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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

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a little bit of Heaven

We strolled through these beautiful gardens before we had a fantastic evening at Adventure Dining... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
stewartjones2018
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New York City, New York
Worth a trip

If you are in Jaco for more than a few days, you'll likely need a place to go outside the daily... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Brosker
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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is unique in Costa Rica. It is truly a "Visual Masterpiece". The gardens begin with the natural beauty of Costa Rica and four waterfalls in the property with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. To this millions...more
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1000 Bijagual Road, Jaco, Garabito Municipality 00423, Costa Rica
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 December 2014

We took the tour from our cruise ship. We were met at the dock and driven to the gardens by our guide Eric Munoz in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. We found out quickly after a 30 minute drive to the road up the mountain that...More

10  Thank Richard F
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Pura Vida Gardens advertises that you will see the highest waterfall in Costa Rica as well as many types of wildlife We paid $20 US to walk about 200 meters on a paved path in a manicured garden There were plants as in all Costa...More

10  Thank KevinTorontoCanada29
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

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Reviewed 14 July 2018

We strolled through these beautiful gardens before we had a fantastic evening at Adventure Dining. If you are in Jaco this gardens and Adventure Dining is a MUST DO!

3  Thank stewartjones2018
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

The gardens of Pura Vida Gardens has been named the number one Garden in Central America and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again David Stannard

Reviewed 19 June 2018

If you are in Jaco for more than a few days, you'll likely need a place to go outside the daily drinkfest. Solo or couples alike, you will enjoy the tranquility this place has to offer. Spend the afternoon...you wont' regret it.

2  Thank Brosker
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Kevin, Thanks for your nice review of Pura Vida Gardens. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you on your next visit to Costa Rica. David Stannard

Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

I called the day before asking if they were open and the restaurant and was told yes to both. Great, so I planned my day as arriving around 9:30 and spend a few hours here and have lunch, as one of my primary reasons for...More

Thank Chris R
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Sorry about your misfortune. during the off season we are open for lunch but only Pizzas and Wraps. Apparently you don't speek Spanish or my Manager couldn't understand what you were asking. We started building the gardens 22 years ago and only had to cut...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I came here on taxi as website suggested, 40$ USD one way and 20$ per person entry. We arrived and as stated the staff is bilingual and very friendly. However, the dining is a closed down shack. There are a few items to look at...More

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

I have thousands of older folds (70-80) walk through the gardens and don't drip in sweat nor get exhausted. $20.00 per person is one of the cheapest attractions in the Jaco Area. I think your description of the restaurant as a closed down shack is...More

Reviewed 25 May 2018

Went with a tour from a cruise ship. The owner David was attentive and made sure we were happy. My wife is vegetarian and they accommodated her wonderfully. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Thank Ed M
Reviewed 24 May 2018

An excellent way to spend a short port call in Costa Rica. Saw birds which we were not able to see elsewhere. Lunch was tasty and even satisfied a vegan. Staff was personable and we would go back. Small boutique was a better place to...More

1  Thank Louis M
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

I was happy we had 4WD as the road from the main highway was steep and twisty and getting re-done in that I had to dodge large trucks dumping erratic heaps of gravel all the way. But once we got to the gardens we were...More

Thank Kingstonchick
Reviewed 7 May 2018

We visited Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls on a cruise tour. We have been to the rain forest and cloud forest on other trips, but this proved to be a truly unique experience - our opportunity to view native plants at a leisurely pace, take...More

Thank jjtoday4
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Started with the waterfall trail and was extremely disappointed because it was so far away and more of a downward/side view. The view of the ocean was spectacular though and you could see for miles and miles. Coming back up to the gardens we were...More

Thank Logan A
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Very underwhelming, $20 entrance fee per person, waterfall was far from viewpoint balcony, which is elevated high above the fall, so trying to take pics with it in the background was a no go. Nothing spectacular in gardens, it is nice and scenic, but felt...More

1  Thank nic3896
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Sorry you thought is was not woth it, maybe if I gave you a massage you would have been ok. We have over 10,000 visitors each that will diagree with your opinion. as do I. I wonder why Trip Advisor rates us as one top...More

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Dee R
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Response from Brosker | Reviewed this property |
I’m not the host, just a reviewer...however, simple ceremony seems feasible based on what I saw
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Ellen M
4 April 2018|
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Response from pvgardens | Property representative |
Ellen, Entrance fee is $20,00 per. person and you can stay as long as you want. Kids are a lot less. David
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Response from Waterfall_CostaRica | Reviewed this property |
The hike down to the water fall is around 45 to 60 minutes through the the rain forest.We saw tons of birds, Macaws and various dart frogs. The walk down is great. There are no words to explain the experience to walk right... More
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