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Cabinas Carolina

Cabinas Carolina

Destination: Puerto Jimenez

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.

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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.

Rooms

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.

Restaurant

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.

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