Costa Rica Beaches

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Costa Rica is unique in that jungle meets ocean. The lush and green Costa Rica jungle ends right where the beach meets ocean, offering a shaded oasis on the tropical beaches and needed respite from the hot Costa Rican sun. The jungle also offers views of wildlife, exotic birds and trees. There are so many beaches to explore in Costa Rica. Each one is different and offers different wildlife, trees, and scenery. Costa Rica beaches are unique and stunning, different than many you’ll see around the world.

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Gluten Free Travel Costa Rica

Traveling with a gluten sensitivity or intolerance can be challenging, however, in Costa Rica most of the typical food are rice based meals. Here at Ylang Ylang Restaurant, we understand this intolerance and have created a special gluten free menu for our guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our kitchen has been well trained to know which ingredients include gluten and how to replace and avoid them. We offer a number of delicious options for those who avoid gluten, so you won’t be missing out on any meal.

curry in costa rica

Ylang Ylang Curry made with homemade coconut milk. Can be served with chicken, fish or tofu.

vegan food in costa rica

Asian Rice noodles made with a ginger coconut cream sauce.

dinner in Montezuma

Seaside Ambrosia. Grilled Eggplant stuffed with fresh fish served on mashed potatoes and topped with a white wine cream sauce.

healthy food in costa rica

Namaste Spring Rolls packed with fresh veggies and avocado, served with a sesame dipping sauce.

Traditional Costa Rican breakfast

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

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 Vacation in Costa Rica

A visit to Costa Rica is not complete without checking out the beautiful beaches. Costa Rica has many small beach towns and incredible beaches. Our beach front property and units offer the perfect space to enjoy Costa Rica’s beaches. Each beach is different. Some are better for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, wading, or snorkeling, but all are beautiful to see and explore. The green trees provide wonderful shade and space to hang a hammock and the ocean is so warm that you can relax in it all day. Check out some of our favorite local beaches below.

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Romantic Vacation in Costa Rica

A romantic vacation in Costa Rica is exactly what’s needed during these long winter months. Escape to one of our secluded and private bungalows, ocean view rooms, or tree top canopy. Enjoy romantic meals together in our restaurant, where daily breakfast and dinner are included in your room rates. Meals in the restaurant include stunning ocean views and the beach just steps away!


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Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve Party 2013/2014

We had a wonderful year here in tropical paradise. We opened for the season on November 1, 2014 and are off to a great start. We had a record breaking New Year’s Eve celebration at our beach hotel in Costa Rica! With 171 guests, we had the largest event Ylang Ylang has ever seen! The celebration included an all you can eat gourmet buffet with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, Latin band, fire dancing performance and fireworks at midnight. It was a big hit!

As we look forward to 2015, we recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy and relaxing atmosphere for our guests, reducing our environmental impact through ecotourism in Costa Rica, using organic and local foods whenever possible and continuing our vision for peace and harmony. As a family run business we are always looking for ways to improve and we welcome your feedback. We are looking forward to 2015 and hope to see you back here soon!


The Iacono Family

Lenny, Patricia, Syska, Moraya, and Emma

Stay in a Beach Hotel in Costa Rica

A visit to Costa Rica is sure to be one of the most magical, memorable times of your life. Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The protected environment ensures that Costa Rica will always remain beautiful. Instead of being a space encroached upon by human endeavors, Costa Rica is, and always will be, natural, preserved and breathtaking. With all of this natural beauty available, it is no surprise that Costa Rica is a leading destination for vacations. If you are one of the many that wish to flock to Costa Rica, one of the first things you must decide is where you will stay during your visit. A beach hotel in Costa Rica is the ideal option.

When you stay in a beach hotel such as the Ylang Ylang, you will be enjoying one of Costa Rica’s major attractions – white, sandy beaches on the coastline! Beach resorts are located in the closest proximity to the beaches to ensure that guests have quick, easy access any time they wish. Here at the Ylang Ylang, our guests can also enjoy a myriad of activities that utilize our pristine beaches, including yoga sessions in the early morning sun and moonlit dinners in the evening. Our staff strives to ensure that you, the guest, are always happy during your stay. In addition to our beach activities, you will also be enjoying luxury accommodations at one of the finest resorts in Costa Rica. Contact us today to find out how you can reserve your suite or bungalow!

Ylang Ylang Beach Hotel Costa Rica has It All!

If you have decided that Costa Rica is the ideal destination for your next tropical vacation, you are going to have to find the right hotel in which to stay. Finding a beach hotel Costa Rica may sound like an easy task because there are so many beach hotels available, but it is a task that requires some forethought. Simply choosing a hotel based only on price is not going to result in the accommodations you deserve for your tropical vacation. Instead, examine each hotel available, weigh the pros and cons, and choose the hotel that best fits your needs, as well as your budget.

Here at the Ylang Ylang, we are one of the leading beach resorts in Costa Rica. The reason we are a leader is because we know that our guests are looking for more than just a place to sleep. We provide our guests not only with luxury accommodations, but also with luxury treatment every step of the way. From our top-of-the-line spa to our professional yoga sessions on the beach, you will never be without luxury during your stay with us. Contact us today to learn more and book your suite for your next vacation.

Examine the Benefits of a Beach Hotel in Costa Rica

As you plan your tropical vacation, the accommodations you choose is one of the most important decisions you will make. Since this is a tropical getaway, you will probably want to stay in a hotel located on the beach. There are numerous beach hotels available in Costa Rica, so it is important to examine the benefits of each one. If you are searching for a beach hotel Costa Rica for your tropical vacation, consider the benefits of staying at the Ylang Ylang.

  • Privacy – our secluded location offers ample privacy for all of those intimate moments that you want to share either by yourself or with that special someone. From our luxury suites to our luxury bungalows, you will have all of the private, quiet time that you need.
  • Activities – we offer numerous activities for our guests to enjoy, including luxury spa treatments and yoga sessions on the beach. You can also enjoy various excursions on your own, such as taking a peaceful walk through the native surroundings and enjoying the local wildlife.
  • Luxury – the Ylang Ylang is one of the most popular luxury resorts in Costa Rica. Here, you will enjoy the best service available, ample amenities, and luxury accommodations fit for royalty.

Your Satisfaction is Our Specialty

If you are looking for an amazing vacation in an unforgettable destination, look no further than Costa Rica. Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful scenery that you will ever see. From the warm, tropical waters to the white, pristine beaches that line the coast, Costa Rica is sure to mesmerize and amaze you. The first thing you have to do when traveling to Costa Rica is to choose your accommodations. The Ylang Ylang is a beach hotel Costa Rica with a fabulous reputation for customer service and satisfaction.

Here at the Ylang Ylang, we specialize in providing our customers with custom packages designed to fit each individual need. For instance, you and that special someone can enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach in the moonlight. After a refreshing good night’s sleep, you both can partake of a couple’s massage, followed by a yoga session on the sun-warmed sands of the beach. The options are limitless – contact us today to book your private bungalow in Costa Rica.