Pura Vida .... "Life is Good" --- truly describes the experience on my vacation while staying at Pura Vida House. The owners and hosts, Jorge & Stephanie, are excellent and are new friends of mine, along with Pastora, chef :). You experience a true sense of Costa Rica! Jorge and Stephanie make sure that your visit is a 10 in comfort, pleasurable, and having a full range of activities (different range of prices) for everyone, or many beaches to visit and just veg. So much fun for the 8 days I stayed and I wasn't ready to leave.
I look forward to returning to Pura Vida House and making more memories. Miss you, Jorge & Stephanie xo
It's unlike any vacation you can imagine, and it's all because of Jorge and Stephanie, owners/hosts/new friends/guides at Pura Vida House. They work hard to provide a fun, comfortable, active experience for each guest, but it doesn't seem like they're working hard because they are truly enjoying what they're doing.
We learned all about Costa Rica, had delicious food prepared by Pastora (a beautiful, joyful woman), played with adorable Maria (Pastora's daughter), met Jorge's awesome dad, and lots of other local people.
Jorge and Stephanie looked at our list of things we wanted to do and organized, arranged and transported us to all of it. We stayed on the beautiful property for long walks, a mountain hike, horseback riding, swimming, meals and drinks on the porch.
Around the property, we saw many birds (Steph is a pro at this), howler monkeys, chickens and roosters.
We ocean kayaked, snorkeled, went deep sea fishing, zip-lining, had a massage on the beach, visited 3 beaches, a waterfall and an estuary. We saw the Giant Turtle night nesting/hatching at the beach, and we had a 2 hour guided horseback riding trip on the property. On our last evening we went to a rodeo/festival.
There's still more to to do and to see. But mostly, we are anxious to return to Pura Vida House to hang out with Jorge and Steph and their families and friends.
My wife and I were planning on going to CR, and do the things that you read online. That was it, if we did that we were going to be happy. What we didn't knew is that this trip changed our lives!
We found friendship in Jorge and Stephanie, they made sure that we were completely satisfied in all of our trip!
We got to meet wonderful, authentic people. I knew that this world is more than just work and meetings and running through life. But there, you really get to understand that. Time seemed to stop and made you think about all the really important things in this world. I know this might sound strange, but I really experienced a magical feeling there. Jorge and Stephanie went the extra mile, they were not just hosts, they were people who loved what they do. We found friends for life there!!!
Thank you for giving us the best vacation of our lives!!!
Through my wife's dad, we got to know of Jorge and Stephanie and their Pura Vida House. We were planning on going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon and decided it would be perfect to stay with them. It turned out to be the best decision, because not only were Jorge and Stephanie and the best hosts,tour guides, and surfing pros, but they quickly became great friends. If you are looking for adventure, fun, and a true Guanacaste experience, look no further than the Pura Vida House! Very highly recommended!!
My seven year old son and I just returned from vacation at Pure Vida House. You won't find better hosts than Stephanie and Jorge. They go to great lengths to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome, and serve as amazing tour guides. There are plenty of activities for young ones, including playing with the local neighborhood kids! The beaches are stunning, the wildlife amazing, and the tennis instruction first rate. If you are interested in staying off the beaten path and meeting interesting hosts and fellow travelers, this is the place for you.
Pura Vida House is Costa Rica's best definition of what ticos are all about... Nature, fun and warmth. The owners, Jorge and Stephanie are very kind and will treat you like family. The house is great with a peaceful environment and very close to the most beautiful beaches of Guanacaste. We really had a great time. Fully recommended!
Whether you're a seasoned traveler or it's your first time in Costa Rica, staying at Pura Vida House is the way to experience this amazing country. Jorge and Stephanie help customize a personal experience that no "all inclusive resort" or individual efforts could match. The way your closest friends show you their city when you visit them is the way Jorge and Stephanie show you Costa Rica -- you're not a guest, you're their newest friend and they can't wait to show you how to live life in Guanacaste.
I know I will be returning and will come with friends in tow. Pura Vida!