Top 5 reasons to visit Costa Rica before 2015!

The holidays are a great time to travel! Not only do you deserve a holiday after all of 2014 but it’s an opportunity to make sure that you visit Costa Rica before 2015 hits. Sometimes people aren’t sure about traveling over the holidays but let us tell you, it’s fantastic.

Here’s Latitude 10’s top 5 reason to travel to Costa Rica this holiday season.

1) It’s not freezing. Dec82014 weather

This one is rather self explanatory but the weather here is phenomenal. Not too hot, and not too cold, just right! Giving your body a break from the harsh colds that have been hammering into North America will let you leave 2014 on a positive note! The green season has just ended in Costa Rica which means it probably won’t even rain while you are here. Lush jungle and soft sand are waiting for you here in Santa Teresa.

2) Let us do the cooking

Instead of spending your holidays stressing about party guests, seating plans, decorations and cooking let us handle that! We have a great kitchen at Latitude 10 and we love cooking for our guests. Santa Teresa is also home a world of cuisine and the dining options are endless.Lunch offerings at Latitude 10, Santa Teresa

3) Experience something truly different

If you want the holidays of 2014 to truly be something you remember then make it an experience that’s impossible to forget! The possibilities are endless in Santa Teresa, from surfing, fishing, horseback riding, exploring parks, riding bikes, ziplining… the list goes on! images

4) Put things back into perspective

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day when you’re at home. There’s bills to pay, errands to run, emails coming to answer, and all kinds of requests for your time. When you’re staying with us the biggest choice to make is what to have for lunch or how you spend your afternoon. With the new year fast approaching it’s a good time to get grounded again and take time to reflect on what’s really important. Man rock climbing cliffs near Latitude 10

5) There’s something for everyone

Families are full of different types of personalities. From introverts to extroverts and everyone in between. In Costa Rica there is something to do for everyone. You can adventure in the rainforest or sit by the infinity pool and read a book, there’s something for every interest. That’s what the holidays are all about, bringing family and friends together and having a great shared experiences. New friends at Latitude 10, Santa Teresa

We’re looking forward to a great 2014 holiday and a fantastic 2015! Join us this holiday season. Let us know what you would like to do while you’re here in the comments.

 

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Dinosaurs spotted in Costa Rica

Most of the time the town of Santa Teresa is fairly quiet, our main road is a dirt road and the loudest thing around is normally the surf. However in the fictional world of Michael Chrichton our little area exploded with activity when dinosaurs were found in Cabo Blanco National Park…. just down the road from Latitude 10!

Although the actual Jurassic Park movie was filmed in Hawaii, the movie is still set in Costa Rica. With the recent release of the Jurassic Park World trailer there is all kinds of interest in the Cabo Blanco area.

Although we haven’t spotted any dinosaurs yet… we’ll keep our eyes peeled just in case!

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Fitness exercises for surfing

Preparing for a surf session in Santa Teresa

Preparing for a surf session in Santa Teresa

It is no secret that one of the main activities at Latitude 10 is surfing and catching some waves in Santa Teresa has become a bucket list item for visitors that come to our beautiful resort. There are a few factors a surfer can work on to improve each outing and one of this factors is conditioning.

Here are a few exercises you can do to improve your surfing and be ready for your next visit to Latitude 10.

We will start with two basics.

Getting up Quickly and Smoothly:

Getting to you feet quickly and smoothly is a fundamental surfing skill. Here is a great drill that will help you practice this transition so that when you hit the water it will feel as second nature. If you do not have a TRX Suspension Trainer you can do a similar exercise with a FITBall.
1. Start on the floor with one foot in the TRX strap. (TRX needs to be in single handle mode)
2. Do a quick press off the floor and draw your knee towards your chest. Really pull you knee in close. Hold for one second and then release the foot back and return to the floor. Repeat five times.
3. As soon as you complete your five reps perform five surfer pop-ups.
4. Make sure to stick each pop up with solid balance in your surfing crouch.
5. Do the same drill using the other foot and popping up to the opposite stance.

Increasing Paddling Endurance

Missing a wave because your arms feel heavy and powerless is inexcusable, you should always be prepared to ride the next wave and paddle endurance is vital for this. These endurance exercises should be don in sets of 30 to 50 repetitions to induce endurance to fatigue.

