The surrounding area of Montezuma, Costa Rica offers beautiful views of the ocean, beach, jungle and wildlife. There is so much to see and do when exploring Montezuma. Take a long walk on the beach to discover what Montezuma has to offer. The beaches in the area of Montezuma are endless, taking you through jungle paths and secluded beach coves, across rivers and lava rocks.
Explore the wildlife and see creatures such as iguanas, birds, monkeys, agoutis, and lizards. The small rivers that pass through Montezuma invite you to hike up around them to find hidden waterfalls.
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.
Spending the holidays in the tropics can be the perfect time to escape the cold and spend time relaxing on the beach. Holiday events in Costa Rica may not be your typical snowy white Christmas, but here at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort we are excited to offer our “White Sand Christmas Dinner.” Our Christmas event includes a special traditional Costa Rican buffet dinner, professional guitarist and beach bonfire. A fun way to spend the holiday with your loved ones!
New Year’s Eve in Montezuma is a lot of fun. The town is hopping with people looking to enjoy the sun and sand to ring in the new year. Here at Ylang Ylang, our New Year’s Eve party includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, fireworks, and a beach bonfire. Celebrate 2016 with friends and family at our fun and exciting party!
Our little town of Montezuma, Costa Rica is a laid back and enjoyable spot to explore. There are a number of shops and restaurants to check out, selling many types of clothing and souvenirs. Montezuma is also filled with a many artisan tables selling handmade jewelry and crafts. Montezuma is very small and easily walk-able.
Montezuma is sandwiched between two beautiful beaches. With plenty of sun, shade and surf for everyone. The water temperature is very warm all year round and perfect for swimming. Montezuma has a number of interesting restaurants to try, from typical Costa Rican food to American and European cuisine.
For travelers who desire more flexibility, renting a car and driving from San Jose can sometimes be a better option than arranged transportation. The highway from San Jose to Puntarenas is an easy drive. However, once you arrive in Puntarenas, the ferry can be a bit more confusing. Start, by arriving about 30-45 minutes early. If this is a weekend, or holiday time, we would suggest arriving an hour ahead of time to make sure you can get your car on the ferry. The ferry schedule leaves about every 3 hours, so you don’t want to have to wait around for the next one. Once you find the line to wait in, park your car and find the little ticket window. This can be tricky, but look for a short line of people. The ticket window is located inside a bakery on the corner. Once you purchase your ticket, you can go back to the car. They will tell you as you pull your car on, but no passengers (besides the driver) are allowed in the vehicle as it’s being parked on the ferry, so your travel companions will have to get out and walk and meet you on the ferry.Once on the ferry, the upper deck is an open area with seating, snacks, drinks and music. Downstairs, you’ll find a large air conditioned space with seating, more snacks and drinks. The ferry ride in total takes about an hour and a half. There are wonderful views of the Gulf of Nicoya and if you are riding in the evening, you will likely get some magical sunset colors.
Once you arrive in Paquera, again the passengers will not be allowed in the vehicle, so the driver will need to wait in the car while others walk off. The seen on the other side can seem a bit chaotic with taxis and buses waiting for people. It’s best to tell your travel companions to walk a bit ahead of the traffic so that you can pick them up. Once on your way, it’s another hour or so of driving to Montezuma!
When staying at hotels in Costa Rica near Montezuma, you’ll need to find stuff to do at night. Luckily, the area boasts a vibrant nightlife with many bars and discos open into the night. There are also many different dance classes and retreats for those who want to avoid the bars. In addition to this are the street performers, who line the streets in town at night.
Two places to check out at night are the Café Organico and Chico’s Bar. Both are popular spots to hang out with friends and dance in the evening. The Café Organico offers coffee and organic smoothies. At night, live bands play traditional music in the chill atmosphere. At Chico’s Bar, the atmosphere is more energetic. Live DJs blast tunes while patrons dance.
Out on the street, fire dancers put on a show for all to see. Multiple fire dancers dance to traditional Costa Rican beats, while twirling real fire. Puppet shows are common to see out on the streets, too. They tell traditional and local stories about the area and the culture. Also on the street are many different, small shops and carts selling everything from jewelry to food.
During the late afternoon, you can take classes for Zumba and fire dancing. Or, you can head out to a yoga retreat. No matter what type of activity, the area offers everything. From food, to dance, to relaxation, you’ll find it in Montezuma, Costa Rica.
