Costa Rica’s Green Season

If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica soon, the wet or green season starts in May. This season lasts from May until November. This season generally discourages many tourists, due to all the rain, but it is the cheapest time to travel. There are many deals on hotels, and attractions have little crowds. Many areas in the interior of the country are unreachable by vehicle until the dry season, but there is still a lot to do.


Expect a lot of rain, as Costa Rica gets up to 25 feet of rainfall each year, mainly in the mountains. The most rain occurs during September and October. Generally, the best weather is during May and June of this period, but it depends on where you plan to travel. The weather on the Caribbean Coast never changes, and it stays slightly wet throughout the year. The Central Valley area, including San Jose, stays nice during this time period, too, with less rain than other areas.


During the wet season, stick to the beaches and the villages close to the beach. The mountains get the most rainfall, more so than anywhere else does. This would be a great time to head to the San Jose area to see the museums and art galleries there. Indoor activities are your best bet, but having a list of places you’d like to see near the coast is a good idea.


For more information and deals for visiting Costa Rica on vacation, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.


Costa Rica Weather Outlook: April-May

Costa Rica Weather

April is one of the best times to travel to Costa Rica. This is during the peak of the high, dry season, just before the wet, low season is getting started. This means a majority of your trip will be rain free. However, do expect some minor showers in the evening that only last a few minutes.
Instead of needing umbrellas, you will need lots of sunscreen. The days last almost 12 hours and give out lasting sunlight for that whole time. Areas such as the beaches have little shade, so make use of an umbrella to cover up when the sun is just too much.
Temperatures hold steady in the high 80s and low 90s all month near the coast. If you visit the higher elevations and the forests, the temperature is about 10 to 15 degrees cooler on average. This is great weather for all the activities you may have planned. Do expect that most attractions are crowded during the month of April.
During May, the whole country transitions into the rainy season. However, the first few weeks of May will be very dry. In late May, the seasonal rains come. This means that your last chance to book travel before the rainy season is the second to third week of May. If you are planning a trip last minute, make sure to check the weather predictions. Do realize, though, that the weather could turn at any minute.

Visit the Volcanoes of Costa Rica

While on your Costa Rica vacation, take note of some of the natural features of the country. Costa Rica is home to three recently active volcanoes: the Poas, Irazu and Arenal. You can visit the Arenal Observatory Lodge, overlooking the Arenal Volcano, which is just 1.7 miles away.


  1. Poas. The Poas Volcano is located in the Poas Volcano National Park. It is an active stratovolcano that has erupted multiple times in the last 100 years. The main crater is located at the summit and is a lake. The lake has an acidic pH that varies from 4 to 0. There is no aquatic life in the acid lake. The lake waters cause acid rain in the region.
  2. Irazu. Inside the Irazu Volcano National Park lies the summit of Irazu. It is the largest volcano in the country, at 11,260 feet at the summit. The volcano has 5 craters, the largest of which is The Main Crater. There is a road from San Jose that leads to the volcano, and a bus that takes tourists to the top of the summit.
  3. Arenal. The Arenal Volcano is located in the center of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Up unto 2010, the volcano erupted often, but has since become dormant. Many hotels and lodges are available in the park.

When visiting the volcanoes of Costa Rica, remember that these volcanoes are only dormant and could erupt at any time. However, this is unlikely to occur.
For more information about vacationing in Costa Rica, contact us at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort.

Bird Watching in Costa Rica

During a Costa Rica vacation, many visitors are not sure of what to do. The small Latin American country offers so much to go out and do that you might become overwhelmed. One very popular and relaxing activity is bird watching. With more than 840 species of birds, you could spend a whole year devoted to this activity.

Costa Rica only contains 0.1% of the world’s landmass. It is a very small country. However, 5% of the world’s biodiversity is located here. Also, much of the land in the country is made up of national parks and protected areas. This means that there are numerous areas to view many of the different bird species.

