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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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Tasty and informative tour

My husband and I decided to take some time to do a short tour on how vanilla was made after seeing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
kat8725
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New York City, New York
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Wonderful Experience!

My husband and I did this tour April 2018 and I think about it evert time I cook with the aromatic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
KAG2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cinnamon tea” (60 reviews)
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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+506 2779 1155
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to take some time to do a short tour on how vanilla was made after seeing an ad in a hotel's brochure. Daniel the tour guide did not disappoint! He walked us though the property explaining how various spices were...More

Thank kat8725
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I did this tour April 2018 and I think about it evert time I cook with the aromatic spices that I purchased on the tour, which is often. I am getting close to running out and I am sad because they are...More

Thank KAG2013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting to learn about the processes for vanilla beans and cocao. Tour guide was very informative and desserts at the viewpoint were delicious! Though it is hot and humid recommend wearing pants as I did not and ended up with multiple bites.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had Daniel as our guide, he is very knowledgeable of the farm and the making of processing of the cacao, vanilla and spices, which we tried and purchased and have already used at home...very high quality.

Thank leigh-loo
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was fascinating to see how the spices and chocolate were grown and processed. The farming practices at Villa Vanilla are interesting too, as they fit into the natural environment rather than fighting against it. But the highlight was sitting in a treehouse, while sampling...More

Thank Kim Y
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

This tour was recommended to me, so on my last day in Manuel Antonio, I decided to take a drive up there. They also offer a pickup service for only $5 - it is worth it if you do not have a car or are...More

Thank Craig W
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

We visited Villa Vanilla and enjoyed both the tour of the processing area and the gardens. Great biodiversity in the plantings and beautiful, bountiful plants without chemicals. Learned much about what goes into processing the spices ... very time and labor intensive (no wonder so...More

Thank Robin S
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

We have spent a day at the farm and understand their mom and pop operation which shows a simple hand on approach for four people working on the farm. Their samples of food are very tasty including chocolate and ice cream however when you buy...More

Thank 2015SI
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

This is a great tour, I highly recommend it. We learned alot and had fun doing so. Even though it was completely downpouring on us, it was still great. The stop at the view point was a nice end to the tour with all the...More

Thank dzcomet
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

This tour was absolutely amazing... our guide was wonderful she explained everything to us about the spice farm it was amazing. The taste testing was great make sure you get the recipes I forgot., and bring your wallet because your not going to get anything...More

Thank Jacqueline D
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srevoy
January 28, 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
October 4, 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
August 2, 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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