Bring along your family for a vacation in paradise
At Latitude 10 Beach Resort, a boutique hideaway located in Santa Teresa on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, there is something for every family member to get wowed by, plus an assortment of fun experiences they can all share.
It starts with spotting curious wildlife on property, which is as common as spotting surfers who flock to this laid-back town for world-class breaks. Big Bird, the tiger heron who loves the infinity pool area, delights kids with his frequent visits. The six breezy beachfront casitas have open-air windows, making it easy to admire the surrounding tropical flora and spot wildlife. While on the lush property grounds, guests may come across howler monkeys, coatis, woodpeckers, anteaters, hummingbirds and armadillos.
Further afield but still conveniently located just half an hour away by car is Cabo Blanco National Park, Costa Rica’s first park established in 1963. Hike into this spectacular wilderness on the Pacific with a local guide who will interpret the flora and fauna, such as whiteface capuchin monkeys, white-tailed deer, green and black iguanas and northern tamanduas. Cabo Blanco is also an important seabird refuge where white-threaded magpie-jais, bare-throated tiger herons and long-tailed manakins fly overhead.
Families can grab the resort’s complimentary bikes and pedal into this friendly beach town, to hang out in the cantinas, chat with locals and see surfers in action. Ocean activities include sea kayaking, surf lessons and boogie boarding. The resort’s private beach is a great spot to take in sunsets, and enjoy quiet moonlit walks under star-speckled skies. Giddy up Costa Rican style with a horseback ride into the hills accompanied by a nature guide; a slow trot is just the right pace for families. Don’t miss the canopy tour to the Montezuma waterfall, which gets you zipping through the treetops on 9 cables and 11 platforms, taking in the views over the forest and to the Montezuma River waterfalls, where you take a dip as the final treat. Sign up for a boat tour to Tortuga Island, a tropical flyspeck with gorgeous white-sand beaches and some of the best snorkeling on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast.
At Latitude 10 Beach Resort, the six bohemian bungalows constructed from all-natural almond wood feature open-sky bathrooms, private decks and local artworks and handicrafts. For families, it is best to book the master suite plus a guest room, which sleeps four comfortably. The crashing waves of the Pacific are within earshot and sea vistas stretch from almost every vantage point. At the open-air yoga and spa center with dazzling views, moms can enjoy massages and beauty treatments. The clubhouse and lounge dish out local specialties like chicken casado, made with rice, beans and picadillo, and divine drinks children love, such as the “tentation smoothie” with coconut milk, pineapple, orange juice and banana, sipped straight out of a fresh coconut with a bamboo straw.
Why not rent the entire place?
This is a surprisingly affordable alternative to renting a villa, Airbnb, or block of rooms in a larger resort. It offers the same level of privacy as renting a private villa, but has the added perk of access to hotel amenities and undivided attention of the staff.
One of the biggest advantages of purchasing an entire hotel for a vacation is having complete control of the property, as the space is closed off to anyone who is not a part of the group. This type of travel arrangement also takes some of the pressure off the person in charge of planning the trip, as the hotels have their own outings and amenities for guests to choose from. Furthermore, buyouts increase the sense of exclusivity felt by guests, and who doesn’t want to travel like a celebrity?
Because Latitude 10 Beach Resort is a small property, it is a great location for smaller gatherings of the extended family.