Starting at $50 per night

Overview

Prepare for sensory overload with this half-day vanilla and spice and everything nice tour! Discover the origin and ancient history as well as traditional uses of the world’s most loved spices: vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, allspice, turmeric, cardamom, black and white pepper, to name a few.

Located in the Pacific rain forest overlooking the beautiful Manuel Antonio beach, this certified organic and Demeter biodynamic farm takes great pride in bringing you to the best spices Nature has to offer. In addition to spice, you will be introduced to how a wide variety of essential oil and medicinal plants are cultivated.

Hand pollinated vanilla orchids abound and, if it is pollinating season, visitors learn to fertilize the vanilla flowers themselves by hand. The major crop of this plantation is vanilla, a native to Central America, but many other native aromatic spices and exotic tropical fruits are grown here as well which you will be encouraged to taste, touch and smell.

Your bilingual tour guide will begin at the warehouse where spices are dried and packaged after being harvested. You will then amble along the sensory Rock Garden Trail with its array of pungent bromeliads, tillandsias and epiphytes landscaping a fish pond until you reach a stunning view of the Pacific coast.

In this lovely spot you will learn how to use the many spices grown on this farm as the pastry chef prepares a delicious sampling of gourmet treats and drinks created especially for you. In one review of this tour it was described as “the best foodie tour in Costa Rica.”

Your final stop will be to visit the Spice Shoppe, a famous destination for chefs and visitors alike to buy naturally grown and processed spices, vanilla beans, extract and the highly prized Ceylon cinnamon.

Included roundtrip transportation provided from Manuel Antonio.

What to Bring

  • Hiking Boots Or Tennis Shoes
  • And Camera

Location and Availability

The Villa Vanilla and Rainforest Spices is available from Manuel Antonio

Tour Times

  • 8:30am
  • 12:30pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 9°28'21.47". Longitude: W 85°56'33.79"

Reviews

  • Overall 96.4% (43 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 96.7%
  • Expectations: 96.0%
  • Guides: 96.3%
  • Logistics: 96.5%
  • Value: %

01/26/2019

Did not expect such a nice tour - learned a lot about the spices and vanilla as well as chocolate- excellent food and refreshments

01/10/2019

Enjoyed the tour immensely, learned a lot. Would highly recommend it.

08/03/2018

I would do this one again, very informative, awesome tree house with delish homemade drinks and food, great guide, taste testing, and loved that you could buy the items right there

07/27/2018

Well organized and so informative. I appreciated hearing all they do to maintain sustainable farming practices and make environmentally sound choices in their practice like utilizing every part of plants. Zero waste.

06/16/2018

This was an unexpected pleasure to visit this plantation and learn so much about the vanilla bean, cacao bean and cinnamon, Very interesting. It was our grand daughter's choice and very educational.

01/23/2018

Lovely tour. Learned and bought a lot. Treats were delicious and very welcome.

07/06/2017

Best tour on our trip.

02/22/2016

Actually, on this tour, I learned soooooo much about spices etc... I had no idea. Loved it.

01/04/2016

This was a great tour. The only complaint is all of the sweets at the tasting, it would have been fun to try some items in a different way not just the sugar and vanilla in 5 different ways.

05/21/2015

This tour was not what I expected. It was not worth the price. However, the tour was conducted by the owner and he was knowledgeable and friendly. I appreciated the taste testing at the end of the tour.

12/26/2014

This tour was AWESOME! The beauty was breath-taking and the knowledge we gained not only about vanilla but the many other spices was great. The end of the tour, with the snacks and the view are really without compare. It was great. The kids loved the swing. We brought home some spices--I wish I had brought home twice as much. Love the tea!