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Finca La Isla

Apdo #10, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304 , Costa Rica
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Type: Gardens
Owner description: Established in 1987 in an abandoned cacao farm the botanical garden is a permaculture farm with a mature collection of fruit and spice trees in... more » Owner description: Established in 1987 in an abandoned cacao farm the botanical garden is a permaculture farm with a mature collection of fruit and spice trees in production and lots of tropical flowers. Corridors of rainforest make it into a fascinating nature park. Visitors will be able to try a fresh fruit drink, taste fruits in season, sample homemade natural chocolate, and learn about medicinals and ethnobotanicals. Finca la Isla is a working farm producing black pepper, fruits, and ornamental plants in commercial quantities. Besides the opportunity to see very rare tropical plants visitors will learn about tropical crops like bananas, black pepper, and nutmeg. The botanical garden is one of the very best places in Costa Rica to see frogs in the wild. Our rainforest will provide the chance to see four different kinds of poison dart frogs, reptiles, toucans and many other birds, sloths, and the marvel of symbiosis and diversity that is the tropical rainforest. Visitors are guaranteed to see the red poison dart frog in the wild. « less
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Be sure to take bug spray!! lol It a fruit and choclate farm and botanical garden. Super cute and so worth the 5$. The guy at the front gave us a map and we wondered off on our little adventure. then when we got back to the start he gave us juice, we tried the fruit that they grow there... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you have the time while in Puerto Viejo, you must go to the Botanical Garden. The staff are incredibly nice, specifically Allan, one of the employees. All very knowledgeable and passionate about the finca and about puerto viejo in general. The tour made for some great pictures and was nice to be admits gardens, trees, plants and fruits instead... More

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Port Vila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I would certainly recommend visiting this botanical gardens, not your traditional style but you'll see frogs and have trees identified, be given a map and have a bite to eat after you complete your tour. Go here, it's great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our visit to Finca La Isla was fantastic! Beautiful garden, very well kept. Allan was very helpful. Not only Allan gave us the initial guide and offered us samples of fruits from the area but was very instructive regarding the culture and the flora of the region. Great experience! We recommend the visit to Finca La isla.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The botanical garden was great. It has a lot of different trees like bamboo, cinnamontree and rubbertree, in addition to tropical flowers. Allan was our guide, and he knew a lot about the plants he showed us. In the end we tasted several different fruits from the garden. You should not go there on a rainy day, because then all... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

I was first introduced to Finca La Isla Botanical Garden through an employee, Allan, while enjoying an afternoon in the center of Puerto Viejo. While visiting the gardens may not have been my first choice if I were shown a list of 'things to do in Puerto Viejo', Allan was so passionate about what they have to offer that I... More

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Meudon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Nice garden to be visited close to Puerto Viejo. Lots of plants, trees and fauna (birds, butterflys, frogs...). You can try some tropical fruits after the walk. Very interesting and very nice welcome by Alan.

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Kopavogur, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I loved seeing the red posion frog it's all around. If you love nature you sould go, alot of new things you can see there. You are your own guide in the garden and you can wonder around as long as you want but Alan the guy in the reception was great he showed me a red posion frog and... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We had a walk through the garden with many different plants an fruits. Afterwards we were able to taste local fruits and self made chocolate. The guide Allen is a very nice guy and helpful! My recommendations.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

An interesting place to visit if in the area and one of the more cost effective "tour" things to do at USD per person. It's a farm with self guided trails in which the reception provides a map and booklet. The poison dart frogs are througnhout the farm but are most commonly seen in the covered bromeliad nursery. The end... More

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