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Frequently Asked Questions 2018-03-02T22:54:27+00:00

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Our dress code is informal. We encourage you to bring lightweight, casual clothing, sunscreen, a bathing suit, and sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots for any activities. If you’re visiting during Green Season, we recommend also bringing a light rain jacket. Don’t worry about bringing spare clothing, since we offer a laundry service.

We’re located in the tropics and close to the equator. Costa Rica is considered a rainforest country and warm temperatures are characteristic throughout the year. There are two well-defined seasons:

Dry Season: December – April
Rainy Season: May – November

The rain, especially on the Pacific coast, typically occurs during the afternoon or evening and is “warm”. We experience a short mid-year mini Dry Season towards the end of July and beginning of August when rainfall decreases significantly for 3-4 weeks. The rainiest months are September and October, especially in the south Pacific region.

Note: The climate in San José is often very different to the coastal regions. A medium-weight fleece jacket is highly recommended for cooler nights in and around the capital.

Temperature & Rainfall Chart for Santa Teresa

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Avg. Max. Temp. (F) 86 88 88 88 85 84 84 84 83 82 82 84
Avg. Min. Temp 75 75 76 77 76 74 74 74 73 73 73 74
Avg. Rainfall (inches) 0,17 0,14 0,01 1,44 9,52 7,34 4,60 6,61 9,53 11,10 3,75 0,84

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Below are some general visa guidelines, but please check with your airline or travel agent to confirm your legal requirements for entering Costa Rica. All visitors to Costa Rica need a passport valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry.

  • Visa not required for nationals of the USA, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and the UK and its dependencies for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Visa not required for nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Suriname, Taiwan, Turkey, Vatican City and Venezuela for stays up to 30 days.

No immunizations, shots, inoculations or vaccinations are requires to enter Costa Rica. However, it would be wise to check with your personal physician for individual recommendations.

Latitude 10° can be reached either by plane or by car from the capital city, San Jose. You can find more detailed information on travelling to the resort on our dedicated How to Get Here page.

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Yes! Our beach is the perfect spot for post-wedding relaxation, and our dreamy casitas were designed with romance in mind (you’ll love our candlelit turndown service!). At Latitude 10°, you can indulge in couples massages together, feel at one with nature in your spacious outdoor shower, and enjoy private candlelit dinners on the beach. That’s after watching Costa Rica’s best sunsets from a hammock!

Whether you choose pure relaxation or add a touch of adventure, you’ll really be able to create new memories together at Latitude 10°.

Read more about honeymoons and romantic getaways at the resort here


Yes! There are lots of opportunities for families to spend quality time together at Latitude 10°. There are plenty of family-friendly activities to do nearby, especially for kids over six. These include guided tours on rainforest trails, canopy zipline tours and surfing lessons. We’re also right on the beach and have a pool at the resort.

When sharing with an adult, children under 4 years stay free of charge, and children 4 to 11 years pay $50 per night.


This depends on which season you’d like to stay at Latitude 10°. Generally for High and Holiday Season, we recommend booking up to 6 months in advance. Our property is small and can get booked up fast. From April through November, we suggest booking a few months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Latitude 10° isn’t your typical resort or hotel. In fact, rather than a hotel, we started out as a private summer hangout on the beach for two friends. Today though, we operate as a unique romantic resort, a boutique hotel of just 5 luxury casitas and a guestroom in beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We’re true to our origins, welcoming guests like old friends and making sure they feel right at home.

Read the full story of Latitude 10° Resort here


Stay as long as you can! It can be hard to leave paradise! We recommend staying at least 4 nights to fully soak up the Latitude 10° experience and enjoy everything there is to do around Santa Teresa.

At Latitude 10°, we’re all about blissful beach relaxation. At the resort we have a pool, boogie boards, board games and lots of books to keep you occupied, as well as bicycles for you to go exploring. We also hold complimentary yoga classes and cooking demos, and can organize spa treatments for you. When adventure calls, there’s a variety of activities to do in the area. You can take surf lessons, hike to a waterfall, visit nature reserves and more.

Explore our activities here!


