We’re So Wild at Latitude 10!

The wildlife to be seen at Latitude 10 Beach Resort is incredible.

DSC04641Just a few minutes from Santa Teresa (which is a short walk from our grounds), guests can explore Costa Rica’s first national park. Teeming with mammals, reptiles, birds, butterflies and all kinds of vegetation, it offers guests an unparalleled experience. The whole rainforest becomes a living classroom where everyone takes a few lessons in biology, ecology and sustainability.

Garrobo at Latitude 10, Santa Teresa, Costa RicaIn the park you will see face capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, armadillos, white-tailed deer, coatis, green and black iguanas, tayras, bats, porcupines, pacas, northern tamanduas and so much more!

Wild Bird Explores the Grounds at Latitude 10 ResortThe birds which are commonly seen include woodpeckers, white-threaded magpie-jais, bare-throated tiger herons, and long tailed manakins, as well as many seabirds, which the park provides much needed protection to.

Armadillos at Latitude 10 Resort, Santa TeresaWhile the visit to Cabo Blanco is beautiful, and definitely a tour we recommend to each guest, we think the best part about Latitude 10′s relationship with wildlife, is that we don’t always have to go far to see it! Many beautiful and rare animals make their home right in the greenery surrounding our property. Wake up to the call of tropical birds, spend your days laying by the pools with iguanas and monkeys never far, and fall asleep to the sweet noises of crickets and other creatures!

Frog at Latitude 10 Resort

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Everybody’s Gone Surfin’, Surfin’ Costa Rica!

Dang that swell was gnarly! The bomb got so blown out there wasn’t even a shoulder…

Latitude10-112Does that sound like a foreign language to you? Well if it does, check out the translation here! Surfing is loved worldwide, and that is no less true in Costa Rica. Surfing in Santa Teresa is known globally as the cream of the crop in terms of beaches, waves and swells. With gorgeous beaches and safe waves to suit any level of experience, surfing is a definite must!

Line of surfboards for guests to use when in the ocean at Latitude 10The Best Parts of Surfing

1. Surfing is an awesome work out. Being a cardiovascular exercise, it is great for strengthening your heart and increasing endurance. In addition, the paddling is a serious upper body strengthener, while the actual riding of the waves works your core and lower body.

2. It is an incredible way to see the coast. While you’re speeding over the surface of the ocean on your board, you’ll see a captivating view of the rainforest and coastline from the water.

3. Surfing is super fun! Not only is it an amazing work out and a fun way to get to know Costa Rica, it is a smashing good time. The adrenaline that comes from catching a wave and riding it to the shore is exceptional, and the endorphins released from a session of surfing will carry you through to the end of the day!

Two Beach Chairs Under Beach Umbrella on Costa Rican BeachLatitude 10 was founded by a group of people dedicated to developing an unparalleled vacation experience defined by relaxation, escape and adventure. The special spot reserved for surfing in the heart of Latitude 10 and all our employees definitely traces back to our founders.

A surfer with a shortboard checks out the surf

A surfer with a shortboard checks out the surf

But for Latitude 10, surfing is just as much about finding the perfect wave, as it is about ensuring that the beaches those waves land on are healthy now, and for many years to come. We invite you to come to Costa Rica and cash in on this amazing carbon-neutral activity!

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Chocolate Lovers Unite

Coffee and bananas and pineapples, oh my! Yes, Costa Rica is famous for these three exports, but there’s another product that is experiencing a resurgence in the region: chocolate.

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

Home-made warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream from Latitude 10 Beach Resort

Throughout Central America there is a boom in chocolate production, ignited by a number of factors. From the successful engineering of fungi resistant beans (in response to the fungi that decimated the industry in the 1970′s) to increasing conflict in key production regions in Africa, Costa Rican farmers are looking increasingly towards cocoa as a sustainable and profitable crop.

Though Costa Rica has not yet grown to be a major player in cocoa production world wide, there are many models throughout the country of farmers who have succeeded and thrived, giving up and comers and idea of what lies ahead for them.

Since the release in 2007 of scientific research vetting the health benefits of dark chocolate, the demand for fine dark chocolate has been on a steady increase. This trend and Costa Rica are a match made in chocolate heaven, as Costa Rica is the only country in Central America, and one of nine in the world, which exports this fine-flavour chocolate, according to this article.

In addition, the increasing demand for fair trade chocolate only adds fuel to this exciting, chocolatey, delicious, mouth watering… mmm… fire. Why, you may ask, is increasing the number of cocoa farms in the region, a positive thing?

Ziplining with Montezuma Tours1. Cocoa requires very few agrochemicals (compared to other huge exports like bananas and pineapples).

