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