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.

Costa Rica’s Green Season

If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica soon, the wet or green season starts in May. This season lasts from May until November. This season generally discourages many tourists, due to all the rain, but it is the cheapest time to travel. There are many deals on hotels, and attractions have little crowds. Many areas in the interior of the country are unreachable by vehicle until the dry season, but there is still a lot to do.

 

Expect a lot of rain, as Costa Rica gets up to 25 feet of rainfall each year, mainly in the mountains. The most rain occurs during September and October. Generally, the best weather is during May and June of this period, but it depends on where you plan to travel. The weather on the Caribbean Coast never changes, and it stays slightly wet throughout the year. The Central Valley area, including San Jose, stays nice during this time period, too, with less rain than other areas.

 

During the wet season, stick to the beaches and the villages close to the beach. The mountains get the most rainfall, more so than anywhere else does. This would be a great time to head to the San Jose area to see the museums and art galleries there. Indoor activities are your best bet, but having a list of places you’d like to see near the coast is a good idea.

 

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

 

Get Your 4th Night FREE with Your Stay at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Save now when you travel to Costa Rica! Book your stay at the Ylang Ylang beach resort to experience the magic of the Nicoya Peninsula. If you book now, you can enjoy your stay for less. Book three nights in one of the Ylang Ylang’s tent cabins and get your 4th night at a 100% discount. This means a FREE night!
 
This offer applies to tent cabins booked for May 1st through May 31st, 2014. This only applies to reservations booked between April 15th and May 15th, 2014. In order to take advantage of this offer, you must make your reservations directly with the Ylang Ylang resort and use the coupon code, TCMAY4X3. All tent cabins are, of course, subject to availability, so make sure you act fast. The price for each night does not include the 13% tax rate added at the time of reservation. Deposits may also be required.
 
The tent cabins are located right on the beach. These cabins are made up of a large tent with beds and nightstands. You can choose to head out to the beach any time or walk down a short jungle path to the pool and spa. Only a short walk away is the restaurant and bar. There, you can enjoy Costa Rican inspired food and low priced cocktails.
 
Just a 15-minute walk from your cabin is the beachside town of Montezuma. This town has a booming nightlife with bars and clubs to enjoy. There are also many restaurants where you can enjoy fresh meals in many different specialties, including Italian and Mediterranean food. Enjoy the friendly staff and relaxed attitude while you vacation at the Ylang Ylang.
 
To book your rooms now and take advantage of this money-saving offer, contact us today at the Ylang Ylang resort.
 

Come See the Beautiful Beaches near Montezuma

If you choose one of the Ylang Ylang resort’s Costa Rica vacation packages, you will have access to many beautiful beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula. Year-round, these beaches only get small crowds, making them all the more enjoyable for couples and families alike. Below are three of the best beaches in the area, which includes Playa Grande, Santa Teresa and Curú.
 

  1. Playa Grande Beach. Playa Grande is located just north of Montezuma on the Pacific Coast and the Tamarindo Bay. It is a small beach with the Playa Grande village located nearby and just north of Tamarindo. The beach is clean and offers a beautiful view with crystal clear water. The area is a well-known surf spot and home to the leatherback turtles’ nesting grounds.
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  3. Santa Teresa Beach. Santa Teresa is a popular and booming travel destination on the Nicoya Peninsula. Its white sand beaches offers beachgoers and surfers a great place to gather. The small, quaint village is now a large tourist town that offers many things to do, places to eat and places to stay. ATV and boating tours offer the best way to explore the area and its hidden gems.
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  5. Curú Beach. The Curú Wildlife Reserve offers hiking and many other activities for eco tourists. You can enter the park by taking the public road from either Paquera or Tambor. From within the reserve, you can hike through the rainforest to the Bay of Curú to go swimming in the beautiful beach. The water is nice and calm in the bay, offering the ability to swim or sunbathe on the tranquil shore.

Contact us at the Ylang Ylang beach resort for all of you Costa Rican travel needs.
 

Romantic Dining Specials at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Romantic Dining Specials at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

The Ylang Ylang beach resort tops the list of the best resorts and hotels in Costa Rica each year. They offer great specials that allow couples and families to vacation there for less. In addition to catering to families, they offer special services to couples celebrating their anniversary or even for those who wish to throw a wedding right on the beautiful white sandy beach. Right now, the Ylang Ylang is offering a discounted romantic dinner for two.

 

Guests staying at the Ylang Ylang resort can get a candle-lit, 3-course meal for two for just $129. During the meal, the lucky couple can watch the sun set over the Nicoya Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. This offer only applies to those staying at the Ylang Ylang resort. Those staying at nearby hotels can reserve a romantic dinner for two, but it will be at a higher rate.

 

This deal is great for couples who are celebrating their anniversary, or just for a couple taking a vacation without the kids. With the beautiful ocean scenery and the gourmet food, this meal is extremely romantic. Couples can choose wine or champagne with their meal, and they will have a personal waiter. The table for two is adorned with local tropical flowers for the final touch.

 

This offer is part of the Ylang Ylang resort’s ongoing commitment to giving their guests an unforgettable Costa Rican experience. They offer the best in dining, spas and lodging in the area. In order to reserve your romantic dinner for two, book now for your anniversary or honeymoon.

 

The 10 Best Beachside Paradises of Costa Rica

Beachside Paradises of Costa Rica

 

When you travel to Costa Rica, the first thing on your mind might be the beach. Luckily for you, great beaches and many quaint beach villages surround this country. Since there are so many beaches to explore, we’ve narrowed down the top 10 to visit on your next trip to beautiful Costa Rica.

