Ecolodges inside the wildlife refuge

private access to one of Costa Rica's loveliest golden beaches.

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Incredible Stay in Paradise!!
My friend and I stayed at Congo Bongo for only two nights this February 2017. Although our stay was short, boy was it sweet! I cannot say enough about our positive experience here. This was by far my favorite place I have visited in Costa Rica. The owner and his family were incredibly friendly and helpful for our every need...
TripAdvisor - by Brianne K
My husband and I went to the Congo Bongo in February 2017 and the owner Marisol was wonderful. The homes are beautiful and the experience of living in an open air concept is amazing. Being in contact with nature is a calming experience. The private beach offers access to a perfect walking beach and the waves were wild and lots...
TripAdvisor - Luc R
Paradise, private and quiet
We stayed ten days at this wonderful resort. The owners and staff were great and took very good care of us. Offered ideas on things to do, restaurants and selected local guides. The accommodation is magical living room outdoors but still secure at night. The wild life and birds are amazing.
TripAdvisor - Barry K
Like a magic house in the jungle!
Congo Bongo takes your breath away. The little Dream Houses are in the jungle, fully equipped and make you feel like a kid entering a magical world. Wooden furniture, coloured sculptures of animals and pre-colombian gods, lamps made of bottles...and then the «practical you» will notice the kitchen with gas stove, comfy bed ... - Elizabeth
Beautiful jungle beach house
Beautifully designed house in idyllic jungle setting. Magical walk through the forest to beautiful section of Manzanillo beach. Dan has created a magical setting, balancing comfort and nature perfectly. We loved this place. - Ben
Direkter Zugang zum sauberen Strand, viele wilde Tiere in der Anlage zu sehen. Ruhig. Sauber. Gut ausgestattet. Täglicher Wäscheservice mit Trocknung ist Top! - Detlef
The place is out of this world!
Magical and Beautiful property in a private setting. A bottle of wine waiting for you monkeys and toucans everywhere all around you all day and beach access and location could not be better. Went with my children and am sure they will never forget and I can't wait to return. - A family
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Congo Bongo Ecolodges

- Puerto Viejo - Manzanillo | Costa Rica | South Caribbean -

About Congo Bongo Ecolodges

- Featuring seven wonderful ecolodges in a tropical and pristine setting -

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We give you more than just the key Congo Bongo Eclodges - Services

  • Congo Bongo Dream Nature House and Tropical Garden

    Private and tranquil Your own nature house

    Hotel Congo Bongo features seven private and relaxing beach nature houses for rental. All located within a private area of 6 hectares (15 acres) with direct access to the beautiful Manzanillo beach. Congo Bongo is the perfect vacation spot for families, friends, couples or honeymooners looking for an exciting yet private getaway. All our houses are designed for self-catering and comfort in a tropical climate.

  • Aerial view of Manzanillo Beach

    Manzanillo beachWhite sand beach

    Only 200 meters away you have access to a fairly private stretch of the beautiful Playa Manzanillo beach just a little west of the village Manzanillo. It is accessed from your house by a pathway - a little nature tour of its own.

  • Congo Bongo property map

    Map of housesSee where the houses are located

    Our rental houses are distributed in little private "bubbles" on six hectares - all close to nature. The beach Playa Manzanillo is accessible through pathways and in all cases a short walk away.

    You can view and download the Congo Bongo property map here (2.3 MB)

  • WiFi access in all vacation houses at Congo Bongo, Manzanillo

    WiFiUpdate the world where you are

    All houses include free WiFi-service. Even if you came to disconnect a bit, you will want to update to what a great place you have come. Guaranteed. But then we will shut it down and take your iPhone. (Just kidding).

  • Santa Julia Organica Malbec wine from Mendoza, Argentina - guest welcome at Congo Bongo

    Our welcome to you!A bottle of red wine

    You have finally arrived. It's been a long trip, indeed. We're glad for you, congratulations to having made it to paradise. Now relax. As part of our welcoming you we you give a nice bottle of red wine.

  • Free bottled spring water is included during your stay at Congo Bongo

    Drinking waterBottled spring water

    All houses have water for shower, bathroom and kitchen, but we recommend you drink our bottled spring water - it is included free.

  • Congo Bongo offers a mobile phone during your stay

    Mobile phoneReach and be reachable

    During your stay at Congo Bongo we offer a mobile phone free to use. It comes pre-charged with 2 USD and has the phone numbers of Congo Bongo reception and staff, doctors, taxi and police.

  • Congo Bongo offers ample parking space

    ParkingCome by car

    On our six hectares of land we made some space for your car, no worries.

  • Laundry service at Congo Bongo

    Laundry serviceChange your shirts

    We offer free laundry service during your stay - it is picked up by your house and normally you will have them fresh and dried back in the afternoon.

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About Congo BongoThe hotel, property and services

Congo Bongo is a family-run hotel featuring seven vacation rental houses in Puerto Viejo - Manzanillo in the southernmost part of the South Caribbean of Costa Rica and is located about 12 kilometers south of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in the province called Limón. It is located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and the property itself is about 6 hectares (15 acres). It is nestled in a private nature park and tropical garden with plenty of wildlife.

Congo Bongo has hosted several weddings during its years and we would be more than happy to help you with all the arrangements - we have the experience and connections (floral arrangements, professional photographer, etc.) to help you plan your once in a life-time special event - just contact us and we'll be more than happy to help. We work with a great wedding planner - see their website.

We get guests from all over the world and all ages, from 0 to 80+ - everyone is more than welcome.

Congo Bongo is also very popular for family reunions as every house offers ample space for socializing. Our Long Dream House, for example, has a large covered patio and an outdoor barbecue.

General infoThings to know

The reception is open daily from 7am - 5pm we are more than happy to help you book a day trip or tour. Or just give you a little tip of where to go and eat if you don't feel like cooking that day - after all you have come to relax and shake off all that stress.

Each of our ecolodges offer ample space according to your needs - from two persons up to a maximum of seven people.

All our houses come with a fully equipped kitchen and complimentary laundry service, security cameras, free bottled spring water, one bottle of red wine as our welcome and free Wi-Fi.

All the beds are covered with mosquito nets and the houses are well screened. Fresh linen and towels will be provided and soaps are included.

For your general safety we have installed a security cameras monitoring the houses and the property 24/7. All houses can be locked up and have a safety box where you should put your valuables when you leave your house unattended.

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