"Feel at home in paradise in this relaxed, all-natural eco hang-out!"
Initially designed and built to be a private summer hang-out for friends, the effortlessly laid-back Latitude 10 is a breath of fresh air. Surrounded by nature, and a mere stones-throw from a secluded beach and the surfing town of Santa Teresa, this is the kind of place where you can swap stories and sink a beer with new friends from all over the world! The hotel’s five casitas provide charming private accommodation for guests, with two ‘master suites’ and three smaller ‘junior suites’, all flanking a fantastic communal space where travellers gather to eat, drink, and socialise. Hidden from the outside world by thick jungle, each uniquely decorated casita has an open-air bathroom and outdoor shower, allowing guests to live in complete harmony with nature.
The grounds are filled with flora and fauna, including the cheeky ‘Big Bird’, a Tiger Heron who’s particularly fond of the swimming pool! Take the opportunity to learn more about the area’s flora and fauna as you trek along hidden trails through palm forests, and even get the chance to spend the day as a cowboy or cowgirl, with a guided horseback excursion to a cattle farm situated on a beautiful Costa Rica beach. Unleash your inner surfer at Playa Hermosa and catch some waves, before catching some Zzzs as you slowly swing in a hammock. After all, life’s all about balance, right?
- Howler Monkeys
- White-faced capuchin monkeys
- Jesus Christ Lizards
- Leaf-Cutter Ants
- White-Throated Magpie-jay
Latitude 10 is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges, a group considered to be a world-leader in sustainable hospitality. Although Latitude 10 itself is a little too small to be formally certified in terms of sustainability, they take community development and conservation extremely seriously, priding themselves on their commitment to offering a sustainable travel experience to eco-tourists. Thanks to its diminutive size, Latitude 10 is able to keep its ‘footprint’ small and minimise any impact that the hotel might have on its surrounding beach and rainforest habitats.
The hotel’s casitas were built using reclaimed almond wood, with no trees felled during the construction process. The water in each casita’s shower is heated using solar panels, and a natural ocean breeze provides ample air-conditioning! To feed its guests, Latitude 10 serves responsibly caught seafood, hormone-free chicken and as many organic fruits and vegetables as are locally available. By buying local produce, and insisting on hiring in only local staff, Latitude 10 helps to ensure that any rewards reaped as a result of ecotourism benefit the destination community directly. Finally, Latitude 10 also works with Santa Teresa School to implement a programme called ‘Building for the Future’, helping to improve the school’s infrastructure and provide vital school supplies for around 200 children.