From the moment Steph picked us up at the airport, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Whether it be a day at a beautiful deserted beach, an evening with the turtles, tennis, swimming under a waterfall, hiking, an adventure day spent zip lining, rappelling, rafting and mud baths, a visit to Tenorio Rain forest, a day of Snuba, a night at the rodeo or sunset drinks at Lola's, every experience was better than we expected.
Words do not really describe how beautiful the Guanacaste region is, additionally, Jorge and Steph go above and beyond to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. Lastly, the homemade meals prepared by Pastora are over the top delicious!
We highly recommend this trip to anyone even considering a trip to Costa Rica.
Jorge and Steph are great people and wonderful hosts. I visited Pura ta Vida house mainly for the tennis. Jorge is a fabulous teacher. And Steph was a terrific practice partner. Most aspects of the Pua Vida house experience will be different next year when they build at hacienda Pinella. For me, the heat( 91- 95) most of the time and unexpectedly strong. but consistent winds detracted fromt the sporting activities. Jorge is well connected to most local businesses and he and Steph can make just about any experience work out for a. Fun filled vacation
I was at the Pura Vida House in Jan with 7 people for a tennis camp. We had a great time and everyone raved about every aspect of the trip. Jorge and Stephanie are amazing friendly people. Pastora, the local woman who cooks the meals, cleans rooms and does laundry is fantastic and friendly. I went back last week (March 14 to 20) with 2 other people and once again it was great food, great tennis, great golf and great excursions. I would highly recommend a visit to the Pura Vida House for a first class vacation. Jorge and Stephanie roll out the red carpet and treat every guest like royalty.
This was our first trip to Costa Rica and clearly won’t be our last. The Pura Vida House is the perfect venue to launch the real Costa Rica experience. Jorge and Stephanie are energetic, caring and knowledgeable hosts who provide a tailored, personalized adventure, driving us everywhere, at all hours of the day. Their network of experienced, English speaking guides is top notch. Breakfast prepared by Pastora was a treat for us every morning - fruits, rice and beans, plantains (great with local honey), eggs and banana smoothies. We had dinner every evening, family style, with great conversation. We stayed in the guest house with two separate rooms giving us privacy, ideal with two teenage children. Zip lining, estuary tour, rainforest adventure, evening turtle experience, surfing, snorkeling, massages on the beach were among the many activities we enjoyed. We enjoyed tennis lessons with Jorge and Stephanie. Lunches at the “sodas” were an amazing and inexpensive treat. Our kids, 14 and 16, enjoyed the trip as much as we did. We hope to come again some day soon and stay at Pura Vida House.
I first learned about Pura Vida House when I met Jorge and Stephanie in Columbus through friends. I decided that day that I wanted to visit Costa Rica and my vacation there lived up to every expectation of what I'd envisioned. Jorge, Stephanie and Barb are the best guides/hosts one could ever hope for. They made our trip so easy and made everything possible for the different groups that were staying at Pura Vida House. We played lots of tennis with Jorge, enjoyed various beautiful beaches, zip lined, rode horses, tubed on a gorgeous river, took a boat ride on an estuary, Snuba off an island out in the Pacific and went to a local rodeo. Loved the food that Pastora carefully prepared for us. She is one of a kind and so wonderful to be around. Pura Vida House is a great way to experience all that Costa Rica has to offer and really enjoy a most memorable vacation.
Costa Rica is beautiful and it is a rare and wonderful opportunity to make your first visit at Pura Vida House. Stephanie, Jorge, Barbara and Pastora are, indeed, showing you the "real" Costa Rica. They each possess a wealth of information about the flora and fauna and local history they will joyfully share - just ask! The scenery was beautiful. We saw exotic birds, cascading waterfalls and the night sky was magnificent. The meals were great. The beaches were the most beautiful we have ever visited. Steph and Jorge cannot do enough to assure your comfort. Thanks so much for a wonderful time.
Our Pura Vida House was a trip to remember. Steph, Jorge, Pastora and Barb were genuinely welcoming and friendly. The casual accommodations were perfect for the natural rural setting. Pastora provided wonderful fresh, Costa Rican food every day--served on a great outdoor porch. With all the cooking, I'm not sure how she could remember I was a tea drinker, but she had it ready before I even thought of it! Conversations at meals were always fun, whether talking about the plans for the day or the snow at home. Jorge and Steph made sure that whatever we wanted to experience in Costa Rica, it would be their pleasure to make it happen. Whether a trip to several lovely beaches, tennis, golf, hiking, a rodeo, local restaurants, or a boat ride to see crocs, iguanas and white faced monkeys, it was all possible, and it was clear that all at the Pura Vida House wanted us to enjoy it. I loved the peaceful nature of the rural setting, and even the rooster waking us in the morning. When traveling from place to place, Jorge, Steph and Barb always shared great information about the culture and the country. We had such a good time we ended up extending our stay for 2 days! (Seeing the sloth was a high point!)