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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Family Vacation in Costa Rica

What better place to take a family vacation in Costa Rica? There are activities for all ages and abilities. Relax by the pool or sit in a hammock on the beach, go ziplining, horseback riding, ATV riding, fishing, bike riding or surfing. There are activities for every interest. Each person in the family can find something they enjoy. Try new activities as a family. Enjoy a family adventure together! A family vacation in paradise is the perfect way to enjoy time together. fishing in costa rica costa rica waterfalls

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Banana boat adventure at Tortuga Island.

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Horseback Riding Costa Rica

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! Horseback Riding in Costa Rica river rocks

Montezuma Waterfalls

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!

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Wildlife in Costa Rica

The wildlife in Costa Rica is abundant. Right here on our property at Ylang Ylang, there is so much wildlife to be seen. It’s common to see many iguanas, lizards, agoutis, birds, white faced monkeys, and howler monkeys roaming around the hotel. We try to keep Ylang Ylang as natural as possible so that the animals can continue to make it their home as well. We love having the natural wonder of animal life here at Ylang Ylang and our guests do too!

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Sunrise in Montezuma

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Christmas and New Years Eve in Costa Rica

While summer is just winding now, it’s not too early to think about your holiday plans. We’ve got a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s Eve planned and we hope you’ll join us! In the past and again for this year, we will be offering a full buffet including salad, dips, hot dishes and a grill. We will also have a dessert buffet with some tasty treats! We offer live entertainment and of course, fireworks for New Year’s Eve! Book your tickets for the event early to save a seat! We hope to see you there! Spending Christmas and New Years Eve in Costa Rica can’t be beat! Vegan Restaurant, Costa Rica Bring in the New Year at Ylang Ylang Resorts Big Bash New Year's Eve Party 2013/2014 holiday party costa rica

Yoga in Costa Rica

Here at Ylang Ylang, we are fortunate to have a number of incredible yoga teachers who offer yoga classes two times a day. Our classes are at 8:30am and 4:30pm, all classes last 75 minutes. We offer a number of different yoga styles, including vinyasa flow, kundalini and hatha yoga. Our beach front studio offers panoramic views of the beach and a natural soundtrack of the crashing waves and wildlife.

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Ferry from Puntarenas

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.ferry in costa ricaOnce 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.

sunset in costa ricaOnce 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!