Before You Travel to Costa Rica, Check Out These Tips


As you make plans to travel to Costa Rica, it’s important to plan out your vacation. When traveling out of the country, you don’t want to leave too much to chance. Having a detailed itinerary will ensure that you experience your surroundings to their fullest without potentially putting yourself in harm’s way. Here are some other tips to consider when traveling out of the country.

• Make sure you have all the necessary documents, such as passports, identification, and other essential documents. Store these documents in a safe, secure location during your stay, such as a hotel safe.

• Experience the local culture – but avoid straying too far off the beaten path. Speak to the concierge of your hotel to find out some safe local activities you can enjoy. He or she will point you in the right direction to activities that will provide cultural immersion in a safe environment.

• Leave yourself some free time. You may think you want to spend all your time taking in the sights of the country. However, this is your vacation, and you’re sure to need some time to just relax. Make sure you allot some time for yourself during your vacation.

Comparing Hotels in Montezuma and Surrounding Area

aerial view of montezuma beach in costarica

As you map out the details of your trip to Costa Rica, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is your accommodations. There are various hotels in Montezuma and the surrounding area that you can choose from, including the Ylang Ylang. We strive to provide our guests with the most unforgettable Costa Rican experience possible. We do this through a variety of ways; including yoga sessions, spa treatments, beach dining, and of course, our luxurious suites and bungalows.

As you debate where to stay during your Costa Rican vacation, you are likely going to be faced with a myriad of options. Costa Rica is certainly a prime vacation destination and therefore, there’s no shortage of hotels and resorts. When choosing your accommodations, remember to choose a place that is located near the various activities you plan to participate in during your stay in Costa Rica. Also, remember to choose a place that caters to your every need, no matter how big or small – a place like the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel.


A Beach Vacation after a Long Winter


If you have been looking for a way to beat the winter blues, there’s never a better time for a beach vacation. A relaxing stay at a beach resort like the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel will help you restore your mind, body, and soul, especially after a long, cold winter. You can recapture your zest for life after spending the past few months tucked away inside your home trying to escape the cold.

Imagine it – an extended stay at a luxury resort in the tropical environment of Costa Rica. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the white beaches, dipping your toes in the warm, tropical waters, and healing your spirit after Old Man Winter’s departure. Imagine a refreshing yoga session in the morning sun on the beach or a soothing massage at a luxury spa. You can have all of this and so much more – right here at the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel. Contact us today to reserve your room.

Montezuma, Costa Rica: A Family-Friendly Natural Beauty

Waterfalls Cascade From Montezuma

Montezuma Falls (Wikipedia)

Montezuma, Costa Rica in Puntarenas Province lies on the Pacific side of the country, on the Nicoya Peninsula and boasts beaches, jungle, incredible wildlife, and Montezuma Falls, one of Montezuma’s most popular stops.

Costa Rica gained traction as a popular ecotourism location starting in the early 80s – something that I, purely on anecdotal evidence,believe Wheel of Fortune had a large hand in. In fact, I remember watching as a child and thinking that it was a beautiful tropical place.

Actually, I assumed it was a Caribbean Island.

Luckily, no one asked me to locate it on a map before I discovered that it’s a gorgeous Central American country about the size of West Virginia an excellent destination for travelers with a tight budget.

Calming Natural Beauty

Awe-inspiring sights will draw tourists from all over the world, and Costa Rica has jaw-dropping natural beauty in spades.

Known for its amazing and exotic wildlife, glorious, silvery beaches, and verdant tropical jungles that are bursting with life and the sublime beauty of the cascading waterfalls, Montezuma attracts a wide range of tourists from all around the globe. The town has a hip Bohemian air about it and the twilight show a most animated scene of vibrant night-life, parties, fun, and amazing adventures.


A Safe Destination

More than that, the country’s economy is pretty stable, their people have access to education and the means to make a living, and the government has made a concerted effort to keep their native ecosystems in good health. They have tons of designated national and regional parks that enjoy protected status.

Montezuma in particular holds special allure for families due to its slower pace and more relaxed vibe. For fun, there are great restaurants and affordable options in town, about 15 minutes from the beach.

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Driving: Around 5 hours from San Jose (includes a ferry)

Why you should visit Montezuma: The more remote town of Montezuma is on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a small beach town that generally sees many backpackers and younger families. The best attraction is the Montezuma Waterfalls.


Sano Banano Restaurant

This healthy oriented Montezuma restaurant offers the widest selection of food in Montezuma, using only the freshest and best ingredients possible.

Sano Banano Beachside Hotel is right in the center of town. There is parking in front of the hotel and the receptionist will assist you with your luggage. Sano Restaurant is a fun place to hang out, eat, shop, surf the internet, and watch movies on the giant screen. (


Bonus: Check out one family’s home video of their experience in Costa Rica:

Sano Banano Hotel is just walking steps from Montezuma Beach

Enjoy Various Activities at a Beach Hotel in Costa Rica

When you stay at a beach hotel in Costa Rica, you are bound to have an unforgettable experience. Costa Rica alone is an amazing vacation destination – add in a luxury hotel on the beach and you are sure to have the time of your life. There are many activities to enjoy on the beach, and here at the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel, we make certain you have access to all of the best ones, including:

  • Dinner on the beach – enjoy a moonlit, romantic dinner for two directly on the beach. You and your special someone can soak up the moonlight as you dine on the white sands and listen to the music of the ocean.
  • Yoga – start your day off right with a refreshing, soul-soothing yoga session on the beach. We offer beach yoga sessions by trained professionals to help you bring your mind, body, and soul into harmony.
  • Swim and sun – enjoy the usual beach activities by basking in the warm sun, then cooling off in the crystal-clear waters.

