Food in Costa Rica

Rice and beans are the most typical food in Costa Rica. Rice and beans are served with every meal here in Costa Rica. Breakfast is Gallo Pinto, a mixture of rice, beans and spices, eggs, cheese, tortillas and plantains.

Lunch and dinner is rice, beans, and usually some kind of meat or fish. Food in Costa Rica is not spicy but does have delicious flavor. Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, we offer a number of breakfast options including the Tipical Costa Rican breakfast. We also offer a Casado for lunch and dinner which is a typical meal. This includes rice, beans, fish or chicken, plantains, salad, and vegetables. This can also be done vegetarian with avocado. Come experience Costa Rican food. Always made with love!

Traditional Costa Rican breakfast

Typical Costa Rican breakfast served with rice and beans (gallo pinto), eggs, tortillas, sweet plantains, and white cheese.


Taxi Boat to Montezuma

montezuma-beachThe taxi boat to Montezuma offers an easy and quick ride from Jaco. This is the best way to get to Montezuma from the southern pacific coast. The hour long boat ride from Jaco to Montezuma will take you across the Pacific Ocean and along the coast. You’ll likely see some great wildlife on the boat including fish, dolphins, and maybe whales! The taxi boat will land on the beaches of Montezuma right next to the center of town.

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Montezuma taxi boat to Montezuma

Yoga in Montezuma Costa Rica

Montezuma, Costa Rica is the perfect place to detach from your busy life and connect with yourself on the mat. Montezuma offers a number of different classes and styles to fit your needs, offered at varying times throughout the day to fit your schedule. Here at Ylang Ylang Beach Front Yoga Studio, we offer classes twice a day, everyday at 8:15am and 4:30pm. We offer vinyasa, hatha, kundalini, and gentle flow classes. Our beach front studio offers stunning views of the beach and ocean. You’ll practice to the lull of the ocean and sounds of nature surrounding. Yoga in Montezuma Costa Rica is the ideal location to get into your yoga practice. yoga in costa rica yoga in montezuma costa rica yoga montezuma yoga

Travel to Costa Rica

Part of the beauty of travel to Costa Rica, is meeting the wonderful local people. People in Costa Rica are happy, helpful, friendly and welcoming. Our staff is no exception! Our guests leave feeling as though they have made new friends. Our staff take the time to learn their names and ask them about themselves. Over and over again, we here how wonderful the Ylang Ylang team is to the experience. We love our excellent team! costa rica resort wedding dinner  costa rica beach resort service in costa rica massage in Costa Rica

Ecotourism in Costa Rica

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica is expanding. Here at Ylang Ylang, we have been on the forefront of this initiative for the past 30 years. We recycle, compost, use solar energy, have reusable energy system to heat hot water, and continue planting trees. These are just a few of the ways that we are an eco-friendly hotel in Costa Rica.

We also choose to donate part of our profits to a local non-profit organization called ASEPALECO. This organization purchases land and makes it protected property that cannot be developed. They protect a major part of the watershed of the Nicoya Peninsula and the wildlife that inhabits that area.

Our reusable hot water system, uses the heat that is created by our air-conditioners to heat the hot water tanks. This eliminates the need for electricity to power the air-conditioner and the hot water tank. Our solar panels contribute about 30% of our electricity for the entire hotel.

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Wildlife in Costa Rica

While Costa Rica is famous for it’s wildlife on land, it also has incredible wildlife in the water. Taking a boat trip while in Costa Rica will likely provide some incredible wildlife sightings. The wildlife in Costa Rica is abundant and incredible to witness in person! A snorkel or dive trip to Tortuga Island or a fishing trip will allow you to see a great deal of marine life including dolphins, fish, turtles, whales and birds. This great video captures some of the incredible wildlife both above and below water!

 

 

 

 

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Montezuma Costa Rica

A special new video made by our friend Dylan Haskin tells the history and story of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and highlights the many wonderful aspects of vacationing here in Montezuma. We hope you enjoy it!

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Montezuma Costa Rica has a special history. The story of this beautiful getaway begins in 1981, when the owners, Lenny and Patricia Iacono acquired the property. They moved to Costa Rica with the intention of living off of the land. They built their home on the property and lived a quiet life. Montezuma at the time had no electricity, water services, and only 2 other businesses. Making a living at that time was a challenge, so they began drying fruit in the sun and created a dried fruit leather called Cocozuma.

The property originally had been used for cattle grazing, so Lenny and Patricia quickly
began planting many trees and plants, which has turned into the lovely lush gardens you see here today. They slowly built winding garden pathways and bungalows.

In 2004, Lenny and Patricia transformed their home into the yoga studio and restaurant
that you see today. From their beginning, healthy and high quality food has been
incredibly important. We use fresh and organic produce as much as possible. We offer a
variety of foods including seafood, chicken, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and raw foods.

The Ylang Ylang Spa was added in 2009. This relaxing and healing sanctuary offers a
large number of different treatments including massages, scrubs and facials. Twice a day, we offer yoga classes in the beach front yoga studio.

What we repeatedly hear over and over again is how special our staff is. Many guests
come back year after year to visit our Ylang Ylang family and we really are a family.
Many of the people working here have been with us for a number of years. The staff
learns our guests names and treats them as friends. We are proud of our unique staff
members that love what they do and love to share this beautiful country with our guests.
Ylang Ylang continues to be a family run business. We all put a great deal of love into
what we do here everyday.

An important part of our mission, has been to support a local non-profit ecological
association called ASEPALECO. This organization manages and protects a major part of the watershed for the Nicoya Peninsula. We make many efforts to reduce our own impact including solar panels, water treatment systems, safe water filtration, planting trees and cleaning up the local beaches.

Montezuma is unique because it offers so many activities. We really think that you can
get many of the wonderful aspects of Costa Rica here in one place. Montezuma is not easy to get to, but that’s part of thecharm. It’s a hidden gem and once our guests arrive at Ylang Ylang, they say it is most definitely worth the trip.

Beach Bungalows in Costa Rica

Our beach bungalows in Costa Rica offer privacy, seclusion, ocean views, and just steps from the beach. Each one is slightly unique, but all offer a gorgeous beach front experience. Our beach is often quiet with very few people, which means you’ll have a private beach view most of the time. A romantic beach getaway in Costa Rica is exactly what you need! bungalow in costa rica private bungalow beach bungalow costa rica beach bungalow

Straw Free Restaurant in Costa Rica

eco friendly costa ricaIn an effort to continue finding ways to be more considerate of our environment, we will no longer be serving plastic straws in our restaurants. As the rainy season has approached, we see more and more plastic washing up on our beaches. This is harmful to our beautiful surroundings and the sea life and animals that endure the hazards of millions of tons of plastic being thrown into the ocean each year. Please know that if you must use a straw, we will still have them available upon request, but will not be automatically serving them with our drinks. We challenge and encourage other members of our community to be more conscious of their plastic waste! We are hoping to encourage others to be a straw free restaurant in Costa Rica.

  • Plastic constitutes 90% of floating trash
  • Each day at least 500 million straws are used in just the United States
  • Straws are one of the top 10 items picked up on beach cleanups
  • 44% of all sea birds have ingested plastic

Reference: http://www.choosetobestrawfree.com/

If you feel passionate about reducing plastic waste, take the pledge like we did!