1 minute rest between sets is recommended.

1. Standing Pull
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, back straight, with a hinge at your hips. Have your hands in the handles in front of your shoulders. The top part of the movement simulates your hand entering the water. Have your palms down and wrists slightly flexed. Keep your elbows slightly bent as you simulate catching water and propelling your surfboard. Pull to your hips and hold for a moment, keeping your shoulder blades pulled down and back. Keep resistance on the bands as you reverse the motion, and repeat.

2. High Elbow Row
Stand with tall posture and your feet shoulder-width apart. Grasp the handles and straighten your arms in front of your shoulders. Pull your elbows back, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Pause for a moment, and then return to the start position. This movement helps get your arms out of the water as you recover back to the entry phase.

3. Triceps Push
With the same stance as the Standing Pull, lock your arms close to your sides and bend your elbows. Press back to your hips. Resist the band as you bend your elbows back to the starting position, repeat.

Keep tuned for more surfing tips soon.

 

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We don’t have air conditioning

At Latitude 10 we decided that we weren’t going to have A/C in our rooms. We’ve had one or two people over the years who think that’s an odd choice but let us explain.

  1. First of all the amount of energy that A/C uses is incredibly high. As an eco-lodge we pride ourselves on the low impact of our resort.

    Home-made warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream local ingredients

    Cool off with a cold snack!

  2. If we were to use A/C we would have to close off all of the windows and prevent the natural breeze from coming through. Every day nature provides a natural form of A/C that we call wind. Combine the wind with a little bit of shade from our cabanas and you will find the inside of our casitas the perfect temperature.

    a netted in king size bed

    The open concept ensures great views from every angle of the casita

  3. The noise of A/C is really disrupting. We have a private oasis just steps from the beach, we would rather listen to the surf that a motor and fan buzzing away all day and night.

    A great way to cool down!

    A great way to cool down!

  4. It’s simply not necessary!

The best way to cool down while you’re at Lat10 is to hop in the pool, go for a swim in the ocean, have a cool drink, or sit back in the shade. We’re proud of our choice to not use A/C in Santa Theresa,

What do you think? Would A/C work at Latitude 10?

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Surf etiquette in Costa Rica

Surfing is unlike many other sports or past-times due to the natural environment that surfing takes place in. With many surfers out to catch waves and only so many waves available per day, it is important that everyone knows the same basic rules while on the water.

Preparing for a surf session in Santa Teresa

Preparing for a surf session in Santa Teresa

  1. The first is that you never want to “drop in” on somebody else. The simplest way to describe this is the person closest to the breaking wave has priority, if you are the next person in line then wait your turn.
  2. Surf within your abilities. It will make sure you stay safe and prevent you from creating a hazard to other people in the line up.
  3. Wait your turn! Sometimes it feels like you have to wait forever for the right wave and then somebody else takes it. Don’t worry, there are always more waves.
  4. Never let go of your board. Hang on as best you can. A loose surfboard is hazardous to you and everyone around you.
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Surfing is fantastic as long as everyone knows the same rules.

 

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Honeymoon season at Latitude 10!

Summer Wedding season is just behind us, which means that  Latitude10 is getting ready for quite a few couples arriving in the next few weeks for their Honey Moons.

We love hosting love and latitude10, with its individually standing casitas and its location between the  jungle and ocean, is a perfect destination for newlyweds.

The progression of learning to surf at Latitude 10

Furthermore, Latitude10 is the perfect combination of relaxation and privacy with a very diverse array of fun activities. No compromises, relax big or play big.

A few examples of what this happy couples get up to while they are here are:

-Horse back riding tour: An experienced guide will take you and your significant other through the Manzanillo hills. While riding, your guide will share the secrets of Santa Teresa’s flora and fauna.  On your way back to your casita feel free to gallop away or just enjoy a steady trot and take in the view of the ocean.

-Catch some waves! even if you’ve never done it before. You both can take a surfing lesson from our experienced instructors! Who knows, you might love it and turn this into a common hobby. Nothing keeps a couple together like catching waves together.

-Spa time: Now that you have spent a full day exploring Santa Teresa and learning how to Surf it’s time for some rest and relaxation. Latitude10 has broad range of wellness services that can be taken in the comfort of your casita.

