Traditional Costa Rican Foods

Traditional Costa Rican Foods

While on your Costa Rica vacation, you will experience the culture and food of the Central American country. At the hotels and in the villages, you will find many different types of local food. For picky guests, there are some American, Italian and Mediterranean options available. However, your vacation is not complete without trying some of the country’s delicious traditional meals.
 
The food is flavorful and mild, with fresh ingredients. Some common types of staples are:

  • Fresh local fruit
  • Fresh local vegetables
  • Rice
  • Black beans

The Costa Rican national dish is the gallo pinto, a breakfast meal. It consists of rice and black beans, mixed with onions and bell peppers. The traditional lunch meal is called the casado. It is a plate of rice, beans, meat and salad. The meat options are usually fish, pork, chicken or carne asada. It is common to have tortillas, fried plantains and cheese on the side. Expect to be offered some Salsa Lizano, a popular condiment sauce that is sweet, but spicy.
 
For dinner, expect to have some Arroz con pollo, or rice with chicken, which is commonly served with a large Russian salad. Tavern food is popular; with small dishes served that have dip on the side. Most options contain a meat, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Vegetables from the squash family are most abundant within meals, as well as potatoes, onions and peppers.
 
Beverages found in Costa Rica are similar to other areas of North and South America. Coffee is a national drink, with fresh coffee beans available. Other than coffee, another local drink is the agua dulce, or sweet water. It is water or milk with boiled down sugar cane added.
 
For more information about Costa Rica, including lodging, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

The Wildlife of Montezuma

After booking rooms in hotels in Costa Rica, your vacation begins. There are many things to explore in the Montezuma area. Eco tourism is very popular here, with multiple wildlife reserves to visit and many other places to become one with nature.

     

  • The Curu National Wildlife Refuge offers tours to see all the different wildlife in the area. Watch many different birds in the refuge, including macaws. On site is also an artificial reef, which can be viewed during diving tours.
  • Many areas within and around Montezuma are open to hiking. While hiking, you are likely to see many different species of monkey, deer and even pumas. Early in the morning, more animals are out for you to see.
  • Horseback riding tours are plentiful in the area. On horseback, you can ride trails through the rainforest to different waterfalls, taking in nature along the way. On these trips, you are likely to see a lot of the natural wildlife in the area.
  • Take a boat tour to go whale watching. Along the way, you are likely to meet dolphins and sea turtles. Scuba diving gives you more opportunities to interact with the fish, sharks and other ocean life.

There are only a small number of the places you can view the local wildlife near Montezuma. The whole area is teeming with preserves and national parks. No matter what type of activities you fancy, you will find them in the area, with so much more waiting for you in other parts of the country.
 

The Top 3 Hot Springs in Costa Rica

When you plan your Costa Rica vacation, plan to visit one of the hot springs and spas located in the volcanic regions. Many people do not realize that Costa Rica has volcanoes, let alone hot springs, but the country does. There are many different spas that offer the natural hot springs, but below are the top 3 that you should consider visiting after a rejuvenating stay at the Ylang Ylang resort.

     

  1. Tabacon. The thermal springs at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort offers guests a close encounter with nature at its best. The hot springs here are located among lush gardens and the natural rain forest. The springs are heated by the nearby Arenal Volcano, which heats the water up to 122 degrees. Other spa services are available on site, too.
  2. The Springs at Arenal. The Springs Resort offers 18 different hot springs within its property near the Arenal Volcano. The property is filled with lush gardens among the rainforest and wildlife preserve.
  3. Baldi. The Baldi Hot Springs is a unique destination. They offer 25 different water pools heated by the volcano, but also have three large water slides on the large property, which rests at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Other services include a full service spa, pools and a sauna.

Hot springs are a feature of a volcanic area that creates a unique experience for the whole family. Costa Rica offers many of these hot springs around the many volcanoes within the country’s borders. Stay for the day, or book a vacation at one of the many spas or resorts.
 
For more information on vacationing in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Book Your Destination Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Wedding at Ylang Ylang

Run away and travel to Costa Rica to have a wedding in paradise. At Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, you can have a wedding you’ll never forget. No matter what type of wedding package you need, you can find it here. Book either an Elopement Package or a Group Wedding Package, depending on your needs and situation.
 
