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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

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Address: 1000 Bijagual Road, Jaco 00423, Costa Rica
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+506 2645 1001
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08:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is unique in Costa Rica. It is truly a...

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 of plants, flowers and orchids from all over the world have been added. Manicured walkways meander long a river and at the crest of the mountain which make the entire 50 acre gardens accessible to all. Have lunch in our restaurant and browse the gift shop that offers authentic Costa Rica gifts.

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Beautiful gardens - spend the time

We were a little mixed when we read the reviews and are so glad we didn't listen to the naysayers. We spent a couple of hours at the gardens where David was funny and welcoming... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Cindi S
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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a little mixed when we read the reviews and are so glad we didn't listen to the naysayers. We spent a couple of hours at the gardens where David was funny and welcoming. This time of year the waterfall isn't as full and spectacular as I'm sure it is during the green season, but it's still a sight... More 

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice review. Maybe some of those"naysayers" will listen to you. We have about 100 in the gardens now from the Holland American cruise ship and I am very please with the peoples comments. See what you started!!!! thank you David Stannard More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit you can incorporate a meal too, walking a bit of walking needed with some paths quite steep,

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Roger, Thanks for the nice review. Hope to see you again. Thanks for coming. David and Cindy More 

Selkirk, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite enjoyed the gardens and natural setting. Yep road is a bit rough getting there but no different then most attractions in Costa Rica. The macaw birds were amazing. Worth the price of admission! Flowers and trees well developed in a natural setting. Make sure you see all the property...perhaps look at map first. I love the original part. Waterfall... More 

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pvgardens, Propietario at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Sheilia, Thank you very much for your nice review. I enjoyed meeting both of you and hop we see each other again sometime. Thanks again More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so few tours that you can safely do on your own here but this is one of them. The gardens are very pretty and the view of the falls while quite distant is impressive. Just a word of warning though. Just a short way down the road is a path to the foot of the falls. It is... More 

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Elliott, Thank you for your nive review of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. You are absolutly correct, trying to hike to the bottom is very difficult and only for the most experienced hikers. The guy down the road will let anyone take the hike as long as he gets his $20, regardless of your shape or age. One young man... More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

colorful gardens (trying to adapt plants from another country), it has breathtaking view of the ocean,the host provided us with variety of local fruits. we really enjoyed the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

On a warm domingo, this was a beautiful Vista and challenging. We were less than a dozen feet from a toucan eating palm fruit. Unbelievable. The tica hostess was very gracious and helpful. Anticipate a rough ride up the mountain, need a 4 wheel drive and the paths can be a challenge too but absolutamente worth it!

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Dianna, Thanks for the nice review. The government is trying to fix the road but things go slow here in Costa Rica. I'm glad you had a good tour. David and Cindy More 

Stockbridge, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

You must have a car to get there, there is no public transportation. It is also quite expensive ($20 pp). But the gardens and views were outstanding. There are also quite a number of stairs and hills you have to navigate.

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The only parks in Costa Rica that are cheaper are the National parks and there if you take a guide it will cost an additional $20.00 p/p. Anyway, I'm sorry you thoght it too expensive. I hope you didn't mistake the waterfall view portion of the gaedens for the whole gardens. The waterfall view is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

We visited the gardens on a tour organized by Holland America Cruise Line so we paid quite a bit more than the $20 that some reviewers were complaining about, but this included our transportation from the port. Unfortunately I don't remember what tour company they used but I do remember that the bus driver, Alan, had exceptional driving skills and... More 

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Wendy, Thanks for your review. $20.00 is a very resonable price to see the gardens. The Cruise ships, of course charge more because they do include transportation and a guide. ( and a friendly bus driver) I'm glad you did have a nice time and I hope our paths cross again in the future. David Stannard PS: email me the... More 

Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful ocean views and lovely flowers to see! A nice couple of hours to relax and see the sights!

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

Mare R, Thank you for you nice reveiw. we are glad you had a nice afternoon. Hope to see you again sometime. David and Cindy Stannard More 

Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We always enjoy visiting Pura Vida Gardens and have for over 8 years now. We love bringing our friends and family here when they are in country visiting us. It is so easy to walk around, well cared for and manicured and just a fun excursion. I love that the trees and plants are labeled so I can learn about... More 

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pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this review

kwkim Thank you very much for your fantastic review and your continued support. Cindy and I always enjoy seeing you. David and Cindy More 

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