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“A taste of Costa Rica”
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Spectacular Pool and Beach Club w/ Your Villa! Pool, Gym, Spa, Restaurant, Tiki Bar, Yoga Studio
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Front of the Property Enjoy the Tropical Terrace listening to the Monkeys and Birds
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Spectacular Pool and Beach Club w/ Your Villa! Pool, Gym, Spa, Restaurant, Tiki Bar, Yoga Studio
Front of the Property
Enjoy the Tropical Terrace listening to the Monkeys and Birds
Enjoy the Hammocks under the Rancho
Enjoy the Hammocks under the Rancho
Relax the Day Away
Al Fresco Dining by the Pool
Hand-made Hardwood Tables
Front Entrance
Water Feature As You Enter the Villa
Entrance to Pura Vida House
Jungle Pool Seating
Spacious Open Kitchen
Indoor Living Area
Room 1 (2 Full Beds) & Bath
Room 1 Bathroom, with Organic Handmade Amenities, Towels and Beach Towels
Room 1 Bathroom, with Organic Handmade Amenities, Towels and Beach Towels
Room 2 (2 Full Beds) & Bath
Room 2 Bathroom, with Organic Handmade Amenities, Towels and Beach Towels
Room 3 Bathroom with Tropical Outdoor Shower
Room 3 (King that Can Convert to 2 Twins)
Room 4 (King that Can Convert to 2 Twins)
Room 4 Bathroom, with Organic Handmade Amenities, Towels and Beach Towels
One of Three Pools Available to You
Sunset Therapy Steps Away
World Class Beach Club Steps Away from our Villa
One of 2 Spas inside our Resort for you to Relax and Enjoy
Surf the Famous Little Hawaii Break
Your nearly private beach, one of 3 beaches available to you
Beautiful Beach for you to Enjoy!
Incredible Sunsets Steps Away from the Villa
State of the Art Gym Overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Famous Hole #15, a tough par 3 called the Shark Hole
The Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club is steps away from Your Villa
The Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course is a links-style golf course with great views
Two Hard Surface Outdoor Lighted Tennis and Pickleball Courts and Club On-Site
Two Mountain Bike Trails (beginner and advanced) with ocean views On-Site
Ride Horses in Tropical Dry Forest and the Beach; Equestrian Center On-Site
Gorgeous Sunsets on 1 of 3 Nearly-Private Beaches within Hacienda Pinilla
This Daily View Steps Away from Your Villa is Sure to Make You Happy!
Birds-eye View of Your Exclusive Beach Club
This is All Yours to Enjoy with a Stay at Our Beach Villa!
Aerial View of Your Exclusive Beach Club
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste

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Daniel Q
Boulder, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A taste of Costa Rica”
Reviewed 12 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

I stayed at Pura Vida House as part of a tennis group for the first week of April. Its location then was near a very small town 27 de Abril on a small compound. We ate traditional Costa Rican dishes when we ate there, but we also visited some very nice restaurants in towns nearby and enjoyed food at the beach.

The kindness and enthusiasm of the hosts made this trip very special. I felt I got to know Jorge and Stephanie and Barb very well and through them a little bit of Costa Rica.

I also enjoyed the tennis lessons with Jorge. Next year things should be much more convenient, as Jorge and Stephanie are constructing a new place very close (biking distance) to the beach and the tennis courts and the beach resorts. And they will be able to concentrate perhaps on other things than ferrying guests at least to the nearby locations. I hope to have another opportunity to visit them in that new location.

Location Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Solo
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Management Response
13 Apr 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We had a great week with you all, and glad you enjoyed the tennis and got to see a bit about Costa Rica! We enjoyed your guitar playing on the terrace very much too, you're very good! We hope we see you guys again, out your way, in Ohio, or back in CR.

Pura Vida,
Jorge & Steph
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Lou P
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing!”
Reviewed 11 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

This was such a fantastic trip! Beyond all expectations! So much care and attention given by our hosts Stephanie, Jorge, and Pat. Very laid back. So many options for activities we couldn't do them all!!

Pura Vida!

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
12 Apr 2016
Hi, and thank you so much for taking the time to review us :-) We heard it's still been pretty cold up there, so hoping you guys all thaw out sometime soon! We were honored to meet and host you down here in Costa Rica, and look forward to seeing you again sometime up north!

Pura Vida
Jorge & Steph
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mhoward9
Chevy Chase, Maryland
1 review
“Fantastic family vacation spot”
Reviewed 4 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Everything about this trip was phenomenal and spectacular. Jorge and Steph are wonderful hosts, and they provide a warm and personal welcome to their guests. The food is delicious and plentiful. The choice of activities and sites to visit is tremendous. And Costa Rica deserves its reputation as a prime winter/spring vacation destination. Pura vida!!!

Value Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family
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Management Response
6 Apr 2016
Thanks so much for posting a review and the kind words! You are a wonderful family and we really enjoyed having you guys down here. The kids are playing awesome tennis, keep it up, their best tennis is still yet to come!
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Glenn B
Columbus, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“An Authentic Costa Rican Experience”
Reviewed 4 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Pura Vida House is a an all-inclusive inn in Guanacaste, the north Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica. The international airport in Liberia is about an hour away, depending on traffic.

