylang with a drink, show you around and take you to the spa where you will receive your treatments. spa treatmentsSpa at Ylang Ylang Beach ResortCome enjoy one of our spa packages in Costa Rica!   spa packagespa package

Tree Top Canopy

The Tree Top Canopy is one of the most unique and special units on the Ylang Ylang property. Perched high up in the canopy, surrounded by trees and a partial view of the ocean, it offers an incredible getaway. The Tree Top Canopy room is a large African style safari tent with a large king bed, indoor bathroom and two outdoor showers. There is a wonderful lounging space on the deck outside with a couch, table and chairs.

This space is private and secluded. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature, waves crashing on the rocks and the trees moving in the wind. Walk down your private walkway and you’ll find yourself right on the beach. This is truly a one of a kind experience!

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