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Coral Hill Bungalows
Ranked #5 of 20 Cahuita B&B and Inns
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“Excellent place to stay”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stay in one of the bungalows from December 25 through January 2 and could not have been more pleased. Our host and hostess, Joe and Chris were so thoughtful and accomadating. If you needed anything all you have to do is ask and if your desire is known then you may be surprised to find out your desire has been taken care of. One morning I asked for ketchup for my eggs which they did not have. The next time I ordered eggs and did not ask for ketchup it automatically appeared with the eggs. What a pleasant and thankful surprise. The bungalows are in an excellent location and if we return to the Cahuita area this is the only place we will stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Coral Hill Bungalows for nine nights recently. The place is truly beautiful and exotic and Chris and Joe were very attentive and friendly. While it seems to be one of the more high-end places around, the quaint and intimate set up allows you to enjoy the jungle and surroundings while having a comfortable place to retreat to.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

We stayed with Joe and Chris for two nights in Oct '12 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. After a long first day of driving in CR, it was such a relief to drive into the gorgeous grounds of Coral Hill Bungalows. Both of our hosts were lovely and helpful and we loved the breakfasts on the terrace! The fresh breads and pastries along with the tasty tropical fruits and juices were heavenly. Seeing our first sloth up the tree by our bungalow was an added bonus and we even enjoyed the thunder storm from the hammock on our private patio, just awesome! We will never forget waking up to the jungle sounds, especially the howler monkeys...wow!!
Cahuita is a gentle little town with a beautiful national park and a gorgeous reef for snorkeling.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Just spent 5 nights at Coral Hill bungalows and had an amazing time. Joe & Chris were very hospitable, gave great advice about places to go and excursions to take and even booked trips for us. Breakfast was constantly beautifully presented fantastic tasty fresh fruit and bread with jam. Also ask for Joe's home made banana pancakes! Alternatives were also available by request. The location (2 mins from playa negra) and beautiful wooden bungalows were really fantastic and we would love to stay again sometime in the future.

Only negative we can think of was that the wifi was a bit patchy (probably down to Cahuita's remoteness).

I'd ignore the negative reviews about bugs in the bedroom, yes there's the occasional large grass hopper but they're harmless and part and parcel of enjoy the extraordinary environment that Costa Rica provides. Man up or get under the mosquito net provided. Bungalows were spotlessly cleaned every day.

Would recommend walks through the national park, snorkelling trips to the reefs, river canoe trip with Jose, and a trip to Jaguar sanctuary to cuddle a baby monkey!

If you're looking to surf don't pick October though as was flat as banana pancake. Perfect for snorkelling though as visibility great.

Cute 6 month old German Shepard called Rocky too!

Room Tip: Think all three bungalows are very similar. Colibre was the middle one so pick one of the others for...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

My husband and I stayed at Coral Hill Bungalows for 8 days and enjoyed every minute of our stay. When we first arrived and checked out the town we thought that 8 days might be too long in such a small little town, but we quickly found out that there is so much to do. We went horseback riding through the jungle and on the beach, visited the Jaguar Rescue Center where we held howler monkeys, visited Cahuita National Park, went on a fishing trip, rented bikes and explored the neighboring towns like Puerto Viejo, and checked out many different beaches and restaurants along the coast.

It was always nice coming back to our bungalow after a day of adventure. We saw all kinds of strange bugs and critters around in the jungle but the bungalows were very clean comfortable, and very well taken care of. Swinging on the hammock on the porch listening to the sounds of the jungle and rain on the tin roof was always a nice relaxing way to end the day.

We can't say enough good things about the owners Joe & Chris. They served the most delicious and fresh breakfast every morning, arranged many of our activities and transportation for us, and gave us many helpful tips for getting around in the area. They truly wanted us to enjoy our stay and it was obvious. When my husband brought back fish for them from his fishing trip they even invited us to eat dinner with them. They were excellent hosts in every way.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

It's been a year since my husband and I honeymooned at Coral Hill Bungalows and not a day goes by that we don't think about the amazing time we had. Chris and Joe are delightful, friendly, and very helpful hosts. They're there when you need them and also know how to keep their distance! The breakfast served on the patio every morning is AMAZING. Delicious fresh fruits and pastries and the best coffee I've ever had. Ask Joe to bring you the 'magic fruit' that makes limes tase like candy! Our cabina was clean and beautifuly decorated. The front porch was great; we loved laying in the hammock and watching the resident sloth lounge in the tree outside. We got the honeymoon package that included two meals there at Coral Hill which Joe prepared and they were both delicious! Chris and Joe will help you plan your entire stay, from making reservations for you to eat delicious payaya at one of the many amazing restaraunts in Chauita, to scheduling your horseback rides, massages, snorkeling, or zip line tours. They were always happy to be of assitance. We also loved the mini fridge in the main area that was stocked with beer and soda; really made it feel like home! They were perfect hosts; I can't say enough about how great they were. Oh, and their dog Lady is great to have arounfd if you're missing your furry friends at home...

