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Finca La Isla

Apdo #10, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
+506 8886 8530
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My opinion of this garden as an amateur plant lover

I went here based on the glowing reviews and the fact that I love plants and frogs. The tour was... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Not to be missed if you are a plant person - very unique and special

We arrived on a closed day but Peter was happy to see us anyway. Anyone living in Costa Rica as we... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
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Established in 1987 in an abandoned cacao farm the botanical garden is a permaculture farm with a mature collection of fruit and spice trees in production and lots of tropical flowers. Corridors of rainforest make it into a fascinating nature park. Visitors will be able to try a fresh fruit drink, taste fruits in season, sample homemade natural chocolate, and learn about medicinals and ethnobotanicals. Finca la Isla is a working farm producing black pepper, fruits, and ornamental plants in commercial quantities. Besides the opportunity to see very rare tropical plants visitors will learn about tropical crops like bananas, black pepper, and nutmeg. The botanical garden is one of the very best places in Costa Rica to see frogs in the wild. Our rainforest will provide the chance to see four different kinds of poison dart frogs, reptiles, toucans and many other birds, sloths, and the marvel of symbiosis and diversity that is the tropical rainforest. Visitors are guaranteed to see the red poison dart frog in the wild.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
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Apdo #10, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
+506 8886 8530

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

I went here based on the glowing reviews and the fact that I love plants and frogs. The tour was not available on the day we went, so we did the self guided tour. The map is not great, but we were able to use...More

Thank bhappy50
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We arrived on a closed day but Peter was happy to see us anyway. Anyone living in Costa Rica as we do would be well advised to visit. One of the most interesting gardens (jungles, forests call it what you will) in Costa Rica. We...More

Thank alajuelanorth
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Highly recommended, we saw lots of strawberry poison dart frogs all over the place and even saw a green and black poison dart frog! We saw heaps of butterflies, plants, beautiful flowers and fruits on the self-guided loop. There were also heaps of insects everywhere...More

Thank Jordan R
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great adventure at a very reasonable price! It's like a scavenger hunt/connect the dots to get around. Very welcoming! At the entrance they gave us samples of jack fruit, snake fruit and chocolate from their garden. Just be on the look out for signs on...More

Thank Whitney M
Reviewed 7 January 2017

While the signs may not be great/clear, on arrival we received a warm and friendly welcome. The self guide and map made it interesting to wander at our own leisure and see a range of plants and loads of red dart frogs and butterflies. I...More

Thank Caroline418
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Lovely stroll around the property viewing lots of different fruit trees and plants. Saw lots of red poison dart frogs too! Got a nice fruit drink at the end and chatted to a lovely guy who is passionate about fruit and sustainability. Great value too,...More

Thank Louise_Lou_Me
Reviewed 20 November 2016

The Botanical Garden is a respite from the beachlife in Puerto Viejo, it's a cool and fresh oasis filled with the sounds of birds, frogs and chirping insects. There are so many different fruit trees from all over the tropics gathered here, and all are...More

Thank sohappyincuba
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Finca La Isla Botanic Garden is a beautiful place to wander around. There is a wide range of interesting tropical plants and trees and many red poison dart frogs if you look closely. The guide Allan was very friendly and helpful, and gave me...More

Thank Katherine F
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We had nice time in Finca la isla, it's 15-20 minutes walking from Puerto Viejo, we just walked along the beach of Playa Negra until we got there. We received a map and an explanation about the place from a really nice man and went...More

1  Thank 705orih
Reviewed 25 September 2016

After we paid our admission, a nice young man offered us fresh araçá juice and a sampling of other fruits in season from their garden: star fruit, durian (it tasted like onion and garlic in honey, not a flavor I need to experience again), kumquat,...More

Thank dreadpig
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Crystal A
1 March 2016|
Response from kiawekring | Property representative |
Hi! The entrance costs 3000 colones or $6, and there are several orchids but we are more specialized in bromeliads and heliconias among other spectacular flowering plants
3 December 2015|
Response from kiawekring | Property representative |
Hi! I'm sorry we don't have lodging available at the botanical gardens, but the dates you're planning on fall on a great time of year for sampling a large variety of tropical fruits, make sure you come by for a visit and... More