A very well-run establishment! Jorge and Stephanie are tremendous attentive hosts, who are always trying to make your trip more enjoyable. We've often stayed at all-inclusive resorts, where, other than the weather, you may as well be in the U.S.. This mini-resort offers authentic Costa Rican food, prepared by Pastora, a very fine Costa Rican cook. The area is not a resort with hundreds or thousands of tourists. You can walk around and see the simple approach to living in the neighborhood, These Costa Rican homes have 20-30 chickens each, along with ducks, geese, turkeys, cows, pigs, etc. They have papaya and mango trees, along with their gardens. I really enjoyed just relaxing in one of the well-shaded hammocks. For adventure, we rode horses, that were very well-trained and guided by one of the locals. It was the best horseback riding I've ever experienced. We played tennis. We snorkeled at at an incredibly beautiful nearby beach. We got professional relaxing massages at the beach for only $20 for an hour. We cooled off in the small, but well-maintained pool. We visited the farmer's market at the nearby city of Santa Cruz. Did I mention that I often layed in the hammock and relaxed? I'll miss that hammock.
Absolutely fantastic trip. First time at a Bed and Breakfast and it exceeded all expectations - Jorge and Steph are such wonderful hosts and really made it all about making sure their guests were happy. Tennis, beach, turtles, SNUBA, ziplines, horses...would love to bring my kids to experience it. Home Costa Rican cooking - just FANTASTIC!!!
If you are looking for relax, adventure and nature this is the best place to be. This is a great place for a getaway from the city life and feel home at the same time thanks to wonderful hosts Jorge and Stephanie. They are very knowledgeable about everything and they do everything and beyond to make you feel at home. Great location to be in contact with nature and local people; you can experience the country in a special way. Accommodations are spacious, clean and with beautiful surroundings. The food is authentic and simply delicious. Had the chance to see beautiful beaches and relax at the pool at the Beach club. Enjoyed horse back riding and zip lining. They offer a lot of different activities to do, the fun is for sure included in the package. If you want to experience real Costa Rican life this is the place to be. Highly recommend!!!
Our family absolutely adored Pura Vida House- the simple, clean accommodations and the breathtaking environment are only the tip of the iceberg. The true uniqueness of Pura Vida house is the 5-star hospitality of its proprietors', Jorge and Steph. Our family wanted a lot out of this vacation: global experience, local "feel", beach time, exercise, adventure and nature, rest and relaxation, and activities for our sons (9 and 12). We got it all at Pura Vida House. And sleeping every night in the same place rather than running from hotel to hotel was a true delight. A fun "bonus" was spending time with their able advisor, Barb, and their neighborhood cook extraordinaire, Pastora. We came feeling like friends, stayed feeling like home, and left feeling like family- and my sons have already started saving money to return!
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.