Las Cabanitas Resort

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

North Zone, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Las Cabanitas Resort
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Value Score Poor Value

Rated 31% lower than similarly priced 3 star hotels

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  • Families25
  • Couples37
  • Solo0
  • Business0

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by Emilia77

Hello to all,

I am leaving for a 16 day trip April 7th to 23rd to CR. My tentative itinerary is the following:Arriving San José,Manuel Antonio, Montezuma, Monteverde, Arenal, and finally Tortuguero. First of all, is this a feasable itinerary (Pacific to Carabean)? I.E. Are we gonna be travelling on the road too much and not taking it in?

Secondly, I heared that the Pacific coast is great. By experience, should I forget my first itinerary and start North and make my way South the Pacific coast instead?

Last question: What are considered "cabinas" in CR? Are they hotel rooms or tents with mosquito protection?

Thank you!!!!

RE: Tortuguero?

by mim95

It depends if you really want to see the endangered leatherback turtles or not. Turtle watching is the sole reason to visit Tortuguero. (Tortuga is turtle in Spanish.) And April is the perfect time to watch the leatherbacks! I stayed in a village called Parismina just south of Tortuguero, less tourists and much cheaper. And you'll pass by numerous banana plantations owned by Del Monte and Chiquita.

From my understanding, cabina is basically a cabin. The one that I stayed in has a bed and private bathroom, which is very much like a hotel room except that the "room" is an individual building.

RE: Tortuguero?

by hotrodgirl

I visited Tortuguero in February, and can't wait to go back. It was among my favorite places. You really get a sense of primal rainforest, largely untouched by the human element. We stayed at Laguna Lodge, which was comfortable, clean and fun. There's a pool, butterfly garden, and great food. Also, hot water! The rooms are basically cabinlike, with 4 rooms to a building. See my report in the Costa Rica Travel Guide pages here, click on newest reports, Costa Rica-Land of Beauty. We stayed in cabinas in Fortuna and were very comfortable. I posted pictures of the hotel (las Cabanitas) in the hotel section. Wherever you travel there, will be a wonderful adventure! Pura Vida!

Travel Tips for Fortuna

Venado Caves

by mim95

The Venado Caves are located about an hour drive northwest of La Fortuna. It is all natural inside - there is no lights, stairs, railings. You get a helmet, flashlight and rubber boots at the entrance. Once you are inside, at first there is some water on the ground, but as you go further in, the water level rises higher, to a point that it starts to go into your boots! Some parts of the caves are very narrow and there is a part that is so small that the only way to get through is to crawl! At some point, you'll have to use all your strength to climb up the rocks to keep going. You'll also pass through waterfalls as well.

The limestone rock formations are beautiful, which take thousands of years to form. There are also some strange cicular holes on the ceiling of the caves, which are still unexplained as to how and why they are there.

There are bats, fish (yes, I forgot what they are called but they are blind) and spiders inside the caves.

Most ppl take a tour from La Fortuna, which was how I got there. Shop around for the best prices in town. I'm not sure if you can get a guide if you go there on your own.

Definitely bring a towel and a change of clothes, as you'll get wet and dirty! And don't wear anything nice. There is a shower facility at the entrance. And there is a lot of walking, climbing and crawling inside the caves. This is a demanding tour for physically fit ppl only.

Drink Fresh Coconut Juice

by twoinluv

At the entrance to the La Fortuna waterfalls little boys are selling fresh coconua juice. They use their machete to slice off the top of the coconut. They have unwrapped straws which they hand to you and you poke your straw down inside of the coconut. It is refreshing after the long, hot hike to the waterfalls.

Arenal Volcano (2)

by SumTingWong

If you go to Fortuna you must see the Arenal Volcano. The town was made around the volcano, and almost everything dealing with tourist revolves around the volcano. It is very active and at night be sure to look up and some red lava chunks falling out of the rim, looks like fireworks. During the day head over to the Volcan Arenal Parque National and take a hike around the base of the volcano. Be sure to be very quiet and you can hear the rumbeling of the volcano. Also about every three minutes a car-sized chunk of lava falls from the rim and tumbels down the side of the volcano, it appears like a falling cloud down the volcano during the day and a firework at night. Really awesome!

I guided tour of the national park is extremely informative and interesting. My guide, Frank, told me many interesting things about Arenal. The last time Arenal erupted was in 1968, and wiped out the entire town under it. If you, or your guide, has binoculars, bring them so you can see the lava comming out of the rim to the volcano.

Canopy Ziplining from tree to tree

by twoinluv

We ziplined in the canopy/tree tops. The ziplining was 15 lines for a total of 3 kilometers. It was very safe. We felt comfortable the entire time. It is held on the property of the Los Lagos Resort

It lasted about 1.5 hours. They gave us a 10 minute safety briefing and instruction, then they took us to the top of the mountain to zipline to the bottom. It was fantastic. Again, I stress that it is very safe. I think it cost us $35 per person.

Baldi Termae Hot Springs

by twoinluv

As you can see, Baldi Hot Springs has a fairly large swim up bar, so if you want the music and drinking experience while enjoying hot springs you can do so here. Go to Tabacon or Las Fuentes (least expensive and most exotic) if you want a natural experience.


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Address: North Zone, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica