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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Address: Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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+506 2779 1155
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Come experience Villa Vanilla's Spice Tour and Gourmet Tasting!! Only 10...

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.

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Incredible spice tour

This is a great tour. We had a young man named Roy, who is only 17 years old, but had a wealth of knowledge on the various spices that are grown on this land. The owner is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 May 2014
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a great tour. We had a young man named Roy, who is only 17 years old, but had a wealth of knowledge on the various spices that are grown on this land. The owner is Henry, who really has an uncanny resemblance to Peter O'Toole.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our tour began with an explanation of how the spices are grown and harvested. Roy, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer questions and let everyone taste and smell the spices. They grow mainly vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, cardamom, pepper and turmeric. It was amazing to learn about the ways these spices are processed. After his... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

To start, I made reservations both by phone message and via Trip Advisor. Henry both called back and responded to my email very quickly. He made sure I was comfortable with finding the farm and left me with the impression he was truly happy to have us visit his farm. This enthusiasm continued as a young farm hand, Roy, shared... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Educational. Beautiful. Delicious. Well worth the trip and the spice shop at the end means you get some tasty(and really affordable compared to U.S. prices) souvenirs.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

I setup a private tour with 15 people as part of our wedding festivities in Costa Rica. We loved the tour and found it very affordable as well. This was the single easiest part of my wedding to setup. I e-mailed with the Henry and always got a prompt response. Bus arrived on time to take us to the plantation.... More 

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Harrisonburg, VA,USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

We had a big day trip to get cancelled on us while in Costa Rica that left us with an unplanned day. My wife had previously talked about visiting the spice farm and mentioned it would be a trip we could do and still have beach time. Being a dutiful husband, I went along to see the spices. Boy, am... More 

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Stockton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

From it's website you might expect this place to be designed cater to tourists. But it's not. First of all it's out in the middle of nowhere and a bit hArd to find. It's not listed on the GPS maps and there really aren't any very visible signs. Secondly once you get there you'll find it to be a functional... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

This was an amazing tour! We got to walk around the plantation and learn about the process of harvesting cocoa beans for chocolate, peppercorns, and vanilla. It makes you really appreciate the people that work so hard to bring us these amazing spices. We also got to try different dishes using the spices they harvest. It was all amazing!

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

This is a fantastic place. You get to visit a family farm and see the products that they produce, the process that they use to grow the products, and taste some food using their product. Oh yea, at the end you can purchase their products at reasonable prices. In addition you get to put yourself in this wonderful environment. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

My husband and I and our two boys ages 8 and 11 went on this tour while visiting Manuel Antonio.......My husband loves spices and loves to cook.....the boys were fascinated with real cinnamon bark and vanilla beans......there is an awesome tasting,.... the best was vanilla cinnamon ice cream with a chocolate cookie.....all made from their spices, cinnamon, vanilla, and coco.......It... More 

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