Visited the Pura Vida Gardens as part of a shore excursion off a cruise ship docked at Puntarenas. We had just completed a hike through the rain forest and over a series of swaying suspension bridges further down the hillside. The owners welcomed us with a very nice lunch - the fish served was excellent. We could also purchase beer, wine and soft drinks. The Gardens has a small, nicely stocked gift shop and clean restrooms which were appreciated.
On the grounds, there is a wide assortment of exotic (to us) plants and flowers to look at. The trails are paved - more on that below. There is a circle walk to a small creek running through the property and back up around to the main level as well as a second walk out to an observation post which overlooks a beautiful waterfall. There was what appeared to be a small snack bar at this post which was not in use. While there were plenty of plants/flowers to look at, we did not see much in the way of local wildlife while there - your experience may vary.
Please be aware of several things: First, the Gardens are located on a hillside and the paths up and down the gardens can be very steep - mostly ramps with a few stairs. If you have mobility issues, this could be a factor. Second, this is a rain forest so the skies can and do open up on you as they did while we were there. Our local guide (a botany expert from the tour company the ship uses - very knowledgeable about all the plants) told us that we could either just get wet or we could put on ponchos and end up just as wet from sweating. A large umbrella might be a good compromise for this. Finally, unrelated to the Pura Vida Gardens (presumed) is the nearby aerial walkway tour which we cannot find listed elsewhere but would likely be included if you visit as part of a tour - the majority of this tour's route was either a solid trail or concrete pavers/rock steps but one portion was a huge mudhole thanks to some recent heavy rains. There was no way around it so we have to go through and ruined our new shoes. The trail is definitely worth seeing but consider that you might end up all full of mud and chose your footwear accordingly. Felt bad we ended up tracking all this mud through the Gardens on our arrival there but they appeared to be used to it.
Definitely a nice place to visit and we recommend it.
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