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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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Spices 101 on a Great Tour

Took a tour of the whole spice farm with Daniel, our guide. Delicious tastings along the way and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jim H
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Buffalo, New York
Beware of pricing for self drive guests

For those tourists that self drive to Villa Vanilla, the price is $40 for the tour. If you are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kathfebb
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London, ON
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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.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Took a tour of the whole spice farm with Daniel, our guide. Delicious tastings along the way and you learn so much about the labor intensive cultivation of these organic spices. Vanilla seems to have started it all and they explain the whole history of...More

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For those tourists that self drive to Villa Vanilla, the price is $40 for the tour. If you are picked up in Quepos, the cost is 50$ US, cash or credit only. We arrived at Villa Vanilla, greeted by a non English speaking tour guide...More

Thank kathfebb
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's unfortunate my first review is one that is poor. I stayed in Hotel Parador. I was told of this tour by hotel tour desk staff. I was handed the phone while sitting at the tour desk and spoke with a gentleman to discuss pick...More

Thank Arthemise J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was quite pricey so we didn't take it, but enjoyed seeing some of the grounds and visiting the gift shop. We were greeted with little cups of herbal tea and bought several spices and chocolate to take home. The cinnamon was delicious. Great...More

Thank porterfam4
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would love to write a nice review but, even though I called two weeks ahead and made reservations, which were then confirmed, they forgot to pick us up. We tried calling and nobody answered. So we ended up with an empty afternoon and nothing...More

Thank Annette S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour. Very interesting and informative. Tasty homemade snacks). Able to purchase spices. Making vanilla extract now with their vanilla beans))

Thank saskmo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A working farm in the biodynamic style, tour includes seeing as they grow cinnamon, vanilla, peppercorns, bay leaves, cacao, allspice, ginger and more. Fresh spices to buy. Very tasty desserts and knowledgeable guide.

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely setting and OH! that chocolate! A tour guide will show you the steps from the growth, harvesting and curing of cocoa and vanilla, to the production of chocolate. Scores of other spices are grown on the farm, many of which are used to...More

Thank ssilk1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a tour of this 127 acre vanilla plantation. The knowledge of our tour guide was vast on medicinal properties of different plants and spices in the region. This place takes incredible pride and care in their work. I would recommend this to anyone...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you want to get the scoop on how they grow and process vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa beans, this is the tour for you. I knew my wife and I would enjoy it, but our 10 year old boy ended up having a pretty good...More

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srevoy
28 January 2018|
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Response from jenfrog2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, small but adequate. They let me refill my water bottle in the kitchen too!
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Butch H
5 October 2017|
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Response from Michelle S | Reviewed this property |
I have purchased there many times without the tour, however only one or two staff members speak English so definitely call ahead. I always purchase in bulk (around 10 kilos total) and they will have your order ready for you... More
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RoxaneB1975
3 August 2017|
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Response from Dana D | Reviewed this property |
9:00am and 1:00pm Mon-Fri and 0900 only on Saturday. I contacted them directly from their website to check pricing and "get on the schedule". You will also want directions. Not hard to find, but out of the way. You can... More
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