Eating Healthy in Costa Rica

Eating healthy in Costa Rica is not difficult here at Ylang Ylang. We buy fresh, local, and organic produce whenever possible. We use herbs and coconut milk from our very own garden. The homemade coconut milk is used in our delicious and fresh smoothies.

Healthy Smoothies - Costa Rican Fruit

We also have a large menu, that satisfies any diet requirements or restrictions. Check out our gluten free, raw, vegan and vegetarian options. Below are our Namaste Rolls. A raw vegan option with fresh vegetable and avocado wrapped in rice paper with a sesame dressing. Vegan Namaste Rolls - Healthy Food in Costa Rica

For fish or chicken eaters, we’re happy to offer fish from local fisherman and hormone free chicken. One of our most popular dinners is the stuffed Mahi Mahi topped with a creamy mussel sauce. Seafood in Costa Rica


Costa Rica Beach Yoga Retreat

In preparation for our Costa Rica beach yoga retreat in August, some of the yoga teachers decided to take a trip to Tortuga Island for a photo shoot of beach yoga ! The photos that resulted were amazing! We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful retreat August 16-21! Yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit. The yoga retreat will incorporate many natural elements, through river walks and waterfall hikes. The yoga retreat will include a daily physical practice, meditation, sound healing, and mindfulness. We hope you’ll join us for this special week! E-mail for more information!

Beach Yoga - Costa Rica

Yoga on the Beach, Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Travel to Montezuma Costa Rica!

The fastest and easiest way to travel to Montezuma Costa Rica is by domestic flight. Sansa or Nature Airlines, both offer great flights to our local airport in Tambor. From Tambor it is a 30 minute taxi ride to Montezuma. The flight from San Jose to Tambor is 25 minutes, which significantly reduces the time to get here. By car, the trip can take 4-5 hours including the ferry. There are a number of transportation options, but the flight is by far the easiest.Travel to Costa Rica

The flight into Tambor also offers some incredible views of the countryside and, once you get closer to Tambor, of the ocean and islands. You’ll get a great photo opportunity of Tortuga Island! This is definitely a fun option for transportation.

Tortuga Island, Costa Rica

An aerial view of Tortuga Island.

Destination Wedding Ideas

This past weekend, we had a beautiful destination beach wedding planned. Unfortunately, we got a huge rain storm come through and we had to completely change the plan last minute. We moved the ceremony to an indoor area above the restaurant that is used as our yoga studio. It wasn’t what the couple had planned on, but we transformed the space into a beautiful ceremony. What resulted was a new destination wedding opportunity to offer to our guests.

Rainy Day Wedding - Costa Rica

Our whole team worked hard to clean and transform this space. We now have a beautiful new ceremony location option, which is especially helpful during our rainy season. We are excited to expand our destination wedding ideas!

Costa Rica Beach Weddings at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort – As Seen On


Second Honeymoon!

costa-rica-romantic-ocean-viewYou might know that Ylang Ylang Beach Resort has honeymoon packages, but for those who’ve been married a long time, have you considered a second honeymoon in Costa Rica?

Check out this article from Exciting World Travels – A second honeymoon in Costa Rica is just the thing to rekindle some romance, relive some adventure, and regroup for a while.

It’s exotic, exciting, and romantic, and there is no bad time to visit Costa Rica! Give us a call today to get things moving for that second great adventure.


Costa Rica Elopement Wedding

If you are looking for a simple and intimate way to tie the knot, a destination elopement could be just for you. Choosing a Costa Rica elopement wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate your love. We offer two special elopement packages, both offer romance and privacy. The ceremony can be on the beach or garden and can be either legal or symbolic. Both packages include flowers and decor made and grown in the Ylang Ylang gardens.

Beach Wedding - Elopement - Costa Rica

After your personalized, romantic and intimate ceremony, you’ll be welcomed to your private dining table on the beach. You will enjoy a three course meal with a bottle of wine and a cocktail, all while enjoying the view with your toes in the sand.

Elopement - Costa Rica Beach Dinner

The other option is to customize your elopement exactly the way you want it, choosing from our various wedding options. An elopement in Costa Rica is an unforgettable experience. We create a personal and private day, just for you.

Elopement Wedding in Costa Rica

Family Vacation to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an excellent place to take a family vacation, especially during the summer months when the kids are out of school. A family vacation to Costa Rica offers many activities for all ages. Traveling during the summer months (June, July and August) also means that Costa Rica will not be as crowded due to the low season in tourism. Not only does this mean that beaches, restaurants, tours and hotels will be less crowded, it also means that travel will be more affordable. Most hotels offer “green season rates” and for family travel these are great to take advantage of.

Costa Rica Beaches - Beach Resort

Our Family Beach Suite is the perfect room for small families. The suite has two queen beds and a king bed located in a loft with large panoramic glass windows of the ocean. The suite also has a nice balcony with furniture and a sandy area with lounge chairs in front.

Family Vacation Costa Rica

Almost all of the tours and activities are family friendly. Even young children can enjoy the zipline, horseback riding, or snorkel tours. Be sure to check with the tour provider about minimum ages, but children usually love these exciting activities. They provide excellent memories of family vacation!

Costa Rica Zipline

Beachfront Yoga Retreat August 16-22, 2015

We are excited to announce our all-inclusive Beachfront Yoga Retreat! Pack your bags and come pamper yourself at the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Practice Vinyasa to the flow of the waves. Explore beaches, creeks and waterfalls. Meditate under the trees. Restore with sound healing journeys. Relax in a hammock. Treat your taste buds to delicious homemade cuisine. Join Syska Iacono for a week of fun under the Costa Rican sun.

beachfront yoga studio

Syska is a certified yoga instructor. She also is a certified dance instructor and has experience in leading meditation and sound healing. She was born and raised in Montezuma, Costa Rica and manages the Ylang Ylang Beach Front Yoga Studio. If you’re interested in this fabulous week, you can check out more information about our yoga studio and the retreat pricing. Syska has put together an exciting week of yoga, fun and relaxation. Included in the yoga retreat package is 6 nights of accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

Montezuma Costa Rica

The retreat will include 8 yoga classes in our beach front yoga studio and one special, candle-lit beach yoga class (weather permitting), and two sound healing sessions with a guest musician utilizing crystal bowls.


The retreat will also offer a couple of nature walks and incorporate meditation through beautiful rivers and waterfalls.

Travel to Costa Rica

Join us for this special week! It is not to be missed. If you have any questions about our retreats, yoga, or accommodations please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Fishing in Costa Rica

Yesterday was an exciting day in front of Ylang Ylang. There were many fish right out front, so some of the local fisherman ran out to our beach to do some fishing. The local way of fishing in Costa Rica, is with the fishing line looped around and held on by hand. Most do not use fishing poles.

beach fishing in Costa Rica

There were also a number of little sardines that washed up on the beach making for perfect bait for the fishermen to use. The local fishermen climbed up on the rocks and used the sardines as bait. They pulled out a number of different types of fish including Jack Crevalle and Pacific Mackerel.

fishing in Costa Rica

Even our staff got in on the fun! A number of them collected sardines to use for their own fishing later and had some fun in the process!