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.

from montezumasurfing.com

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.

Check out this write-up from travelwheretonext.com:

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. (https://elsanobanano.com)

 

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.

Costa Rica For Surfers and Non Surfers Alike

surf-montezuma

Costa Rica surfing, on both coasts, is good enough to attract much worldwide attention. Montezuma has several surf spots, although the nearby town of Santa Teresa (25-30 min drive) is a world-class destination, so die-hard surfers tend to spend more time on the Malpais-Santa Teresa side of the Nicoya Peninsula near Montezuma Beach.

According to Montezuma surf school:

Surfing is an ancient natural sport that has the ability to change your life.

The Southern Nicoya Peninsula, of Costa Rica, is a region unlike any other place on earth. When you arrive in this area, your senses will be flooded with natural beauty and positive energy. Near the tip of the Peninsula is the slightly funky and always lively town of Montezuma, a magical and unique Surf Destination. Read more of the original article here.

You’re coming to Costa Rica for a surf camp but your partner doesn’t surf? Not to worry, we’ve got you both covered!

Non-surfers can still expect to have a great time by the water. If you prefer to just kickback and relax, there’s plenty of that going on, the beaches along our coastline are some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country. Original article can be found here

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.

See more Sano blog posts here.

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!

More Sano Banano blog posts here.

Important Tips for Planning a Tropical Vacation

Taking a yearly vacation is a great way to restore your mind, body, and soul. It’s your chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life. A vacation is not just about staying at home and spending your days sleeping. Instead you can relax, rest and just breathe while traveling to a place you’ve never been.

French Toast with fresh fruit at Ylang Ylang restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re someone who loves traveling to different, exotic locations and likes to explore the world, a Costa Rican vacation is perfect for you.

Tips for tropical vacation

If you are considering a tropical vacation for your annual getaway, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Map out the details in advance. You want to arrive at your tropical destination knowing what to expect. Plan activities and other special events ahead of time, to ensure you get to experience everything you want.
  • Don’t forget to leave some time on your schedule, just for you. Yes, you want to enjoy all the activities offered on your vacation, but you also need time to simply relax. Make sure your vacation includes some “me” time. It’s therapeutic.
  • Remember – plans may change. You may not feel like moving one day and weather may not be pleasant on another. Nothing is set in stone, so, if you change your mind about an activity or want to add something new to your itinerary, do it. It’s your vacation, and it needs to be everything you dreamed of, not everything a travel agent thought you would enjoy.

 

 Go Native

Keep in mind that your vacation is your time to enjoy, relax and learn something new. Take a break from your daily schedule, try a new delicacy, enjoy what the locals love and immerse yourself completely in the life and culture of your destination. You’ll be glad you did!

See more blog posts for Sano here.

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.

Checkout more Sano Banano posts here.

Details to Address When Planning a Romantic Vacation

Planning a romantic vacation for you and your special someone takes time. You want to make sure everything is perfect. You don’t want to be running from tour to tour. Instead, you’re looking for relaxation and rejuvenation. You won’t find this in the middle of a city with all its noise. You need something more peaceful, quiet, and therapeutic.

A romantic vacation is unique in many ways. While you want to ensure that you explore a destination fully, you also want to spend some time alone. Hence, planning is of great importance.

There are various details you must address, including:

  • Location – Your destination sets the mood for your vacation. Choose a place that delivers some romantic time together, such as the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Our secluded locale offers plenty of privacy to spend some quality time in the arms of your loved one.
  • Activities – Decide if you want to spend your vacation partaking of various activities or simply enjoying each other’s company.
  • Accommodations – You want your special someone to have the best of everything. Choose a hotel or resort that provides luxury and all the amenities, at a price you can afford. After all, a vacation is no fun if you spend your whole budget on the room.
  • Memories – Your romantic vacation must be unforgettable. Plan the details to ensure that your special someone has a vacation he or she will never forget. Contact us, and we ‘ll help you plan a romantic vacation that’s sure to bring back fond memories for a lifetime.

Don’t wait! There’s nothing better than a vacation that introduces you to a new world but also cocoons you together, away from the world.

Checkout more blog posts on Montezuma here.

Unforgettable Romantic Getaways in Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning an amazing, unforgettable romantic vacation for you and your special someone is as easy as 1-2-3: as long as you plan to visit Costa Rica. Most other beautiful spots in the tropics are already crowded and can’t provide you a much-needed private space with your sweetheart. However, in Costa Rica, you get the best of everything.

