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Congo Bongo

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Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo 506, Costa Rica
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed for four nights at the Palm House and it was as wonderful as the website indicated. It looks simply gorgeous. We lazed around and swam in the ocean. Thanks again to Daan and staff who kindly presented us with wine and flowers when we had a low key wedding on the terrace.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Daan, Marisol, Ernesto, Danella, the ground keepers and my favorite pooches in all the world, you are the BEST! Without a doubt, you have the most beautiful property in all of Manzanillo! I stayed April 11 through April 24, 2015, two glorious weeks for much need rest and beauty. The first three days, I didn't move from my hammock! The... More 

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Husband and I planned our vacation to Costa Rica after i had had a health scare...it started out as something to take our minds off things. What happened was truly magical! We found Congo Bongo and fell in love with the location and the style of the houses. I am not a huge nature girl( not a fan of... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

As novice travelers that had previously only stayed in all-inclusive resorts, we approached this vacation with trepidation. Prior to our trip, Daan, owner of Congo-Bongo answered all of our questions, and we had many! When we arrived, and for the duration of our stay, all was just as he described. He was honest and forthright. As he said, "Do not... More 

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

From before we arrived in Costa Rica, the owners could not have been more helpful. My husband and I were meeting some friends and their flight got delayed. Daan arranged for airport transportation just 2 hours before our flight landed in San Jose. Upon arrival at Congo Bongo, he greeted us immediately with keys to the River House. He showed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our stay at Congo Bongo exceeded our expectations! We stayed in two different houses, Long House and Deluxe Dream House, both of which were beautiful. We could lie in hammocks, not seeing another soul, except for the howler monkeys. Daan and his family could not have been nicer or more helpful. One thing we especially loved was the laundry service.... More 

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Had no idea where we would stay in Manzanillo, as we always like to see a place with our own eyes first. Came across a few other places, but when we saw Congo Bongo, it was easy to pick it. The staff and the owners were always pleasant and eager to point things out or help with any request. The... More 

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We spent three nights staying at Congo Bongo's Long House and it was wonderful! My wife finds these kinds of places and I don't know how she does it. The Long House is basically a long one-story house with enclosed bedrooms on each end and an open living and kitchen area in the middle. I enjoy cooking and it was... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We absolutely loved our stay at Congo Bongo! We stayed in the "Big House" in February 2015. We arrived at night from San Jose (Daan, the owner helped us arrange a private van from the airport); Ernesto the groundskeeper greeted us and helped us get settled. We didn't have hot water the first day we were there but when Marisol... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I don't write reviews, this is my second one ever, but I've got to let folks know how amazing this place was. We stayed at the Long Dream House, the house was extraordinary. First off, it is situated right in the jungle, I mean there are 3-500 ft trees with howler monkeys, tucans, and sloths as the back/front drop of... More 

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