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Reviewed 15 August 2016

I've been to Tamarindo a couple of times and have stayed in three different hostels. Tamarindo is the best in my opinion just because it seems to attract the most sociable people. The owners are super nice and can help you explore the city. Some of the rooms can get super hot though! I helped paint the back room by...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Pura vida hostel was such a relaxing fun experience. Tomas, the owner, was so welcoming and fun to hang with. The staff were very accommodating and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and having fun. There was a very relaxing common area with several hammocks and entertainment was great in the evening. The rooms were...

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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

By far without a doubt the best hostel we have ever been, and we saw alot of hostels in our trip through central america. Very very friendly staff and great amosphere. Very good live artists (tony!) and the owner (Thomas) is the most friendly host you have ever experienced. Greets from the Netherlands!

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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Pura Vida in Tamarindo was the best hostel we stayed in whilst in Costa Rica. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean and the live music/ performances most nights really made it that extra bit special. It has such a chilled out vibe close to the beach and the centre. You can book surf lessons through...

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Mexico City, Mexico
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

First time here I was really surprised because the hostel is in a favela wich is really cool, the staff is really friendly and the location is really great, so close to the both iconic beaches in rio, Ipanema and Copacabana, definitely one must to stay in rio

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Tomas L, Owner at Pura Vida Hostel, responded to this review

Happy you had blast in RIO :) But we are in Tamarindo , Costa Rica. I believe you put this review to wrong location. Kind Regards

Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed at this hostel for approximately ten nights and I am so glad that I had landed on this particular hostel. Karen is the absolute best; both her and Sandra constantly made me feel welcome and we're always willing to help me out. The hostel in general was always lively and clean; I honestly have no complaints. I would...

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Reviewed 9 July 2016

This was the best hostel i ever been. Tomas and Sandra are amazing hosts and most helpful people. I met many new friends here , in the amazing common area , you can play pool, ping pong board games and almost every evening there are events , live music , fire show etc.... 2 always clean and fully equiped kitchen...

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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Simply love it......if you want to surf, have fun, meet nice people and listen good music this is the place to be in Tamarindo....a hostel which will stay in your heart and you mayve come back like many before.......stay as a guest and leave as a friend

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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Good stay. Quality price is great A/C and bug net appreciated. You can cook your food which will save you tremendous money since it cost a lot in CR. The staff is really nice and friendly. If you want to have a good stay and have fun I highly recommend. Pura vida!

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Reviewed 30 June 2016

I had no plans for my entire week-long trip when I arrived at the hostel, and immediately felt at home at Pura Vida mini. Great vibe, fun people, and just a cool place to be. Would recommend to any traveler passing through the area.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pura Vida Hostel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been providing guests with memorable travel experiences since 2006. We are a friendly, inexpensive hostel that welcomes backpackers and vacationers from all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to host your stay in Tamarindo. Our multi-lingual staff is happy to provide recommendations on restaurants, bars, attractions, getting to your next destination and, of course, surfing. Trips, tours and transportation can be booked at our reception. You can cook and dine al fresco in our 2 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchens. We have dorm beds with ensuite bathrooms and showers and private rooms with air conditioning in multiple configurations to accommodate your travel party. Bed linens are provided. Our "rancho" is the social heart of the hostel with rocking chairs, daybeds, and hammocks for you to enjoy while visiting with other guests and overlooking the lovely tropical garden which enjoys frequent visits from iguanas and howler monkeys. The chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by a great sound system and playlist, good vibes, the fastest wi-fi available in Costa Rica and interesting people from all over the world. We are located a couple hundred meters from the beach, across from Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Dona Lee's restaurant. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Hostel

Address: Avenida Central | 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Price Range: $18 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Pura Vida Guesthouse And Hostel
Pura Vida Guesthouse Hotel Tamarindo
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