Beautiful, energizing, wonderous, amazing, laid back, Pura Vida House is anything you want it to be.
Steph, Jorge and Barb are there to fulfill all of your needs in Costa Rica, nothing is to big of a challenge, they are the ultimate hosts!
Go zip lining, tubing, turtle watching, to the beach, take a stroll on the property or just rock away on the porch at the hacienda and enjoy nature.
Our cooks Pastora and Anielka are outstanding! Imagine having your meals made for you everyday (fabulous meals) chauffeurs (Steph, Jorge and Barb) ready to take you to the beach or to play tennis or whatever you may have in mind. Meeting some of the locals a real treat.
A vacation I will not forget because of our beautiful hosts---In life we meet many wonderful people and Steph, Jorge, Barb, Pastora and Anielka are by far some of the kindest people ever.
Our week at Pura Vida House was everything we imagined and so much more! The graciousness and knowledge of our hosts, Jorge, Stephanie, and Barb, the warm welcome by the local people, and the beauty of the area were all just the beginning of a truly delightful experience!
Relaxing and delicious meals on the veranda, prepared with local foods by Pastora, participation in and appreciation of the local culture and customs, observing and learning about the diverse flora and fauna of the area, often accompanied by a local guide with both great expertise and humor, and enjoying the beautiful beaches and estuaries....were just a few of the highlights of an experience we will always treasure. We highly recommend!
Sue and Bob, Dublin, Ohio
Stephanie, Jorge, and Barb go way beyond normal efforts to make guests feel welcome and comfortable. Their cook, Pastora, is a friendly and welcoming presence in this 7 room hacienda. Meals are served on the veranda, with diverse birds and howler monkeys offering entertainment. The place is quiet, in the countryside, down a dirt road, and far from the madding crowd. The setting makes congenial interchange with other guests part of the fun.
But other reviews haven't emphasized the outstanding effort they make to hook you up with guides and tours: rain forest, sea turtle egg-laying, mangrove river trips (complete with a few dozen crocodiles), and others, all led by outstanding naturalists.
Attention, bird-watchers! Get out your binoculars, and let Pura Vida House and its tours lead you to laughing falcons, crested owls, scissor-tailed flycatchers, crested guans, and other additions to your life-list. Do it. Now. Really.
Pura Vida House is a great way to get a true Costa Rican experience,meet other vacationers and locals,see the sights with high quality tour guides and get royal treatment from the hosts--Jorge, Stephanie Barb and team. The neighborhood is fantastic and everything from beaches, sports, and excursions are easily available. Plus the delicious and authentic Costa Rican meals. We highly recommend.
Pura Vida House is situated in the countryside, and so is perfect for getting a feel for the "real" Costa Rica. The house and the amenities were more than satisfactory, the hosts (Stephanie & Jorge) were pleasant, helpful, and engaged with us in an incredibly genuine way. It was a week of both quiet & excitement, as we toured a variety of parks and beaches. Left, very refreshed.