Our casitas have large fans but no air conditioning. The spacious rooms have been designed in such a way as to allow for constant air flow. In place of glass windows there are wooden shades, and each casita is kept cool and out of full sun by rainforest trees and lush vegetation. We find that the majority of our guests are very comfortable and appreciate the open-air feeling. If you like things extra chilled, we also have additional fans on hand!

Yes, we have complimentary Wi-Fi access at the Clubhouse & Lounge area. Cell phones work in most areas on the property, and both local and international calls can be made at the office if needed.

Yes. We are committed to cooking delicious, wholesome food for each and every one of our guests, and strive to accommodate all food allergies. Our menus feature a number of vegetarian and vegan dishes, and a lot of Costa Rican dishes – being corn rather than wheat based – are naturally gluten free. To discuss specific dietary requirements, feel free to get in touch and ask us about accommodating your needs. Our home-style kitchen is very flexible, and we believe that good food is for everyone!

We provide safe drinking water for guests free of charge at the resort.

We’re lucky to be located in the middle of a beautiful tropical jungle. With this in mind, all sorts of wildlife – including insects – can be encountered. Depending on the time of year and time of day, there may be periods where you’ll see mosquitoes, especially after periods of extended rains. It’s a good idea to apply insect repellent – we provide it free of charge – especially for activities in the rainforest. At night, we’ll pull down the canopy over your bed to keep the mosquitoes away!

Lots in fact! Although we are a beachfront resort, we’re also nestled away in lush rainforest surroundings. You might see howler monkeys, iguanas, tiger herons, crabs and more.

The beach is just steps away! However, the waters directly in front of Latitude 10° are very rocky and not for swimming. The natural pools formed during low tide just to the right of the resort are much more suitable for a dip. Our white sands and sleepy hammocks instead make our beach ideal for relaxing and sunset-watching. For swimming, we recommend taking a short walk towards the main Santa Teresa beach which is rock-free. Other great swimming beaches include Playa Manzanillo and Playa Carmen, both just a 10- minute drive from Latitude 10°.

Santa Teresa is a surfing utopia! For guests wishing to embrace this side of Costa Rican culture, there are waves for everyone, no matter your experience level. We’ll happy organize surf lessons or board rentals for you during your stay.

Find out more about surfing in Santa Teresa here!


Santa Teresa town has a great variety of restaurants and coffee shops if you want to eat out during your stay. We’ve got everything from French bakeries to vegan eateries, sushi places, and a number of smoothie bars. Ask us for top tips and recommendations!

Our cancellation policies vary by season:

Holiday Season – Dec 20th – Jan 5th

– If a reservation is cancelled after the Holiday deposit has been paid, the deposit will be forfeited.
– If a reservation is cancelled between 90 and 60 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the reservation will be charged.
– If a reservation is cancelled between 59 and 30 days prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– The above policies apply to modifications or night reductions made 90 days or less prior to the arrival date

High Season – Jan 6th – April 30th, Nov 1st – Dec 19th

– If a reservation is cancelled 60 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– The above policies apply to modifications or night reductions made 60 days or less prior to the arrival date

Green Season– May 1st – Oct 31st

– If a reservation is cancelled 30 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– The above policies also apply if a reservation is modified 30 days or less prior to the arrival date.

In all cases:

– If there is a “no-show” 100% of the reservation total will be charged.
– In the event the cancelled room is resold, reimbursement will be made in full.


Check in is from 2pm. If you should arrive earlier at Latitude 10°, we will do everything possible to have your room ready. However, if you do have to wait for your room, you won’t have to wait to start your vacation: go ahead and hit the beach or order some lunch!

Check out is at 11am. If you would like to leave later in the day, please let us know and if possible, we’ll be happy to accommodate you.


While staying at Latitude 10°, all your expenses can be charged to your room. When you check out, we accept US Dollars, Costa Rican Colones and all major credit cards.

When going on tours or visiting the town of Santa Teresa, carrying some small US Dollar bills is recommended as well as some local currency. Most businesses and restaurants accept US Dollars. Euros and other currencies are not commonly accepted in Costa Rica.


