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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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Loved this environmental adventure...the desserts they served while you rested enjoying a beautiful view were awesome.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this environmental adventure...the desserts they served while you rested enjoying a beautiful view were awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took this tour basically because the forecast was not looking good for a beach day and the reviews sounded pretty positive. Not really expecting it to be as informative and interesting as it really was. An employee of the farm picked us up at our hotel and drove us the 45 mins or so out to the farm. When... More 

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Ivins, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a few hours before departing Manuel Antonio and decided to take the Villa Vanilla spice tour with no expectations. We were pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had and knowledge we gained on this tour, not to mention the outrageously fantastic food samples we were served. This is a great tour for anyone, not just cooks! I... More 

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I discovered Villa Vanilla online when researching places to visit around Manuel Antonio and was happy to see that is is an Organic Vanilla Farm that had cacao and spices also! We booked a tour that included transportation, tour and at the end, a tasting of various drinks and desserts all made with items from the farm, which were heavenly!... More 

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Medford, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was my 2nd time on this tour in 4 years. Not only did I learn more this time, but the amazing woman that did the tour, remembered seeing me there from a few years ago. The care that the staff at Villa Vanilla has for the environment is inspirational. You'll be enlightened by some of the every day food... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Ronaldo, a kind man, picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the farm which took about 30 minutes to get to. There, we were met by our young guide Daniel. He grew up near the farm and his mother was the original tour guide. His manner was approachable, engaging and relaxed. We learned about vanilla, cinnamon bark,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I recently visited Villa Vanilla and it was the highlight of my ten day trip to Costa Rica. The farm is beautiful and it was fascinating to learn how they have mixed crops and are following biodynamic agriculture practices. I saw how vanilla, cacoa, and cinnamon are grown, harvested and then the process to get them ready to be used.... More 

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Villa Vanilla is located off the beaten path and is more than worth having them pick you up at your hotel or condo. Our driver Hector went out of the way to explain the local Palm industry and local towns enroute to the biodynamic farm. Once we arrived to farm the WOW Factor was off the chart with such beautiful... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, this tour was exactly what our taste buds were looking for. We showed up at 8:45am on Saturday for the 9am tour with no reservations and joined a group of 4 others for an intimate walk around the property. Our guide was knowledgeable about the different plants on the plantation and very hospitable.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed this trip around an organic plantation, quite informative. Loved the little tastes we were given at the view point!

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