2. Cocoa trees need shade, so they can actually be planted throughout the rainforest, avoiding clear cutting.

3. Because cocoa can grow in an area populated with trees, the farmers can use one plot of land for multiple crops. This reduces the amount of land they need, and ensures that they can be harvesting something all the time.

Santa Teresa, which is under minutes by bike from Latitude 10, is a city with a thriving culinary scene. As interest in culinary tourism grows, the city and its people have responded by expanding and improving their already unique, inventive and delicious restaurants to incorporate new ingredients and recipes. Everyone who stays with us at Latitude 10 leaves with a refreshed feeling towards food, and life in general!

Sunsets at Latitude 10, Santa Teresa, Costa RicaHere are are a few flavors that pair wonderfully well with chocolate to inspire you in your creations at home and selections at the grocery store!

  • Pear
  • Raspberry
  • Banana
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Chili
  • Bacon
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Costa Rica’s Legendary World Cup Run

Costa Rica has long been known for having an exciting and diverse green tourism industry, but more recently, Costa Rica earned some serious acclaim for successes on the soccer pitch! Coming into the World Cup ranked 28th, Costa Rica was expected to come in at the bottom of their “group of death”, most likely being handily beaten by England, Uruguay and Italy.

Well, what transpired could not have been further from that. Costa Rica, with a scoreless draw against England (ranked 10th), a 1-0 win over Italy (ranked 9th) and a 3-1 win over Uruguay (ranked 7th), advanced from the group stages with the number one seeding in group D. Long live the underdog!

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The squad.

From there, Costa Rica beat Greece in a nail biting 1-1 game that went to shootouts. Costa Rica met their end in the quarter finals, when they lost in a shootout to the Netherlands, a very strong opponent.

In wake of Costa Rica’s underdog success, there has been a flurry of intrigue into what makes a strong soccer team. According to this article, wealth of nation, population size and access to resources are not determinants for success on the pitch. So, what is? We believe it’s a little good old fashioned Pura Vida.

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Celebrating their shoot-out win against Greece to advance to the final eight!

As our countrymen fought during each of the 350+ minutes of soccer they played, they indeed had much more to inspire them than just monetary incentives. Knowing that their whole nation was watching them, and cheering them on, must have made a difference!

From the impressive goalie, Guillermo Ochoa, to the star striker, Joel Campbell, Costa Rica had a magnificent showing in their fourth world cup, in making it to the final eight. We couldn’t be more proud. Looking forward to 2018!

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Us and You

What is now Latitude 10 Beach Resort was built in 2006 as a private residence.

With two separate beach houses, three guest casitas and a main area for dining, lounging and playing, the layout was purposed to provide multiple groups opportunities to have communal space and shared experiences, while also giving them just enough privacy to feel they’re on a tropical escape, with time and space to relax and be reclusive. Today Latitude 10 upholds that ethos, as a small luxury eco-resort.

Signs for on-site cafe at Latitude 10 ResortOur Casitas
With queen and king size beds, 400-thread count organic cotton linens, and outdoor showers with running hot water, we like to spoil our guests. Our private bungalows also have private porches, spacious living rooms and mini bars, with twice-daily housekeeping, and access to bicycles, boogie boards, books and board games. Needless to say, our visitors are well taken care of, and well entertained!

 

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One of our gorgeous casitas!

Our Grounds
With two Master Suites, three Junior Suites and one guest room, we have capacity for 17 guests. Our clientele is made up of anyone from lone travellers and small families to girls’ getaways and larger groups. Being so small, availability permitting, groups can rent out our whole resort for family reunions, work vacations and everything in between!

Pool at Latitude 10 Resort - Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

The Pool at Latitude 10

Our Location
Perched on the Nicoya Peninsula, just outside the small town of Santa Teresa, we’re perfectly situation for anyone interested in surfing. The Nicoya Peninsula is known globally as one of the best surfing spots, with good conditions throughout the year, and ample variance in surf size to suit any skill level.

Culture Day in Costa Rica

Culture Day in Costa Rica

Our Philosophy
The pinnacle of our ideology is sustainability. Sustainability for us is three-pronged, with us aiming to achieve not only environmental, but social and economic sustainability too. This means beyond our contributions to environmental protection and conservation in the area, we are active in contributing back to the community and are always looking for ways to strengthen and develop the local economy.

Horseback riding near Latitude 10 Resort, Santa Teresa

Horseback riding near our property!

