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Best beach Caribbean coast Costa Rica

The town of Manzanillo is literally located ‘where the road ends’ and here you find the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Costa Rica. Manzanillo is one the many beached at the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, but this is the southernmost town, near the border of Panama. The area invites you to relax: spend your day at the beach, enjoy spicy coconut dishes and delicious cocktails while listening to some reggae music. After such a wonderful day on an idyllic and deserted beach, you go to sleep in your own hand-built, wooden jungle house. Your stay here is a truly tropical experience!

 

 

  • Jungle
  • Exotic beach
  • Caribbean vibe
  • Meals

Jungle

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Jungle

While in Manzanillo, you spend the night in the middle of the jungle in a beautiful hand-built wooden bungalow with kitchen. Be aware that in the early morning, howler monkeys will wake you up! Breakfast can be prepared by yourself, or enjoyed at one of the little restaurants in Manzanillo. The beach is only a few hundred meters from your bungalow and is perfect for a day in the sun, but you can also go hiking. Via the town of Manzanillo and further down to the beach, you walk to the jungle at Punta Manzanillo and continue along deserted beaches towards Punta Mona. You can also explore the area by bike. In any case, do not forget your swimming gear!

Bribri

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Bribri

A visit (not touristy) to the nearby Bribri Indian Reservation is recommended. The Bribri is one of the last Indian tribes in Costa Rica that still retains its original traditions and way of life. Spend half a day with a Bribri family and see how they use nature in daily life (using medicinal plants for instance, but also making jewelery). Edventure can also arrange an overnight stay with a Bribri family, please contact us for more information.

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Hendriks family

Super location … in the middle of the jungle AND close to the beach. Best of both worlds… ..Beautiful location and overnight stay if you love nature. Definitely one the best beach of the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica!

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Remco and Louise

In Manzanillo we stayed in a very nice and fully-equipped house. We even had our own barbecue and made good use of it! Here you wake up with the sound of toucans and howler monkeys.
There is a lot to do in the area, especially in the town of Puerto Viejo. Unfortunately, we did not have too much luck with the weather, but we had a great time. Read our tips on our travel blog.

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Van Buggenhout family

This was a super nice location, we were already  awakened at 5 am by the howler monkeys! The private tour at the Jaguar Rescue Center is highly recommended. We had a Dutch guide which was great for our daughter. The tour lasted 2.5 hours where we have learned a lot, for example about snakes that we also needed afterwards. Our guide Daan was a winner! Following his recommendation, we ate near Puerto Viejo in a very nice little restaurant, Todo es posible.

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Oldewarris family

Brilliant location, beautiful beaches and very nice people. Superb jungle house. Definitely in the Top 3 of our trip!

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Lindy and Frans

Paradise on earth!!! We can give only 5 stars, but this place is worth 10. Already the pathway to the beach is a great experience. FANTASTIC!

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Rob and Anja Jacques

To us, this beautiful lodge was a very special place to stay. Daan and Marisol were nice hosts.  The place was great, in the jungle, but so close to the beach. Spotting monkeys, sloths, birds and butterflies all from your hammock was a very special experience.

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Linda W.

We were very impressed by the beautiful house (the mosquitoes were also happy with us unfortunately…). Everywhere you looked it was beautiful. Animals we spotted in the “garden” : agoutis, toucans, hummingbirds, howler monkeys (different groups who liked to be heard) and the green-black poisonous dart frog. Sometimes we had a nice tropical shower in the afternoon, but otherwise we had great  weather. No need for rain gear. Nice bbq in the garden. The beach was again paradise to us and we had it all to ourselves.
We booked a nice hike and went snorkeling. In Manzanillo you find coral very close to the beach which was really nice.

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Aad and Jos

Congo Bongo was our first home. A former cacao plantation transformed into a tropical paradise with 7 guest houses furnished with several bedrooms and a full kitchen. In the morning we were woken up by howler monkeys and that was a nice start of the day. The next day we visited the Bri Bri Indians, a great visit and impressive to visit such a small community still living according to age-old traditions. The community has few contacts with the outside world. We also learned more about cacao and made our chocolate (we did the best job at tasting the result!). The town of Puerto Viejo is a really nice town. Manzanillo is located some 15 km down the road and a tiny village.

What is there to see and do in and around Manzanillo?

Tip from Renee:

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Tip from Renee:

Enjoy the delicious cuisine on the Caribbean coast! Be sure to try the typical rice & beans, a tasty dish prepared with coconut milk. Restaurants usually serve it with salad and ‘patacones’ (fried plantains). Delicious!

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Biking and surfing in Bocas del Toro
Enjoy the relaxed and typical Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas del Toro! These islands are now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Panama, but the friendly people, the beautiful beaches and great food and music make you don't want to leave anymore.
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The best coffee and hiking through the cloud forests of Boquete
A great climate, excellent coffee, tropical flowers, lots of tasty fruits and vegetables....Boquete has it all! The village is a great starting point to explore the area by foot or horseback. Climb the only volcano in Panama, book a canopy tour or learn more about the coffee making process.
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Sleep in a tree house at Punta Uva beach
The Costa Rica Tree House Lodge is located in the little village of Punta Uva, near Puerto Viejo de Limon and right next to the beach. The lodge exudes artistic design, craftmanship and the staff is friendly and helpful. Here you for sure will experience Costa Rica's 'Pura Vida'!
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Explore underwater wildlife in Cahuita
Cahuita is a charming Carribean town. From your hotel you walk to the beach in some 20 minutes. If you're a water sports fan, there's great swimming, snorkeling and diving here. Expore the coast either by car or by bike and to get to know the indigenous locals is a truly unique experience as well.
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Stay with the native Bribri Indians
A trip to the Bri Bri indigenous community is an unforgettable adventure! You travel by boat to a tiny village near the border with Panama where the indigenous community will warmly welcome you and show you what their daily life looks like. You'll stay at a local family home and learn more about (among others) the art of making chocolate, the use of medicinal plants and how to build your own thatched roof! Enjoy this unique insight into the traditional culture in Costa Rica.
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Surfing on the Caribbean coast in relaxed Playa Cocles
Playa Cocles is a small beach town and popular destination for surfers and backpackers alike. From here, exploring the Caribbean coast is easy. Puerto Viejo, with its bars, restaurants and nightlife is nearby and you can also follow the road down to Manzanillo and enjoy the beautiful, quiet beaches.
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One with nature in the lagoon of Barra Pacuare
If you want to enjoy the nature reserve of Tortuguero in its purest, natural form and don't mind staying at a basic accommodation in the middle of the jungle, then you will certainly like this trip to Barra Pacuare. Your lodge can only be reached by boat and you will explore the surrounding canals with a friendly, professional guide. Wifi and mobile networks do not work here, so go off the grid for a few days and immerse yourself in nature.
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Wildlife paradise Tortuguero: from green macaw to sea turtle
The Tortuguero National Park or the 'little Amazon' is a great place to start your holiday in Costa Rica. The region offers vibrant wildlife (you can easily spot monkeys, birds, caimans and iguanas), stunning jungle and it is the most important nesting spot for various species of sea turtles.

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