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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Address: Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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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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Spicy tour

We had a great private tour at Villa Vanilla. My mom and I were fortunate enough to be the only two people in the group because of the Green Season. The tour started with an... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2014
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

We had a great private tour at Villa Vanilla. My mom and I were fortunate enough to be the only two people in the group because of the Green Season. The tour started with an explanation of how the vanilla is harvested and then extracted along with an explanation of how cocoa beans are harvested from the farm. After that... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

Had a tour with just the four of us. There are 2 tours starting at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Tour is fantastic and includes tastings of different spices in different types of foods. Booked the tour through the hotel we were staying at and found out everybody was paying different prices. In order to secure the best price just... More 

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Thank Jack M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Villa Vanilla is a must see stop for travelers visiting Quepos/Manuel Antonio. This biodynamic farm cultivates spices in a natural method. You will find vanilla, true (ceylon) cinnamon, cacao, cayenne, among others. The peace and beauty of the farm is enjoyable in and of itself. On top of that you will have the opportunity to taste the different spices as... More 

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Thank Anthony K
San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We stopped by just to check out the store and purchase some home grown Costa Rican spices to take home and ended up spending and hour talking to Henry. He gave us great suggestions about how to use the spices, gave us some tea samples and just generally hung out chatting with us. We not only bought vanilla but brought... More 

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Niceville, Florida
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

My wife wanted a less demanding walking excursion, so we tried this tour and were very pleased. We were amazed at the details that are required to grow and process pure vanilla. The goodies at the view point were a nice touch and very refreshing. The drive does require a moderate distance on a dirt road, but worth the trip.

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Wauconda, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had a great time walking through the vanilla farm and spice gardens. Wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt because the mosquitos here are terrible. There is a tasting at the end of the tour which was the icing on the cake.

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Thank Melissa D
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a great tour. We had a young man named Roy, who is only 17 years old, but had a wealth of knowledge on the various spices that are grown on this land. The owner is Henry, who really has an uncanny resemblance to Peter O'Toole.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our tour began with an explanation of how the spices are grown and harvested. Roy, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer questions and let everyone taste and smell the spices. They grow mainly vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, cardamom, pepper and turmeric. It was amazing to learn about the ways these spices are processed. After his... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

To start, I made reservations both by phone message and via Trip Advisor. Henry both called back and responded to my email very quickly. He made sure I was comfortable with finding the farm and left me with the impression he was truly happy to have us visit his farm. This enthusiasm continued as a young farm hand, Roy, shared... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Educational. Beautiful. Delicious. Well worth the trip and the spice shop at the end means you get some tasty(and really affordable compared to U.S. prices) souvenirs.

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