Our Guests
The people who come to stay at Latitude 10 Beach Resort come from all over the world, occupy tons of different professions and range in every possible age. The one thing many of them share, is a need to escape their hectic working lives to re-energize and recharge, which is exactly what they do here. With a blissful “combination of luxury, comfort and hominess”, as expressed by one of our guests, a stay here invites one to spend time close to nature (with open air casita’s this is made easy) and really refocus and discover what you need from life.

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We Love Fruit

For anyone who can appreciate the pleasure provided by sinking their teeth into a succulent sweet tropical treat, continue reading. With a climate perfect for the cultivation of many different fruits, we have a steady supply of local, inexpensive and delicious fruit. Fruits are so awesome because they are not only absolutely delicious, but they have all the right kinds of sugars, with all the right kinds of health benefits.

The main fruits of the Nicoya Peninsula are pineapple, papaya, banana, mango, lime, passion fruit, watermelon, and guanabana. Each of these has a completely different flavour, but each is as exotic and versatile as the last.

The creativity and innovative spirit that defines today’s culinary sector was not always so present. Only in the last decade or so has food become so involved in pop-culture and social enterprise. You can walk down the streets of any metropolitan city and run into a local doughnut shop with bacon maple doughnuts and then pop into a local and organic food store with an abundance of goji berries and almond butter.

Costa Rica’s tourism industry has grown up in this revolutionary era of food creation, and has truly bought into the invention and experimentation that so characterizes it. Combining and blending unexpected flavors and ingredients together is a joy for any modern day chef, especially in Costa Rica. The abundance of this fruit means access to outstanding flavors that can be used when creating any dish, from poultry and fish to sushi and stir fry.

Still, one of our favorite things to do with our incredible fresh fruit is make smoothies. They’re so easy and you can experiment all you want! The best smoothies - or as they’re called in Spanish, batidos – come from combining an acidic fruit with a more basic one, so bananas are a staple in many as they are sweet but not acidic. They pair fantastically with any fruit including pineapples, mangos, strawberries and papayas.

To create a mouth-watering smoothie begin with a fruit bowl like this one…

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Tropical Cocktail and Book by the Pool

Our best tip for making smoothies is you have to freeze the bananas. There’s no need for ice this way, and your smoothie will have a much creamier texture. We invite you to try out some exotic fresh fruit smoothies at home, and then come join us at Latitude 10 Beach Resort and make some for yourself here in the tropics!

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Six Things To Do In Costa Rica

With all the benefits of a luxury resort like incredible staff, delicious food and wonderful amenities, Latitude 10 also has an impressive and exciting list of activities! Costa Rica is perfect for families, girls getaways, honeymoons and everything in between, so no matter who you’re with, come on down and play in paradise!

1. Enjoy the Wildlife
Costa Rica occupies 0.3% of the earth’s surface, and contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. This unbelievable ratio means that you will see wildlife like you never imagined possible, when you’re here with us at Latitude 10. The rainforest truly becomes a living and breathing classroom, where you can observe and learn about the animals and the foliage. While you’re walking along with one of our tour guides, either in a group or privately, you’ll hear the call of the toucan, the slow movement of the sloth and the flutter of butterflies wings, and much more!

Howler Monkey at Latitude 10 Resort, Santa Teresa

Howler monkey jumping around in the jungle


2. Yoga

So you’re saying I get to do yoga on a rock structure right on the beach? Sign me up! Yoga is not only an awesome source of exercise, it is also a wonderful and relaxing way to enjoy the scenery at Latitude 10. We love the idea of getting a little sweaty from some good hard work then taking a tip in the ocean or the pool to cool off.

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3. Surf

Surfing is great here in Costa Rica! It combines a little exercise with a whole lot of fun. At Latitude 10 you’ll be able to find waves and beaches to suit all skill levels and needs, so while you’re riding the waves and soaking up a little sun, you can feel safe and comfortable too.

Surfing at Latitude 10

One of our guests taking to the waves


4. Horseback Riding

A horseback ride is such a lovely way to see a country. You can cover more ground than just walking, while staying up close and noninvasive. There are some great paths to explore with our experienced guides, and when combined with a warm sunny afternoon, it is the perfect adventure.

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Lovely afternoon horseback ride


5. Kayaking

Another awesome thing to do here is combine a kayaking and fishing trip. We love that guests can go fishing in such a natural way, getting so close to the sea and her inhabitants. This method of fishing is so environmentally friendly, and ensures you will feel good about eating your catch.

Guests show a fish caught while in a kayak

We love to fish while we kayak!


6. Hammock

Relaxing and lounging definitely counts as an activity too! Guests love to use our hammocks during the early morning hours while reading a book with a warm coffee in hand, during the afternoon enjoying some shade and time out of the sun, and during the evening watching the sun set over the pacific.

