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“46 Days in Paradise” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Finca La Isla

Finca La Isla
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Toronto, Canada
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“46 Days in Paradise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

This is not your polished and groomed Botanical Garden! But it does have a great overview of a wide range of tropical plants, flowers, fruits, trees and poison dart frogs. At the end of your tour you get to try a fruit drink and get to taste some of the unique fruits including the coco pod fruit. You can have an escorted tour or use their well documented guide booklet and explore on your own. Their is a small fee and should take you approx 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. Make sure you have bug repellent and although not completely necessary, covered shoes should be considered and of course a camera. Good value and a great educational place.

Visited October 2013
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5 Thank Eric D
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Champaign, Illinois
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“Great way to learn about the forest and tropical agriculture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

Our second time there, it was as great as last time. The forest and crop lands within the forests are beautiful and unique, and the frog, bird, and insect sightings were amazing. To top it off, the end of the tour culminates with a tasting of juice and tropical fruits. The staff was very kind to our children.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Champaignsupnva
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North Glendale, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A deliciuos educational experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

I have been to this botanical garden (with a group of 11 year old children and a few other adults) 3 times and I'm looking forward to my next visit. This is an excellent place to begin exploring Costa Rica. During the guided tour we had the opportunity to learn about the many species of plants, some with medicinal use, and delicious tropical fruits grown there (we enjoyed sampling many of them). We also enjoyed seeing the many beautiful flowers and red dart frogs. We even spotted a snake!

Visited June 2012
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2 Thank Marta H
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“in town paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

this is a great place to check out an ecologically designed homestead and botanical collection. They have gorgeous bromeliads and really unique tropical fruits.

Visited March 2013
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Thank sarah w
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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Living there all year long”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

This garden was built up by passionate people and is still cared by those same people. Ancient cacao farm, if I remember well, transformed into a botanical garden with many species of fruits, flowers, aromatic and medicinal herbs, ancient trees, palms. Lots of species coming from tropical regions. The owners have a very big knowledge on how to reproduce a forest with its different layers. Hopefully enough, looking to what the situation is nowadays in those countries, their farm is a refuge for many insects/animals/birds that can make there a good living.

Thank you Kiawe and Peter, see you sometime, maybe.

A video I made about the farm :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTx3AaTFXA8

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank Dim X
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