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La Carolina Lodge

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San Miguel | Bijagua, Bijagua de Upala, Costa Rica
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2008

Although the drive in is long, bumpy, and makes you wonder if a word other than "road" might be a more accurate descriptor of your route, La Carolina is more than worth the effort. Set on the banks of a crystal clear river, La Carolina consists of several cabins and a main lodge. The rooms are simple but clean and... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2008

We spent a week in Costa Rica and my favourite part was the three days we spent at La Carolina Lodge. My husband, my 17-year-old son and I had a large, four-bed room in the main house with a door to the main bathroom in the house and an exterior one just outside our door out to the verandah. The... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2008

My husband and I first found La Carolina Lodge in February 2005. We spent a fabulous 5 days at the lodge hiking, horseback riding, swimming in the river, relaxing in the wood-heated hot tub/pool and enjoying the delicious meals prepared by the friendly and helpful staff. We had the cabin by the river and woke every day to the sounds... More 

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jayhawk1977
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2007

My boyfriend and I stayed at the lodge for two nights in December. I came across it while searching this website and knew we would love it. We were not dissapointed! The area was beautiful and the cabin was just what we were looking for. We both enjoyed showering and reading by candelight and were dissapointed to see that they... More 

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Swansea, MA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2007

I knew that this lodge was not the Ritz but it barely met the minimal acceptable standard for accomodation. It has a roof, toilet, sink, shower and bed. Pros: Good location to Rio Celeste hike, beautiful setting next to river, candle light at night time/ outdoor fire place create beautiful ambience. No light pollution: excellent star gazing. Peaceful. Good opportunites... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2007

La Carolina Lodge is truly a special place. We lived and were married in Costa Rica ten years ago and were celebrating our 10th anniversary - with our seven year old. We were in CR for three weeks and La Carolina was the one place we bragged about the most. The setting along the river is perfect. The staff is... More 

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British Virgin Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2006

We loved this place of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica or the many places we have stayed in around the world, this ranks as one of the best most relaxing places to stay. We stayed for 3 nights This is basic rural accomodation, wooden beds, no electricity, no good roads, but the warmth of the welcome and... More 

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Portland, Or
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2006

We had contacted the Lodge through the review in LonelyPlanet. All was as promised. It is a very authentic resort, a true working finca. The cheese, coffee, beans, everything grown/raised locally. The river was easy to catch small fish in while the kids were in the woood-fired hot tub. The Tican staff is outstanding, and always able to help. No... More 

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massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2006

We arrived at La Carolina at about 4:00 in the afternoon tired and hungry from our flight and drive. We were immediately led to a tree near the main lodge to see a sloth and its baby. And then we were asked (in Spanish) if we were hungry. I answered yes, and within minutes a full and delicious meal was... More 

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2006

La Carolina (day 1) I can not say enough wonderful things about our stay at La Carolina, it is about a 1.5 hour drive from airport in an area toward Upala that does not see much tourism. The roads were bumpy, bumpy and more bumpy, something we would grow to get used to. We arrived at La Carolina our hosts... More 

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