Wildlife in Costa Rica

Wildlife in Costa Rica is abundant and thriving. Right here at Ylang Ylang, there are so many incredible animals to see. Iguanas walk the pathways, lizards swim in the fountain, monkeys jump from the trees above your room and many other animals wander the grounds. You don’t have to look very far to find exotic and beautiful creatures. Check out the different types of wildlife you may see here at Ylang Ylang!

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Bird Watching in Costa Rica

Bird watching in Costa Rica is very popular. There are so many beautiful, rare and exotic birds to see in different parts of Costa Rica. You can see beautiful birds in either of our local national parks, Cabo Blanco or Curu. We offer a guided tour through the parks with a nature specialist who will point out and photograph animals, birds, and other wildlife. For those who love to check out the wildlife in Costa Rica, this is a great option to learn more about our native wildlife. For those who are passionate about birding, you will not be disappointed.

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Travel in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country, but can be complicated to get around. There are a number of different ways to travel to Montezuma.

Costa Rica Beaches The fastest and most efficient option is to take a domestic flight to Tambor. This is a small local flight that takes about 25 minutes from San Jose airport. Landing in Tambor, you will be picked up by a taxi, which will bring you to Montezuma. It is about a 40 minute ride from Tambor to Montezuma. The flight offers some pretty incredible scenery! Check out Sansa or Nature Airlines for flight options. travel to Costa RicaIMG_0688

The other option is ground transportation, which offers a view of the countryside and a nice ride across the Gulf of Nicoya. This is a longer trip, approximately 4-5 hours, but allows you to see some beautiful parts of Costa Rica.

sunset in costa rica ferry in costa rica There are also the options of a shared shuttle and a taxi boat. This shared shuttle picks you up in San Jose and takes you to Jaco, where you will board a high speed passenger boat and arrive on the beaches of Montezuma.

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There are many ways to travel to Montezuma, each offering some beautiful views of Costa Rica and all is has to offer. Travel in Costa Rica is an exciting adventure! Costa Rica Beach Resort - Honeymoon Packages

2016 TripAdvisor Award Winner

We are honored to receive the 2016 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence. Our guests have made it possible to receive these great rewards. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests for writing us reviews and sharing their experiences at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. We are very honored to receive these awards! As a 2016 TripAdvisor Award Winner we will continue to do our best! TripAdvisor award Travelers' Choice

Romantic Honeymoon in Costa Rica

A romantic honeymoon in Costa Rica is the perfect way to unwind after a busy wedding. I always recommend to spend a few days at the volcano and a few days at the beach. Starting at the volcano Arenal gives you a few days to trek and hike, admire the volcano and wildlife, visit the hot springs and take in the jungle. arenal volcanoTabacon hot springs

 

After a few days of hiking and wildlife, you’ll be ready to relax at the beach and enjoy the beach and ocean activities offered in Montezuma. Spend the day exploring the beaches, surfing, horseback riding, snorkeling, or fishing. Spend a day relaxing at the pool with a cocktail, taking a yoga class, and getting a romantic couple’s massage.

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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.

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

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Asian Rice noodles made with a ginger coconut cream sauce.

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

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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.


Taxi Boat to Montezuma

montezuma-beachThe taxi boat to Montezuma offers an easy and quick ride from Jaco. This is the best way to get to Montezuma from the southern pacific coast. The hour long boat ride from Jaco to Montezuma will take you across the Pacific Ocean and along the coast. You’ll likely see some great wildlife on the boat including fish, dolphins, and maybe whales! The taxi boat will land on the beaches of Montezuma right next to the center of town.

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Travel to Costa Rica

Part of the beauty of travel to Costa Rica, is meeting the wonderful local people. People in Costa Rica are happy, helpful, friendly and welcoming. Our staff is no exception! Our guests leave feeling as though they have made new friends. Our staff take the time to learn their names and ask them about themselves. Over and over again, we here how wonderful the Ylang Ylang team is to the experience. We love our excellent team! costa rica resort wedding dinner  costa rica beach resort service in costa rica massage in Costa Rica

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

There are many different animals to see in Costa Rica. Much of the wildlife in Costa Rica can be seen in the Montezuma area and even right here at Ylang Ylang! Many monkeys and iguanas inhabit our jungle at Ylang Ylang and if you keep your eyes open, you will likely be able to see many different animals! A few of our resident animals are photographed below.

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