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Client Reviews

The following represents a sampling of guest comments. Many more are available on our Trip Advisor website.

Experience Direct Contact with Nature

Hosting a yoga retreat at La Carolina Lodge is the best way to make my students dive deep into the Costa Rican jungle while also introducing them to the beautiful and generous hospitality of ticos. The yoga platform is located just by the river, every morning during practice we experience direct contact with nature trough… Read more “Experience Direct Contact with Nature”

Michela Montalbetti

Pilates & Meditation Retreats

I have had the pleasure of hosting three Pilates & meditation retreats at La Carolina Lodge and could not think of a better place to bring my guests, who range in age from 25-70. From the planning stages through to completion, Bill & Karien are so helpful and accommodating, helping to ensure that all of… Read more “Pilates & Meditation Retreats”

Téana David

Authentic and Beautiful Environment for our Retreats

La Carolina provides such an authentic and beautiful environment for our retreats. Everyone who comes feels the special nature of the place. From the family-style care that is given to us by the staff and Bill and Karien, to the care given to the land, to the beautiful accommodations, I just haven’t found a place… Read more “Authentic and Beautiful Environment for our Retreats”

Sarah Hemphill

This Lodge does not exist, it is a myth :)

It’s a mirage, a place you dream about, a perfect stop in exploring the diverse nature and eco systems of Costa Rica. In my 11 years some 35 trips to this splendid country, this lodge is what puts Charm in the word Rustic, and its is this type of lodge and area that is why… Read more “This Lodge does not exist, it is a myth :)”

Chicago, Illinois

One of the Highlights of our Trip!

Between the swimming hole, the hot tub, the hikes and the horseback riding, we were very busy. This is a low-key place and a great place to soak up the natural surroundings either by doing nothing or by participating in all that is available. You can’t go wrong with this lodge—stay several days if you… Read more “One of the Highlights of our Trip!”

Littleton, Colorado

Amazing, Perfect, Wonderful!

Everything is natural… the grounds, the food and the swimming. Everything was a perfect 10! There were tons of monkeys in the trees overhead and the birds were everywhere! We took a horseback ride through their beautiful property. Best food we had the entire time in Costa Rica. This place is a do not miss.… Read more “Amazing, Perfect, Wonderful!”

Michigan, USA

Our Favorite Part of 12 Day Trip

Our favorite part of the trip was our stay at La Carolina. What a magical place Bill & Karien have created. We loved that there was no Internet or cell coverage, which forced us to completely unplug and relax. The entire family agreed this was the favorite part of the trip and my 15 years… Read more “Our Favorite Part of 12 Day Trip”

Salt Lake City, Utah

Most Beautiful Spot to Stay

It was all very magical and peaceful. The meals were fantastic, satisfying and everything was delicious. We enjoyed watching the beautiful birds, including toucans, from our table. We can’t say enough good things about this place, and I will be so sad if I never got to return. Fabulous time.

Salt Lake City, UT

Comfortable Gem in The Rainforest

You can get away from it all and immerse yourself in the simple beauty found here. We enjoyed eating the authentic Costa Rican food in a candlelit outdoor setting. Watching the birds at breakfast was phenomenal. Don’t miss the hot tub by the river at night. It is awesome. Wish we had stayed longer.

Charlotte, NC

Amazing Place, Lovely People

We stayed at the La Carolina Lodge for only one night with our two young children (5 and 7) and my only regret is that we did not stay longer! The place is rustic but very comfortable, and a delight for both young travellers and adults. The staff was kind and helpful, and the food… Read more “Amazing Place, Lovely People”

Austin, Texas

100 Percent Awesome!

I do not even know where to start. From the owners, staff, grounds, wildlife, river, cabins, food and price… it was amazing! I am so glad that we spent 4 days there. We enjoyed everything about it. We took advantage of the horseback riding, guided tour through the rain forest, the lake and the paddleboat… Read more “100 Percent Awesome!”

Edmonton, Canada

Just What I Wanted, the Real Costa Rica

I enjoyed every minute. The friendly staff of locals made the trip! It was interesting to see how well you could live with very little of the things we take for necessities. I was fed well, slept well and felt better than I had in years. My only regret was I did not plan to… Read more “Just What I Wanted, the Real Costa Rica”

Charleston, South Carolina

Set the Bar!

