I first learned about Pura Vida House when I met Jorge and Stephanie in Columbus through friends. I decided that day that I wanted to visit Costa Rica and my vacation there lived up to every expectation of what I'd envisioned. Jorge, Stephanie and Barb are the best guides/hosts one could ever hope for. They made our trip so easy and made everything possible for the different groups that were staying at Pura Vida House. We played lots of tennis with Jorge, enjoyed various beautiful beaches, zip lined, rode horses, tubed on a gorgeous river, took a boat ride on an estuary, Snuba off an island out in the Pacific and went to a local rodeo. Loved the food that Pastora carefully prepared for us. She is one of a kind and so wonderful to be around. Pura Vida House is a great way to experience all that Costa Rica has to offer and really enjoy a most memorable vacation.
Costa Rica is beautiful and it is a rare and wonderful opportunity to make your first visit at Pura Vida House. Stephanie, Jorge, Barbara and Pastora are, indeed, showing you the "real" Costa Rica. They each possess a wealth of information about the flora and fauna and local history they will joyfully share - just ask! The scenery was beautiful. We saw exotic birds, cascading waterfalls and the night sky was magnificent. The meals were great. The beaches were the most beautiful we have ever visited. Steph and Jorge cannot do enough to assure your comfort. Thanks so much for a wonderful time.
Our Pura Vida House was a trip to remember. Steph, Jorge, Pastora and Barb were genuinely welcoming and friendly. The casual accommodations were perfect for the natural rural setting. Pastora provided wonderful fresh, Costa Rican food every day--served on a great outdoor porch. With all the cooking, I'm not sure how she could remember I was a tea drinker, but she had it ready before I even thought of it! Conversations at meals were always fun, whether talking about the plans for the day or the snow at home. Jorge and Steph made sure that whatever we wanted to experience in Costa Rica, it would be their pleasure to make it happen. Whether a trip to several lovely beaches, tennis, golf, hiking, a rodeo, local restaurants, or a boat ride to see crocs, iguanas and white faced monkeys, it was all possible, and it was clear that all at the Pura Vida House wanted us to enjoy it. I loved the peaceful nature of the rural setting, and even the rooster waking us in the morning. When traveling from place to place, Jorge, Steph and Barb always shared great information about the culture and the country. We had such a good time we ended up extending our stay for 2 days! (Seeing the sloth was a high point!)
Staying at Pura Vida House for my first trip to Costa Rica was fabulous. Stephanie, Jorge, Barbara and Pastora take wonderful care of you. The food, the outings and the lovely setting make a relaxing trip with lots to do. I am a tennis player and Jorge is a great instructor and really fun to hit with. My favorite day was Adventure day at Canyon de la Vieja Lodge. My friends and I had a great day zip lining, horseback riding, mud baths and most of all tubing down the river. Snubs was really interesting as well though less wind and waves would have been nice. I would highly recommend a trip to Pura Vida House in Guanacaste, Costa Rica!
The Pura Vida House is the perfect place to get a wonderful Costa Rica vacation. Our host Jorge was raised there and is a wealth of information. Jorge, Stephanie and Barbara were the best hosts ever. They ask us what we wanted to do before were got there and coordinated 12 people to get everything done everyone wanted. They spent most of their week driving us around. Tennis was great (Steve and Jorge were great coaches), the beaches were beautiful and all of the trips were enjoyable. Pastora and her daughter cooked wonderful meals for us everyday, cleaned and even did our laundry. My husband loves wildlife and we saw plenty including lots of monkeys, birds and a scorpion. We had 3 birthdays while we were there and they had 3 cakes for us, thanks Stephanie! It was a wonderful vacation with great friends. Would definitely do it again.
I went back & thankfully nothing has changed Jorge, Stephanie, Pastora What a team so upbeat & real. They really have the spiritual gift of hospitality. Oh I forgot & the new pool girl Barb, Great water aerobics. Thanks again for a very nice week. Very relaxing while at your place & very exciting while in the bull ring when they took us to the Rodeo. I will be back.
If you want to get the a great experience of Costa Rica and not just the touristy spots then this is the place. Jorge, Stephanie, and crew do a wonderful job making sure you feel at home, from the home cooking of traditional foods to driving you to play tennis, beach, or the rain forest. We went with a large group of friends and we all had options to schedule everyday or just relax and do nothing. My wife and I are birders and had the opportunity to see plenty of them. Take binocs with you and a good camera and you wont regret it.. Pura Vida!!