A Garden of Eden with mass plantings of ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias, cycads, orchids, flowering gingers, and spice trees, Casa Orquideas has been tended with care for more than 25 years by American owners Ron and Trudy MacAllister. The 2½-hour tour, available Sunday and Thursday at 8:30 am, includes touching, tasting, and smelling, plus spotting toucans and hummingbirds. Trudy is also a font of information on local lore and medicinal plants. Guided tours,
given for a minimum of three people, are $10 per person. Self-guided visits, any day but Friday, cost $8. The garden is accessible only by boat; a water taxi to the garden (about $90 round-trip for four or more people) is a tour in itself.
On the Golfo Dulce, north of Golfito, Golfito, 60701, Costa Rica