We spent eight days in Costa Rica. While we enjoyed the ziplines and rafts and the tourist areas, the drive to Manuel Antonio seeing resort after resort did me in.
We stayed at Paraiso Carlisa our last night in Costa Rica and our only regret was not staying longer. Before staying here read their website, it is off the beaten path. Make sure this is the place for you (I would recommend it to anyone, but if your looking for a McDonalds your looking at the wrong place:). There is a small local cantina about 8km from this place in a small village, otherwise its a good 45 minutes to civilization.
If you want to see wildlife this is the place to be. We saw more wildlife in 24 hours at Paraiso Carlisa than we did all week in Arenal, Jaco and Manuel Antonio park.
We stayed on the off season and were the only guests at the time. Our villa was huge and included a bedroom, separate bath and living/dining room. The room included cable, decent internet access, small fridge and AC. The rooms were clean and well maintained. Our room had a patio with a hammock and in the morning we sat out and watched a troop of monkeys.
The restaurant was very good and I thought was well priced for the caliber. They buy a lot of their food locally. We ate out on the lodge porch for both dinner and breakfast and watched the macaws and other birds.
We declined the horse back tour of the waterfalls because we were on the last leg of our vacation and were done. However we did get a free personal tour of the grounds and when we saw the waterfall, we regretted not taking them up on the offer. The staff was so kind and very knowledgeable about the area.
We drove a Toyata Yaris up here and our TWD car did fine, we had to take it a little slower. If you have driven American gravel roads they were comparable to spring. We had no issues driving it, I posted some photos of the road. The views on the drive up is worth the trip alone.
We would recommend this to anyone.
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