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Avenida Central 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/21/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/21/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#14 of 110 Specialty lodging in Tamarindo
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Pura Vida Hostel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been providing guests with memorable travel experiences since 2006. We are a friendly, inexpensive hostel that welcomes backpackers and vacationers from all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to host your stay in Tamarindo. Our multi-lingual staff is happy to provide recommendations on restaurants, bars, attractions, getting to your next destination and, of course, surfing. Trips, tours and transportation can be booked at our reception. You can cook and dine al fresco in our 2 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchens. We have dorm beds with ensuite bathrooms and showers and private rooms with air conditioning in multiple configurations to accommodate your travel party. Bed linens are provided. Our "rancho" is the social heart of the hostel with rocking chairs, daybeds, and hammocks for you to enjoy while visiting with other guests and overlooking the lovely tropical garden which enjoys frequent visits from iguanas and howler monkeys. The chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by a great sound system and playlist, good vibes, the fastest wi-fi available in Costa Rica and interesting people from all over the world. We are located a couple hundred meters from the beach, across from Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Utopia restaurant.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Game room
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Water park
Water sport equipment rentals
Aerobics offsite
Bicycle tours
Raquetball offsite
Squash offsite
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Water park offsite
Board games / puzzles
Video game console
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Fax / photocopying
Couples massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Waxing services
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Tile / marble floor
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Catalan and 6 more
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skateboardingtolife wrote a review Aug 2020
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This is not the first time on pura vida hostel and i just love it!!! I hope i will be there back soon . actually i wanna live there i feel like i am home good staff close to the beach close to supermarkets! And close to the skatepark also! It is just perfect
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Date of stay: August 2020
Jackie wrote a review Apr 2020
7 contributions
I stayed at this hostel in February. We left them a review on hostel world after we stayed but were not able to leave photos on it. I just saw these photos again on my phone and remembered I need to show them. This hostel was extremely dirty. On some of the photos you will see a live beetle that I woke up with next to my pillow. Another photo is of the fridge where people kept their food with lots of dead flies. And another of the bathroom sink in our room. This was the only bathroom we could use as there were not any in the public areas so had to wait really long amounts of time to go to the bathroom. We moved to the hostel next door and stayed in the yoga studio after 2 nights at Pura Vida here because we couldn’t stomach another minute of being there.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Jairo A wrote a review Mar 2020
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I had an awesome stay at Pura Vida Hostel. The staff was very friendly and helpfull, Manuel is awesome! Very helpful and overall cool guy. Went out of his way to help me book tours in the area and get around town. The room was very clean and in excellent condition. I will definitely stay here again on my next trip to Tamarindo!
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Date of stay: March 2020
MatthewDemers wrote a review Feb 2020
Pitt Meadows, Canada1 contribution
Once again the staff, our room. And the overall vibe at pura vida was great. Great music and entertainment through out the week. Staff helpful with places nearby to eat. And for site seeing. A great and safe place to stay with my family.
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Date of stay: February 2020
lindsay wrote a review Jan 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
Pura Vida was overall a good hostel! The staff is always around to help out. They were all very friendly and helpful. Our room was a little smaller than expected but so nice that it had a private bathroom and air conditioning! They also put the sheets on for you and will clean the room daily if you want. It could have been a little bit cleaner (dust, shower, etc) but it fit all of our needs. NO HOT WATER. Do not expect to have a hot shower. Good location, close to the center of town but down the road enough to have a quiet sleep. There is a cat, Lady Gaga, who lives there!! Two communal kitchens made it easy to have access to kitchen stuff. It is definitely "Pura Vida", pretty simple with all the necessities but no frill. We encountered some wildlife (spiders, cockroaches) as you do in Costa Rica! They had a list of tours that you could book through the hostel and they were cheaper than the tours offered from tour places. We took the turtle tour, which was cool but time-consuming. I would only recommend it if you are very into turtles. It was still a good value. The hammocks in the hang out area were very nice to cool off and have a beer after a day of sun at the beach! Also a plus that shuttles will come straight to this hostel. We were allowed to keep our stuff at the hostel after check out time for no charge, which is always a nice addition. We had a great time!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Would definitely recommend getting a private room. They are a good value
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$25 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pura Vida Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Pura Vida Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Papaya Con Leche (0.2 miles), Beach & Pool Crawl (0.2 miles), and EK Art Jewelry (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pura Vida Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Pura Vida Hostel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Pura Vida Hostel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Pura Vida Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pura Vida Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Breaking Bread, Antichi Sapori Italian Cuisine, and NOI Bistro.
Does Pura Vida Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pura Vida Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Pura Vida Hostel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Tamarindo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Pura Vida Hostel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pura Vida Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and Czech.
Is Pura Vida Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.