Wow! Even though this place came highly recommended, it broke all of our expectations. Set next to a river, the grounds are lovely, with flowers and birds all around, and a fire-fed hot tub overlooking a small waterfall. The staff here is super, super friendly. 
The simply prepared food was fantastic and plentiful. You will… Read more “Set the Bar!”


Wow, this is Paradise

We stayed for 5 days at La Carolina Lodge. It was great!! The food was fantastic and seemed never ending. Everything is grown or produced right on the property. The trail riding and walking is just amazing. Our days there were so peaceful. Swimming in the river then in the wood fired hot tub was… Read more “Wow, this is Paradise”

Beaver Cove

Tranquility in the Mountains

From the moment you step out of your car you hear the river you feel yourself freed. Swimming in the river and looking at the fish with the mask provided by the owners was fun. The wood-fired hot tub soothing, especially in the candlelight. The staff is wonderful and the owners regard them as family.… Read more “Tranquility in the Mountains”

Avon, CT

Complete Mental Reboot!

Time stands still whenever I visit the Carolina Lodge with my little family, giving us plenty of occasions to spend some real quality time together on a horse-ride, playing games, swimming in the river, relaxing in the hot tub and observing colourful birds like the green honeycreeper, masked tytira, Montezuma Oropendolas, colared aracaris, both chestnut-mandibled… Read more “Complete Mental Reboot!”

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Amazing retreat in the Costa Rican jungle

We’ve stayed at nearly 20 hostels, hotels or lodges in CA – and almost immediately upon arrival, La Carolina shot to the top of the list.
 La Carolina’s incredible staff, delicious food, and lovely grounds really made our stay special. We ate fresh eggs and fruit from the farm, rode horses around the property, and… Read more “Amazing retreat in the Costa Rican jungle”

Chicago, Illinois

Hands down…the BEST!!!

Bill and Karin were the best. The staff was outstanding. The hot tub built right next to the river was crazy good. The wood burning floating “stove” warmed the water as the river rushed right on the other side of the mortar/rock wall. The staff is truly what made the experience. Warm, real and honest.… Read more “Hands down…the BEST!!!”

Bend, Oregon

A Little Piece of Heaven

My wife and I recently stayed at La Carolina Lodge on a whim, and it was the best decision we made on our trip! From the outset, we were made to feel like family. The lack of TV’s, Phones, and Electricity at night only added to the ambiance of transporting you to another world that… Read more “A Little Piece of Heaven”

San Antonio, Texas

La Carolina is its Own Destination

The cabins are spread out, and the entire lodge doesn’t accommodate too many people, so one always feels the sense of being simply a guest at a friend’s ranch–but this feeling comes mostly through the hospitality and warmness of the staff and owners.

Chicago, Illinois

A Little Paradise in Tenorio National Park, Costa Rica

A perfect location for enjoying a couple of days in real nature… with hiking, horse riding and great local food. The service couldn’t be better and making the stay at the lodge a perfect one. We definitely will be coming back! Thanks Bill and Karien!

Bensheim, Hessen, Germany

My Favorite Place in Costa Rica

I’ve been to Costa Rica a few times and La Carolina Lodge will always have a special place in my heart. It is truly magical! We had 3 wonderful meals, an incredible horseback ride through the jungle/forest, and an amazing hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall. I hope one day to visit La Carolina Lodge… Read more “My Favorite Place in Costa Rica”

A Hidden Gem

A truly magical place. Three awesome traditional meals a day. The staff is so friendly. They treat you like family and that is exactly how the owners treat them. This place, its people, and its surroundings really represent the true Costa Rica experience. The highlight of our trip.

Not your typical tourist spot (and that’s a good thing)!

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights and we loved it. All the meals are included and were excellent. Most of the meat, vegetables and fruit come from their own farm so it is FRESH. In fact, the eggs in the morning were some of the best eggs I have ever eaten.

New York City, New York

Experience of a Lifetime in Unspoiled Costa Rica

My stay at La Carolina Lodge was the experience of a lifetime. The property was absolutely gorgeous! There was so much wildlife on the property that you can catch a photo opportunity of almost every Costa Rican animal you wish. Overall, La Carolina Lodge is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Owings Mills, Maryland

Authentic Costa Rican Experience

This is a working ranch with lots of available activities to participate in, if you want. But the bird watching alone is worth the trip.. The outdoor areas are lit at night by candles, and the scene is perfectly lovely. We are already talking about a return trip. Be prepared for the utmost in hospitality.… Read more “Authentic Costa Rican Experience”

Flora, Mississippi

Prepare for Ultimate Relaxation

Hands down the best thing about this place is the people working here. 
Most of our time was spent going from swimming in the river, relaxing in the hot tub and reading in the hammocks. There was the occasional stroll among the grounds. This is a place of peace, restoration and relaxation!

