I was one of a group of 16 celebrating my in-laws 50th anniversary. The main part of our visit was spent at Turtle Beach Lodge in Tortaguera. Our night of arrival and the night of our departure were with the folks at Pura Vida. I fell in love with Costa Rica, Berni, Nhi and staff were in part responsible for that wonderful experience.
Returning from Turtle Beach Lodge I expected was going to be anticlimactic for our group. Thanks to Berni & Nhi it was the Grande finale. Berni had worked with us to plan an unforgettable anniversary celebration for our last night in Costa Rica.
Nhi cooked a wonderful dinner…shrimp bisque, Moroccan chicken & creme brulee. After dinner they arranged for us to have salsa dance lessons and a professional photographer for family photographs. What fun!
Many sitting places to relax in their garden with views of the mountains, Humming birds, orchids, bananas, caladium, grapefruit, mangos …. Yes, I felt as if I were in Eden.
The rooms were colorful, spacious and comfortable. There is a library in the front office with reading material on Costa Rica and hammocks to relax.
The morning of our departure, Nhi fixed another wonderful meal. For breakfast we had tropical fruit and juices, bread pudding, homemade whole grain bread and Costa Rican coffee.
On this trip we met many people committed to the environment, to saving the rain forest and the wildlife that lives there. It was a wonderful educational experience and Berni had provided us with reading material so we could continue to learn.
For most our group it was our first trip to Costa Rica, I hope that we all have the opportunity to return. I think we all agreed that we would stay at Pura Vida again.
Thank you Berni, Nhi, Rebbeca and staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pura Vida Hotel is located 4km north of the SJO International airport - we provide a free taxi pickup for international arrivals. Breakfast is included and an excellent dinner is available with reservations (or late meals for late arrivals). Touring services include car rentals delivered here, private vans and as much touring advice as you wish - we are experts on Costa Rica. We have arrangements with Toyota Car Rental for deals on car rentals. Our idea is simply that this is a place we would like to stay at when we travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pura Vida Alajuela
- Hotel Pura Vida
- Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela