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The River house is located 200 meters from the nice white sandy Caribbean beach and is surrounded by beautiful tropical rainforest. The River house has two floors. And has a river next to the house. It has a surface of 120 sq. meters and can keep up to 7 persons. Downstairs there are two big bedrooms, with king-size bed or two single beds. Each bedroom has a private bathroom with a hot shower and a separate toilet with sink. The rooms have glass windows and are screened, that means that there is no problem with any insects.
For an extra $10 a night, you can have air conditioning in one of the rooms downstairs.
Upstairs there is a big bedroom with a king-size bed or two single beds. Also this bedroom has a private bathroom with a bathtub and a separate toilet with sink. For an extra $10 a night, you can have air conditioning in one of the rooms downstairs. It has an open living area and a fully equipped kitchen. The terrace has a hammock, rocking chairs and a big porch. It has a beautiful nature view on the tropical gardens. It gives a lot of privacy and comfort. The house can be locked completely and it has a safety box. All the beds are covered with mosquito nets and the house is well screened. Fresh linens and towels will be provided and soaps are included.
Congo Bongo is located 3 1/2 hours south east of San Jose in the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge at the Caribbean coast. On our property of 15 acre we have many flowers, fruit and giant Rain forest trees. We have a private walkway to the quiet, unspoiled beach, featuring the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea. The best snorkeling in the area can be found right offshore. The sea water is safe and no riptide or dangerous coral reefs are reported.
The private walkway to the beach (just 200 meters) leads you through the garden, full with flowers, trees, butterflies, monkeys and much more. All day you are surrounded by the sounds of creeks and birds and sometimes a group of howler monkeys will pass by. All of this will make you feel relaxed and be a part of nature yourself. The houses offering you all the comfort, privacy and safety you need in this part of the world. The area is also safe for children, so don’t be afraid to bring them along. They will love it.
The wetlands and surrounding forest areas contain a great diversity of species, many only locally sited, endemic to this area: crocodiles, alligators, otters, wild bores, ocelots, pumas, pacas, sloths, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, white-throated capuchin monkeys, and numerous other species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Manzanillo (1km) is a small fishing village with restaurants, grocers, a dive shop and a boutique. Town children play soccer on the beach day and night in front of Maxi's famous seafood restaurant. During weekends it is crowed with local people who like to spend time on the beach and in the bar. Puerto Viejo (14 km) there you will find a Bank, doctor, drugstore, boutiques, bars, restaurants, supermarket and nightlife. The property of Congo-Bongo is 13 acre we build five beautiful and comfortable private houses for you to stay. The comfortable houses are in the middle of the Jungle and next to beautiful and unspoiled white sandy Caribbean beach.
All of this together Congo Bongo is offering you a private home to stay, in the middle of natural beauty of nature itself. By the way, Congo means “howler monkey” in Spanish and Bongo is the rhythm of the Jungle. We hope to see you soon at Congo Bongo
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My wife & I have stayed w/students at Congo Bongo one week for the past 6 years. For us it is the perfect place--walking distance from town, easy access to a beautiful beach, in the jungle, custom built cottages with mini kitchens, porches and patios, flower-filled garden/grounds, complete privacy, personal/profession service. Daan will help you with any problem/need.
There are many fine hotel in the area, but for us Congo Bongo is more than special. For us and our student staying there is alway a highlight of our time on the Caribbean coast.
Dan and Rose
Fairleigh Dickinson U. Madison, NJ
We'd never been to Costa Rica before but had heard many wonderful things. We chose the Caribbean coast for the laid-back vibe & multicultural food, and it was a great choice. Daan is very helpful, and the caretakers live in a house nearby and they were great as well. They brought us another tank of water before we even asked! We stayed in the Long House. The house is beautiful and clean and even more spacious than it looks. If you go, be prepared for dragonflies or lizards to be on your walls. We thought that was a cool bonus. We sat on the hammocks and watched hummingbirds and listened to the howlers.We had grandparents and a toddler and young adults in our party, and everyone had a great time.
Don't rent a car, because the roads are really bumpy and most people drive like a New York taxi driver! You should rent a bike in Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo, or ask Daan to call a taxi for you, or you can walk to Manzanillo too. But you don't need to go anywhere, because the beach and the jungle are beautiful. Only other piece of advice? Bring a good flashlight because it gets dark early, and there are no streetlights - only beautiful bright stars...
Just returned from our 9 day stay at Congo Bongo's Root House. We have a 5 year old and 1 year old. Daan has made the homes very comfortable and equipped them with everything you need. Plenty of fresh, clean towels, cooking utensils, hot shower, comfortable beds. We have now stayed there twice and it is perfect for kids as well as adults. You can lounge at the house and feel completely isolated in the jungle and feel very safe. From the wrap around porch you can sit and observe humming birds, howler monkeys, lizards, parrots & much more. Walking down the pathway Daan has built to he beach is an adventure in itself. Once you arrive at the beach- it is heaven: warm blue waters and soft sand. Back from the beach, the charming outdoor shower refreshes or a hot indoor shower hits the spot. Just a short distance away are great places to eat & explore other amazing beaches- such as our favorite- Punta Uva. We hope to return again very soon. It is a true jungle vacation with the bonus of being on the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Congo-Bongo is the place to go if you want to change the way you view your life. The houses are located among beautiful gardens just a short stroll to the beach. On the beach you will find yourself quite often the only person there. The sand and waters are the most beautiful I have seen anywhere.
The owner of Congo-Bongo will help you find whatever you may be looking for in the area. The small town is filled with very friendly people and lots of music and food.
I highly recommend Congo-Bongo for your escape to Paradise.
Hey, if you like to experience the good vibes of the caribbean jungle in Costa Rica and value the tranquility of a secluded place to be, here is a great option. Just don't tell it to too many people!
Very nice house on the property of Congo Bongo with nice terraces to spend the evenings outside which we really enjoyed.
Everything was clean and the beach, which is about 500m away from the property
very nice and great to relax and not crowded at all.
The surroundings and garden were also in good shape and it is just a short
drive / bike tour to Puerto Viejo...
Great stay and very recommendable !
Diving (Padi-certified school) -snorkel diving -dolphin watching -kayaking -surf and boogie boards -boat tours -indian tours in Talamanca -waterfall tours -massage therapy -biking -guided hikes (through the jungle) -horseback riding -trips to Panama -bird watching -rent a car or motorbike -trips to Tortuguero -trips to Cahuita National Park.
Children till 6 years old are free. From 6 and over pay as adults
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