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2508 E Vista Way # B
Vista, CA 92084

Phone: (760) 724-9093
33.240051, -117.226840

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes

HOURS: 9am-5pm daily


If you are a plant-lover and have a special spot in your heart for exotic fruits like I do, then Exotica Rare Fruit Farm will be heaven on earth to you. Set on 4 acres, the owner of this nursery originally began planting what now looks like a tropical paradise over 30 years ago. It all started out as a seed business in Hawaii, but when he moved back home, he started the fruit farm with his mother, Jeanette. Vista has a rare climate that can grow a wide variety of plants. For this reason, many sub-tropical plants thrive here.

Exotica Rare Fruit FarmThe owner, Steve Spangler, used to travel the world when he was younger, gathering rare fruit seeds from each spot which he then planted on this land. You can find fruit trees from places such as Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Guatemala, Ecuador, Fiji and Burma.

He has over 1,000 varieties of fruit trees here, including 200 pomegranate varieties, 10 banana varieties, 7 different passionfruit, 20 different guava trees and so much more! They even have a fruit-tasting table where you can sample the fruits that are currently in season. Get ready for an adventure because you’ll certainly want to explore!

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Alta Vista Garden nearby!

I asked him what advice he could give them world, since he obviously is quite in tune with the universe. He response was “How much love and devotion we put into any artistic activity, whether you are a poet, musician, mother, will determine how we form our community and nature around us.”

He recommends everyone have even one plant in their house and that it can shift their entire household. “Plants breathe our breath and we breathe their breath. That is why they are so healing.”

The greenhouse is being taken over by dragon fruit!

Make sure to stop by their fruit-tasting table to see what’s in season!

Tasting nasturtium flowers:

Passion fruit:


One of the amazing owners, Steve:

And his mom and business partner:

Their office:


Dragon fruit:

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  • Elle-Lynne
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    I love Exotica, when you first go, it can be overwhelming but I love all the different plants you can find there and the prices are reasonable. I’ve gotten a few exotic plants there, glad to hear it’s still open.

    December 8, 2014

  • Anonymous
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    R you still open at this time, I will be in San Diego October 2015

    September 6, 2015

  • Anonymous
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    I went throught that whole tunnel from the very start of the tunnel till the very end of the tunnel and it is really scary but i still want to do it again, i want to see if my experince will be better or worse than it was the last time but im going to go in with no light, only gonna have the light for getting past all the dips that there are all the way along the tunnel and see what it is like (no light), then the next again time im going to go in and go through the tunnel that mike olson went through (as the graffiti on the wall says) to see where it takes me and hopefully i will coem out alive

    October 22, 2016

  • Nikki
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    I’m looking for a place I can purchase longan fruit?

    December 5, 2016

  • Anonymous
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    Do you have kerson fruit. Please Lmk. Ty


    January 28, 2017

  • Teresa Landicho
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    Do you have balimbi tree?

    October 3, 2017

  • [email protected]
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    I have about 200 tree of Longan in my farm in Temecula

    September 26, 2018

  • Anonymous
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    organic fruit?

    May 17, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    Do you have bael tree

    May 27, 2020

  • Wilma Wilson
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    Steve is great! I insisted on buying a cashew. He warned me it wouldn’t survive in my area. He was right, even though he risked not making a sale. I have sooooo many things from Exotica… some take years to fruit. When they do, it is a pleasant surprise.

    March 30, 2024

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