If you love secluded beaches, we will take you to a tropical paradise at Montezuma beach: Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. This is one of our Green Circle Member hotels.
Montezuma is a small village on the popular Nicoya Peninsula where you will not find ‘all-inclusive’ resorts and crowded surf beaches. However, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is a completely different story! Your journey there is already a great experience. When driving from San Jose, you take the ferry in Puntarenas to cross the Gulf of Nicoya. If you are lucky, you will see dolphins swimming along with the boat! Once you arrive at Montezuma beach, you park your car at ‘El Sano Banano’. The friendly staff will bring you and your luggage to the Beach Resort by 4×4. Welcome to paradise!
Montezuma is one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems at the Nicoya peninsula. As soon as you arrive at this small beach town you enter deep relaxation zone.
At Ylang Ylang Beach Resort you will feel even more relaxed and calm than you can imagine. This small-scale beach resort is situated right in the tropical forest, just steps from the impressive Pacific Ocean.
This is a good example of a lodge where sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. That is why we are proud to call this resort a Green Circle Member hotel.
When the founders of the hotel, a Dutch/American couple, came to this area, they did not just build a hotel. They made great efforts to help and preserve the area. For example, they are part of the ASEPALECO Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization to promotes the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. The Karen Mogensen reserve is owned by this foundation, and we do recommend a visit.
By staying at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort $1 per guest per day will be donated to the foundation.
Every year, the owners of the hotel organize a few beach clean-ups. If you’d like, you are invited to join.
After a couple of days, your sense of time disappears. You will live with the rhythm of the sun, the sea, and the smell of Ylang Ylang. During the day, you can visit the village of Montezuma. Here you can buy handmade jewelry at one of the stalls along the road.
If you like hiking, you can go up to the Montezuma waterfalls or go for a nice lunch in one of the local restaurants. Up for more action? You can take surf lessons, go snorkeling or diving.
If you want to spend a relaxed day at the pool or on the beach, the hotel staff will take good care of you. In addition, you might consider booking a relaxing massage in the ‘Jungle Spa’!
Our last Green Circle destination (Ylang Ylang) was, of course, a fairytale. From our terrace, we enjoyed a great sea view and watched the monkeys in the trees. The iguanas on the beach and every now and then we spotted agoutis as well. We didn’t do much; went for a swim and walked along the beach, but had a great time. A wonderful place.
We started our Green Circle tour at Ylang Ylang, close to the small but very relaxed surf spot Montezuma. Ylang Ylang is a place with a great ambience, everything is beautiful and special and completely in harmony with the surrounding nature. Several accommodations have been made by Lenny, who is the owner together with his wife Patricia. Everything he built is unique has a great sea view. On the property, there is a natural spring from which you can drink and a stream with a waterfall where you can swim. This is a truly unique destination and you just don’t want to leave…