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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

Open Now: 08:00 - 05:00
Open today: 08:00 - 05:00
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Lovely garden

The garden is on a mountain top with great views. The walkways were hilly but well laid out. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David U
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White Rock, Canada
A Bit of a Drive

Beautiful scenic drive to the garden. Lots of flowers. Poorly marked. Could have used some... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
nekko8
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Blaine, Washington
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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...more
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1000 Bijagual Road, Jaco, Garabito Municipality 00423, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The garden is on a mountain top with great views. The walkways were hilly but well laid out. The beer at the shop at the end of a warm walk was excellent. It is a windy steep narrow road to the garden.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful scenic drive to the garden. Lots of flowers. Poorly marked. Could have used some labels to know what we were looking at. Well kept grounds.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nekko8
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Seems pricey for what it is. Should be maybe half of what it costs. Short walk <40 minutes. Beautiful grounds and nice view. Not much wildlife.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 14 July 2018

We strolled through these beautiful gardens before we had a fantastic evening at Adventure Dining. If you are in Jaco this gardens and Adventure Dining is a MUST DO!

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank stewartjones2018
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

The gardens of Pura Vida Gardens has been named the number one Garden in Central America and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again David Stannard

Reviewed 19 June 2018

If you are in Jaco for more than a few days, you'll likely need a place to go outside the daily drinkfest. Solo or couples alike, you will enjoy the tranquility this place has to offer. Spend the afternoon...you wont' regret it.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Brosker
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

Kevin, Thanks for your nice review of Pura Vida Gardens. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you on your next visit to Costa Rica. David Stannard

Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

I called the day before asking if they were open and the restaurant and was told yes to both. Great, so I planned my day as arriving around 9:30 and spend a few hours here and have lunch, as one of my primary reasons for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Chris R
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

Sorry about your misfortune. during the off season we are open for lunch but only Pizzas and Wraps. Apparently you don't speek Spanish or my Manager couldn't understand what you were asking. We started building the gardens 22 years ago and only had to cut...More

Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

I came here on taxi as website suggested, 40$ USD one way and 20$ per person entry. We arrived and as stated the staff is bilingual and very friendly. However, the dining is a closed down shack. There are a few items to look at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank GroditskiN
pvgardens, Owner at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

I have thousands of older folds (70-80) walk through the gardens and don't drip in sweat nor get exhausted. $20.00 per person is one of the cheapest attractions in the Jaco Area. I think your description of the restaurant as a closed down shack is...More

Reviewed 24 May 2018

Went with a tour from a cruise ship. The owner David was attentive and made sure we were happy. My wife is vegetarian and they accommodated her wonderfully. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ed M
Reviewed 24 May 2018

An excellent way to spend a short port call in Costa Rica. Saw birds which we were not able to see elsewhere. Lunch was tasty and even satisfied a vegan. Staff was personable and we would go back. Small boutique was a better place to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Louis M
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

I was happy we had 4WD as the road from the main highway was steep and twisty and getting re-done in that I had to dodge large trucks dumping erratic heaps of gravel all the way. But once we got to the gardens we were...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Dee R
31 July 2018|
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Response from Brosker | Reviewed this property |
I’m not the host, just a reviewer...however, simple ceremony seems feasible based on what I saw
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Ellen M
4 April 2018|
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Response from pvgardens | Property representative |
Ellen, Entrance fee is $20,00 per. person and you can stay as long as you want. Kids are a lot less. David
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caicos05
23 January 2018|
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Response from Waterfall_CostaRica | Reviewed this property |
The hike down to the water fall is around 45 to 60 minutes through the the rain forest.We saw tons of birds, Macaws and various dart frogs. The walk down is great. There are no words to explain the experience to walk right... More
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