Latitude 10

My time in Costa Rica had almost come to an end – and it had been brilliant. But I just had one, make that two, more things on my list: I still hadn’t visited all of Cayuga’s properties. And one of those properties, Latitude 10, was on perhaps the most famous beach in Costa Rica; Santa Teresa. Hmm, now that really was a problem. Internal flights were very expensive and really early, which meant I wouldn’t have time for one last surf at Playa Guiones. What should I do? After one last smoothie in the Harmony Juice Bar I decided to go for a surf and take the longer and cheaper option: hire a car and drive for 4ish hours.

I was really sad to leave Harmony. The staff there were so friendly and I loved the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel and the area surrounding it. If you’re into surfing and are looking for a chilled out holiday with great food, look no further.

Right, back to the journey. I headed south and then inland along main roads. It’s possible to drive straight down the coastline but you have to make sure that the tide is out because parts of the journey are literally on the beach. Given my lack of time, I wasn’t prepared to take that risk and decided to play it safe. The drive was nice all the same – through some nice little villages,

Costa Rica House Coast

past nice stretches of coastline and along some pretty bumpy and muddy unpaved sections. Good job I’d hired a 4×4!Bridge Repair Costa Rica

When I finally arrived in Santa Teresa I couldn’t find the hotel. I drove up and down the same road like a lunatic until I finally gave up and went for a really nice dinner in the Costa Rican equivalent of a greasy spoon (restaurant that sells mainly greasy British food). Luckily they knew exactly where the hotel was – about 500m up the road (I’d driven past it about 5 times!). But when you see the rather inconspicuous entrance, you might have a bit more sympathy for me. Imagine driving past at night with very little street lighting:

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

There was an almighty storm that night and the power went down (as well as few trees in the area). But in the morning, as so often happens in Costa Rica, I awoke to beautiful sunshine and realised just where I’d landed:

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Latitude 10 was definitely one of my favourite properties to stay in. It’s small (5 individual units and a guestroom) and feels like a home away from home, which is exactly what the owners want it to feel like. It’s actually possible to rent the whole resort (if you’ve got a couple of thousand dollars lying around), which is a pretty cool concept.

The main building acts as a central hub,

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

with a kitchen

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

and bar area,

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

that lead down to a chlorine-free pool that feels as if it leads straight into the Pacific (note the books that were drying out from the storm the night before):

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

The units all have terraces and are really luxurious:

Latitude 10 Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica

And the hotel is packed full of interesting artefacts that the owners have collected during their travels:

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa

This mural, believe it or not, used to be a urinal. It was too nice to pee on, so now it serves purely decorative purposes :)

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa

It was nice to see that, although the hotel is not yet as advanced in terms of sustainability as say, Lapa Rios, they are working extremely hard to ensure the sustainable practices are used throughout. From the kitchens, where the three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle are top priorities,

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa

to the gardens, where they are developing a plant a tree scheme and filling up the hotel grounds with lots of native plant species.

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa

Now, no trip to Santa Teresa would be complete without surfing it’s amazing waves. So before breakfast I picked up one of the surfboards that guests can use

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa

headed past the hammocks that line the beach

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa Hammocks Beach

and walked down the beach to spend 2hrs of amazing surfing.

Latitude 10 Ecohotel Costa Rica Santa Teresa

There are no photos of the surf because I left my camera in the hotel – but I can tell you it was the best session I had in Costa Rica. Latitude 10 is an amazing place. I wish I could have stayed there for longer!

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