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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2779 1155
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Good for an overcast day

This 3.5 door-to-door tour is ok. They explain how chocolate is made, though it's not their... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Orange County, CA
via mobile
Really interesting tour

I was glad I took the tour at Villa Vanilla. It's not super cheap, but I got to see some really... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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Come experience Villa Vanilla's Spice Tour and Gourmet Tasting!! Only 10 miles east of Quepos/Manuel Antonio Park our 2.5 hour plantation tour includes: 1. Post-harvest warehouse where spices are dried,processed and packaged. Our "bean to bar" spicy chocolate is tasted here. 2. A garden walk thru our Epiphyte Trail where you'll see, smell and taste our tropical spices and plant collection 3. Flavors of the World Spice Tasting at our breathtaking Mirador viewpoint from our vanilla, chocolate and Ceylon cinnamon. 4. Spice Shoppe where you can stock up on our vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, peppers, ginger, red turmeric, allspice and cardamon.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2779 1155
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Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

This 3.5 door-to-door tour is ok. They explain how chocolate is made, though it's not their speciality. They only have a handful of cacao trees at their facility as they really specialize in vanilla and other spices. We saw a few of the spice trees...More

Thank travel193
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I was glad I took the tour at Villa Vanilla. It's not super cheap, but I got to see some really interesting stuff (the plants growing, spices drying, etc.) and the tasting at the viewpoint was quite enjoyable. The spices at the shop seemed pretty...More

Thank gdmitchell
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We went with four kids and two adults (kids ages 8,10,12, and 13). Learned a lot about vanilla beans and the process of harvesting/fermenting. Also enjoyed all the beautiful grounds to tour plus the live demonstration of cinnamon harvesting. Everyone enjoyed eating the delicious desserts...More

Thank Daisymom4
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and the farm itself was fascinating. It was a mellow, small group that started at the main farm building and learned about growing and harvesting vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, allspice, etc. Then we strolled around the grounds and saw all the...More

Thank tinacis7
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We stop here every time we're in the area to stock up on vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, and spices. Fantastic farm. A little hard to access, but absolutely worth the trip!!!

Thank Beth Z
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We toured this farm as part of our recent trip to Costa Rica. The tour included a demonstration of how different spices are prepared for use. The grounds are breathtaking and there was a small tasting at the end where we sampled several products including...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We loved this tour. Lasted about 4 hours including transfers of around 1 and half hours. Easy walking though some of the tracks would be unsuitable for wheelchairs. Our guide was good and knew his stuff, although I looked up what he said about the...More

Thank oak21
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Anybody that has any interest in plants will enjoy this informative tour in a beautiful setting. Excellent guide, lovely snacks and a wonderful spice shop included.

Thank ticasueW
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We were lucky enough to have a private tour the day we went! Our tour guide was great and we learned a lot about the different trees, plants, and the growing and production process. Who knew that vanilla took so much work?! They were very...More

Thank Alyssa R
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Didn't do the tour but bought a lot of spices and got to taste the cinnamon tea YUM can't wait to make it back home.

Thank Cher M
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19 April 2017|
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Response from 50somthin | Reviewed this property |
If I recall, it was right around $50 (plus tips). We were picked up from our hotel outside Manuel Antonio. I will say, it was well worth it, and one of the highlights of our entire trip. We were able to see parts of the... More
31 July 2016|
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Response from tlk_sia | Reviewed this property |
The tour was mostly flat, with a very gentle rise in place. The pace was also relaxed. I am certain if they know in advance they will try their best to accommodate you. They are lovely people.
6 June 2016|
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Response from MariasMom | Reviewed this property |
It wasn't much... I think it was about $10 but not positive. We drove ourselves, so there was no "travel/ pick up from hotel fee. When you call them to make your reservation they will tell you... But I think it was about... More