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Finca La Isla

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Address: Apdo #10, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304 , Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 88294229
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Established in 1987 in an abandoned cacao farm the botanical garden is a...

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.

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Lovely botanic garden

Fruit tree smells good. I tried to fruit and organic chocolate after tour garden. So sweet! So lovely! 과일나무들 냄새 너무 좋았어요. 가든 다 둘러보고 주인아저씨가 과일들 맛보게 해주셨는데 진짜 많이 주시더라구요! 넘 좋았어요 ㅎ... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fruit tree smells good. I tried to fruit and organic chocolate after tour garden. So sweet! So lovely! 과일나무들 냄새 너무 좋았어요. 가든 다 둘러보고 주인아저씨가 과일들 맛보게 해주셨는데 진짜 많이 주시더라구요! 넘 좋았어요 ㅎ 근데 왜 영어로 쓰면 글자인식이 안되는건가여 50자

Thank sangmi26
miami beach
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love it, rain forest, no people, orange sands and no waives so i dont have to worry with my little kids. Pura Vida!!!!!

1 Thank dansfudge
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived to have a guided tour of the gardens not quite sure what to expect, but we were really glad that we chose to visit! It was easily one of the best parts of our time on the Caribbean coast, as Alan our tour guide was so funny, charming and informative all at the same time. We had a... More 

1 Thank Anna W
Stuttgart, Deutschland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Feedback for Allan our superbe guide We, a group of 8 from Germany, had a fantastic guided tour in the Botanical Garden in Puerto Viejo in Feb.2016. Thank you so much to Allen, who has a great know how and knowledge about all the plants in the garden and his way of explaining everything is very entertaining and funny. It’s... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Plan on spending 2 - 4 hours slowly exploring these gardens with your macro lens. Many beautiful flowers and a sea of red poison dart frogs. I even saw a transparent butterfly and a blue morpho. You will encounter the trees of tropical fruits from around the world: Jackfruit, starfruit, breadfruit and many more! There is a wild jungle area... More 

Thank Crystal N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Ok as a mad crazy tropical plant junkie this was my paradise.love the place and will be back for sure.if you are into tropical fruit palms etc it's fantastic and I highly recommend a visit for plant lovers.I met Peters son and I do apologize for not remembering his name but it's a Haiwain tree name and very cool.he gave... More 

Thank rooikoptraveler
San Ramon, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Without Allan walking with us and explaining what we were looking at, we would not have really enjoyed the tour as most things are not marked. The guide book was helpful, but Allan's personal stories about the plants and trees made it so much more interesting. The finca has a lot of very unusual and interesting plants, specially fruits. We... More 

1 Thank BeeCeeMe
Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Very nice tour where we got to learn about local trees and plants as well as fruits (e.g. bananas, mangos...). A short but complete explanation is given for every species we see. Special mention to Alan the local guide! At the end of the tour he made us discover some fruits and discussed with us not only about the Garden... More 

1 Thank Pierre C
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

I am so glad I visited I returned for another full day. The Finca is open to the public from 10am - 4pm from Friday to Monday. The walk from town is easy there is a sign at each point that you will need to turn, there is no more than required which is good I hate visual pollution &... More 

4 Thank Karry R
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

A lovely surprise to discover this botanical garden with so much to offer to the curious mind. Allan Valentine Bryant was a great source of information to help guide you round the garden and answer any questions on the different plants and trees Allan

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