Well-known Costa Rican bird species:
• Scarlet macaw
• Keel-billed toucan
• Three-wattled bellbird
• Resplendent quetzal
• Bare-necked umbrella bird

Not only can you explore the jungle to watch birds on your own, but you can also take part in a tour. There are numerous bird watching tours across the country. There are six distinct ornithological regions within Costa Rica. The regions vary across the country, ranging from sea level to the mountains.

Bird watching regions:
• Highlands
• Littoral of the Caribbean
• North Pacific
• South Pacific
• Central Valley
With all of the regions to explore, you could spend your whole stay bird watching. Bird species will vary with the season, but since the area is sub-tropical, you will still see most species year round in many areas. Plan your stay in an area close to where you would prefer to bird watch. This will make it easier to get on with one of the tours.

Climate to Expect in Costa Rica

Costa RicaWhen you consider traveling, it is best to know what type of climate to expect. When you travel to Costa Rica, this is especially true. The small island country is located right north of the equator. This means that the climate is a tropical one. However, the country does contain several microclimates that vary in temperature.

Costa Rica has two climates, dry and wet. The dry season (December-April) has the least amount of rainfall and is considered to be the “winter.” The wet season (May-November) is the “summer.” The dry season offers the best weather and the least amount of rain. During the wet season, there is a lot of rain that causes flooding in some of the outlying areas.

Travel to Costa Rica is more desirable during the dry season. This means that you must book rooms and travel accommodations well in advance. All travel accommodations will often need a deposit at the time of booking. Expect the beaches to be packed and prices to be high during this time. There are also few travel deals and discounts.

The wet season is the best time of year to travel on a smaller budget. Rooms will be plentiful, with discounts offered just to fill them. Prices all over the country are also lower during this time, since it is not the peak of travel season. However, there is a mini peak of travel during June and July. There will be fewer crowds, too. If traveling at this time, remember that road conditions and weather reports have to be checked daily to avoid the rain and inland flooding.

Choosing an All-Inclusive Hotel in Costa Rica

Finding the best all- inclusive hotel in Costa Rica is easier said than done. Costa Rica is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Its tropical location and protected ecosystem attracts visitors from everywhere – and they all want to visit during the best season of the year. All of these tourists can make it tough to find the best hotel to meet your needs. While Costa Rica is home to plenty of hotels and resorts, they are not all equal, so it is important for you to do your research before making a reservation.


The first thing you must consider is location. Since you are visiting Costa Rica, you probably want a resort located as close as possible to the beach. The Ylang Ylang is perfect for beach lovers – we are located next to some of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica. The next thing you have to consider is the all-inclusiveness of the hotels. Since this is a vacation, you want to make things as easy as possible. An all-inclusive hotel will provide everything you need in a package deal. The Ylang Ylang offers various packages and special deals all year round to meet the needs of our guests.


Finally, you have to think about your budget. If you stretch it too thin, you will not be able to enjoy many activities during your stay. The Ylang Ylang makes it a point to offer affordable luxury for budgets of all sizes. If our primary resort does not fit your budget needs, our sister hotel in nearby Montezuma is bound to be sufficient. Contact us today to learn more about our beach resort and our sister hotel.


Why Costa Rica?

Taking a vacation is something that everyone needs to experience — especially a tropical vacation. There is something special about traveling to a warm, tropical location, and enjoying all that it has to offer – sun, sand, ocean waters, and more! If you are thinking about taking a tropical vacation, why not give Costa Rica a shot? When you travel to Costa Rica, you can expect to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery and accommodations possible.


Costa Rica is a tourist country – we focus on building up our tourism, attracting people from all around the world to our protected, natural environment. What this means for you is that you can expect the highest level of service, no matter where in Costa Rica you go. From the cities to the beaches, you will find businesses, activities, resorts, and more – each one waiting to give you the best experience possible.


When you come to Costa Rica, you will be in awe of the amazing environment. As a protected eco-system, we strive to make sure our manmade footprint is small. We want you to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of our country, not simply buildings and concrete. The Ylang Ylang is one of the leading resorts in Costa Rica for many reasons, including the unique design that blends the resort facilities into the surrounding jungle – in other words, the resort is almost a part of the jungle, rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.


Contact us today to learn more about our wonderful resort, and find out the latest deals to help you save money on your tropical vacation.


