The word I would use to describe our stay at La Carolina is enchanting. The main lodge and cabins are tucked right into the forest next to a river, with several small waterfalls and pools where you can swim. At night, because they use very little electricity, everything is illuminated with lanterns and candles - it’s like a fairyland with the bubbling of the river, the sounds of insects and monkeys, and the soft lighting! Their huge handmade stone hot tub is fed by the river and heated by the water circulating around a cauldron where a fire burns all day. The meals were great and are served homestyle with the rice, beans and vegetables prepared on a wood burning stove (pretty much the same with every meal), and the meat cooked on a huge stone grill (rotated between ribs, pork, fish, etc.). In the morning, fruit is placed in a feeder just beyond the dining area to attract wildlife - we saw parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, trogons, Blue Morpho butterflies, and a nearby sloth. The rooms in the lodge are really small and close together (good for a group). The cabins are lovely, and more private. We highly recommend the sidetrip to Volcan Tenorio National Park and the Rio Celeste waterfall. We didn't try the horseback riding. Due to the smallness of the facility we really got to know some of the other travelers and staff, and there was always enough room in the hot tub. There were also times when we had the porch fireplace, hiking trail, hammocks, and hot tub to ourselves, and they will set a private table for two for dinner if you want. We were able to make the drive in a regular car (very slow the last few kilometers), but that’s dependent on recent rainfall – we got information via email right before we made the drive (late February). We have been to Costa Rica 7 times and this is the most special place we have stayed!
- Also Known As:
- La Carolina Hotel Province Of Guanacaste
- Hotel La Carolina
- La Carolina Lodge Costa Rica/Bijagua De Upala