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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Address: Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +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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Delicious Tour!

My husband and I stayed near Jaco and decided to drive down the coast to see the vanilla plantation. We got lost on the way, so we recommend getting a GPS and listening to it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 December 2013
Rebecca W
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

My husband and I stayed near Jaco and decided to drive down the coast to see the vanilla plantation. We got lost on the way, so we recommend getting a GPS and listening to it, but once we located the plantation, we were treated to an interesting and tasty tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. She encouraged questions,... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

Beautiful experience and informative! We spent the day in Manuel Antonio and decided to do the tour at Villa Vanilla, glad we did! The overall tour takes about 2 hours and during that you will learn about the different type of spices and agricultural products produced there, followed by a walk through the plantation, finished up by a dessert tasting... More 

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Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

We had a bit of trouble with the directions to this spice farm, but once we got there it was a wonderful experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. We had a chance to taste the spices in their raw form and had samples of delicious chocolates. Next we walked though the beautiful rain forest where we saw the green vanilla... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

This tour was unique because it combined all your senses in the experience. Genevieve graciously gave us a tour in the afternoon despite the rain. She was informative showing us the process of biodynamic farming. The plantation was stunningly beautiful it looked as if it were manicured with the diversity of the plant life working together to create aromatic spices.... More 

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Galveston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

We were picked up at the home we rented and had a private tour. We were first given a lesson about cacao, vanilla and the other spices they grow on the farm. Then we walked the farm to see all of it growing. They explained that by growing fruit trees and "weeds" they do not have to use pesticides. The... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

they knowledgeably describe the process of organic farming used to make the spices while walking around the beautiful farm. The tour ends with a tasting in a tree top overlook. The tasting is made form all ingredients grown on the farm. These are cookies, cinnamon tea, hot coco, vanilla bean cheese cake and more.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

My husband and I visited Villa Vanilla on a recent trip to Manuel Antonio. I had learned about this tour through Frommers and self-booked it. We had rented a car so the price was a bit less and we have no regrets about amount of money charged for a very personalized tour. Despite the rain, we learned about the various... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

My husband and I had the honor and privilege of visiting the educational and interesting spice farm during the rainy season in May 2013. We booked this excursion from our hotel as we were told it was the safest way to do it. We were picked up by the farm's driver, who, by the way, does not speak any English.(... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

I was so looking forward to this tour. It started out very informative but then the skies opened up and there was a tropical heavy rain storm. They continued the walking tour with only some flimsy plastic covers and a few umbrellas. We couldn't hear a thing as it was a large tour. They should limit the number of people... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

We had done a coffee-chocolate-sugar cane tour while in Monteverde which we LOVED-it was very interactive, informative, and an overall great experience and great value at $30/person. Our previous experience, along with my love of cooking made me very excited for this tour and persuaded me to take the $50 plunge. While you do receive some good information about vanilla... More 

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