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La Carolina Lodge

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San Miguel | Bijagua, Bijagua de Upala, Costa Rica
La Carolina Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff and food (smoked pork and fresh bread and cheese) were exceptional. Fire heated hot tub in the rain forest was serenely relaxing. Candle lit dinner, sidewalks, and room were charming. Rain forest trek was another world. Even did some fishing. I would recommend La Carolina to anyone.

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Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is amazing. This place is the real deal, true old fashioned, typical Costa Rica. Yes it is rustic, basic, simple, natural. I have lived in Costa Rica for 10 years. When we go to Abuela's house, there is cafe chorreado, food cooked on a wood stove, wooden open air houses, leather rocking chairs on the porch and of... More 

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la
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We have visited La Carolina twice. Once with a group of 10 friends and once with our family, including a four and five year old. Both times were amazing. The trip with our kids was unbeatable. We were there off-season and the only guests for part of it. Alejandro became our kids' best friend. A year later they still talk... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you are looking for a more rustic, however very clean and well maintained, enchanted, authentically Costa Rican experience with a very warm and friendly staff, La Carolina Lodge is the very best that Costa Rica has to offer. And the meals they serve; WoW! Just the food alone makes a stay at La Carolina truly heavenly! Awesome swimming hole... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Okay this place is magical, for couples or families BUT it is for those who are a bit more rugged. We stayed in the main house. The adjacent buildings are more private and some have WiFi. We shared a bathroom with other guests and dinner is family style. The food is good and local. The surrounding areas are beautiful. A... More 

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Kristianstad, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A place worth returning to . Bill and Karien not only TRY to make the guests feel at at home but succeed in doing so by paying attention to little details and never ignoring what the guests ask for . The nature is stunning and one does not have to go on tours every day . Taking it ease by... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Ten years ago, we visited La Carolina for the first time. We were overwhelmed with the warmth and beauty of this rustic and simple lodge with cool temps, hottub on the river, fireplace on the big wrap around porch, fabulous home cooked (on a wood stove) meals. This past week, I returned alone to enjoy once again while my husband... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The lodge is an interesting stop and near the Rio Celeste waterfall. The lodge is in a working ranch setting. The cabins are very rustic, but clean and roomy. They are situated along a river, which provides white noise, however some people found it difficult to sleep with. The meals are tipical. You eat at a large common table, so... More 

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Monroe, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you are interested in submersing yourself in nature, experiencing the rainforest, hiking, relaxing, eating some of the best Costa Rican food you'll eat and getting a bit of R&R in a rustically romantic setting then this is the place for you! While visiting the Guanacosta region of Costa Rica with all of its beautiful beaches, my husband, myself and... More 

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Zandvoort, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This lodge, is a beautiful place in the forest. Wild birds everywhere. The staff are friendly Costa Ricans who love to please their visitors. They light the fire places and lit the candles which are all over the property.............From there you visit the Rio Celeste or do hikings. Coming home the food is prepared and it is beautiful home made... More 

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