Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, Jaco

4.0
#2 of 7 in Parks in Jaco
See the tallest waterfall in the country and views of the Pacific at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. The gardens teem with a variety of plant life, including thousands of flowers and many varieties of domestic and foreign orchids. Follow the easy, well-maintained paths, and spot butterflies, scarlet macaws, and toucans flying overhead. Dine at the on-site restaurant opposite the majestic 183 m (600 ft) waterfall, while overlooking panoramic views of the Pacific coastline and the surrounding mountains. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular. Plan to visit Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Jaco attractions using our Jaco trip planner .
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  • The path leading to the gardens is chaotic but offer superb views, the grounds are lovely and well maintained with great views of the Valley, the waterfall is disappointing... but good very nice walk
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  • We strolled through these beautiful gardens before we had a fantastic evening at Adventure Dining. If you are in Jaco this gardens and Adventure Dining is a MUST DO!  more »
  • If you are in Jaco for more than a few days, you'll likely need a place to go outside the daily drinkfest. Solo or couples alike, you will enjoy the tranquility this place has to offer. Spend the afte...  more »
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  • Very beautiful views, a little overpriced for the experience though since it's all self guided and the property can be completely explored in about 25 minutes if exploration. There are also no areas to sit and rest to enjoy the plants and views.
  • Nice paved or stone paths through the hill tops. Nicely kept, this is more garden tour than waterfall, the big waterfall is seen but from a great distance. Smaller waterfalls are in the gardens. Lunch at the restaurant was nice. Nothing here for children. It was more expensive than it should have been. Road in was junk.
  • A vast and stunningly beautiful gardens, and a wonderful place to look for hummingbirds. We didn't give ourselves enough time to walk all the paths. I would give yourself a half day or so. During certain times of the year, the waterfall is very beautiful, but you can't get very close to it. This is a must see place if you're in the area.
  • The most amazing views, beautiful botanical garden and trails. Scarlet Macaws are around most of the times which is a plus.
  • Wonderful place,food was out this world,the host was very friendly
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