After booking rooms in hotels in Costa Rica, your vacation begins. There are many things to explore in the Montezuma area. Eco tourism is very popular here, with multiple wildlife reserves to visit and many other places to become one with nature.
The Curu National Wildlife Refuge offers tours to see all the different wildlife in the area. Watch many different birds in the refuge, including macaws. On site is also an artificial reef, which can be viewed during diving tours.
Many areas within and around Montezuma are open to hiking. While hiking, you are likely to see many different species of monkey, deer and even pumas. Early in the morning, more animals are out for you to see.
Horseback riding tours are plentiful in the area. On horseback, you can ride trails through the rainforest to different waterfalls, taking in nature along the way. On these trips, you are likely to see a lot of the natural wildlife in the area.
Take a boat tour to go whale watching. Along the way, you are likely to meet dolphins and sea turtles. Scuba diving gives you more opportunities to interact with the fish, sharks and other ocean life.
There are only a small number of the places you can view the local wildlife near Montezuma. The whole area is teeming with preserves and national parks. No matter what type of activities you fancy, you will find them in the area, with so much more waiting for you in other parts of the country.
When you travel to Costa Rica, consider staying in the Montezuma area. This area offers some of the best attractions, food and nightlife in the whole country. The town is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula of the Latin American country. The area is very popular with tourists for all the things there are to do and see.
1. Costa Rica International Film Festival. In November of each year is the Costa Rica International Film Festival. Here you can see a diverse array of independent films that are made by amateur and professional directors alike. Watch hundreds of films over the four day festival and attend after parties in many of the bars.
2. Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Many eco-tourists flock to this nature reserve each year. It covers just over 3,000 acres and contains many diverse species of plants, animals and birds. Travelers can step foot into two diverse forest regions, dry and wet. Both areas have different types of flora and fauna.
3. Horseback Riding Expeditions on the Beach. Ride horses along the beach or through the jungle. Exploring the area by horse gives travelers a unique experience not available anywhere else. Ride with a group or arrange for a private session.
4. Montezuma Falls. The stunning waterfalls in Montezuma are a tourist favorite. Swim or go hiking in the area for the day.
5. Zumatours Fishing. Fishing tours are fun for the whole family. The private charter tours will take you out where you can deep sea fish, or go diving or snorkeling off the coast of Costa Rica.
For more fun activities and lodging, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resorts.
A visit to Montezuma in beautiful Costa Rica is likely to give you the most unforgettable memories. Not only will you be enjoying a vacation in one of the best tropical locations in the world, you will be in the heart of the city. You can watch the locals, immerse yourself in the culture, and enjoy the city life. Even better, you are just a few miles away from the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica – one of the many reasons visitors come from near and far. There are many hotels in Montezuma to provide you with accommodations during your stay. The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort’s sister hotel, the El Sano Banano Hotel, is the ideal location for your stay in Montezuma.
At the El Sano Banano Hotel, you can enjoy a level of affordable luxury that you will not find in other hotels. Our sister hotel strives to hold itself up to the high Ylang Ylang standards – standards of quality, luxury, affordability and guest satisfaction. During your stay at the El Sano Banano, you will be nestled in the heart of Montezuma, providing you with easy access to local events and activities. You are only a few miles away from the pristine Costa Rican beaches, so you will have plenty of chances to soak up the sun and cool yourself in the clear, ocean waters. The rooms are clean, comfortable and affordable – making the El Sano Banano an ideal choice for vacationers on a budget. To learn more about this beautiful, quaint hotel, contact us today.
If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey. Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in the world for relaxing, luxurious vacations. It is such a beautiful, captivating environment that many people have even chosen to purchase vacation homes in the country – some have even chosen to move to Costa Rica on a permanent basis. If you are not quite ready to take the plunge and move to Costa Rica, you can still enjoy a luxury vacation in one of the numerous beach resorts available.
There are many hotels in Montezuma, as well as in the surrounding area. Here at the Ylang Ylang, while we are not located directly in Montezuma, we are located close enough for our guests to enjoy all that the city of Montezuma has to offer. One of the best things about staying with us is that you can have access to the city life, yet still return to the peaceful, quiet, seclusion that encompasses the Ylang Ylang. Contact us today to reserve your luxury room.