Hotel Pura Vida is a beautiful oasis in the midst of Puerto Viejo. The location is excellent. It's a short walk from the bus station, and close to many area restaurants and shops. We walked from Hotel Pura Vida to some beautiful nearby beaches--though next time I'd rent a bike instead. There were also great attractions nearby like The Chocolate Forest Experience at Caribeans, the Jaguar Rescue Center, and the Sloth Sanctuary.
The Hotel itself is peaceful and quiet, aside from the neighbor's dog barking and the roosters crowing in the morning. We spent several afternoons in the hammocks reading, sleeping, or sipping on iced coffees. The staff was extremely helpful and recommended area restaurants (Bread and Chocolate was one of our favorites), a nearby massage parlor (Bliss), area beaches, and attractions. They always asked what we thought upon our return from various day trips so that they could update their recommendations to others. On one tour we had a bad experience with a driver, and one of the owners called the tour company immediately to report this.
Puerto Viejo was HOT and with no A/C, I definitely felt overheated at times in the room. However, the lobby area downstairs was always cooler and had lots of shaded areas. Our room had a ceiling fan which cooled down my friend as it was right above her bed. I just took many cold showers when it was too hot.
The open air bathroom in our room (#6) was GORGEOUS! The water pressure and temperature control were great, which was nice compared to what I have heard from other travelers staying elsewhere.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to this area.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pura Vida Costa Rica/Limon