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!

Jungle in Costa Rica

We have a number of beautiful trees and plants on the property that represent the jungle in Costa Rica. Our guests love to walk and explore our jungle gardens. Recently, we’ve added some hand painted signs to indicate the types of trees on our property with the name in English, Spanish and their scientific name. It’s great to be able to identify the trees you see everyday and what to call them! We’re hoping to add more signs around the property, so that our guests can enjoy learning even more about the tropical jungle and gardens of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Over the years, Ylang Ylang has been reforested, which contributes to the ecotourism and environment of the area.

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Romantic Beach Dinner

Enjoy a special evening on the beach. Relax with your toes in the sand during your romantic beach dinner. Enjoy a three course meal from our menu including an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Choose from our sushi, seafood, chicken, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes. The package also includes a cocktail per person and a bottle of wine or champagne to share. The perfect way to celebrate or treat yourself to something special while on vacation in Costa Rica. Add this special dinner as a part of your honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday trip!

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Gardens and Flowers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has many beautiful types of plants and flowers. Our gardens here at Ylang Ylang have a wide variety flowers to admire, especially around this time of year. With the first few rains of the season, everything is green and the flowers are blooming. The gardens and flowers in Costa Rica are colorful and vibrant. Ylang Ylang has a large garden and beautiful pathways to explore. Enjoy the gorgeous surroundings as you walk through our property.

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