I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling Costa Rican experience. In just a short week Steph and Jorge were able to show my entire family everything Costa Rica has to offer. One night we were in the local bull ring running away from angry toros, and the next we were watching the Mercedez-Benz fashion show all dressed up in our fancy white garb. Steph and Jorge have great connections to the local people which allows you to truly see how Costa Ricans live, while they are also members at an intimate beach club. We always had the option of just going to chill on the beach or staying a bit more local and engaging in activities such as taking a pottery lesson from a neighbor. Thank you Steph and Jorge for managing our time so well so that we didn't waste a minute of our precious time in beautiful Costa Rica!
You are fantastic people and new friends :)
Pura Vida - Mark
Though we packed all of our belongings and souvenirs, we have left our hearts in Costa Rica. Our family of 11 (ages 17-80) arrived as clients and left as dear friends. Proprietors Jorge and Steph along with Barbara, Pastora and Ingrid took amazing care of us each and every day! There was nothing they could not make happen for us (including "impossible to get" tickets to an exclusive event - and a quick trip to town to outfit us in high style!). Best of all, their ready smiles and enthusiasm for life in general made for many laughs and great memories. The accommodations did a wonderful job of marrying modern conveniences with a truly authentic, rustic experience. The meals prepared by Pastora and Ingrid were a true highlight, and have inspired me to recreate some of their recipes at home. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place and these people - don't hesitate, just GO to Pura Vida House!!!
Great tennis and beautiful beach and pool outings...we were a family group of 13 to 71 year olds and there was something fun for everyone!! We will go back to enjoy the amazing food Pastora prepares. Gracias!!!!
Jorge and Steph have created a wonderful business model for their B & B, which is so much more than an ordinary B & B. My husband and I really felt like part of their family by the time our week's vacation was over. And we enjoyed meeting the other couple from our hometown who was there at the same time. The food is delicious (Pastora is a wonderful cook!) and plentiful. Both breakfast and dinner are served, and snacks are always available. We were so very lucky to see the green ridley turtles on the beach at Playa Ostional! That was a truly remarkable experience - just like you see on a National Geographic special. Steph and Jorge made sure we did everything we wanted to do (zip lines, horseback riding, the rodeo, and relaxing on the beach and at the Beach Club) and showed us a great time. Loved seeing the monkeys, sloths, poison dart frogs, and tucans. When one of our tours did not meet our expectations, they even negotiated a discounted price for us! When you go, get a $20 message on Conchal Beach. It was professional and so, so relaxing. We would recommend Pura Vida House to any and all and would gladly return
My husband and I just spent a week at the Pura Vida House for a much needed relaxing vacation. The House, tucked in a well-shaded little forest, was perfect for us. Meals were provided by Pastora, a wonderfully friendly local woman, who provided us with local foods, and plenty of it. The owners of the House were up beat and full of enthusiasm for the area, and were always ready & willing to drive us around. The House is in proximity of many awesome hikes, horseback riding, and of course who can say enough about hanging out at the pool in a hammock? I appreciated that it was near a small village and church, just walking distance. We got to meet some local neighbors and the children were a delight. You can get as involved in the activities as you want, or read quietly in a hammock all day. Another BIG plus for us is that Jorge Morea is a former Davis Cup tennis player, and offers free tennis lessons. His wife, Steph, is also an excellent player so we got to play lots of challenging mixed doubles.