Contact us today to reserve your luxury beach accommodations and experience the vacation you have always wanted.

When You Travel to Costa Rica, Keep These Tips in Mind

When you travel to Costa Rica, the last thing on your mind may be your personal safety. However, your personal safety should always be the first thing on your mind, no matter where you are in the world. During your Costa Rican vacation, keep the following safety tips in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation:

Consult a trusted source, such as a hotel concierge, before visiting any areas of Costa Rica outside your hotel or resort. Your concierge will tell you if it’s a safe place for tourists. If you are adamant about visiting a particular area, consider hiring a guide.

Make copies of your important documents to carry on your person. Leave original copies in a hotel safe.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry. A good rule of thumb is if you’d be heartbroken to lose it, leave it at home. Try to blend in with the locals, as best as possible.

Never travel alone. There really is safety in numbers, and criminals will be less likely to target someone in a group.

Only travel in licensed taxis, and, if you decide to rent a vehicle, make sure it is adequately insured against theft.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a safe, stress-free visit to one of the most beautiful tropical locales on earth.

The Perfect Spot for a Beach Vacation

If you have been searching for the perfect getaway, consider a beach vacation at the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel. Here at Sano Banano, we offer some of the finest accommodations in Costa Rica – and all within easy reach of the local color and activity of the city of Montezuma. A beach vacation needs to be located on pristine beaches, with plenty of beach-related activities to enjoy. Ylang Ylang has some of the best beaches in Costa Rica, and we make the best of our natural beauty.

You can enjoy moonlit dinners on the beach, yoga sessions on the beach, or just a relaxing afternoon in the surf and sand. Take a stroll with someone special across the warm, white sands. Enjoy a sweet drink as you lounge in a beach chair and soak up the sun. After you have had your fill of the beach, head back to the resort to enjoy our luxury suites and bungalows. By the time you leave Montezuma, you will be rested, refreshed and ready to face the world again.

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Take the Best Tropical Vacation in Costa Rica

Are you planning to celebrate your marriage with your special someone during the best tropical vacation possible? Want to find a romantic place in the tropics that’s not flooded with tourists?  Crave seclusion? Whether you want to enjoy a ton of activities or simply spend some time alone, you need a quiet, romantic place for a vacation you’ll never forget.


Event in Montezuma, costa rica

Why don’t you go to Costa Rica? It’s a beautiful little tropical paradise that has everything a couple could desire on a holiday together. The sunny beaches and white sands of the area are perfect for sunbathing together or enjoying the quiet sunset in each other’s arms.

So what Does Costa Rica offer?

Costa Rica offers some of the most mesmerizing beaches, greenery, and natural environments in the world. There are beaches, but also forests and small hills that are hiding an entirely new world of flora and fauna for you. Explore this new world with your sweetheart. Here at the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel, we take full advantage of the Costa Rican beauty to create vacations our guests will always remember. Go out and see what a heavenly place it is, or simply stay in your room, enjoy some quiet time and eat our sumptuous meals.


Tropical Fruit Smoothie at Ylang Ylang restaurant

Talk to our experts

When you choose to visit Costa Rica for your tropical vacation, prepare to be amazed. There is so much to do in Costa Rica, including water activities and hikes through the lush, green surroundings. You can swim in the warm, tropical waters, or bask in the sun on the white, sandy beaches. Contact us, today, and let one of our experts help you plan the perfect vacation to celebrate your nuptials, renew your vows, or just take a vacation. There’s nothing better than Costa Rica. You’ll be SO glad you came!

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What You Want from a Beach Vacation














Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world for a relaxing beach vacation. There are white, sandy beaches, sunny days, and lush green forests that will keep you mesmerized throughout your trip.

The culture of the Costa Ricans is so beautiful and versatile that you could take a long weekend just to bask in the glory of their centuries-old customs and native delicacies. Exploration of the exotic natural beauty of this place could demand another vacation. However, if you are looking for a beach vacation, Costa Rica is still perfect for you.,

Beach Memories

When you take a beach vacation, you want it to be a memorable, relaxing time. You want some fun in the sun, warm waters, and clean beaches – maybe even delicious fruity drinks with little umbrellas. When you visit Montezuma, and stay at Sano Banano Beachside Hotel, one of the great amenities includes a complimentary visit to our sister hotel Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, located just a few minutes walk up the beach in one of the most beautiful areas on Montezuma beach where you can have free  use of the pool, hangout in the hammocks, stroll around the ground and hang out at the outside bar.  You’ll have the beach vacation you always wanted. It’s simple, quiet and majestic. Most importantly, it’s away from the crowd!











We take great pride in providing our guests with a private, personal approach to vacationing. We have pristine, white beaches that you can enjoy with other guests – or even in private with our romantic beach dinners. You won’t fight any crowds during your visit – there’s plenty of room for everyone, and you’ll find the secluded atmosphere just what you need to rest and relax. Come, visit us at the Ylang Ylang and let us help you soak up the sun and sip your favorite fruity drink with the little umbrella.

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