The modern hacienda-style setting includes two houses with seven en-suite bedrooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests. Guests have access to all common areas including a large inside sitting area (where you’ll find a telephone with free calling to the U.S. and Canada), a wide veranda lined with rocking chairs, a very popular table soccer game, a pool and wonderful hammocks

Pura Vida House offers a true immersive experience. The inn is located in the small community of Paso Hondo, surrounded by mountains, tropical vegetation, small farms and friendly neighbors. You suddenly feel a part of the community with everybody smiling and waving. Waking to the sound of roosters crowing in Costa Rica gives relaxation a new meaning.

Hosts Stephanie and Jorge can arrange from a wide variety of excursions including zip-lining, ATV riding, a trip to the rainforest and much more. (Be sure to ask about Chris the “nature savant” tour guide. He’s amazing!) And then there are always the incredible nearby beaches. There are beaches for surfing, snorkeling, getting massages and - my favorite - isolated in Costa Rican jungle.

Pura Vida also offers golf and tennis vacations. Host Jorge played on Costa Rica’s Davis Cup team and taught in the U.S. Tennis is played at nearby private courts and golf is at the spectacular Hacienda Pinilla.

Whether you’re an experienced birder or just thrilled at the thought of spotting something exotic and colorful, you won’t be disappointed. Parakeets gather in the trees around the inn at sunrise and sunset. Take a nature walk with Stephanie or an estuary boat trip through a national park with a professional guide to see a variety of exotic birds and animals. Including howler monkeys!

Cost of your stay includes your accommodations, use of all common areas (including amazing hammocks and rocking chairs) and breakfast and dinner daily. Pastora, the inn’s cook/housekeeper, fills the table with wonderful local cuisine. Beans-and-rice, fried plantains, fresh vegetables, chicken, steak and lots of fresh fruit. (And you can pack light, she’ll even do a load of laundry for you!)

The thing that makes Pura Vida House really stand out is the atmosphere. Stephanie and Jorge, and Steph’s mom Barb, truly made us feel like part of a family. All transportation was provided, every detail arranged. Pastora always had plenty food available at mealtime, and there was always something extra in the fridge - like home, but better.

If you’re looking for a relaxing Costa Rican vacation in an authentic setting, you can’t get any better than Pura Vida House.

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Management Response
6 Apr 2016
Thank you so much for a wonderful review; we know how busy you all are and how many places around the world you have stayed at and travelled to, so greatly appreciate it.

You have described our property, surroundings and activities better than we could have ever done. Thank you for the detailed explanation of how your week went and what we offer here at Pura Vida House.

We truly enjoyed/were honored to host you guys, you are wonderful people. We meant it when we said that you now have new "amigos" in Costa Rica, as well as Columbus, OH.

We look forward to hopefully seeing you again sometime this summer up north!

Pura vida queridos amigos!!
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John L
Columbus, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Great Week at Pura Vida House”
Reviewed 23 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We spent a wonderful six days at this beautiful place in rural Guanacaste, but just 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Stephanie, Jorge, and Barb picked us up at the airport, took us to the beach, arranged for snuba diving, pottery making, hiking, a rodeo, estuary tour, visit to a beach club, bird watching, and local culture. The location in a small interior village allowed us to see what the real Costa Rica was like. We enjoyed the pool every day and company of the other guests, who were friends. They took us to rent a car and helped us make travel arrangements so that we could travel around the country for another week. Truly a great vacation!

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Management Response
26 Mar 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, especially as we know how busy you were going to be when you got home! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Costa Rica as well, and look forward to hopefully getting together up north this summer to hear about it!

Pura Vida,
Jorge & Steph
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739carlm
Bellefontaine, Ohio
1 review
“Fun in the Sun”
Reviewed 23 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

This was one of the best vacations I've ever had. It was very relaxing and the people in Costa Rica couldn't have been nicer! The beaches are absolutely beautiful and watching all the diverse wildlife is great fun. This is definitely is the way to see a new country and absorb the culture.

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Couples
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Management Response
30 Mar 2016
Thank you for your review, really appreciate it! It was a pleasure getting to know you guys and spending time with you down here. You made our week very fun and we hope to see you guys up north sometime this summer! Warmly, your new friends!
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sneikirk
columbus
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Vacation to Remember”
Reviewed 22 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Pura Vida House provides a perfect Costa Rica vacation setting. Food is excellent and the setting with monkeys , birds and chickens makes you feel the atmosphere immediately. The hosts will take you anywhere for hiking, horse back riding, tennis, beach surfing sailboating or nature trips.
You will love every inute

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
30 Mar 2016
Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We had a memorable week with you all. Perhaps when we return to OH this summer you can teach us how to play some mahjong (did I spell it right?!). Looking forward to seeing you soon, pura vida amiga!
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