After reading the three negative reviews about bugs and whatnot I will say that Cahuita is a place for relaxed, easy going travelers. If you feel that you are high maintenance you might want to try a different town entirely. We absolutely loved Cahuita and how friendly everyone was and we always felt SAFE; we loved riding the bikes we rented on the bumpy dirt roads or down the road to the sloth sanctuary; we loved going to the Reggae Bar on Friday night to mingle with the locals and other tourists while enjoying delicious BBQ; we loved sitting on the beach drinking Imperials and watching the dogs run around; we loved going to sleep to the sound of rain on the tin roof and waking up to the sound of Tucans and Howler Monkeys; we loved the casual laid back way of life that everyone seemed to enjoy here and we fit right in. Like I said, it's not for everyone but I can't imagine anyone not loving Cahuita and the Coral Hill Bungalos. After planning a wedding and getting married it was exactly the place we needed to be to relax and enjoy spending time with eachother. It's truly a magical place and we can't wait to go back someday.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

This past August, my new wife and I went on our honeymoon to Costa Rica. Our first stay was by the Arenal Volcano at Nayara Resort (wonderful!) then we drove to Limon for a four night stay, and eventually drove to the Pacific Coast for the rest of the two weeks. When we arrived at the Coral Hill Bungalows we were excited! There are three cute little cottages walking distance to a great restaurant, and awesome reggae bar, and the beach! What more could you ask for??

Our first night after dinner and listening to some reggae music, we came back to the room and there were a handful of small lizards on the ceiling. Lizards eat bugs so we weren't super concerned- but we checked the bed diligently and made sure to tuck the bug net in tight so we wouldn't have any unwanted visitors. We slept great and had no other unexpected visitors but the gaps in the ceiling and the roof kept us at high alert for the next day.

We mentioned the lizards at the included breakfast to an Irish couple on their honeymoon. I asked if they used the bug net too and they said they most certaintly did. They saw more than just lizards in their room! I should have asked more questions but I didn't want to get my wife worked up so we let it go at that- Well the next night we found out what they were talking about. Three grasshoppers the size of twinkies were on our ceiling of our bungalow when we got back from our day exploring the coast. Even grosser was their poop droppings on the floor under where they'd been hanging out!! We spent most of dinner discussing what we would do if they were still in our room when we got back and searching for other hotels in our lonely planet book. Not the way I anticipated spending a romantic honeymoon evening. We found a backup hotel but thankfully when we got back to the room- Only one was left and it was in our bathroom. We felt that we could make it one more night but we slept with one eye open and fully closed. Not Honeymoon Status.

We told the owners about our 'visitors' from the day before at breakfast and they told us the giant grasshoppers were harmless- We were making a big deal out of nothing- and they would kill them for us later that day. This conversation made me feel like they were laughing at us. Silly tourist scared of the GIANT BUGS!

Our stay reached its breaking point that night when we returned from dinner and drinks and found three Orange sized spiders spiders hiding out in our luggage area!!! I killed all three with my flip flop and we searched that room up and down for more! Another sleepless fully clothed night and we made the decision that we could not stay another night here.

The next morning when we told the owners about the spiders- they again played it off. Those spiders are harmless! Didn't you play with spiders as a kid?? You're in Costa Rica- You have to be tough! You'll find spiders anywhere you stay!

At this point we'd had enough and we went to the beach to discuss our options- We consulted the guide book and found a hotel in the center of Costa Rica (The Hacienda Experience) that would let us spend the night with them at the last minute. We went back to Coral Hills- (carefully) packed our bags and got ready to leave a day early. We told the owners of our plan- Move on early and try to get a good night sleep without any creepers crawlers. Again they spoke down to us saying 'Good Luck with that! You are in Costa Rica you know'

This 'deal with it' attitude that they showed really rubbed us the wrong way. They also didn't offer any refund for the last nights stay that we were missed. I was at the point where I didn't care about the money- I just wanted to get out of there and away from them.

The rest of our stay in Costa Rica was amazing. No more bugs in the room- Amazingly kind Costa Rican's who wanted nothing more than us to have a great stay. And a honeymoon to remember forever.

If you want a romanitic honeymoon- I would steer clear of Coral Hills

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coral Hill Bungalows
Address: Calle Humphrey | Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Coral Hill Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our little piece of Paradise in the jungle. We are a deluxe luxury accommodation offering impeccably clean rooms in a beautiful garden environment just steps to Playa Negra, with a gourmet breakfast included. You are surrounded by the animals, birds, butterflies, flowers, trees and sea. Come see us and enjoy the unique place we have to offer. ... more   less 
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