Top Hotels of Montezuma include Ylang Ylang, Anamaya, and Sano Banano

All of Costa Rica lures in travelers with the winning combination of breathtaking natural beauty and affordable travel, but there are luxuries to be had, too.

Romantic Montezuma

The relative seclusion of Montezuma lends a romantic air to its beachfront resorts and restaurants, though if you want more privacy away from other travelers, choose your accommodations carefully.
Unlike most beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula, which are generally big and long, Montezuma’s beaches are small and separated by a series of rocky outcrops, giving them a more secluded feel.
Even these three high-end resorts are affordable for quite a few international travelers from Europe and North America. If a whole week isn’t affordable, try bunking down in town for less and treat yourself at the end of your trip! That way you’re relaxed when it’s time to head home, too.

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Ylang Ylang is in a totally natural setting, between a pristine rainforest reserve and a white sandy beach, with more coves and longer beaches to explore nearby. It offers dome-shaped bungalows with balconies, luxury tents, simple rooms – most with fabulous views of the sea and all reached along a winding path through beautiful vegetation, which also hides a lovely swimming pool and a small spa. (

This luxury beachside resort is the sister resort of the three-star, more affordable hotel in the town, Sano Banano. Guests of Sano Banano are allowed to use the pool and hammocks at Ylang Ylang, and anyone can enjoy the eclectic international menu at Ylang Ylang well-reviewed restaurant.

Visitors can book a bungalow facing the jungle or the ocean. Some bungalows can hold families or groups, and a few have more intimate settings. These bungalows offer privacy starting from their beautifully designed walkways surrounded by flowers and greenery. There is also a larger building with multiple units, and tent rooms, too. Ylang Ylang  is considered one of the best hotels in Montezuma.

Sano Banano is the perfect Costa Rica getaway for affordable without skimping on the service — get ready to be shocked! Guests of Sano Beachside Hotel will have the opportunity to be wowed with a free pass to their sister resort property Ylang Ylang Beach Resort just a few minutes walk up the beach with full use to the pool and hammocks.

At Sano, you won’t give up anything to stay here since they have all the necessities for a great weekend stay including your own private bathroom and air conditioning for your comfort, and of course, free Wi-Fi, warm showers and a generous and delicious Costa Rican style breakfast in our own restaurant.

Sano Banano is the traveler’s choice in Montezuma with twelve comfortable and affordable rooms and we’re just steps away from the beach.

Anamaya Resort

Anamaya (which is Sanskrit for “good health”) is located in Montezuma in the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica on the Pacific. The region has been designated one of the world’s Blue Zones where people are known to live long and healthy.

Anamaya, as you may have guessed, is centered around healthy living through yoga, wholesome, organic foods, and other healthful activities. The room rates are somewhat higher than Ylang Ylang, but include

Many of the rooms and cabins have ocean views and outdoor showers, which are wonderfully liberating. All rooms are built with non-toxic materials and decorated with organic fabrics and works from local artisans.

Read more about the author’s fantastic stay here.


While Ylang Ylang offers jungle bungalows and beachside dinners, and Anamaya resort pushes you to embrace your body and commune with like-minded active, healthy travelers.

All three have delicious food and fun activities, so you really are looking and degrees of activity. If you’re interested in staying in your room more than beachside yoga or gliding through the jungle, Ylang Ylang might be the place for that.

Ylang Ylang’ s gorgeous bungalows give you such beautiful views that I think you’d have a hard time staying put.

Whatever you choose, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay. Read more about Montezuma, Costa Rica here.

Exploring Montezuma Glamping Food & Things To Do

Exploring Montezuma

Montezuma, Costa Rica sparkles from its setting on the Nicoya peninsula. Remote and relaxed, the town offers a respite from fast-paced living. Visitors can check out local spots in a town rich with the work of local artists, affordable lodgings and restaurants, as well as luxurious beach resorts.

The surrounding area of Montezuma, Costa Rica offers beautiful views of the ocean, beach, jungle and wildlife. There is so much to see and do when exploring Montezuma. Beautiful beaches stretch out before the Pacific in the area of Montezuma lead you through jungle paths and secluded beach coves, across rivers and lava rocks.

Montezuma has the most beautiful little bay, which is part of what makes it such a beautiful little town…

The fisherman, boat excursions, and water taxis all launch from here. It can be exciting because at times the waves can be large. Contributor Geoff from

Author Geoff adds that the close proximity to nearby businesses means that the precious little cove can get polluted during flooding, or by careless business owners nearby. Plus – boat traffic appears to be pretty heavy, so the author recommends swimming or fishing in less-trafficked beaches on the opposite end of Montezuma, or Playa las Manchas, which is 20 minutes south of Montezuma Bay.

Beach-and-Lounge-chairs Montezuma Beach brims with energy. Its waters carry tourists in water taxis and tour boats to islands and locations around the area, and people are also ferried back and forth from Jaco to Montezuma on a one-hour speedboat ride.

While the waves are usually too small for surfing, they are too much for swimming.  Couple Jenn and Matt from write,

Less Swimming, More Scenic

The shoreline of Montezuma town is picturesque but be warned it’s not the best beach for swimming. Understand that most people come here for the scene, not the swim. It’s more of a cosmopolitan beach for live entertainment. When the waves are smaller, it’s safe, but pools in hotels are recommended if you want a safer and quieter swim, especially if you brought children along. There are fantastic and safer beaches just outside of town, however, such as Playa Grande or Las Manchas.

