Four of us, two couples, stayed here 12 nights at the end of February and beginning of March. Had reserved the two rooms upstairs but ended up staying downstairs the first two nights as the upper was not yet vacated. I would give the upper a 4 and the lower a 2. The upper is much more 'airy'. The location is literally on the edge of town and is great for wildlife viewing. Beautiful tall flowers abound which attracted a huge variety of hummers, butterflies, birds and lizards which we would watch up close off our deck/outdoor covered kitchen area. The howler monkeys woke us up every morning at 5:45 and we watched them every evening while making dinner. You share the deck/kitchen with the other room room so for us travelling together it worked out great! The fridge is a little small but otherwise the countertops were large, stove worked perfectly and it was easy to keep uncluttered and clean. The rooms are large, bathrooms simple, and they have large walk-in showers with good hot water. The beds were the typical for-the-area foam pads and were comfortable, and had the proper bug netting. Mosquitoes were not an issue while we were there and we left the windows wide open the entire time. There was an electrical snafu in our room so our ceiling fan didn't work, so a noisy floor fan had to keep the air moving. There is no A/C. Be aware that you are here on your own. The cleaning lady Marina would stop by in the morning to check on things and ask if we needed our rooms cleaned. She did great. The area is beautiful. It is a 7 minute walk to the water. The beaches are beyond description and many times we were the only souls on 4 miles of sand. Be sure to do a jungle walk with Omar the guide. After hiking with him for 4 hours we did a lot of solo trips on our own. Rent your bikes and kayaks from Bad Bart’s Rentals. We rode up to Punta Uva, Cocles and Puerto easily in half a day. Lots of decent 'sodas' in town to eat with Cool and Calm being our local favorite. Maxi's is good but way over-priced. Best to stock up on groceries and beer in Puerto Viejo as local supplies are pricey. We bought a lot of produce and seafood off the supply trucks that come into town daily. If you see one parked go talk to them. They will sell as cash is king. People here are friendly and helpful, and proud of their small village. Someday I will be back...
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- We offer beautiful, cozy rooms and our various jungle tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabinas Bucus And Tours Hotel Manzanillo