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“Awesome Experience!”
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Pura Vida Ride
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Owner description: Pura Vida Ride is located 50 meters from the waters edge in one of the most spectacular setting in Costa Rica. We provide Stand-Up-Paddle, Mountain Bike, Kayak and snorkel rental and sales and offer a range of guided tours, lessons, adventure packages, and transportation services. Our outfitter store also offers a full service General Store offering the best coffee, pastries, ice creams, drinks and snacks on the Gold Coast of Guanacaste.Welcome to our Playground: Nature built it; we supply the toys.
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Awesome Experience!”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Our family just returned from visiting Costa Rica. We stayed in Las Catalinas. We chose to do the week long package for all equipment offered by Pura Vida Ride. It was a great decision because we were able to use the equipment whenever we wanted and for as long as we wanted. I feel we were much more active because we weren't worried about paying for an hour here or an hour there. The staff was amazing. Missy, Lara and Reeni (spelling?) went out of their way to get us set up on equipment, to make sure we were safe and to answer any questions we may have had. I, especially, loved getting to know all of them over the course of the week :-) You won't be disappointed if you take the time to visit the shop. Playa Danta is a perfect place to explore on and off shore!!!!

Visited March 2014
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Beautiful setting. Fabulous staff”
Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We came here as part of a tour with Thomson Family Tours. It was a breathtaking setting--unspoiled beach, gorgeous views, and just the right atmosphere. Immediately, we were greeted by Lara and Jannick and another young woman from Turkey. They were so helpful getting us settled and fitted out in snorkeling and kayaking gear, fitting even my skinny 7 year old. We paddled out to Christmas Island and snorkeled in clear, calm waters. Lara helped my little guy learn to snorkel and soon he was floating on his own. My 10 year old was diving down, finding shells and spotting sea urchins, eels, colorful fish. Lara was patient and helpful. Yannick guided the non snorkelers on an extended paddle. On the way back to the beach, the wind picked up and my kids (in double kayaks with me and my wife) got quite tired. I was grateful when Lara offered to tow us part of the way. I saw that Yannick did the same for our friends. We then had a delicious lunch next door at an outdoor restaurant. In the afternoon, the kids rented boogie boards and played in the gentle surf.

As a caution- they are building up the area with more condos and houses, with the intention of creating an entire beach town. Right now the beach is isolated and gorgeous. I hope it's not overdeveloped!

Visited March 2014
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“perfect for family”
Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

we stopped by to check out the kayaks to take out my family (wife and two small kids). The staff,Laura and Chris were really cool to my entire family and really went out of their way to set up my family for a fun hour hour kayak rental in the bay. The beach is really awesome. Their surf shop plus other toys is terrific for all you need to enjoy the area with all kinds of recreational toys. The ice cream will be a sure hit and do not dismiss their coffee options. Chris will make you one of his many coffee creations like the "Iced Magic.". He may have invented it as he made it for me. Great spot!

Visited March 2014
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Kincardine, Canada
1 review
“The best people”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Kayaking and snorkeling is as good as it gets on the pacific side. The water is not clear like in the Carrabean but surprisingly warm for the ocean. The location is beautiful with the sheltering islands causing only small waves considering what you usually find on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Laura our kayaking and snorkeling guide was fantastic. She enthusiastically showed us around "Christmas Island" and back into a sheltered spot where we jumped off the kayaks for snorkeling. Saw lots of fish. The return to the beach was exciting as we had to surf the waves in. Laura guided us in on the smaller waves and showed us what not to do when heading into the beach by dumping her own kayak in the surf on the way in. Those of us who reached shore while still in our kayak while earning bragging rights, didn't have near the fun that those who didn't make it had. Thanks Laura for making our day.
ps: go early in the day before it gets too hot.

Visited March 2014
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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“Kayak/snorkeling with a great guide”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

I did a guided kayak and snorkeling trip. My guide was Lara and she was a great guide. She explained what I needed to know before jumping in the water. She then followed it by pointing out fish and urchins, then popping to the surface to tell me what we saw. She let me wander (drift) as I wanted but kept an eye on me.

I was the only one in our small group to do this and Pura Vida Rides was happy to a accommodate with a one-on-one experience. Lara was available at the time, so I did not have to schedule a time and come back later.

I'd like to mention the other person that helped get me geared up and on our way, but I did not ask his name. (Sorry)

Thank you to Lara and the tall guy with matted hair. :-)

Visited March 2014
Thank Scott T
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