But the scene isn’t the only thing that gets the tourists flocking this area. Even nature lovers have a place in Montezuma.


Places To Stay in Montezuma

There are dozens of hotels in Montezuma ranging in price and luxury level, including the popular hostel type hotels for budget travelers to the more expensive resorts in Montezuma proper and on Montezuma beach.

While many prefer resorts, there are those that prefer a comfortable and inexpensive stay in between hostels and resorts, what we call “glamping hotels”, which may include amenities like A/C, room safes, private baths, hot water and more.

Healthy eating seems to be a popular topic in Costa Rica and you won’t have to look far to enjoy a good traditional meal in a decent restaurant in Montezuma. Everything from full traditional Costa Rican to vegan, gluten-free to raw and paleo are available in the area.

Very few offer a total “glamping” experience in the area, so, you’ll have to search for them and you’ll be almost guaranteed to have a full and pleasant experience in Montezuma.

Playa Grande

This beach is calmer than Montezuma Beach, which primarily caters to people looking to take excursions, boat rides, and possibly surf if the waves are big enough.

Playa Grande is a 30-40 minute walk north of Montezuma. It’s smaller, more consistent waves are okay for beginning surfers. There are actually some surf schools in the area. It’s also a good swimming or fishing spot. To see more nearby beaches by category, click here.


Explore the wildlife! Animals thrive in the green jungle and waters. See lizards, birds, monkeys, agoutis, and so many more fantastic natural wonders. Although animals roam all over the area, treat yourself to a day at Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve, where you’ll be able to enjoy birding and see fascinating species in an extremely well-kept habitat. Cabo Blamco holds the distinction of being Costa Rica’s first national reserve. It was established by a Swedish couple in 1963.

Cano Blanco is about 9km (5.6 miles) south of Montezuma.  The reserve encompasses the rest of the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, as well as Cabo Blanco island.


While there, you will explore a dry jungle with over 150 species of trees, at least three different breeds of monkey, and exceptional tropical bird species.


If you enjoy hiking, or just feel like a stroll, there are comfortable hikes for novice hikers or families, as well as more strenuous hikes reserved for experienced hikers.

Rivers and Waterfalls

The small rivers that pass through Montezuma invite you to hike up around them to find hidden waterfalls. In fact, Montezuma Falls is one of the most popular sites in Montezuma. As described by charming couple Jenn and Matt :


Montezuma Waterfalls

Probably the most popular activity in Montezuma are the waterfalls just south of town. The Montezuma Waterfalls are a set of three cascades that have something for everyone. While some just relax or picnic at the largest waterfall (almost 80 feet tall), more adventurous types jump and swim at the other two. The falls can be visited in two different ways. One includes a cool hanging bridge and the other goes up the riverbed. We did both on our latest visit…

Come and explore Montezuma for yourself!


Sano Banano Beachside Hotel Named Best Value Montezuma Costa Rica

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel received TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence and is currently rated the  #1 Best Value for Montezuma in Costa Rica. Thanks, for the great mentions!

This three-star hotel sits in the center of town, but guests are welcome to use amenities at its sister beach resort, Ylang Ylang. Enjoy the beach-side luxury resort’s seaside pool and hammocks on Montezuma beach – just a quick 15 minute walk from town.

El Sano Banano Villa Hotel is located in the center of town in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Sano Banano has a well-known restaurant attached to it that’s a popular gathering spot with decent food and a fun atmosphere. It is appropriate for families, as well.

Friendly, Courteous Staff

The Sano Banano Beachside Hotel responds to any guest issues promptly. If a guest chose to leave comments in a review rather than alert Inn staff, management is unfailingly respectful in their response to such criticisms and offers solutions. The hotel is known for friendly staff and helpful management.

Both times I’ve visited Montezuma I’ve stayed here. It is clean, safe, and has private bathrooms. ( a few other spots have shared bathrooms although they are mainly hostels) The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful – so much so, that as I was checking out. guests were lining up to hug the staff good-bye.

If you are looking for something more romantic then their sister hotel, Ylang Ylang, would likely be a better choice but both times I’ve stayed here I was traveling with friends and Sano Banano had everything we needed. Also, if you stay at Sano Banano you also have access to the pool and facilities at Ylang Ylang.

Breakfast is included and the restaurant is very good. It is also located right in the heart of Montezuma town which is convenient for shuttles or if you take the speedboat water taxi from the mainland to Montezuma Beach. From a review by kdsNYC_11, “Have stayed here twice” on

It’s no surprise that the staff are so friendly and helpful. First, the bohemian vibe of Montezuma, with its relaxed pace and gorgeous settings, affects the people who live and visit the place. But second, the ecotourism business is Montezuma’s bread and butter. Rest assured that the people of Montezuma want you to return.

The Rooms

Sano Banano Beachside hotel Room twin bed view

Sano Banano Beachside hotel Room twin bed view

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel Room with queen single bed

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel Room with queen single bed

A quick note about windows: two out of 12 rooms at this hotel do not have windows. This is great if you plan on partying all night and sleeping all day! Ask for one of these when booking.
(But please do not sleep ALL day – you’re in one of the most beautiful places in the world!)
If windows are a must, tell staff when you book so they can work with you to get one of the ten rooms with views.
There is no smoking in any of the rooms at Sano Banano. All rooms have access to WiFi, and guests also have the option of having breakfast included for a small fee. Next door to Sano Banano you’ll find a cute little grocery store. Stop by and get healthy snacks for day trips.


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