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.
In 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
If you feel passionate about reducing plastic waste, take the pledge like we did!
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort offers a delicious restaurant right on the beach. Our beachfront restaurant is open all day everyday and offer seafood, vegetarian, gluten-free, sushi, raw, and vegan menus. There are plenty of dishes to satisfy every type of eater! Our food is fresh and mainly organic. We buy locally whenever possible and make many of our own sauces, dressings, and bread.
The view from the restaurant can’t be beat! Just steps from the ocean, you can dine with your toes in the sand or from our patio with spectacular views of the beach. Come give it a try!
Ylang Ylang Curry made with homemade coconut milk. Can be served with chicken, fish or tofu.
Asian Rice noodles made with a ginger coconut cream sauce.
Seaside Ambrosia. Grilled Eggplant stuffed with fresh fish served on mashed potatoes and topped with a white wine cream sauce.
Chicken Kebobs topped with homemade barbeque sauce.
Tropical french toast made with our homemade bread and topped with a mix of papaya, watermelon and pineapple
Tiramisu Crepe, topped with toasted pecans.
Raw and Vegan Namaste Roll, filled with carrot, cucumber, lettuce and avocado.
Shot with a DJI Phantom 2+, these drone photos capture beauty from above. This aerial view of Costa Rica, magically captures the natural beauty in our area. Montezuma is a small fishing village on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Over the years it’s become a hot spot for tourists because of it’s laid back, beachy and artisan vibe. Montezuma mainly has hotels, shops and restaurants these days, but you will still get much of the traditional Costa Rican culture. One of the main attractions is the beach and wildlife. As seen in these photos, the area is green and lush, home to many animals. The beaches are preserved in their natural beauty.