Why Smaller Is Better!

Six rooms. Only six rooms?! Latitude 10 is an extraordinary beach resort nestled away in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We offer a very rare blend of luxury, sustainability and privacy, and with only 6 rooms, we can assure you that smaller, is better. Designed to feel as though you’re in a private villa or a tropical vacation home, we decided the best way to achieve this, would be to stay small.

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Reserve all six rooms for a larger family vacation or small destination wedding (with a maximum capacity of 14 guests) and enjoy the resort undisturbed by other travellers, or just come and take one room, and enjoy the intimacy and community characteristic of a small resort. You will get the opportunity to really get to know the other guests here, and hey, if you make friends here who last you a lifetime, we’re taking all the credit!

Brianne hector and Maricella

With 90% of our staff hired from the local community, we maximize our sustainability efforts, not just through having a small impact on the environment, but through nurturing the local economy as well. We also can ensure that you get an authentic taste for the local culture by organizing individual excursions into the very hip surfing town of Santa Teresa, where you’ll get some great food and shopping! Come and stay with us, and see for yourself what a 6 room luxury, eco-friendly, beach resort is really like!

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What is Central and South America’s Favourite Dish?

Raw fish cured in citrus juices. You guessed it! We’re talking about ceviche. However, I suppose that description might be a little misleading. There is actually a lot more going on here than just that! The acidity of the citrus juices (like lemon or lime) cure the fish, so that upon consumption it is in fact cooked throughout. It is seasoned with spices (salt, ají or chili peppers, coriander, cilantro etc), added to using ingredients like chopped onion, bell peppers, tomatoes and avocado, and then enjoyed! Here are a couple ceviche recipes to try out:

Costa Rican Ceviche

1/2 lb of white sea bass or other firm white fish, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cups lemon, lime or limon mandarina juice
2 stalks of celery minced
avocao, chopped
1 chile dulce minced or a red sweet pepper instead
1 small red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
1 handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup of ginger ale
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Marinate the fish in the citrus juice for one hour in the fridge
  2. Remove from the fridge and add the rest of the ingredients (the ginger ale is not a typical ingredient but it is said to be the “secret ingredient” which adds a tangy bite), then put back in the fridge for another 6-8 hours
  3. Toss well and arrange on serving bowls or plates, accompany with saltine crackers or boiled green plantains

Mexican Ceviche

1 lb halibut, sea bass or red snapper fillet, or mixture of fish and shrimp
5-6 limes
1 cup diced fresh tomato
1 sweet green pepper, chopped
4 tablespoons chopped parsley or 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon oregano
2 jalepeño peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 dash of Tabasco sauce

1. Dice the fish (approximately ½ inch cubes), if using shrimp use cleaned shrimp
2. Marinate the fish in the lime juice in the fridge overnight
3. Stir often
4. Pour off most of the lime juice
5. Add remaining ingredients (preferable hours before serving so that ingredients can soak up flavour
6. Toss well and arrange on serving bowls or plates, accompany with avocados, lettuce leaf and chopped black olives.

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Make nature your theme-park.

On you vacation to Costa Rica you can really do anything you want. The country has so much diversity in geography that any sort of adventure can be accomplished. However If you are the sort of traveller who is looking for a big theme park with roller coasters and mascots, you won’t find it here. Costa Rica has made an effort to make nature the theme park, encouraging people to play outside and get involved with the beauty that surrounds us here every day.

Preparing for a surf session in Santa Teresa

1. Learn how to surf. Everyone we talk to wants to learn how to surf! The experience of harnessing nature to propel you through the water can be a profound and addictive experience. Just ask our general manager, Jose-Pablo… the surf addiction runs deep.

2. SUP, or Stand-up-paddle boarding. This close relative to surfing gives you a full body workout while also improving your balance and coordination. Once you get good you can head out into the surf!

3. Montezuma waterfall canopy tour. The thrill you get from racing down a zipline is 10X bigger than any amusement park, that’s science! The longest cable is over 300 metres and they zig zag down the hillside beside the waterfall. This is an experience you really can’t get anywhere else.

