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La Carolina Lodge

San Miguel Bijagua, Bijagua de Upala 21301 Costa Rica
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Full body massage
Lazy river
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Daniel James wrote a review Feb 1
Stratford, Canada26 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed at the lodge back in Jan of 2020 and have revisited Costa Rica a couple times since. We decided on our most recent trip we would revisit La Carolina Lodge as it stuck out in our memories as such a lovely and special place. Our second stay was a reminder of what an incredible place it really is! We were lucky enough to spend part of our stay in their new river room with the hot tub - which I highly recommend booking if it's available. The remainder of our stay was in the Heliconas lodge (attached to the parking shelter). It overlooks the river and has a very private balcony with fire place and rocking chairs. We really enjoyed how hidden it was even though it's not far from the main house. The people who work here are what make it truly so special. You feel at home and they welcome you with open arms. The food prepared was incredible and I can say the best traditional Costa Rican food we have ever had. Simple, yet incredibly delicious and you can tell made with love and care. We spent the majority of our trip along the coast of Guanacaste so being inland was a welcome reprieve from the heat and sun being up in the hills of Upala. We find three nights is a perfect amount of time to experience the grounds itself and surrounding attractions. We haven't gone horseback riding or milking the cows, however, everyone seems to really enjoy this offering. We did go on a hike of the property and spotted a sloth, and two blue jean frogs in the forest along the river. Our stay was as good or even better than I remember the first time! If you have the chance, please go and experience this place for yourself, you won't regret it! We will be back for our 3rd visit!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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padcakes wrote a review Jan 2024
canada3 contributions7 helpful votes
The Carolina lodge is a nice change from the busy beach towns. The lodge is rustic and quiet, surrounded by nature. Staff were so lovely and the authentic food was excellent. There are many activities to do on the property and off. It was cooler and did rain the odd time which was also a nice change from beach heat.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Scenic31719750642 wrote a review Jan 2024
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La Carolina Lodge was a lovely place to stay and we had a relaxing three days. The staff were very welcoming, and it was a beautiful location. We particularly liked the hot tub right next to the river and the trail walk around the farm. We had a lovely experience horse riding, milking the cows and having a message next to the river. There are many beautiful species of birds within the property and also some friendly dogs. The food was lovely and we enjoyed the traditional Costa Rican cuisine; however, within the 3 days we stayed, there wasn’t a huge amount of variation and felt that if we were there for longer this may have become a bit samey. We stayed in los laureles, which is one of three rooms in a house next to the reception. Whilst appreciating the traditional farm house style of the room, there were a couple of issues for us. The room felt smaller than it was, probably due to the mosquito nets being very low above the beds meaning there was nowhere to sit in the room, and the room not receiving much natural light so felt quite dark at all times. Lastly, whilst ok at night, during the day the room felt stuffy and the fan provided didn’t do an awful lot. That said, the majority of the day is not spent in the room at this beautiful place. The walls are quite thin in the room meaning you can hear other guests in the adjoining rooms. However, the rooms felt very clean and the bathroom was very nice. It is also possible to do a big bag of laundry for $10 which was great. Overall, while the rooms were not perfect for us, the overall experience was great and we would stay again but probably not for more than a few days.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Julia O wrote a review Jan 2024
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Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Carolina Lodge for four nights in the 3 bedroom/ 3 bath El Commisario over the Christmas holiday. The accommodations were perfect for the seven of us, with loads of porch space, lots of rocking chairs, and a hammock. We loved having the wood fired hot tub on the back deck, but also enjoyed the river hot tub after a refreshing dip in the river. The La Carolina Staff is superb and took very good care of us, always with a smile and a "Mucho gusto". We enjoyed all of our farm-to-table healthy meals and were amazed at the quality of the food served. We enjoyed our time horseback riding, hiking on the yellow arrow trail, hiking to the lake, and just hanging out. Alejandro was a fantastic guide on our trip to Volcan Tenorio National Park, pointing out so many plants and animals along the way. Several of us also enjoyed a refreshing and relaxing massage by the river on our last day there. This was my third time staying at La Carolina Lodge, and I was so pleased to share its magical atmosphere with our sons, daughter-in-laws, and five year old grandson for our 2023 Christmas.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.
