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Trip Report Two Weeks in Paradise: La Carolina/Nosara/Rincon de la Vieja

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I am going to keep this short (ish), but I'm happy to answer questions. This was our 4th trip to CR, so we wanted to explore new territory. First on our list was La Carolina, a small property near Canas and the Rio Celeste. We had allotted five nights here. Four nights seemed about right to me, the extra night was a bonus. We first learned about this place from shillmac, who has yet to steer us wrong.

This is a super laid-back, friendly and rustic spot, ideal for serious chill-time, owned by a southern guy, Bill, and his wife, Karien, who is originally from Holland. They have two small boys. We rented a new cabin on the river with its own wood-fired hot tub. Purr-fect for Mr. and Mrs. Cattail. Bill, Karien and the boys rotate between the US and CR, so we were fortunate to meet them. We arrived via the taxi they had sent, the same time as a small bus of tourists. Karien greeted us, and offered us a beverage before having someone show us around. Now, no-one here speaks much English aside from the owners, so it helps to arrive with the mindset of having an opportunity to practice your Spanish.

We absolutely loved this place. We rode horses, paddled a boat on their small lake, fished in the lake and in the river, hiked to the Rio Celeste and around the property, read in the hammock, ate three delicious meals a day, practiced saying hello in several different languages, hung out in the magnificent public hot tub overlooking a small waterfall, drank Imperials in our own private wood-heated tub, bird-watched, and relaxed. Everything was included in the $85 per person rate, activities, meals, even a guide for the Rio Celeste hike, though we didn't especially need one. There is limited electricity, though we preferred the candlelight.

I have never been anywhere with people so accommodating, warm and friendly! When it started raining as we were at the lake, someone came by to check if we wanted a ride, Mr. Cattail wanted to fish, no problemo, worms were dug and a pole produced. A couple arrived with a baby; the little boy was instantly swept up by cooing, smiling women, giving the parents time on their own. Karien made sure our connections were correct to our next destination, and assisted us in using their iffy internet connection to inform relatives at home of our well-being. I have no idea how Bill, Karien and their small "family" manage to keep up with everyone, but they do. This wonderful spot set the bar high for the rest of our trip!

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