Santa Teresa, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
based on 7 nights
per person for 1 night at Xandari Plantation and 7 nights at Latitude 10 in a Junior Suite with breakfast throughout based on two adults sharing including taxes and private transfers.
At a Glance
Swim in the infinity pool, relax on 100 meters of private beach, enjoy yoga classes and daily massages and cycle easily into Santa Teresa
You can do as little or as much as you would like while at Latitude
One of Costa Rica's top surfing destinations
Located right by the beach
Inviting and very homely eco-resort with just 5 private rustic-chic casitas - very private
Take park in the open air jungle experience
Elegant and natural setting between the jungle and tropical beach of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula
Romantic settings at sunset with an amazing turn down service
Personalized service and attention to detail
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With a warm climate most of the year, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its great weather. However, during the rainy season from April to November most of the roads can get quite impassable due to rivers washing them out. Mid November trade winds from the north-east arrive, marking the end of the rainy season. The following months these offshore winds, called Papagayo, relief the heat and provide perfect surf conditions. Sunshine is guaranteed during the high-season months of January - April. During this long and pronounced dry season many trees and shrub drop their leaves which makes it easier to spot animals.
In May a mellow rainy season follows which the tourism industry has dubbed the Green Season.
It's the time of the year preferred by eco-tourists as nature is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.
Latitude 10 is a unique and exclusive 5 room tropical beach retreat with excellent eco-credentials set back from the Pacific Ocean on Costa Rica’s stunning northern Nicoya Peninsula surrounded by jungle, nature, unspoiled wild beaches and superb surf.
Latitude 10 is an intimate boutique hotel with 5 casitas located in the small village of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula surrounded by lush Costa Rican rainforest and only 6km north of Cabo Blanco National Park.
These spacious beach bungalows, designed by a local architect, have been beautifully constructed from dark almond wood and decorated in an early 20th Century colonial style with four poster beds and fine linens. Local artwork and handicrafts add an authentic Costa Rican feel and there are no windows so rooms are kept cool with ocean breezes. Open-air bathrooms make one feel totally at one with nature. Each comes with its own porch decked out with cosy chairs and hammocks and, in the evenings, candles provide a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
The hotel’s restaurant serves a fusion of international and Costa Rican cuisine and uses the finest organic ingredients. Enjoy dining in the open-air dining room with fabulous ocean views. The sunsets in Santa Teresa are renowned for being some of the best in Costa Rica.
Why not take a day trip to the famous Isla Tortuga for a snorkeling adventure, hike to a secluded bay in Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve or just unwind with a soothing massage in Meridian, the hotel's open-air studio overlooking the ocean.
Five individually appointed casitas each with their own private porch and surrounded by beautiful native vegetation. Amenities include open sky bathrooms, ceiling fans, outdoor deck/sitting area, safe deposit box, and daily housekeeping service.
The hotel is largely catered for adults although children are welcome. There are no specific facilities or cots available but day beds can be made up on request. Best suited for teenagers.
Latitude 10 boasts a Clubhouse with an infinity pool and its very own white sandy beach. There is no restaurant as such but breakfast is included in room rates and lunch and dinner can be cooked by private chefs upon request. Other facilities include a bar, lounge and also spa treatment rooms to unwind and relax.
At Latitude 10 you can go bird watching, take wildlife tours in the nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, go cycling, snorkeling, surfing and swimming or why not take yoga classes in the open-air studio on the beach.
Jenny Weidemann (Staff)
Different is a good way to describe the unique accommodation here. Instead of concrete walls you will find a wooden structure with open sides and no windows. This is the ultimate jungle feeling. Sleep to the sounds of the surrounding nature but be ready to welcome nocturnal visitors. They light tons of candles at turn down service which makes your casita extremely romantic, but it also attracts mosquitos so make sure you use plenty of the natural, complimentary bug spray they provide in the rooms. The beach out front is gorgeous but if you wish to take a refreshing dip you have to walk about 10 minutes - No problem for me as a walk on the beach is one of my favorite activities.
With no signage for the property anywhere to be seen, finding Latitude 10 feels like stumbling on a secret treasure buried in the jungle, created that way deliberately, in part by keeping the landscape intact. The architect, William Hezmalhalch, spent days poring over maps and standing atop ladders above the canopy in search of clearings large enough for casitas. In one case, they built a roof around a tree instead of cutting it down. And the kitchen and bar were shrunk to save a stand of almond trees. The dense jungle helps keep each of the six casitas private. The open-air buildings have neither windowpanes (save for a little stained glass) nor air-conditioning. And in some cases the walls of the private outdoor bathrooms are nothing more than a thicket of jungle green—guests can shower while watching monkeys and iguanas climb the trees above.
ATV Surf Trip to the North
Enjoy and exciting ATV excursion beginning in Tamarindo. From here, travel North along the coast until reaching beautiful Playa Grande. Take a refreshing dip in the ocean upon arrival before tackling some serious waves on your surfboard!
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
Explore the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, Costa Rica's first protected area, accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide. Head into vibrant tropical jungle and experience the natural wonders which surround you in this area of true natural beauty.
Horseback Riding at Hacienda Ario
Ride through the grounds of this beautiful hacienda, enjoying spectacular views as you explore the 15,000 acres, crossing rivers, passing through patches of jungle and along unspoiled beaches, pastures and meadows.
Kayaking the Pochote Mangroves
Surround yourself with nature on this fun tour of the area's mangroves by kayak, looking out for the resident wildlife as you paddle through winding canals and past the small village of Pochote.
Mal Pais Canopy Tour
Speed through the trees on a series of zip lines and enjoy panoramic views of the jungle canopy, observing the fascinating nature all around you! From here you can see the coastline through the trees and if you're lucky you may catch sight of monkeys!
Montezuma Waterfalls Trails
Head into the jungle with a naturalist guide and explore a series of trails and hanging bridges, bringing you closer to the jungle canopy before you reach a series of refreshing pools and waterfalls where you can jump in for a swim!
Ocean Kayaking at Curú Wildlife Refuge
Paddle across calm waters, traveling alongside stunning tropical jungle in the bay of Curú Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Enjoy this adventure to Playa Quesera, a small white sand beach where a picnic table will be ready and waiting.
Visit the SIBU Sanctuary and Wildlife Refuge
Take a visit to Costa Rica's wonderful SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge for injured and orphaned animals. Here you will find rehabilitated howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, coatis, racoons, opossums and porcupines, along with other small mammals.
Romantic Costa Rica
Central Valley, Turrialba District, Arenal and Santa Teresa
from $7200 pp 12 nights
- Take a thrilling journey through primary rainforest to arrive at Pacuare Lodge by white water raft
- Learn to surf in Santa Teresa, one of Costa Rica's top surfing destinations
- Go zip-wiring through the jungle canopy spotting monkeys and tropical birds
Location & directions
Santa Teresa, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
On the southern tip of the Nicoya Península, on Costa Rica’s northwestern Pacific Coast in the small village of Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa is located 6 km north of Cabo Blanco National Park, stretching to the pristine Playa Hermosa.
How to get there
12-hour international flight to San Jose Juan Santamaria International. From San Jose it is then a 1-hour light aircraft flight to Tambor, followed by a 50-minute car transfer to Latitude 10. Alternatively, driving from San Jose takes 6-hours, via the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera.