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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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Loved it.

Such a neat place. 35 minutes outside of Manuel Antonio is a bio-dynamic spice farm. I had so much... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2015
NoApprovalBlog
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Lake Zurich, Illinois
This property is one of the most beautiful properties I have ever seen

This property was breath taking any one who loves plants and beautiful landscapes will find this... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2015
sage7722
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Vancouver, 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.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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+506 2779 1155
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

Such a neat place. 35 minutes outside of Manuel Antonio is a bio-dynamic spice farm. I had so much fun learning how spices (vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, etc..) are made. We eat these types of foods ALL the time and yet I had no clue what...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2015

This property was breath taking any one who loves plants and beautiful landscapes will find this is great MUST see place in Costa Rica a true wonder you know you are close to the. You know you are getting close to the farm when the...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2015

I recently went to Costa Rica for 4 weeks to study Spanish and I had the absolute pleasure of going to Villa Vanilla with some other students from our school, COSI - Manuel Antonio. The school arranged the tour for the 6 of us and...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

I loved this place, super low key and very passionate about what they do. I loved the gardens which were beautiful. The deserts they gave us were worth the tour alone! We were with a small group and we will be back for sure. The...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2015

Beautiful and interesting. We got to taste several desserts prepared with their spices. Sooooo fun and yummy!

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Reviewed 19 July 2015

great plantation-tasty treats to sample and spices to bring home chocolate candy delicious very educational for all ages

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Reviewed 15 July 2015

It's fascinating that the only place you can taste or buy most of their products is on the farm itself--they don't grow enough for export. But what you can taste is quite special: At the end of the tour, you are given a sampling of...More

Thank BrooksyNJ
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

It was really cool to learn about how vanilla, cocoa, and cinnamon are grown. We got to taste good treats and purchase spices. It was great.

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Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

A very informative tour -- in depth growing and processing info on spices grown on site. Cocoa, vanilla (of course), cardamom, turmeric, basil, and Ceylon cinnamon. Beautifully planted along a trail -- Like walking in a garden. Plants are interspersed throughout the land. Yummy tasting...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2015

if you have any interest in cooking and food, you should definitely take this tour. Our guide explained the philosophy and operating structure of the Eco-minded farm. We learned a lot about vanilla, cardamom, allspice, chocolate, turmeric, cinnamon, and peppercorns. There's an opening talk, then...More

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srevoy
28 January 2018|
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Response from jenfrog2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, small but adequate. They let me refill my water bottle in the kitchen too!
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Butch H
4 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
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RoxaneB1975
3 August 2017|
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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
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