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Congo Bongo Ecolodges Costa Rica

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Beach & Nature Ecolodges in the National Wildlife Refuge of Manzanillo, Costa Rica, South Caribbean

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- Featuring seven wonderful vacation houses in a tropical and tranquil setting -

  • Congo Bong 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 sandy 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 wild life 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 houses 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, a bottle of red wine 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.

Watch the Congo Bongo location video.