Over the last week, we have had our first rains of the season. This means that we are at the end of our dry season and the beginning of our green season! For the next few months, it will rain off and on. Some days more than others and some days not at all. In addition to your regular packing list, here’s a list of important items for you to be prepared for the rainy season when you pack for Costa Rica:
-Lightweight Rain Coat/Windbreaker
-Extra Batteries (With rainy season storms, the electricity is not as reliable)
-Battery operated alarm clock
-Flashlight with extra batteries
-Sandals that can get wet
-Lightweight and waterproof hiking shoes
-Lightweight clothing that dries quickly
-Waterproof cases for your phone, camera or other valuables
-Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses (even though it’s the rainy season, the sun is still strong and powerful!)
The green/rainy season in Montezuma is a beautiful time to be here. It is not as hot, there is less dust, the trees and plants are lush and green, and Montezuma is not as crowded with tourists. The rain storms in Costa Rica are truly something special to experience.The list of items above is to help make your trip more comfortable when the weather is not as predictable. Don’t let the rainy season stop you from taking a trip to Costa Rica. The rainy season in Costa Rica is a very peaceful time to travel to Montezuma. Should you have any other questions about your trip, check out our FAQs.
The Cocalito Falls are located approximately 7 kilometers north of Montezuma, making it a pretty good beach hike that can take about 2 hours, depending on how fast you walk. The walk is beautiful, along pristine and deserted beaches. Often times, you’ll see only a handful of people along the way.The other option for getting to El Chorro is on horseback. This takes less time and can be a really fun for those who enjoy horseback riding!
Once you arrive at the falls, you will see that they fall right into the ocean. El Chorro is one of only 7 waterfalls in the world that fall into the ocean. If you climb up to the top, there is a nice, cool, fresh water stream for swimming in and a stunning panoramic view.
As mentioned, this is a long hike. It is definitely recommended to start early in the morning when it is not too hot and to bring lots of water, a hat and sunscreen. There is very little shade while walking. The best advice to to cool down by taking a swim and to make sure to stay hydrated!
After a long day of hiking or exploring Costa Rica, a nice refreshing swim in the pool is exactly what you need. The pool at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort offers a relaxing space to cool down. The pool is surrounded by lush greenery and the waterfall at the end of the pool provides the perfect soothing background noise. Comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks are available for both shade dwellers and sun lovers. Our pool is perfect for your tropical vacation.
One of the most popular Montezuma activities while on vacation to Costa Rica is the day trip to Tortuga Island!
White sand beaches and clear blue water at Tortuga Island.
The day begins by meeting the boat at the beach in Montezuma, from there it is a 45 minute boat ride along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. The boat ride takes you past many secluded beaches and jungles. Including a glimpse at El Chorro Waterfall, one of seven waterfalls in the world that falls into the ocean!
Boat Ride to Tortuga Island
Once you arrive near the island, the boat stops to allow you to snorkel and explore some caves and sea life. After snorkeling, the boat takes you to the Island to eat lunch, options include fish, chicken, or vegetarian. After lunch, you can take time to explore the island. There are animals to observe, kayaks to rent or banana boat rides!
Banana boat adventure at Tortuga Island.
The tour includes the boat ride, snorkel gear, lunch, and drinks (including beer!). Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and towel. It’s a fun day in the sun!
Included in the room rates at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, are breakfast and dinner in our beach front restaurant. Our breakfast menu includes a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. Below are some of our favorite and most popular breakfast items! Perfect for all types of eaters.
Tropical banana pancakes topped with fresh fruit.
Typical Costa Rican breakfast served with rice and beans (gallo pinto), eggs, tortillas, sweet plantains, and white cheese.
Open faced breakfast omelet topped with tomato, onions, peppers, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Served with homemade wheat toast.
Breakfasts at Ylang Ylang are hearty and delicious. They allow you to start your vacation day with a fresh and healthy meal and make the most of your days in paradise!
This past month here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, we had a number of weddings. One of these weddings was a completely colorful and beautiful peacock themed wedding. From the peacock feathers in the flowers and peacock drawings on the tables, each detail was meticulously planned out.The tables were decorated with hand made name cards and table numbers. A beautiful personal touch.
Not only was the wedding decorated beautifully, the bride and groom are also vegan and gluten free. Therefore, most of their buffet, appetizers, and wedding cake was vegan and gluten free.
The wedding turned out to be a beautiful and perfect romantic beach wedding with delicious vegan and gluten free foods. Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, we work hard to create weddings that fit the bride and groom perfectly and create a dream Costa Rica beach wedding.
While your vacation to Costa Rica can offer great adventure, wildlife and activities, it can also provide a fun and relaxing vacation right from the comfort of your lounge chair or beach towel. Costa Rica is famous for it’s incredible beaches. The beaches of Montezuma are no exception. They are beautiful, expansive and truly natural. Bring a book, grab a cold drink, or spend most of the day in the surf. The beaches also offer many spaces to hang a hammock or relax in the shade.
Depending on which beach you decide on, the water can be great for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding and/or snorkling. The water is the perfect temperature year round to spend the whole day swimming. Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort we offer boogie board and surf board rentals, flippers and masks to add to your beach vacation. We offer lounge chairs on the beach and beach towels to make your time on the beach more comfortable. There are plenty activities to keep yourself busy with here in Montezuma, but don’t forget to enjoy the perfect Costa Rica beach vacation.
Imagine waking up each morning on vacation to the sun shining and the sound of the ocean. Then, opening your eyes and realizing your beachfront bungalow has a wonderful view of white sand beach, blue ocean, and green jungle.
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Beach Front Bungalows are the perfect escape with an ocean front view and total privacy! Enjoy your morning coffee on the front deck in a lounge chair and listen to the sounds of the waves and jungle. The perfect way to begin your relaxing vacation. The Beach Front Bungalows are set apart from each other and have lush greenery. The bungalows are comfortable, colorful, and cozy.
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is always looking for new ways to conserve energy and be as efficient as possible. We are excited to be a part of ecotourism in Costa Rica. We have added solar panels that produce up to 16,000 watts of peak energy when the sun shines brightly. The solar panels are all located on the property in a large sunny solar garden in the jungle. We hope to get more solar panels in the future.
Additionally, we are installing Solar Hot Water heating units and use a system to heat water by using the air conditioning. We have also changed many of our light bulbs to LED’s and continue to gradually phase out energy wasting devices. We hope to increase our efforts and use more green energy wherever possible.
A favorite activity in Montezuma is the hike to the Montezuma Waterfalls. Not for the faint of heart, the walk to the falls does require climbing some rocks and walking through parts of the river. However, once you arrive at the stunning waterfall, you are rewarded with a beautiful, cool, fresh water pool for swimming, large rocks to climb and sun yourself on, and huge falls to play in. Exploring the river, waterfalls, and jungle surrounding the falls is a wonderful way to spend the day. A perfect activity to add some adventure to your vacation to Costa Rica.