My wife and I were looking for an exclusive getaway for our honeymoon, and after consulting with a Danish travel-agency specialized in Costa Rica, we settled on Latitude 10. Man, was that the right choice!
After a 6 hour journey from San José cross the Gulf of Nicoya and by car through the jungle, we were greeted by a very friendly member of the staff, who showed us to our cabin and offered us each a complimentary ginger-smoothie. We explored our cabin and the surrounding jungle (yes, they are IN the jungle!), and settled back in our comfy wooden chairs on our porch with our smoothies. We were in a completely different world, and the constant, dwelling sound of the waves crept up through the jungle and made us feel in heaven.
We were there in the Green Season. We thought it to be merely a marketing-word for the rainy season, and indeed it rained a lot (though mostly in the afternoon and at night), but Costa Rica was just so incredibly green and lush everywhere, and both in rainy weather, and when it was sunny and blue sky (we had that every day as well) exploring the area was wonderful. On top of that, the area was almost completely tourist-free. We walked the incredible beaches, and for as far as our eyes could see, we were completely alone. Really amazing. This also meant that on all the tours we were on (canopy, horseback-riding, wildlife-guide, snorkeling), we were alone with the guides. Should we return, we would without a doubt choose the green season once again.
We can only repeat what others have already said:
The food was absolutely great, from the (included) breakfast with freshly pressed orange juice, to the delicious lunch selection, to the wonderful dinners prepared by the in-house chef. While dinner prices were a tad higher than the restaurants in the surrounding area, they were definitely worth the money, since it was a 3-course meal with fresh, organic ingredients and the highest degree of service.
In general, the service was really top-notch. When one of our prepaid trips were cancelled due to bad weather, the staff was fast and efficient in finding a replacement tour. And when my wife got injured on a coral reef by snorkeling, Juan (the manager) and his lovely wife expressed sincere concern, and were very helpful - they even called a doctor just to see if our medication was the right one.
The premises were very intimate, and since our cabin was surrounded by jungle (small stone steps lead to the main house), we had complete privacy - if not for the leguanas and howler monkeys in the trees above! :-)
All in all: We had our dream-honeymoon come true, and we will recommend the resort in a heartbeat. But as they say themselves, it is not for everyone, since you're practically in the jungle, and you have to bring an umbrella if you have to use the toilet at night in the rain. That just made it even more magic in our opinion. We sincerely hope we will return one day.
- Kristine & Daniel
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Dear Kristine and Daniel,
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Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review of your honeymoon at Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa. We are thrilled to hear that you had a dream honeymoon and all of your expectations were fulfilled or exceeded. Your analysis of the green season is really “right on” and we hope that a lot of other guests will take this advice from you and visit us between May and November.
Thanks for all the praise on our management team, the service, food and experience in general. This is a great motivation for all of us. Thanks for your great advice on the topic of “Latitude 10 is not for everybody”. You are totally right and we are happy that you pointed this out. If you are looking for a cookie cutter, air-conditioned, standard hotel or honeymoon experience, this is not for you. But if you are looking for a once in a lifetime natural lodging experience in the jungle right next to the Pacific Ocean, our resort is your dream come true. Oh, and by the way, for future guests, the only time you will need an umbrella to go to the bathroom if it rains with strong winds. There is a roof over the toilet and sink area, but yes, the rest of the bathroom and shower area are open air in the jungle with monkeys watching you while you shower. Not for everybody. But it was a dream honeymoon for you. We hope to have you back with us in Costa Rica for an anniversary soon.
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