Take your vows right on the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Your wedding will be stress-free, and you will be at the best accommodations in Montezuma. With a destination wedding, there will be no need to have a honeymoon anywhere else. Once the wedding is over, spend your days exploring what Costa Rica has to offer.
 
The rain forest and hot springs at the local spas await you after the ceremony is over. Choose a day or an evening wedding that is custom to your needs and tastes. Not only will you have an accommodation in paradise, but your wedding will be in paradise, too. Experience local gourmet food and music during your special day while family and friends look on. Don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful resort grounds for your wedding photography.
 
In Costa Rica, your wedding truly will be the best day of your life. You will share this special day with the ones you love in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Remember to book during the dry season for an outdoor wedding that you’ll never forget.
 

Visit the Volcanoes of Costa Rica

While on your Costa Rica vacation, take note of some of the natural features of the country. Costa Rica is home to three recently active volcanoes: the Poas, Irazu and Arenal. You can visit the Arenal Observatory Lodge, overlooking the Arenal Volcano, which is just 1.7 miles away.

     

  1. Poas. The Poas Volcano is located in the Poas Volcano National Park. It is an active stratovolcano that has erupted multiple times in the last 100 years. The main crater is located at the summit and is a lake. The lake has an acidic pH that varies from 4 to 0. There is no aquatic life in the acid lake. The lake waters cause acid rain in the region.
  2. Irazu. Inside the Irazu Volcano National Park lies the summit of Irazu. It is the largest volcano in the country, at 11,260 feet at the summit. The volcano has 5 craters, the largest of which is The Main Crater. There is a road from San Jose that leads to the volcano, and a bus that takes tourists to the top of the summit.
  3. Arenal. The Arenal Volcano is located in the center of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Up unto 2010, the volcano erupted often, but has since become dormant. Many hotels and lodges are available in the park.

When visiting the volcanoes of Costa Rica, remember that these volcanoes are only dormant and could erupt at any time. However, this is unlikely to occur.
 
For more information about vacationing in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Travel to Costa Rica for Corcovado Beach

Many people travel to Costa Rica for the beautiful beaches. The beaches there are known worldwide for their beauty. One of the most remote but beautiful beaches is the Corcovado Beach in the Parque Nacional Corcovado.
 
Why Travel There?
 
If you love nature, you’ll love this part of Costa Rica. Here, you’ll find one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Four different species of monkeys, two species of crocodiles, four large cat species, and many small mammals and birds are located here.
 
When to Travel
 
Since this national park is located in one of the most remote areas of the country, only attempt travel in the dry season. During the wet season, it might be hard to get into the park. You can get there by traveling along the beaches from the north and south. From the east, take a 13km hike from east to west.
 
The Beach
 
The beach at Corcovado is beautiful, but deadly. Black sand covers the beach, leading into the rain forest. The tides are especially strong here and sharks are always present in the waters. The crocodiles there can tolerate salt water, which means you need to watch for them, too.
 
This national park area offers a lot to do, including hiking and bird watching. You will need to be careful of the natural wildlife, as well as the tides and crocodiles. Bring plenty of water when visiting to avoid dehydration. A portable water sanitation device would be helpful too.
 
For more information on travel in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

Go River Rafting in Costa Rica

Go River Rafting in Costa Rica

Consider going river rafting during your next Costa Rica vacation. River rafting is a fun activity in which a group rides a large inflatable raft down rapids in a river. There are different types of rapids, but no two rivers are the same. Since there are more rivers per square kilometer than anywhere else on earth, Costa Rica is a great place to go rafting.
 
Turrialba: The Capital of Rafting
 
One of the most popular places to go rafting is Turrialba. It is a large town located in the mountains close to the Pacuare and Reventazon Rivers. This area is located on the Caribbean slope of the small country.
 
Other Popular Areas
 
Several areas within the Arenal Volcano National Park are incredibly popular with rafters. Two rivers inside the park, the Toro and Sarapiqui Rivers, are both are very popular with whitewater rafters. The Rio Balsa area is also popular, with Class II and III rapids for experienced rafters.
 
Class IV+ Rapids
 
Several rivers offer Class IV rapids, which are very difficult rapids to traverse. Expert rafters should only attempt anything above Class IV. The Tenorio River offers Class IV rapids, as well as areas of the Pacuare River and Savegre River. For the most difficult rapids, visit the Chorro Section of the Naranjo River. This section is open from December to May.
 
