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Jungle Beach House in the Caribbean
Jungle Beach House in the Caribbean
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
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The beautiful Caribbean style, Jungle beach house Casa G&G is located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on a private property of 26000 square meters (28434 yards). Manzanillo is located about 18 kilometres southeast of Puerto Viejo; it's a small, tranquil village on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast which is one of the most beautiful and scenic sites in the country. Fine sandy beaches, gentle waves, coral reefs near the surface of the sea all make this region a paradise for nature lovers, underwater enthusiasts, surfers, sunbathers and more. Spectacular sea views abound with colourful sunrises and sunsets. Scenic jungle around the beach house of tropical coconut trees and rich green vegetation wildlife, exotic chirping birds, howling monkeys, sloths, and not to forget the famous Blue Morpho butterflies will surround and surprise you while you're hanging in our hammock. The lovely wooden structured house is located 85 meters (92 yards) from the most exotic beach of Manzanillo. To enter the national parc gandocca manzanillo (where the house is built)you have to cross a creek by the new pedestrian bridge. If you want to come by car you can parc the car outside the national parc. Your hosts will show you where. From there itś a 10 minutes walk to the house.
Waking up and taking a dive into the sea is amazing! There are two separate rooms, each 15 square meters, divided by the bathroom including a toilet and warm water shower. The porch (40 square meters) is heavenly with its view and outside kitchen made out of a forest giant. Here you can relax, cook, eat together at the big table, listen to the geckos, monkeys, toucans and other sounds of the tropical jungle. But what about waking up with the sounds of the ocean...waves slowly coming in..

What's around?

If you're hungry or want a drink between locals go check out Maxi's... great food, best conversations!
But a new favorite is Cool & Calm just in front of the beach; greatest fish made by Andy!


We can tell you about nearby Puerto Viejo (nightlife, acoustic live sessions at many bars, reggae all around, fabulous cuisine etcetera), venues- hotspots change every now and then,Johnny's Place is great for reggaenight, Maritza's place for live music

Punta Uva (this beach gives you the Blue Lagoon feeling),

Playa Cocles (the place to be for local surfers; world champion native, Gilberto Brown, takes his waves and other local surfers organize tournaments at this beach as the Puerto Viejo Open Pro; though check out the one and only wave in Puerto; Salsa Brava, discover where its name is from; it's a hot an scary wave, but surfers go for it),

Punta Mona ( ecological farming at its best; it's a working organic perm culture farm with over 30 hectares of excellent rainforest land. People from all over the world come to Punta Mona to learn and practice sustainable agriculture, renewable resources, and good healthy jungle living. Annual perm culture courses are held at Punta Mona, often bringing in 30-40 students for a two week total perm culture experience. ),

Bribri (village nearby inhabited by the indigenous BriBri tribe, where you will find and learn how simple life can be) and also the way to go to the most scenic islands of the Caribe: Bocas del Toro, Panama, to get here it is a fantastic trip; a wild and remote border crossing experience. There is an off-the-track border post where you have to walk over a bridge that sees little visitors. All formalities are therefore pretty straightforward and relaxed. When reaching Bocas afterwards by boat, welcomed by locals you'll never forget the trip.

There are many other activities to do like horesriding on the beach, fishing or watching dolphins with our favorite captain Sherman! Ask him for other tourss around like waterrafting on the rivers. Canopy tours, wildlife tours through the rainforest and so on.... Ask Haley aswell, she and Victor will be your host and they know the best people and best places!

To get to Manzanillo;
Take the airplane to San Jose; the capital in Costa Rica.
From San Jose you can take the buss and in Puerto Viejo you can switch busses to go to Manzanillo.
The buss stops here in front of Restaurante Maxiś ..
Your hosts Victor or Haley will meet guests here and lead you to the house.
You can also rent a car.
There are too many companies to choose from. I would recommend to search online.
Itś about a 4,5 hours drive!


Amenities
Free parking on premises

Prices
Extra people $12 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $18
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Availability
2 nights minimum stay

19 Reviews

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Maya User Profile
August 2017
Amazing place. Haley and victor wwas a great help. It's old and rustic and maybe not for everyone but we absolutely loved it!

William User Profile
March 2016
The house is amazing, very rustic and open with amazing jungle scenery all around. We liked waking up early, which is good because if you don't, the howler monkeys will wake you up. It wasn't hard to get to, but you do need to walk an easy 15 minutes. I would definitely go back there and stay again.