Boston, MA

Amazing! La Carolina Lodge is Awesome!

It isn’t often that you visit a lodge/hotel with such happy staff. Everyone was smiling and always helpful.
The setting of the lodge is beautiful. There is a superb river that runs by the lodge, great for swimming. And if too cold for you, jump into the naturally warmed up hot tub. The lodge can be… Read more “Amazing! La Carolina Lodge is Awesome!”

Montreal, Canada

Step Back in Time… and Relax.

Your coffee roasted on an open fire, your food prepared on a wood stove…. Horses that want you to ride them and see the countryside. No cell phones, no TV no lights… a stream nearby with a naturally built hot tub with a floating firebox… incredible service and guide service to Rio Celeste Park. Who… Read more “Step Back in Time… and Relax.”

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

A Perfect Getaway from the Hustle and Bustle

The staff was extremely helpful and they made sure our stay was perfect. Our Cabin had rocking chairs on the front porch, which were perfect for a relaxing read. This was our favorite place we stayed on our Costa Rica Trip. It was serene, peaceful, and authentic Costa Rican experience.

Choteau, Montana

A Magical Place…

A highlight of our trip was 2 magical days at La Carolina Lodge. The place has a rustic feel, food prepared on a wood fired stove and candles light up the darkness… we used no electricity except to recharge our camera batteries, simple furniture made from local trees, much of the food grown or raised… Read more “A Magical Place…”


As Good as it Gets!

Bill and his lovely wife have an amazing farm and scenic lodge along a river in Guanacaste. The setting is peaceful and beautiful, weather is warm but not hot and the nights are perfect for outdoor lounging, watching fireflies, and listening to the running streams.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Great and Very Hospitable Working Farm

We loved everything at La Carolina Lodge. We believe that this is Costa Rica as it used to be all over the country. There are lots and lots of birds around. We probably saw more birds here than anywhere else in Costa Rica (and we were in Corcovado NP)… should not put you off from… Read more “Great and Very Hospitable Working Farm”

Berne, Switzerland

Nature, Tranquility and You.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and we saw many varieties of birds, including toucans and woodpeckers at the bird feeders during breakfast.
We really enjoyed the horseback ride through the property and the hike at Tenorio National Park.
 Our trip to La Carolina Lodge was a highlight of our time in Costa Rica. If you enjoy… Read more “Nature, Tranquility and You.”

Bayville, New Jersey

A Must-Visit Destination

To awake with the sound of the birds, in a big comfy bed… we felt so rested and will definitely return.
Thank you to all the staff at La Carolina Lodge, and to the owner who was so professional yet welcoming and truly cared as to whether we were comfortable.

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Amazing Off the Tourist Path!

This place is amazing! We went horseback ridding, milked the cow, and ate great food. Everyone is friendly, rooms were great, saw tons of birds, great coffee grown onsite, close hiking trails, wonderful hosts, this place has a great vibe, authentic.

Milwaukee, WI

Incredible Every Time

This is a MUST SEE for anyone coming to Costa Rica. I have stayed at Carolina Lodge many times over the past few years, and I never get tired of going. I can’t recommend La Carolina Lodge enough!!!

Florida. USA

Perfect Stay – Everyone was Great!

We recently spent a couple of nights at the La Carolina Lodge in our journey through Northern Costa Rica and it was the highlight of the trip.

Newport Beach, CA

La Carolina, an Amazingly Beautiful Experience

In over two weeks of traveling to great places in Costa Rica, La Carolina lodge stands out as the most amazing experience. I together with 18 people from 5 different countries, were there the first week of February and virtually everyone was raving about the beauty and ambiance.

Redmond, Washington

Rustic Paradise in Paradise

Life will never be the same after experiencing La Carolina Lodge…the memories will sustain me long after I have returned to the cold Northeast.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Jewel of Costa Rica

La Carolina was the perfect mix of rustic and service. In two weeks of travel in Costa Rica, this experience was the most authentic, adventurous, and friendly we had. The staff could not have been warmer, we felt right at home.

Burlington, Vermont
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