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Joanne H wrote a review Jan 2024
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Our family of 3 stayed in the Toucan Cabin (one king bed plus one single bed) to slow down and relax for 4 nights over Christmas to kick-off our Costa Rica adventure. We spent hours enjoying our massive back porch, reading in the hammock and rocking chairs, dipping in and out of our private wood-fired hot tub overlooking the roaring river below. Family style farm to table meals were healthy, simple and delicious. 20 minutes to Rio Celeste waterfall, 5 minutes to La Finca de Amistad for chocolate making, 30 minutes to tubing and ziplining and 20 minutes to Tapir Valley Nature Preserve for an amazing night hike. The location was perfect. Thank you to Karien and her team for such a magical experience.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Definitely need a 4x4 high-clearance vehicle for the last 10 minutes over gravel and dirt roads...
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rnejame wrote a review Dec 2023
Salida 6 contributions4 helpful votes
In retrospect, I would have started and ended with La Carolina. The absolute perfect place to feel the Costa Rica vibe. Relaxing, authentic, surrounded by incredible experiences. Phenomenal farm to table meals. Love this place.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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blackwalnuts wrote a review Dec 2023
Bloomington, Indiana2 contributions
We found deep tranquility from the generous staff, lush environment, fantastic birding, spacious casas, abundant food, old world style, sustainable farming and the sound of the roaring river. Five stars are not enough for this setting.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: I added 28 new buds to my life list. Don't forget your binoc's.
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Connie T wrote a review Dec 2023
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La Carolina was beyond our expectations!! Very authentic! Thank you to Bill and his staff for making our stay a wonderful experience. We stayed 3 days/nights at La Carolina. We were greeted immediately upon arrival by a friendly staff member (who speaks English) and the sound of the river nearby. We were given a tour of the property and then had a chance to settle in. It was easy to find the property using Waze, but I wouldn’t want to drive in after dark!! We stayed in the El Paso Fino cabin - 2 rooms, plenty of room for the 4 of us. Slept soundly with the sounds of the rainforest and river around us. The food (3 meals/day) were typical Costa Rican fare, fresh ingredients and served by a friendly staff who helped us work on our Spanish. Even my kids (teen & pre-teen were raving about the food). We did a farm tour (even milked a cow!!), horseback riding (thanks Alejandro), a walk on the property that took us through the jungle, a trip to Rio Celeste. We soaked in the hot tub by the river, swam in the river and gawked at the howler monkeys, birds and even a toucan on the property. Thanks so much for welcoming us and making our stay wonderful!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Book now!!! You won’t regret it (great for relaxing or a home base for other activists).
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Guide21412343338 wrote a review Dec 2023
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Best Costa Rican experience in nature! Best friendly staff! Best guide! best food! Best cabin with private fireplace! Best communication! Best wildlife at your fingertips! Best place to relax or do local excursions! Best of everything!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Thomas L wrote a review Oct 2023
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A place to go and a place to be. Just perfect with great and most friendly people/hosts who make the stay in an unspoiled nature unforgettable. We enjoyed every minute! The food was wonderful and even the campfires, which we had not expected given the high temperatures, created an exceptional atmosphere in the evenings.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Carolina Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to La Carolina Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Tapir Valley Nature Reserve (4.2 km), Spring Paradise Bijagua Tours (6.6 km), and Finca Ecologica Garza del Sol (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Carolina Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at La Carolina Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at La Carolina Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Carolina Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante y Pizzeria El Barrigon, The Hummingbird Cafe, and Soda El Sabor de Doña Carmen.
Does La Carolina Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.