Tipping is exclusively at your discretion. As all of our staff contributes to your stay at Latitude 10°, general tips are divided among the whole team. This excludes service staff as by law they automatically receive 10% of all food and beverage purchases. If a particular member of our staff provides exceptional service, you may request a special envelope from the reception and leave a tip for them individually at check out.

Costa Rica has passed strict non-smoking laws which prohibit smoking in public places. Regrettably, you will not be able to smoke on our premises during your stay. Thank you for your understanding.

Latitude 10° is independently owned, and the resort is operated by the Cayuga Collection. This Costa Rica based hospitality management company is dedicated to managing and developing sustainable and luxury hotels and lodges in Latin America.

Read more about the Cayuga Collection here


GENERAL QUESTIONS

Costa Rica is the ultimate tropical getaway. Home to rainforests, cloud forests, active volcanoes, and both Caribbean and Pacific beaches, the opportunities for exploring – or relaxing – are endless. Despite its small size, Costa Rica holds approximately 5% of the world’s biodiversity, making it a dream destination for wildlife lovers too. Sloths, monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, quetzals and more are easily spotted in the wild.

Getting around is also hassle-free. Domestic airlines like Sansa connect all the regions of Costa Rica. The longest internal flight route is under 1 hour. Roads and highways are well-maintained too, and driving between destinations is unlikely to ever take more than 4 hours.

Importantly, Costa Rica is also considered a safe travel destination. We don’t even have a national army!


Beachfront Santa Teresa is the tropical paradise you see in brochures: uncrowded white sand beaches, palm trees in abundance, warm Pacific waters, tanned and yoga-toned people with their surfboards… and best of all, it still feels remote. With its hip international vibe and rustic-chic restaurants and bars, Santa Teresa is the kind of place that’ll have you daydreaming about running away from it all and opening up a surf shop. And many celebrities including Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady and Mel Gibson have done just that! For relaxing by the beach or surfing, Santa Teresa is Costa Rica’s top destination.

In addition to Santa Teresa, there are many other popular destinations that are worth a visit. We recommend visiting some of the country’s active volcanoes (Arenal, Poás, Irazú, Rincón de la Vieja), and for a very natural, off the beaten path experience, a trip down south to the Osa Peninsula is worth it. Manuel Antonio National Park – Costa Rica’s most popular – is also a must-visit, as well as the famous Whale’s Tail in Uvita. It’s the whale-watching capital of Cosat Rica during Green Season.

If you’d like some advice on where to combine with Santa Teresa, we’d be happy to give you some ideas. You can also check out our sister properties in the Cayuga Collection, and design the perfect combination of retreats to suit you.


If you’d like to explore the center of San Jose, we recommend staying at Hotel Grano de Oro. This tropical Victorian mansion is within walking distance of the capital’s main attractions.


There is an emergency clinic about 30 minutes from the hotel in Cobano, and we have a doctor on call in Santa Teresa for minor health problems. Additionally, San Jose is just a 25-minute flight away and has excellent hospitals and doctors often educated in North America and Europe. Our staff are trained in first aid just in case!

We advise taking out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and any dependents/travel companions for the duration of our stay in Costa Rica. As a minimum, this insurance should include:

– emergency evacuation expenses
– medical expenses
– repatriation expenses
– cancellation or curtailment of trip
– damage/theft/loss of personal luggage, money and goods

In case of medical emergencies, most Costa Rican doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance or not. If your health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses while you are abroad, you should consider supplemental insurance. It may also be worth finding out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or if they reimburse you later for any overseas health expenditures.


If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t worry. At Latitude 10° we speak excellent English, and are happy to teach you some Spanish phrases too! Apart from in the most rural areas of Costa Rica, you should have little problem with language barriers. Many Costa Ricans have at least a basic knowledge of English.

Carbon offsets are voluntary donations that can be made to compensate, or offset, greenhouse gas emissions from transport, electricity use, and other sources. In an effort to promote sustainable development and tourism, the Costa Rican Ministry of Environmental Affairs has created a program in which tourists can compensate the carbon emissions from their international flights by investing in programs that preserve and reforest natural areas within Costa Rica. You can find more information on the program’s website (http://www.fonafifo.go.cr/) or ask us!