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Sand, Sun and Surf at Latitude 10
After a couple days of soft adventure in Guanacaste, I was off to Santa Teresa to swim, surf and catch some sun. The small town of Santa Teresa, located on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is as charming as they come.

Despite an influx of tourists over the past couple of years, the surf town still feels fairly authentic. The main road is as bumpy and dusty as you can imagine, but that doesn't deter all sorts of vehicles—from cars and busses to ATV's and even bikes.

I decided to stay just outside the town of Santa Teresa at Latitude 10—one of several Cayuga Collection properties spread out across Costa Rica. The collection is known for their sustainability efforts, local sourcing of food and overall effort to sustain the environment.

Having just come from a more standard hotel-style room, my 'casita' felt like I was smack in the middle of an enchanted forest. Each casita is open-air and windowless, and beds are covered in the evenings with a mosquito net. It’s not a room style everyone will love, but I definitely appreciated hearing nature all around me. It reminded me of the bungalows I stay at when I go to Bali. There was one night of really heavy rains and while loud, I loved falling asleep to the hum of raindrops hitting the casita roof.

Since Latitude 10 is a boutique property with only 5 casitas and one guesthouse, I really did feel right at home. Despite almost full occupancy, there were many times where I felt like I had the whole property—and nearby beach to myself.

Speaking of the beach, just a few steps from the main area of Latitude 10; about a minutes-walk from the restaurant and pool area to the resort's semi-private beach, complete with lazy hammocks, deck chairs and lounge cushions. The sunset on my first night here was amazing. I don't think I've seen anything like it, thanks to a clear sky.

I really wanted to embrace the beach bum nature of this town, so I mostly worked from the porch of my casita, nestled among flowers and plants. Around lunch-time, I'd head to the pool and orders some bar snacks and come the evening, I'd order a watermelon juice to toast to the sunset.

That said, I did do two activities while here. The resort offers complimentary classes throughout the week; things like Yoga classes and Ceviche lessons. My trip coincided with a Yoga session and it was so relaxing to hear (and see) the ocean in the not so far distance. I also signed up for a surfing class, which I booked through the hotel. I have taken a few classes over the years but wasn't on the top of my game during this particular session. Still, I'm glad I signed up and got to see nearby Hermosa Beach.

There are many cute restaurants and cafes in town, which I passed while biking through town, but I mostly ate on property. Breakfast is included in the room rate and the portions are generous. I found the lunch and dinner menus to be fairly expensive, even by New York standards, and some dishes were more impressive than others.

That said, the staff is super friendly and caring. They always greeted me with a smile and went above and beyond to make me feel at home. For this, plus the gorgeous views and easy access to the beach, I hope to return; this time with my husband.