So Many Places to Stay, So Little Time When in Costa Rica

As you compare hotels in Costa Rica for your holiday getaway, you will find that there are many hotels and resorts available. Each one promises the ultimate Costa Rican experience. If you have never visited Costa Rica before, or if you know little about what it has to offer, it can be tough to choose a hotel. Here are some tips from the Ylang Ylang resort to make your choice easier:

• Set your budget first. Know exactly what you can afford to spend on your accommodations. If you have a somewhat limited budget, you will quickly narrow down your list of choices. If your budget is unlimited, keep the rest of these tips in mind to help you determine which hotel is best for your holiday.
• If luxury is the only choice for you, you can use this to narrow down your list. Costa Rica has a wide assortment of hotels and resorts for budgets of all sizes.
• Choose a location within Costa Rica, then compare the local hotels and resorts. Do a little research on Costa Rica to find locations that fit your particular activity needs, such as surfing, swimming, hiking, etc.
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions of each potential resort, including asking questions about possible discounts. Traveling to Costa Rica during the off-season is a great way to save money because many hotels and resorts offer special packages – but if you do not ask, you may not receive, so don’t be shy!

Contact us at the Ylang Ylang today to learn more about what our luxury resort has to offer you during your holiday getaway.

Enjoy Our Luxury Beach Front Room for Less

Making the decision to take a beach vacation is easy – who does not enjoy a long, relaxing stay at a beachside resort? Finding the right resort for your beach vacation is just as easy – the Ylang Ylang! The Ylang Ylang beach resort is one of the leading resorts in the beautiful Costa Rica. Nestled in the quiet seclusion of the jungle greenery, right next to the warm ocean waters and white, sandy beaches, the Ylang Ylang is THE place to go for an unforgettable vacation. Even better – if you plan your vacation for November 1st through the 5th, you can reserve a luxury beach front room and enjoy significant savings!

From now until November 1st, you can save $40 per night on your beach-front reservation. Imagine staying in a gorgeous, luxury room with the beach and ocean right outside! Now, imagine staying in that gorgeous room knowing that you are saving $40 each night! There is no better way to enjoy a tropical vacation in luxury accommodations.

All you have to do is reserve your room, directly with our resort, between now and the first of November. Make sure you choose at least two dates for your stay that fall within the first and fifth of November. Then, use the coupon code, BFRNOV40, when making your reservation. That’s it – you will save $40 for each night of your stay in one of our amazing beach front rooms. During your stay, you can enjoy all that the Ylang Ylang has to offer, including yoga sessions on the beach and luxury spa treatments – or you can simply relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of your beach-front room! Contact us today and make your money-saving reservation!

Significant Savings on Our Swedish Massage for a Limited Time

The Ylang Ylang Resort provides you with the ideal backdrop for your Costa Rican vacation. Not only will you enjoy the mesmerizing scenery and natural environment surrounding our beautiful resort, you will also enjoy luxury accommodations unmatched by other competitors. To help ensure your comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation, a visit to our luxury spa is in order. We are currently offering a 20% discount on our classic Swedish massages! From July 24, 2013 through August 31, 2013, you can partake of either a 50 or 80-minute Swedish massage at the discounted price.

Our Swedish massage therapists utilize a variety of natural oils to knead your body’s muscles. Each natural oil corresponds to a particular need of the body, including reduction of tension and improved circulation. This type of massage will not have your cringing in pain from deep, hard strokes; instead, you will enjoy the relaxing, calming oil being massaged into your skin with light to medium strokes. You will finish your Swedish massage session feeling like a new person — a calm and relaxed person with a new outlook on life!

Even though our spa prices are already competitive, we wanted to thank our guests by offering this limited-time coupon. A 20% savings on a 50 or 80-minute Swedish massage equals significant savings on an unforgettable experience. What’s even better than the money you will save is how refreshed and content you will feel after experiencing the expert hands and techniques of our professional massage therapists. Your next visit to the Ylang Ylang simply must include an amazing Swedish massage – and if you act now, you can enjoy the rejuvenating affects for less.