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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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This place is paradise. The vanilla and cacao plants are so cool to see. The tour guide was dry and... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2015
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Villa vanilla

first time on a spice tour. Great tour very informative. Enjoyed the rear at the end. Tour guide... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2015
Swift Current, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2779 1155
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Reviewed 27 February 2015

This place is paradise. The vanilla and cacao plants are so cool to see. The tour guide was dry and lame, and the food tastings were thrown together and not tasty. But we had a great time!

1  Thank rpodders
Reviewed 23 February 2015

first time on a spice tour. Great tour very informative. Enjoyed the rear at the end. Tour guide very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour

1  Thank GV63
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Guide was very knowledgeable, lots of interesting information about spices. (It helped to save $10 per person by scheduling the tour and transportation directly with Villa Vanilla. Learn about vanilla, cinnamon, tumeric, pepper and other spices. Very interesting to seeing the different plants and savoring...More

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 11 February 2015

Great visit with an old hippy who has turned this into a high-end eco spice farm. Found myself saying more than once that, " I didn't know that!" Great walk through the farm that organically grows vanilla, Ceylon cinammon, peppercorns, and cacao pods from which...More

3  Thank 2275Waves
Reviewed 11 February 2015

People there were rude and no help. Waited around wanting to buy some vanilla but finally just left.

Thank gerry194
Reviewed 11 February 2015

We had done an (excellent) chocolate-coffee-sugar tour near Monteverde (see separate review) and were hesitant about paying another notable admission fee for what might be a big repeat. But we read the other glowing and informative reviews on this site, we thought about it for...More

1  Thank JJandT
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Lovely walk through the farm to a tree house overlooking a forest where homemade desserts and drinks were served. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The price is $45, cash only. We learned about the healing properties of some herbs and that chocolate was...More

Thank CCH1223
Reviewed 7 February 2015

This was an expensive tour, $50 booked thru the hotel, $45 if booked by self. They come and pick you up from the hotel, and drive about 35 min. outside of Quepos. The tour itself is short, shows you the basics about harvesting vanilla and...More

1  Thank S R
Reviewed 5 February 2015

Beautiful scenery very knowledgable horticulturalist who really explained what was involved in growing and processing these spices. The sample deserts were also a big treat!!

Thank DrJ1336
Reviewed 4 February 2015

This eco farm mixes the cultivation of vanilla pods with a wide variety of other spices. The tour of the farm is informative and fascinating - showing you how to keep and use vanilla pods, as well as cocoa and lots of other spices. After...More

Thank Arthur M
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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
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
Shannon K
19 April 2017|
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Response from 50somthin | Reviewed this property |
If I recall, it was right around $50 (plus tips). We were picked up from our hotel outside Manuel Antonio. I will say, it was well worth it, and one of the highlights of our entire trip. We were able to see parts of the... More