Yazan User Profile
March 2016
The host canceled this reservation 55 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Kim User Profile
Response from Kim:
Dear guests, we are really sorry that some of you didn't have running water while staying at the jungle beach house. Unfortunately we had problems with electricity which is needed to have running water. We also had problems with our host; after a few good years of collaboration she suddenly began to deny different problems our guests experienced. We have searched for help to solve all these problems but as you might understand it's not that easy in a central american country;( At this moment we have water again ! I hope our guests will have a wonderful stay these coming period. About the WiFi; there is NO wifi in the jungle; there is though in Manzanillo at several places free wifi. About parking your car; it is not possible to park the car in the jungle. A little while ago the situation changed; it's not possible to park the car at the entrance of the National parc (where you pass the pedestrian bridge) but a little further away about 20 minutes walk fro the house. There you have to pay some colones for parking your car. I would advice anyone to come by buss; the connection is great and it drives every other half hour to Puerto Viejo and you can hop on and off at every beach on the way. Also very cheap! Me myself always loved to rent a bicycle in Puerto and cycle in about 40 min to Puerto Viejo, or for instance 15 inutes to the beautiful Playa Punta Uva. PLease dear guests do realize it's a jungle beach house; it's environment is amazingly beautiful. The house is simple but lovely. With running water working again I hope you will all love it as we always do! Again sorry for the people who had bad experiences; we are gonna try our best with the new hosts.. Pura Vida!
March 2016

Jennifer User Profile
March 2016
We arrived in the town after dark and it was near impossible to get hold of anyone due to poor cell service. Would NEVER have found it without their help. You should know it was a20, minute walk from where we had to park the car. A beautiful walk but not for everyone

Ryan User Profile
February 2016
Not sure how to start this review.... we tend to like everything no matter how rustic... but this was almost uninhabitable due to the lack of running water or working toilet for the full 4 days we stayed. Host lives in Europe and the person hired to watch the property was out of the country for the first 2 days, so had no one to call with our issues. Not sure if Kim knows that the people watching over her property are letting it go to heck (yes I have let Kim know already) but it needs to be known that... no running water, no Wifi, required to pay for parking, no working toilet, no fans (we didn't expect fans but it should be known). No running water or toilet for 4 days caused us to have to use the ocean... THAT killed this deal. With this being the place we were looking forward to most and spent the most $$$ on it was a massive disappointment. Messaged Kim about all of this and received no response, yet. Would not recommend for anyone to stay here. Could be good for you, or really really bad... do you want to gamble with your vacation like that? See previous reviews from February 2016 to confirm our experience. The one positive thing was that the jungle scenery and local beaches are absolutely amazing!

Marita User Profile
February 2016
We had a great time visiting Manzanillo! The house is definitely rustic but set in an amazing location! There is a footbridge to cross the river to get to the house, you cannot drive to the house. It is about 500m down a clear jungle trail following the shore. Haley and her family met us and helped with our luggage. It was no problem walking in/out of town carrying groceries/supplies. Bring a headlamp/flashlight! We felt safe on the trail anytime day/night. There is a place you can park your car for a fee, we left ours at the beach and didn't have a problem. You pass a few houses and turn down the trail for the jungle house. There is a beautiful tropical garden greeting you filled with hummingbirds, lizards and butterflies (and standard giant jungle spiders and hermit crabs). The house has an awesome front porch to hang out on. Lots of seating, a huge table for meals and two amazing hammocks. The kitchen counter has a sink and gas camp stove with room to do all of your cooking. There are two bedrooms (queens w/mosquito nets) with a shower and a toilet/sink in between them. Accessible from the outside is the pantry where there are dishes, pots/pans (some of the cookware is in rough shape but there is enough stuff to find what you need). There is a refrigerator as well. Do keep in mind - we ended up storing all food items in the fridge as there was a large lizard that kept defecating on things left out and somebody started to eat some of our produce... The house definitely provides the essentials to enjoy a jungle vacation. There is a potable water bubbler that Haley supplied, we just texted her when we were running low and she brought another jug out. The first few days there were problems with the running water but her husband came two nights in a row to make sure it was fixed. The setting is beautiful, you are in thick jungle and can see the beach through the trees. We saw howler monkeys, agoutis and toucans from the porch! The beach in front of the house seemed to be one of the best swimming spots in Manzanillo. There is a reef and people were snorkeling right from the beach. It was a little crowded on the weekend (mostly due to the narrow strip of sand between the surf and the jungle), but much less visited during the week. There were heavy rains and even though everywhere else the surf was too high to swim, the cove-like formation by the house made it safe to jump in the ocean. We lost power for 1-2 days from the storm, but the stove didn't require electricity and there are lots of candle holders. At night the mosquitoes are ferocious-use mosquito coils, candles and deet! Haley was super helpful with suggestions of things to do. She also arranged a pretty good guided hike for us.

Martin User Profile
February 2016
POSITIVE: - beautiful location - spacious terrace - pure nature, wonderful forest and amazing beach Negative: - not at all accessible by car (think of your luggage in advance!) - no water at all (includes no flush) --> no reaction nor help nor repair after immediate report - no extra blankets (cold at night) - no introduction to the house, we were given the keys by some random no-named guy - not overwhelmingly clean - we are still waiting for explaining mails from the host - very very very basic inside

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