Our goal is for you two to have the best beginning to a life long commitment. After you leave Santa Teresa you will feel ready to take on the world, together.

Enjoying the sunset looking out from Latitude 10

Enjoying the sunset looking out from Latitude 10

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Kayak fishing costa rica

Shot of fishing gear put on shore near a hut

Setting off first thing in the morning.

Latitude 10 Beach Resort benefits from its close location to Cabo Blanco National Reserve, one of the first national parks in Costa Rica, specifically created to protect both land and marine flora and fauna. The southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is home to excellent fishing, and Latitude 10 guests have the opportunity to practice their catch and release skills.

Often viewed as an excellent surfing destination – which it truly is – Santa Teresa and the surrounding Pacific coastal waters also offer access to deep-sea fishing where those who drop their lines have the chance to catch (and release) different varieties of snappers and perch. Deep-sea fishing also often provides the chance for guests to see dolphins who inhabit the local waters.

Shot of open waters with a pair of kayakers in the background

Kayaking on the ocean of Costa Rica

Between deep-sea fishing, a visit to the nearby town of Santa Teresa, and the option to surf the optimum swell, guests leave Latitude 10 Beach Resort with a greater appreciation for this unique area in Costa Rica.

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Intermediate Surfing Tips

A few tips to get you going-

So, you have taken up the challenge of learning something new, took a few lessons, or maybe found a friend that took the time to teach you, and now you have a good understanding of surfing and want to refine your skills and get to the next level.

Getting pumped for the paddle!

Getting pumped for the paddle!

Costa Rica has surfing spots for all levels of skill and Santa Teresa happens to accommodate the entire surfing skill range from beginner to accomplished.  Costa Rica  is the best place to travel with a few friends to refine your skills and here are a few tips that can help you get a little better every day.

-Use your body’s power to generate your own speed. This means, don’t just use the power of the wave but also throw your arms in the direction that you want to go. This simple movement will make your board go much faster.

-Lower your center of gravity. Get low, bend your knees and waist while attempting a difficult maneuver like turning or finishing, this will provide you with more balance and control to perform it and make for a way better ride!

-Stay on the peak or behind the peak of the wave at take off. This will help you to produce a better first turn, setting you up for a long and fun ride.

Most importantly though is to keep trying and keeping a relaxed attitude about it. Also, you can always ask for the aid of an instructor who can help you with tips to improve your surfing while in Costa Rica.Latitude10-112

 

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Isla Tortuga, A True Treasure Island

tortugaAmong the many natural wonders of Costa Rica is Isla Tortuga.

This island, a tropical paradise only a  boat ride  away from Santa Teresa in the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is a volcanic formation home to one of the most beautiful volcanic reefs you have ever seen and a great spot for snorkeling in crystal clear water.

Latitude 10 can take you to Tortuga Island for full day trip of both excitement and relaxation (we couldn’t have it any other way at Latitude 10).  The adventure begins at first light and as soon as the boat anchors you will be able to explore around this amazing volcanic reef snorkeling on your own time.

Lunch and drinks are ready for you as you step out of the Pacific and the afternoon is left to you to relax or explore the island. Isla Tortuga truly feels and looks like it could be hiding a pirate’s treasure within it.  So, who knows!  You might be able to find a privateer’s treasure chest hidden somewhere along the Island.

However if you decide to just take it easy and relax, Tortuga’s  white sandy beaches and  lush vegetation are the perfect location for the activity of no activity.

A hammock at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

 

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The flavours of Santa Teresa

There’s many great places to eat in Santa Teresa. Because of our international culture here, people from all over the world decide to make Santa Teresa their home and bring with them an amazing array of culinary choices for us to sample.

Chicken Joe’s is one place that we always mention to people. It’s not fine dining but it is some of the most deliciously prepared rotisserie chicken you can find in Costa Rica. Or if you like fish tacos then they’ve also got you covered. Originally from Peru, Chicken Joe made Santa Teresa his home.

If you do go make sure to get the yucca fries and say hi to Chef Billy.

Take a look at some of these tripadvisor reviews!

TripAdvisor reviews for Chicken Joes in Santa Teresa

TripAdvisor reviews for Chicken Joes in Santa Teresa

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