The magic hour in Costa Rica where the sun has set but everything is lit up.

The magic hour in Costa Rica where the sun has set but everything is lit up.

4. Kayaking in the Costa Rican ocean. When was the last time you saw turtles in an amusement park (and ones in captivity don’t count)? Head out kayaking with some of the local guides in Santa Teresa and see the protected marine eco-system first hand..

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

Kayaking on the ocean of Costa Rica

And when you’re done adventuring head back to our Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Resort for the sort of service you cannot find anywhere else.

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Why empty frames make better windows than glass

When you visit our Santa Teresa Luxury Resort you will notice a few things. You’re very close to the ocean, it’s quiet as we only have five rooms, and you can’t close a window.

Feel the wind pass over you at night in Santa Teresa

Feel the wind pass over you at night in Santa Teresa

The bungalows at Latitude 10 don’t have windows. Relax. We did this on purpose. Windows trap heat, and don’t let the breeze from the ocean through. To help ensure that we are as green and eco-conscious as possible, we don’t have air conditioning. The ensure that our guests remain comfortable when sleeping, we didn’t install glass windows so that it doesn’t get too warm inside the bungalow.

Our open air concept makes you feel part of your surroundings

Our open air concept makes you feel part of your surroundings

Don’t worry though. You’ll be ensured that along with the cool breeze, you will still have privacy and security. At night, part of our turn-down service includes the lowering of wooden-slatted blinds to ensure complete privacy and a relaxing sleeping space. Plus, you’ll have a mosquito net around the bed to ensure that the pesky bugs stay away while you count the waves rolling in before entering dreamland.

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Day Trip to Cabo Blanco National Park

Located near Latitude 10 Beach Resort is Cabo Blanco National Park Costa Rica. Covering more than 1,000 hectares along the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the park is comprised of a second generation forest after the rampant deforestation of the area for farming was stopped in the late 1960s.

In fact, this large area became Costa Rica’s first national park, setting the stage for the government to protect more of the beautiful landscapes throughout the country in the decades to come.

Cabo Blanco Park near Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Today, the park is both a habitat for marine wildlife – the park also protects the offshore habitat for animals – and birds. Visitors to the park often see a wide range of wildlife during their hikes, including howler monkeys, white-face monkeys, and even coati, which closely resemble the North American raccoon. In addition to the larger animals in the park, visitors are most-often rewarded when they spot the abundant species of marine birds like bobbies and pelicans.

Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

The opportunity to explore Cabo Blanco National Park with a guide makes for a perfect day trip for guests of Latitude 10 Beach Resort, a Santa Teresa Luxury Resort

 

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Honeymoons in Santa Teresa

Honeymooners are a common site in Santa Teresa. It might be because of the laid back attitude, the beautiful beaches, the culinary choices, or the privacy that draws newly weds here. Whatever the reason all of them are having an amazing time and really enjoying their first big trip together as a married couple.

Enjoying the sunset looking out from Latitude 10

Enjoying the sunset looking out from Latitude 10

Many of the honeymoon guests we get at Latitude 10 are here for the privacy and exclusivity of our resort. We have lush jungle surrounding each casita which makes for a very open, but private experience. Our turn-down service is unlike any other and sets the perfect scene for a romantic beach vacation.

First kiss on the sand of Santa Teresa

First kiss on the sand of Santa Teresa

Whether you’re interested in having an extremely active honeymoon, or more of a laid back and read in a hammock sort of honeymoon, we can accommodate it. Our little hotel is small enough that any service we provide will be 100% personalized to you and it will be one that you will not soon forget. Latitude 10 is located steps from the beach and at night you can hear the surf gently rolling into the Santa Teresa beach as you unwind from another brilliant day in paradise. Ali and Ryan getting married at Latitude 10

What really sets our hotel apart is our focus on sustainability. There are very few places in the world where you can experience what we have to offer here while supporting the local economy, protecting the environment, and promoting the local culture of Costa Rica.

