At a Glance
- Inexpensive place to crash before heading into the jungle
- Air-conditioning is blessing after hiking
- Centrally located near bars, restaurants and tour information centers
Like the last trading post before venturing into unexplored wilderness, Cabinas Carolina is a backpacker's last chance at civility before a journey into Corcovado National Park. Along the main street in Puerto Jiminez and just behind a soda run by the same family, Hotel Carolinas is an inexpensive, authentically Costa Rican place to crash while in route to Costa Rica's most biologically diverse rainforest.read more close
Cabinas Carolina isn’t so much a destination as just part of the trip, but it's close to the bay and offers easy access to basic supplies for hiking into Corcovado, tour information, and a slew of bars and restaurants to drink, eat and indulge in.
The hotel's rooms are painted a dusky blue in traditional Costa Rican style. They aren't much to look at, but they have all the creature comforts one could ask for before heading into the jungle: air conditioning, in-room Wi-Fi, cable TV and private showers – all of which feels super luxurious after spending three nights in the jungle.
Of the 15 rooms, eight have two double beds and a single while seven of the rooms have one double and one single bed. For $24 a night, you can get a room with a fan. For $30 a night, you can get a room with air conditioning, which is worth shelling out the extra $6.
Carolina's has its own restaurant in front of the hotel. It's your typical soda with all the regular fare: a selection of fresh juices, rice and beans, scrambled eggs for breakfast, patacones (fried, green plantains,) fried rice, pasta, chicken, tilapia and a host of other traditional Costa Rican meals¬—oh and it's got free Wi-Fi.
Services and Amenities
Not much in the way of services, but the hotel does offer towels for a refundable $3 deposit. The staff is friendly and accommodating, but service can be a little slow at the restaurant.