Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, Jaco

3.9
#2 of 6 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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  • We drove past the little booth for the falls and drove to the top to the Gardens, Beautiful area. You could hike out to the top area of the falls but we wanted a more strenuous hike so we drove back t...  more »
  • We had a group of 13 ranging in age from 6-60 and everyone enjoyed the experience. The gardens are gorgeous and the walk was fun for the kids. Its a little hilly and steep in some areas but the viewpo...  more »
  • I was there with a group from the cruise ship. We were served lunch and walked in the gardens. Beautiful place. Friendly service. Good food. Saw many birds.  more »
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  • Beautiful garden and definitely off the beaten path. Lots of paths can easily spend 2 hours wandering around the grounds. My family of three only ones visiting on a Sunday afternoon. $20 / person.
  • Closed during my visit but the views were great. The drive up there is horrible so be prepared.
  • Call before you go! Went up at 2:30 on a Friday and the gates were closed. Checked the website and no notification.
  • Really nice gardens and overall a top notch experience.
  • Tried visiting on Sunday the 29th of January and the gates were locked. No information given on any online sources. Call ahead!

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