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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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A memorable day trip

It's hard to put into words why I enjoyed this place so much. It could be that it was one of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mike M
Vancouver, Canada
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I Love Vanilla!

Vanilla and cinnamon and cardamom and herbs and spices and lots of info on making your own compost... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
claudia r
Lima, Peru
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cinnamon tea”(58 reviews)
“spice farm”(41 reviews)
“beans”(58 reviews)
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...more
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's hard to put into words why I enjoyed this place so much. It could be that it was one of the few places that seems to have kept the culture of Costa Rica that we remembered the previous visit to this region decades earlier....More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Vanilla and cinnamon and cardamom and herbs and spices and lots of info on making your own compost and now I want to cultivate vanilla orchids and hang them from my trees. Great Great tour!

Thank claudia r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From Henry, the owner, driving us back and forth from our hotel to the people doing the onsite tour, everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable in the art of spices. Walking the farm, seeing the plants, learning how the spices are made from planting to...More

1  Thank RayKski
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting exploring this vanilla and cacao farm. Beautiful property about 15 minutes outside of Quepos. The production part of this facility is minimal, but the plants are plentiful.

1  Thank Mike L
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

If you’ve ever wondered what the spices you cook with look like before they land on the shelves of the grocery store this is the tour for you. Our tour guide, Giselle, was very informative and answered questions that came up along the way. I...More

1  Thank beawnorris
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Really informative dialogue and tour of a working spice farm. Focus is on vanilla and cacao, but other spices were discussed and available. We sampled several items all quite delicious including vanilla ice cream made with their vanilla beans on the farm. My wife and...More

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Enjoyed our spice tour at Villa Vanilla. Beautiful property with a wonderful ending at tree house cabana eating delicious desserts.

Thank Leto P
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Good variety of spices, staff has excellent knowledge of the spices. A must do when in Manuel Antonio.

1  Thank Jeanne P
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided to take some time to do a short tour on how vanilla was made after seeing an ad in a hotel's brochure. Daniel the tour guide did not disappoint! He walked us though the property explaining how various spices were...More

1  Thank kat8725
Reviewed 5 July 2018

My husband and I did this tour April 2018 and I think about it evert time I cook with the aromatic spices that I purchased on the tour, which is often. I am getting close to running out and I am sad because they are...More

1  Thank KAG2013
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29 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!
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
3 August 2017|
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