Beautiful Beaches

The beaches of this place are so beautiful, you might even consider buying some real estate and living in paradise. The jungle is filled with flowers and exotic animals and there are many winding trails you can walk with your squeeze. The moonlit sky is clear and full of twinkling stars. You’ll be glad you came, simply because of the majestic views here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica offers some of the most spectacular scenery and atmosphere in the world. Many people keep coming back to this unspoiled, tropical paradise. A Costa Rican beach hotel such as the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, helps you create the perfect vacation for your special someone.  A vacation of a lifetime; a vacation that she’ll remember with fondness for the rest of her life. The resort specializes in customizing your vacation to suit your needs and whims.

Spend time in seclusion

During your vacation, you can spend hours dining on the beach alone in total privacy for you and your mate. Privacy to talk, to laugh, to gaze into each other’s eyes as the waves lap the shore. You can arrange for a couple’s massage to relax and restore your bodies, then make your way back to your luxury bungalow for quiet time alone. The possibilities are endless here at Ylang Ylang – contact us today, and let us help you plan your unforgettable romantic getaway. What could be better than a moonlit dinner under the stars?

Tips for Planning Your Vacation and Choosing Hotels in Costa Rica

Planning a vacation in Costa Rica may seem like something best left to a professional travel agent. After all, it can be confusing to sort through the various hotels in Costa Rica and the myriad activities as you plan your stay. Fortunately, planning a holiday in this amazing location doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to keep a few key factors in mind and you’ll soon be relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful atmosphere.

Three things to keep in mind

El Sano Banano Village Hotel Room single bed option

El Sano Banano Village Hotel Room single bed option

  • Consider traveling during the off-season to save money. You can book a hotel in an amazing location, such as the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, during the off-season for a very affordable price. Not only will you still enjoy the beauty that is Costa Rica, you’ll have more money to put towards activities.
  • All-inclusive resorts have their perks; however, to enjoy variety and spontaneity, choose a resort that offers activities, but never forces them. To experience Costa Rica, you need the freedom to dine where you want to dine, go where you want to go and do what you want to do. Sano Banano Beachside Hotel has everything you need for a busy, adventure-filled vacation – or a relaxing, “lay on the beach with a drink in hand” vacation – it’s your choice.
  • Pay attention to reviews! The Internet is a great source of information about hotels and travel packages to Costa Rica. Utilize this information to choose a worthy Costa Rican destination. Sano Banano Beachside Hotel is a premier destination – the resort of choice for many.

A Quality Stay For The Budget Traveler In Montezuma

If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, looking for the best hotel you can find to fit your budget, there are many options so you can still enjoy the beauty and magnificence of this “Pura Vida” state without spending a fortune.

For the budget-minded traveler who wants a great experience with no sacrifice on the best amenities they are used to in the states, Montezuma is a great place to start.

Begin or end your journey at one of the top rated and visited hotels in the area Sano Banano Beachside Hotel right in the village in the beachside town of Montezuma. These accommodations are clean, quaint, and comfortable, and include a/c, private baths and a free breakfast from their health minded restaurant located right at the hotel.

As a bonus to staying at Sano Banano Beachside Hotel you will be able to enjoy some amenities like the pool and hammocks to hang out on at the beach at their sister hotel, the renowned Ylang Ylang Beach Resort located just a few minutes walk up the beach.

At Sano Banano, you will be situated right in the heart of Montezuma. However, the location is such that you will not be disturbed by noisy nightlife – you can sleep in peace and quiet. Located near many of Montezuma’s premier tourist attractions. You can enjoy long walks on the beautiful beaches, scuba diving in the warm ocean waters.

Together, the Ylang Ylang and the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel help thousands of people from all budget areas enjoy the beauty and wonder of Costa Rica.

Find out more about staying at Sano Banano Beachside Hotel.

Tips for a Budget-Friendly Trip to Costa Rica

aerial view of montezuma beach in costarica

If your budget is somewhat limited, and you still want to take a trip to Costa Rica, it is possible to make your dream come true. Many people visit Costa Rica on a budget – it is not a destination merely for the rich or the famous. If you would like to take a budget-friendly trip to Costa Rica, these tips can help:

  •  Plan every detail of your vacation in advance. When you leave things up in the air, there is a better chance that you will overspend. However, if you plan for every activity, event, and even every meal, you are much less likely to spend too much money. With a detailed plan of action, you can also make room in your budget for splurges.
  • Choose accommodations that fit within your budget without sacrificing quality. The Sano Banano Beachside Hotel, located in Montezuma, is home to our sister hotel, the Sano Banano Hotel and Restaurant. This budget-friendly hotel provides you with the same level of service and comfort that you would expect from a Ylang Ylang sister hotel.
  • Remember that Costa Rica has much to offer in the form of activities that do not have to cost you a penny. A simple hike through the jungle environment can provide you with an amazing opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as well as simply enjoying the beautiful flowers and greenery. Use your imagination to choose money-saving activities.

 

Montezuma’s Best Restaurants: Romantic, Luxurious, Delicioso!

