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Congo Bongo

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Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo 506, Costa Rica
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20% off room rate
Congo Bongo

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To start out, let me just say this place was amazing. Me and my girlfriend were looking for something different. We've been on plenty of vacations but have always stayed near or at resorts. We wanted a different experience. I've always had the fantasy of living on a beach in a little house in the jungle. When I found this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for a place to truly relax and rest... Since the start Daan was very helpful and informative, he answered all of my e-mails on a timely manner and included additional information I didn't even think of! When I got to the hotel, Marisol showed me around and was very nice. There even was a cellphone in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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 May 9, 2015

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 May 4, 2015

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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