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Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo 506, Costa Rica
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Congo Bongo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very close to delicious food, amazing hikes, and beautiful beaches/snorkeling.. They did our laundry everyday which was great because we we're there to get dirty hiking and swimming etc. Very nice place. Would love to come back someday :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Congo Bongo is a great place to stay and whenever I go back to Costa Rica that will be the first place I look to book my room to stay. Everyone is extremely friendly and the location is like no other, the walk to the beach is peaceful and takes only about 5 minutes. Not only is the area beautiful,... More

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San Marcos, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We went as a party of 5 and stayed at the big house it was amazing to wake up to the howler monkeys every morning. When you get here it's like absolute paradise, you get a little taste of the jungle and it's only a 15 min walk to your own private beach. The service was wonderful, every morning or... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Spend a couple nights in a Big House in May. Second time. Congo-Bongo looks even better. Everything. Love the place absolutely. Marisol, Daan - you are doing a great job! Our daughters already planing trips to Congo-Bongo as soon as they can travel alone (new repeating +)... Good luck and see you again! Linas

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I have travel all over the Caribbean and the southern US. I have stayed in 5 star resorts. Congo Bongo receives my 5 stars because of what it delivers to the adventurer. This is not the place for someone that wants to be waited on hand and foot. When my wife and I decided it was time to explore different... More

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Dijon, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed a few days in the Big House of Congo Bongo (3 adults and 2 children). Everything was just perfect. The place is amazing, the houses are smart, the rainforest is "wow!"... and the beach is only at a few steps – nice, peaceful and almost private beach!... Daan and his team are very helpful, very cool and nice.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Spend 3 nights May12 2014 at Congo Bongo River house. It was exactly like on the video. Howling monkeys in the morning and night. Nice privet beach didn't see anybody on that beach. Short walk on the beach 10min to the restaurants, by street 20min. Great food at Cool and Colm . Wheather was great really hot and humid .... More

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Sunrise, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I have been here 4 times...every time is just as wonderful as the last! I hate to leave. This stay was amazing, I enjoyed the "private" bach and relaxed in the hammocks. The area is just so beautiful. The people are very friendly. Daan and his family make you feel so welcome. Daan is always upgrading the place and looking... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

After 2 years I went back to Limon province in Costa Rica, and decided to spend another week at Congo Bongo as my first experience was awesome there. This time I did not visit it on my own, but with a friend of mine and we got the exact same rental house to share like the first time. Dejavu was... More

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is just awesome place! Very kind stuff, great owners, wooden bungalows are so nice and comfy....There is also open kitchen with fridge at your services....Thats really not common in local hotels. Hope I'll come back again..........

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Address: Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo 506, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Manzanillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Congo Bongo Hotel Manzanillo
Congo Bongo Costa Rica/Manzanillo

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