 

  1. Inside the Marino Ballena National Park is the beautiful Playa Arcos. It is surrounded by jungle-covered steep hills.
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  3. Playa Barrigona is located just north of Samara. It’s a stunning and well-hidden beach. You’ll have to drive down a bumpy road through dense jungle to get to it.
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  5. Uvita is only accessible during low tide. It’s located 17 km south of Dominical along Coastal Highway 34. The sandy outcropping resembles a whale tail, giving it the name Uvita.
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  7. Isla de Cano is only accessible by boat. You can reach it 10 miles off the coast of the Osa Peninsula.
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  9. Playa Blanca and Playa Virador are located right by each other on the Papagayo Peninsula. Since the Four Seasons dominates the peninsula, you’ll have to hike to the beaches, which are open to the public.
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  11. Playa Matapalo is nestled between two popular spots, Manuel Antonio and Dominical. It’s quiet and offers a great sunset.
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  13. Punta Uva has a beautiful coral reef just offshore and a beautiful beach. It’s right outside Puerto Viejo, surrounded by jungle.
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  15. Visit the sea turtles at Ostional. This beach is located just north of Nosara.
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  17. Located on the Punta Quepoa peninsula, Playa Biesanz is a quiet beach surrounded by forest just outside of Manuel Antonio.
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  19. The undeveloped beach of Esterillos is sure to please. Find it halfway between Manuel Antonio and Jaco.

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.

The Rainforest of Costa Rica

Eco-tourists love Costa Rica for all the untouched land located in the small country. While on their Costa Rica vacation, the rainforest always sits high on the list of places to visit. It is one of the few rainforests on Earth that is not in danger. This is due in part to the Costa Rican government creating preserves to keep plant and animal life safe from humans pushing into the lush forests.

 

The rainforest is located in the central part of the country, but it also touches both coasts in some areas. The biodiversity in this area is really large. There are thousands of known plant and animal species, and likely many more never seen by human eyes. It is the untouched beauty that drives eco-tourists to this location.

 

Inside the rainforest, it is wet. It rains a good part of the year there. Most areas of the forest floor are free of vegetation due to the lack of sunlight from the lush treetops. Inside of the forest lurk many large and small animals, from the large leopard to the smallest tree frog. Waterfalls and small springs are scattered throughout, just waiting for a small tour’s discovery.

 

In the mountains, the rainforest looks much different. The trees are shrouded by clouds, creating a cloud forest. Within this area, tree branches are not bare. Moss, lichens, and plants grow among the trees, high in the air.

 

When visiting Costa Rica, consider taking one of the many tours into the rainforest. Many tours offer horseback rides deep into the forest near Arenal, where you can see the eruptions late at night.

 

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

 

The Top 5 Natural Attractions in Costa Rica

There is so much more to see once you get beyond the hotels in Costa Rica. Once you get your pampering at the spa out of the way, you should go explore some of the natural attractions in the small, rural country. At least half, if not more, of the best places to visit are natural areas of Costa Rica. There is also something to be said of a country where two of the best places to see happen to feature volcanoes. Below are the top 5 natural destinations.

     

  1. Osa Peninsula. Located in this region is the Corcovado National Park. This park features some of the last un-touched, lowland, tropical rainforest left in Central America. Many animals call this area home, including jaguars, many bird species and crocodiles. You can camp inside the park or stay in Drake Bay.
  2. Rio Sarapiqui Region. See many different ecosystems in this region of Costa Rica. Most of this region contains tropical forests that rise up out of the coastal lowlands. Many private reserves are located here, as well as the Braulio Carrillo National Park.
  3. Manuel Antonio. The national park here offers a unique experience. The park is full of different species of monkey. The jungle meets the Pacific Coast in Manuel Antonio. You’ll have ample opportunity to see the steep jungle hills and uninhabited islands off the coast.
  4. Arenal Volcano Area. Spend the day soaking in the hot springs of Arenal while listening to the volcano rumble. At night, you can see a light show as the volcano constantly erupts.
  5. Rincon de la Vieja National Park. This beautiful area also boasts a volcano. Within the park are numerous hot springs, geysers and vents to explore.

To learn more about what Costa Rica offers, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Costa Rican Hidden Treasures: 3 Places You Can’t Miss

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After you travel to Costa Rica, you will leave wanting to come back again and again. Once you get all the must-see sites out of the way, the exploring really starts. There are many areas of the country that you have likely never seen. Check out three of the places that you have likely never heard of, but cannot pass up.

 

  1. Nauyaca Waterfalls. These falls can only be accessed through a long hike through the woods or by horseback. The tallest part of the falls is over 40 meters, with the smallest part being 20 meters. The sound of the falls thunders, and you can hear it echoing throughout the forest, as you get close. Go swimming in several pools near the base of the falls before you hike back the way you came.
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  3. The Tree of Life Tour. Between Dominical and San Isidro del General, you will find this tour. The property contains many acres of rainforest and cloud forest. The forests go all the way to the summit of the Tinamaste Mountains. In the forest, you can visit the Diamante Falls. You can take a hike up to the top of the 600-foot falls and see another 150-foot waterfall with a cave located behind the falls. Spend the night in the cave, which has a full kitchen and sleeping quarters inside.
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  5. Los Heroes. The area used to be cow pastures, but it later became a replica of a Swiss village. The village has two restaurants, a hotel, stables, a chapel, and a train station. The village is located on Lake Arenal, giving you views of the volcano and the surrounding mountains.

For more information on where to go or stay in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.