I spent the last few days at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa is at the very southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, about a 4-5 hour drive from where I live or a 2.5 hour flight. I flew this time because of the rainy season but it’s actually a very nice drive as you get to experience the countryside and all the little towns and vista points along the way.
In January 2011, I stayed here and went to Isla Tortuga. On that tour, we saw dolphins and whales in the Golfo Nicoya and then went snorkeling and had lunch on the island. It was a beautiful day.
This time, I was there for a few extra days and went horseback riding through the jungle, farmland and beach as well as a canopy tour to a waterfall. I originally just thought I was going to the waterfall by the local trail but it ended up being a full zipline tour. I’ll write more about those and a visit to one of the local schools in future posts.
My first day there I visited the local town and checked out Playa Carmen, which is the beach just south of Playa Santa Teresa. On my flight, I was joined by the Executive Chef for Cayuga, Jose, who was flying to Harmony Hotel in Nosara. He told me I had to check out “The Bakery” in town. I did try to go there as I was walking around but unfortunately, it was closed due to low season and won’t open again until high season starts, probably in November. That happens a lot in Costa Rica’s tourist areas; stores and restaurants will close in October, and sometimes in September, and then re-open once the summer season begins. But the nice thing about visiting during the green season is that, besides everything being green, there are also a lot less tourists and often you’ll be only one of a few people at the hotels and on tours which means much more personalized service.
The hotel is one of my favorites. You really do feel like you’re staying at your friend’s luxury house. The team there will help you in any way that they can and the environment is one where you will instantly feel relaxed. Ivette, the chef, will prepare for you delicious breakfasts and lunches that are not only good-tasting but also beautiful. I think I ate more veggies there than I have in the last 2 months! She also taught me how to make tortillas – something I have tried several times but have not quite succeeded.
There are 5 free standing casitas on the property, set apart from each other and with unique elements and decorations. A surprise for some people is when they arrive and realize their casita has no glass or screens in the windows or locks on the doors. There is always security and staff members so safety isn’t an issue there. Insects rarely get into the rooms and the bed is surrounded by a canopy of mosquito netting.
Another surprise for many are the outdoor bathrooms in the casitas. With just the birds and monkeys overhead in the canopy of the trees, it’s an experience like no other.
Late afternoons and before going to sleep would find me lounging on one of the chairs on my bungalow’s patio, listening to the sounds of nature. The waves crashing, the crickets, frogs and the soft breeze rustling the leaves of the trees. No other distractions were necessary – no music, no TV, not even books. Latitude 10 is a place to relax and sink into the natural world, letting go of all your cares.
Enjoy the slideshow…
Note: While I am now paid and/or receive comped services at many of the places I visit, I will always offer my unbiased opinion to you, my readers. Fortunately, I almost always have experiences that exceed my expectations.