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.
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.
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.
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.
Namaste Spring Rolls packed with fresh veggies and avocado, served with a sesame dipping sauce.
Typical Costa Rican breakfast served with rice and beans (gallo pinto), eggs, tortillas, sweet plantains, and white cheese.
The 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.
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.
Here in Montezuma there are a number of different horseback riding tours offered. One of the most enjoyable is the horseback tour to the Cocalito waterfalls. The tour guide will arrive at Ylang Ylang with your horse so that you can leave right from the front of the resort. From Ylang Ylang the tour will take you along beaches and through jungles to eventually arrive at the waterfall, Cocalito. This waterfall is one of 7 in the world that drops into the ocean. At the waterfall you will be given the opportunity to take a swim, explore, or just get your feet wet. Enjoy the ride back to Ylang Ylang and horseback riding Costa Rica!
A short walk from the center of town leads you to the parking lot and entrance to the waterfalls. The hike to the Montezuma Waterfalls takes you along a rocky river until you arrive at a large waterfall and cool swimming hole. The pool of water is calm, cool and perfect for enjoying a refreshing swim. Depending on the time of year, the waterfall can be full with lots of water during the rainy season or a little less during the dry season. It’s a great adventure and a beautiful spot to check out during your time in Montezuma! Check out all different types of activities while you’re here!