 

Focusing on budget travel has its place, but today let’s talk about what it’s like to luxuriate in Montezuma, Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica holds a special distinction as both eco-conscious and budget friendly, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Montezuma Costa Rica, a small town on the Pacific side of the country, has fine dining suitable for romantic getaways for foodie adventures. In this post, we’ll take a look at one traveler’s Best of the Best list.

Below you’ll find options for seafood aficionados, pizza lovers (I know, right?),

Restaurants

 

Credit: thisiscostarica.com

thisiscostarica.com

 

Cocolores – Also beachfront . They aren’t rated as high as they should be on Trip Advisor, because of their grumpy staff. But the food is amazing and people go back again and again.

Beautifully assembled food that tastes absolutely divine – worth every penny. Reviewers seem to love it all. Lovely curries. Price is a bit steep but not out of hand. I beg of you to follow the link and drool over pictures of the food.

Cuisine: Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican.

http://www.montezumabach.com/playa-de-los-artistas/playa-de-los-artistas-beachfront-restaurant/

 

Sano Banano Restaurant –  is one of the healthiest choices anywhere in town. Feast on traditional Costa Rican items made healthy with many other options for all your favorite dishes. Sano Restaurant is the place to go…

 

If you want to know what’s happening in Montezuma, Sano is the place and has become one of the best hangouts to eat some really good food and enjoy a movie in the evening sipping your favorite drink and enjoying this organic little village.

Cuisine: Seafood, Raw Food, Vegan, Chicken.

No red meat.

 

Playa de los Artistas – Amazing beachfront dining experience. Arrive before sunset and take hours to eat. Expensive but worth it. One of the most famous restaurants in Costa Rica for over a decade.

  1. Reviewers claim that this Mediterranean Restaurant is the best in Costa Rica. People especially rave over the Sea food. The menu includes Tuna Tartar, Lobster Carpaccio, Octopus Salad, and Shrimp Ceviche. Bonus points for the cool Boho name.  
Sushi at Puggo's - twoweeksincostarica.com

Sushi at Puggo’s – twoweeksincostarica.com

 

Puggo’s – One of the newer restaurants. Everything on the menu is completely delicious. The first time I had the “whole baked fish” I thought it was the best fish I had ever eaten.

A locally beloved restaurant decorated like a bedouin tent, Puggo’s specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine, including falafel, hummus, kebabs and aromatic fish, which they dress in imported spices and herbs and roast whole. Cap it off with a strong cup of Turkish coffee. (lonelyplanet.com)

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean,  Seafood, Sushi, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options.

 

 

Tierra y Fuego – Located way up in the hills of Delicias, their pizza and pasta are among the best in Costa Rica. Only currently open Thurs-Sunday.

Old-fashioned wood fire stoves bake the pizzas, and they are a favorite of visitors. Not too steep in pricing. Gorgeous interior with views of the natural surroundings, too.

Cuisine: Italian. I know, Right? Old-fashioned wood fire stoves bake the pizzas, and they are a favorite of visitors.

 

 

Hey, you’re saving a ton of money while enjoying life to the fullest in Montezuma, so have a splurge day. What’s a vacation without tucking into food that you’ll dream about later? Ah, I myself still dream of a little Italian restaurant in Chicago. Butternut Squash Ravioli. Winter 2003 and I still think of it. Montezuma has all the trappings of an unforgettable trip.

This list was originally posted by contributor Geoff McCabe at montezumabeach.com

The “Green Season” in Montezuma, Costa Rica: Greener, Wetter

From www.ticopages.com

When’s the best time to take a trip to Montezuma? Depends on what you want out of your trip. During the Green Season (rainy season) you’ll be surrounded by lush plantlife and see some amazing sunsets. This time from May to Novemer is Costa Rica’s winter. Hotel rates are lower at this time because it rains nearly every afternoon.

Weather in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a tropical climate,

…in the Köppen climate classification is a non-arid climate in which all twelve months have mean temperatures of at least 18 °C (64 °F). In tropical climates there are often only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season.

During the dry season Montezuma may not receive so much as a raindrop for over two months or more! In this brief video by Anywhere travel, you can learn more about the difference between the popular dry season and the less popular rainy season.

 

Lower Prices in the Lush “Low Season”

The tourism industry has dubbed the rainy season from May to August the “Green Season” because in fact it only rains occasionally in the late afternoon.

Costa Rica regulars love this season most of all because the land is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.

www.ticopages.com

 

At least one tourist thought it was really quite a beautiful location, regardless of the raindrops falling on her head. Youtube poster Anna Macko stayed in Montezuma and shared her experience in a short video, “Rainy Season Costa Rica on Vacation – In Montezuma”:

Find your way to the beach with this map of Montezuma beach.