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“Well worth the visit”

Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls
Ranked #8 of 50 things to do in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is unique in Costa Rica. It is truly a "Visual Masterpiece". The gardens begin with the natural beauty of Costa Rica and four waterfalls in the property with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. To this millions of plants, flowers and orchids from all over the world have been added. Manicured walkways meander long a river and at the crest of the mountain which make the entire 50 acre gardens accessible to all. Have lunch in our restaurant and browse the gift shop that offers authentic Costa Rica gifts.
Reviewed July 11, 2014

I escorted a small group to Pura Vida Gardens in April 2014. We had a great time ! We enjoyed a delicious lunch, and a very nice walk along the paths. The gardens and views are beautiful, and the bird watching was terrific....be sure to bring binoculars if you can. Gift items are available....a small painting by a local artist hangs in my kitchen. The staff and owners are very kind and helpful; our afternoon there was quiet and relaxing, and everyone said they'd love to go back some day. Me too ! By the way, keep an eye out for monkeys in the trees along the road up to Pura Vida. :)

1  Thank SoCalGal11
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

gorgeous flora & fauna ! a bit of a trek but a "feel great" attitude once you've left there. The waterfalls are mesmerizing and the different types greenery and plants are out of this world..... just a word of caution, wear proper shoes, and be careful of snakes and lizards. First-aid kit also wouldn't be a bad idea... if you decide to be adventurous !

4  Thank quesadilla_007
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited in June of 2014 while on vacation in Manuel Antonio. It's about an hour and a half ride from Quepos. Beautiful views and tons and tons of interesting plants. Really great for a garden geek like myself.

There is a bit of walking involved up and down hills, and the only disappointment was the lack of waterfalls. They advertise 3 or 4, but the only one we saw was from way way up on the overlook, from that distance it was spectacular but we're talking a mile or so away probably. There was another very tall waterfall on the property but it was man made I believe, and, strangely turned off, since we were visiting in the green season and there weren't many visitors (we were the only ones there that day, a Tuesday.)

Still very beautiful and worth the price.

Also, the dirt road up is 5km from the main road, straight up into the mountains! Some of the degrees of incline were practically 80 degrees at points. Better to have 4 wheel drive because it can get hairy at times. The road is well maintained and wide enough but I kept thinking that a sudden downpour would have stranded us at the top if we hadn't brought a 4x4.

4  Thank Terry9999
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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Was such a great place to visit. Make sure you have sneakers or hiking shoes. We saw so many people in flip flops. It rains there and it was raining when we went but still had a great time. Cost was $38.00 each but worth it!

2  Thank Melanie O
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

After cruising through the Panama Canal on the Oceania Regatta, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting Pura Vida Gardens. The hospitality, lunch, elaborate gardens, stunning views, wildlife viewing and peaceful countryside made it a very blessed experience.

2  Thank Carolyn N
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