Our family spent spring break 2015 at Pura Vida House with Steph & Jorge. It was the best vacation we have ever had together! Jorge, Steph and Barb showed us parts of Costa Rica that we would have never experienced on our own. We shared experiences with locals who were warm and gracious. Our boys (age 13 & 10) were at home and comfortable and can't wait to return. We experienced the rain forest, waterfalls, river boat tour, horse back riding in addition to a few days relaxing on the beach and at different pools. Pura Vida House was more than a bed & breakfast. We felt that we were leaving friends after our week together. Highly recommend!!
Staying at Pura Vida House is like staying with family . . . only stress free! :)
Jorge and Stephanie are great hosts and go out of their way to make your holiday the best it can possibly be. Best of all, you can tailor the experience depending on your preferences. For me, it was a perfect balance of relaxing and adventure. Thanks for a great week Pura Vida House!
We were lucky enough to choose Pura Vida House for our first trip to Costa Rica. We made our choice based upon reviews in Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed. We were looking to experience the "real" Costa Rica, but did not want to deal with car rental, trip planning etc. Basically we wanted to be "lead around by the nose" and shown the best of what we were interested in. Stephanie, Jorge (and Barbara) sure delivered. After discussing our interests they took care of all of the arrangements. At times they were our guides, and when they were not, they made sure that we were with best local guides around. Because they are such a part of the community, we were very well looked after. They were amazingly organized (making sure that each guest got exactly what they wanted/needed). Whether it was time on the beach, surfing, tennis, or park tours - it was handled with seemingly little effort!! We loved staying away from the tourist areas, and being able to take beautiful hikes right out the back door of the property. We met neighbors, lazed by the pool and enjoyed the company of other guests. Oh - and then there was the food .... amazing. Thank you Pastora. We made new friends on this trip and hope that we will see them again. For a vacation of a lifetime, you NEED to experience what Jorge, Stephanie (and Barbara) have to offer.
I can't tell you how much fun my friend and I had at Pura Vida House with Jorge and Stephanie. They could not have been more hospitable, and would do anything for their guests. They helped us plan out amazing excursions, including snuba diving with a school of nurse sharks and a moray eel, watching giant turtles lay eggs on the beach, and zip lining and tubing thru rapids. Everything was perfect, the food, the weather, the people and the adventures we experienced. I could not have asked for anything more.
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.