Map & Directions
DIRECTIONS BY CAR (Distances and times listed are approximate)
For travel to La Carolina Lodge, we recommend you rent a 4×4. A GPS in Costa Rica is highly recommended.
La Carolina Lodge GPS coordinates: N10.75224 W084.99174
From Highway #1 (Pan American Highway) & Hwy #6 (Upala) Junction
(Approximately 40 km’s South of Liberia and 10 km’s North of Canas)
Head towards Upala on Hwy #6. After 22mi (35 km) you will reach the town of Bijagua, a good place to do last minute shopping for alcohol or to withdraw cash for payment at the Lodge. Continue through the town of Bijagua on Highway #6 following the well-posted “La Carolina Lodge” signs. After 3.75 mi (6 km) beyond Bijagua, turn right at the “La Carolina Lodge” sign. Follow the gravel road for 3.75 mi (6 km) to the town of San Miguel. Continue to follow the signs to La Carolina Lodge, which is now only 0.62 mi (1 km) away. Welcome to “Pure Costa Rica”.
From Liberia International Airport (LIR) to Highway #1& Hwy #6 Junction
On exiting Liberia International Airport, turn left toward Liberia on Highway #21. After 10 mi (16 km), in Liberia downtown, turn right on Highway #1 (Pan American Highway). Continue 25 mi (40 km) to the Highway #1 (Pan American Highway) & Hwy #6 (Upala) Junction. Continue as per above directions.
From Canas to Highway #1& Hwy #6 Junction
From Canas travel app 6.21 mi (10 km) on Hwy #1 (Pan American Highway) and continue on Highway #1 (Pan American Highway) to the Hwy #6 (Upala) Junction. This Junction is 0.6 mi (1 km) past the “Restaurant Rio Corobici,” located on the Corobici river, just north of Canas. Continue as per above directions.
From Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna (4×4 only)
Drive towards San Rafael de Guatuso. Take Hwy #4 towards Upala, past the village of Katira. After 10 km (6.21 mi), is the village of San Luis. Look out for the “La Carolina Lodge” sign, on the right hand side. Turn left for La Carolina Lodge as indicated on the sign. Continue on the gravel road, just beside the elementary school of San Luis. Follow the small-unpaved road to the village of Santo Domingo. At the village square another “La Carolina Lodge” sign indicatesa right turn towards La Carolina Lodge. Follow this road for 5 km. Shortly after crossing the river at the second bridge you will see “La Carolina Lodge” entrance on the left. Welcome to “Pure Costa Rica”.
Driving TIMES by Car
- Liberia International Airport: 1½ hrs
- La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano): 1½- 2 hrs
- San Jose International Airport: 4 hrs
- Tamarindo or Flamingo Beaches (Scenic drive): 2½ – 3 hrs
- Bijagua (Bank, gas station, supermarkets & restaurants): 25 minutes (12 km / 7.4 mi)
- San Miguel (Local cantina with snacks, ice & beer): 1 km (<0.75 mi)
BY BUS (from CANAS) & TAXI (from BIJAUGA)
An excellent bus service (five times daily) runs from Canas towards Upala, Exit in Bijagua. Usually a few Taxi’s are at the bus stop. If not, walk to the “Payca” Supermarket where they will contact a taxi for you. The cost from Bijagua to La Carolina Lodge ranges from $25.00 to $30.00.
RENTING A CAR
The easiest way to explore Costa Rica is to rent a car. There are many rental car agencies near Liberia Airport (LIR), including: Adobe, Hertz, Mapache etc.
LIBERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LIR) – Preferred
Based on its distance from La Carolina Lodge, as well as uncongested location, this is definitely the preferred airport. If you do not wish to rent a car notice, airport transfers can be arranged. Advanced notice is required. A reliable taxi (4×4), which can accommodate up to 3-4 people, costs approximately $130.00 one way. Taxi for more then 3-4 people can be arranged. Ask for rates.