We’re currently looking for a couple who is interested in going on an eco-honeymoon, if you think it’s you then fill out this form to be entered to win the most luxurious, sustainable honeymoon the wedding industry has ever seen. 25 anniversary

Good luck!

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Places to eat in Santa Teresa

 

As we’ve mentioned before, Santa Teresa has a vibrant international mix of people living here. All of these cultures have come together to make Santa Teresa a hot-spot for culinary tourism within Costa Rica.

French toast for breakfast

French toast for breakfast

The diversity of culinary choices is incredible for the size of little Santa Teresa. It also means any sort of cuisine you are looking for is always available, it’s just a bike ride awayBike riding at Latitude 10, Santa Teresa

When guests stay with us at Latitude 10 we want them to experience all that Santa Teresa has to offer. Whether you want pizza, baked good, sushi or fine dining you will find something in Santa Teresa. Just another reason we can honestly call this town paradise!

The Bakery, Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Fresh caught seafood at the Latitude 10 Restaurant

 

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Best surfboard for Costa Rica

If you’re coming to Santa Teresa, chances are you will want to surf while you’re here. Renting a board is always an option and our friends at Olingo Tours can provide you with the right board for the conditions you will find.

A surfer with a shortboard checks out the surf

A surfer with a shortboard checks out the surf

However if you want to bring your own board here are some factors to consider.

The oversimplified version of choosing a board is by looking at longboards and shortboards. Longboards are generally better for new surfers as it’s easier to catch waves and they are much more forgiving with balance.

Two surfers with longboards get ready to paddle out

Two surfers with longboards get ready to paddle out

One very popular shape for new surfers is called a “Mini-mal” which is a shorter longboard. They have a higher volume which makes them more buoyant.

Some popular varieties of shapes are hybrids, fish, retros, quads, tris, twins and single fins but these are only the traditional shapes. Modern surfers have taken the traditional and evolved it into so many custom shapes and sizes that you really need to try to see if you will like them.

Getting pumped for the paddle!

Getting pumped for the paddle!

Ultimately the perfect board is the one that makes you happy!

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How to get away from it all

Santa Teresa is a quiet beach town with an international, and vibrant community. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking to “get away from it all“. So many travel destinations boast busy beaches, shopping malls, lights, and noise, but Santa Teresa isn’t one of them. This quiet spot is a haven for travelers who want a bit of peace, tranquility and soak up the sun.

Our Three Step Guide to getting away from it all and enjoying your vacation.

Step 1: Admit you’re on vacation! This means setting your out-of-office or updating your voice-mail and letting people know are you are away… not just physically but also mentally on vacation. Enjoy a pura vida sunset at Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Step 2: Be prepared for the unexpected. Even with perfect planning things come up on vacation that might not be planned. These things can turn out to be the funniest, most enjoyable part of your vacation. So don’t be scared to try a new meal, take a different form of transport or dance all night at an impromptu beach fiesta. surf girls

Step 3: Choose the right spot. If you’re really looking to get away from it all then Santa Teresa is ideal. Costa Rica has many other options as well though depending on the type of trip you’re looking for so check out our sister hotels.

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The Best Hotel Review!

Some guests make our jobs too easy.

One of our recent guests, Brianne, even spent a day helping Roxy make tortillas in the kitchen!

An authentic culinary vacation!

An authentic culinary vacation!

After their trip was over they sent us a very heartfelt message that we’ve included below. Thanks so much from everyone at Latitude 10!

 

“Hola, Jose! We just wanted to say thank you again for a vacation that exceeded our expectations at Latitude 10.

From the moment we arrived we were treated like family and our every need was attended to while we were there. The best part of our visit to Costa Rica was meeting all the great people at Latitude 10!

Brianne hector and Maricella

We miss you guys and hope you will stay in touch and visit us if you ever want to!

Your friends,
Peter & Brianne ”

Peter and Brianne

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