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A guest enjoys the hammock and the beach at sunset

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Summertime and the Living is Easy

We’re kicking off our summer the right way down here in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Pura Vida is our way of life, which means a few things. It means living purely and simply, taking everything day by day, and truly allowing yourself to enjoy every little thing life brings.

Two Beach Chairs Under Beach Umbrella on Costa Rican Beach
The perfect weather of Costa Rica definitely enables this way of life, and combined with the bounty of wildlife and greenery in Costa Rica means that we spend a lot of time outside. On vacation at Latitude 10 Beach Resort you will have to assimilate to our way of doing things, even if it’s really tough to do. We need you to spend time outside soaking up the sun and fresh air, we need to you get lots of sleep, and we encourage you to do a little surfing. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes guests (though in our experience guests are usually happy to oblige)!

Line of surfboards for guests to use when in the ocean at Latitude 10
While here, and basking in the freedom of not needing to be anywhere or adhere to a strict schedule, we encourage you to take a relaxing bike ride! Take the bikes our on the beach, or down the secluded roads surrounding the property, and revel in the exotic environment.

Bikes for Guests to Use

And of course, at the end of the day, you’re on vacation, so we have some delicious, cold drinks to offer you. And after all that extra work sleeping and surfing and sunbathing and biking, you might need a little pick-me-up!

Cold beer poolside

Well, we hope to see you soon!

 

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These are a Few of our Favourite things…

You’re lounging by the pool and the warm Costa Rican sun is shining down on your recently bronzed face. It’s midday and after the swimming and walking you’ve already done today, you’re hungry. Well, we have an outstanding menu here at Latitude 10 to satisfy your cravings and desires!

To begin, you could have our avocado, beet, hearts of palm and spinach salad. It’s lightly tossed with a delicious dressing sweetened by local Costa Rican sugar. This is a light, nutritious and scrumptious way to tide you tummy over till dinner.

Beet, Avocado, Lettuce and Egg salad fresh from Costa Rica

Or, you could have our signature quesadilla which is filled with corn, peppers and cheese and comes with generous sides of our freshly made guacamole and salsa! We  love to keep it fresh around here and ensure that we do by using local and organic ingredients.

Latitude 10 Quesadilla Costa RicaAnd of course you need an option to quell your throbbing sweet tooth… This is our house-made chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and a lovely sweet glaze. You will have a hard time not smiling while you’re eating this little devil.

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We look forward to seeing you and we hope you look forward to tasting some of these magnificent dishes for yourself!

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5 Things You Don’t Need to Pack When Coming to Costa Rica

Here are a few things that many guests bring, but end up just crowding their suit-cases or distracting them from enjoying their stay!

1. Keys and Wallet Contents: our philosophy on packing is that generally, the less, the better. Because Costa Rica is blessed with a warm climate, travelling light is both practical and easy. So, don’t bring your 17-key key-ring, just bring the few you’ll need to get back into your house when you arrive home. And same goes for your wallet, empty out all those receipts and local stamp cards and trim it down to the essentials. Less stuff, less worry.

2. Travel Converters and Adapters: any guest coming from Canada, the United States, Mexico or any other country using the same electricity sockets, there is no need to bring a converter!

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3. Travellers Checks: unfortunately, these are not all that practical anymore. There are very few places that accept them here, so cash, your debit and credit cards will work just fine.

Bike riding at Latitude 10, Santa Teresa

4. 5 Inch Stilettos: to all my ladies! The streets in Santa Teresa are uneven (often cobbled) and the beaches aren’t really great in heels either, so we advise that you just leave behind those heavy, expensive high-heels this trip, and at most bring a comfortable pair of smaller heeled wedges. You’ll spend most of your time here in bare feet, flip flops and walking/hiking shoes anyways.

5. Un-Essential Electronics: our thinking, is that the more time you spend on these devices connecting you to other places and things, the less time you get to spend exploring and soaking in all of Costa Rica. There is so much to see, and so much to do here, that it would be a shame to waste the opportunity on a game console or an IPad. It also makes the trip go a little more smoothly, as leaving your book or sunhat at the pool is much less stressful than leaving an IPad or a Gameboy!

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Opt for a day in a kayak, not one with a tablet!

Ultimately, here in Costa Rica, our way of life is defined by the phrase Pura Vida, meaning Pure Life. Here life moves at a different pace than much of the rest of the world, which is one of the reasons Costa Rica is so cherished as a vacation spot! So allow yourself to discover and enjoy Santa Teresa, by leaving behind stress and distractions, and coming here with an open mind and an eagerness to learn and of course, to relax.

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