River rafting is fun, but consider your skill level before you jump out into a raft or kayak. You’ll need experience for most of the rapids, and some places will require expert experience.
 
For more information on what to do and see in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.
 

The 5 Best Restaurants in Montezuma Costa Rica

When on a Costa Rica vacation, food is a necessity. There are many restaurants at the various resorts in the area, but you may not know the best places to go. Luckily, we have compiled this list with the best restaurants to go to in the area, based upon user reviews.

 

  1. Tierra Y Fuego. For a bit of home comfort, visit Tierra Y Fuego. They offer a great menu full of traditional Italian cuisine that rivals your local stateside Italian restaurant. All bread and dough are homemade, as well as all of the yummy desserts. If you crave a pizza, this is the place to dine. 
  2. Ylang Ylang Restaurant. The Ylang Ylang Restaurant was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2013. We offer up fresh homemade traditional Costa Rican cuisine. Raw, organic and seafood dishes are aplenty, as are tropical and exotic beverages.
  3. Puggo’s. Puggo’s offers up fresh seafood and traditional Costa Rican fare. All ingredients are fresh, and all meals are homemade. Receive excellent service and great tasting food in this family-oriented restaurant.
  4. Soda marvin. Soda marvin is a family-owned restaurant attached to the owner’s home. Dinner here brings a whole new meaning to a home-cooked meal. The menu is extensive, the atmosphere family-friendly and the food is prepared fresh.
  5. Cocolores. Cocolores offers up a mixture of gourmet Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. They offer excellent seafood and a great selection of craft beers at this local seaside favorite. 

For more information on local plays to stay and restaurants, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.

 

5 Must-See Attractions in the Montezuma Area

When you travel to Costa Rica, consider staying in the Montezuma area. This area offers some of the best attractions, food and nightlife in the whole country. The town is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula of the Latin American country. The area is very popular with tourists for all the things there are to do and see.
 

1.  Costa Rica International Film Festival. In November of each year is the Costa Rica International Film Festival. Here you can see a diverse array of independent films that are made by amateur and professional directors alike. Watch hundreds of films over the four day festival and attend after parties in many of the bars.

 

2.  Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Many eco-tourists flock to this nature reserve each year. It covers just over 3,000 acres and contains many diverse species of plants, animals and birds. Travelers can step foot into two diverse forest regions, dry and wet. Both areas have different types of flora and fauna.

 

3.  Horseback Riding Expeditions on the Beach. Ride horses along the beach or through the jungle. Exploring the area by horse gives travelers a unique experience not available anywhere else. Ride with a group or arrange for a private session.

 

4.  Montezuma Falls. The stunning waterfalls in Montezuma are a tourist favorite. Swim or go hiking in the area for the day.

 

5.  Zumatours Fishing. Fishing tours are fun for the whole family. The private charter tours will take you out where you can deep sea fish, or go diving or snorkeling off the coast of Costa Rica.

 
For more fun activities and lodging, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resorts.
 

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort’s Valentine’s Day Celebration

Valentine's Day 2014

On Friday, February 14, 2014, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special romantic dinner for both families and lovers. Those on their Costa Rica vacation at the resort met together in the evening to celebrate “love day.” This celebration included great food and live entertainment.
 
The evening started with a huge beach bonfire. Families gathered to share the evening around the fire, have small talk and enjoy the beach. Later, local Montezuma youth gathered together for a live orchestra performance. Then, in the tropical gardens, the Metamorphosis Ballet performed. Their ballet featured the talented Marlowe Basset and Yaan Gulledge.
 
Guests were served a traditional Costa Rican buffet-style dinner. The gourmet buffet was all-you-can-eat, allowing guests to indulge in the wonderful fresh food. Eating dinner outside under the stars was a magical way to enjoy the romantic holiday in Costa Rica. Between the bonfire and the one-of-a-kind performances of the orchestra and ballet, the evening was a great success.
 
The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is located in the heart of Costa Rica on the Montezuma Beach. It is the ultimate tropical destination with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The resort’s suites offer up a breathtaking view of the ocean. Spend time in the spa, at the beach or in the on-site pool for a day of relaxation while on vacation. The resort offers ultimate relaxation, while the area offers up many places to explore.
 
To join us at our next holiday celebration, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort for rates, offers and information.