The house offers great accommodations. Each bedroom has a lovely, well stocked bathroom. The kitchen had all the essentials, especially a full size refrigerator and stove for all the nourishment essentials. The mid-week room service was much appreciated.
Great location - particularly enjoyed access to the Beach Club and JW Marriott. The customer service could not have been better. Jorge & Stephanie provided great advice on adventures, made arrangements, had personally visited the locations they recommended, and linked us up with very knowledgeable, friendly guides.
The food and restaurants offer great options for any kind of cuisine you desire. Everyone we met was very friendly. English is spoken by virtually all.
Just be prepared for the public roads, some of which are dirt and stone. Many have huge potholes. Allow plenty of travel time to reach your destination.
First off, the house - wonderfully appointed, four bedrooms, each with its own full bath (fight for the outdoor shower room, it's worth it!) in a 4300 acre resort that has every amenity you could ask for - beaches? check. Ridiculous pool? check (there are actually TWO). Multiple on site restaurants? check (Azul being the best). you don't have to go anywhere off property to have a wonderful time)...
But that's not why you came to Costa Rica, which that brings me to the host - Jorge was hands down the best host I've encountered in years of renting VRBOs. He helped plan our entire trip, made sure we were going to the best restaurants in Tamarindo, made sure our excursions went off without a hitch, picked us up and dropped us off in town, at the grocery, at the pharmacy. Responds to text messages immediately, very graciously. Heck, my kids (15, 13, 9) want to come back so we could meet Jorge's wife who was unfortunately out of town. So Pura Vida House - Come for the house but stay for the host!!!
Located within the J.W. Marriott complex. Easy access to the hotel, it's restaurants and the adjacent Beach Club. Lovely, well appointed, private accommodations with Jorge as a host and guide to the area. I will return!
Loved my stay at Pura Vida House. Jorge and Stephanie were great hosts. They were available throughout our stay. They interacted with our group and made the stay very personable. We were a part of a group of pickleball players and Jorge even was a part of playing. Jorge arranged for all of our travel as we needed it. Their home is part of a resort where you are close to the beach, golf, tennis, and so many amenities.
I've stayed at Pura Vida House several times now with our tennis groups and always have an amazing time! The villa is gorgeous, plenty of space to relax, a nice pool, fully equipped, and very close to everything you need ... the beach, Beach Club, tennis and pickleball courts, golf, ride horses, mountain biking trails, etc. The resort has lots of biodiversity, common to see monkeys up in the trees, iguanas and ant eaters. You really don't feel like you're in a resort and never crowded. Plus you get all of the nature, yet you have all the 5-star amenities you can hope for! Jorge and Stephanie, thank you so much for making our vacation special once again, the tennis group was incredibly happy, you both are wonderful hosts, they had the time of their lives!!! Can't thank you enough, we will be coming back for sure!!!
First and foremost Jorge and Stephanie wereamaizng host, they made the entire trip so easy from start to finish. You couldn't ask for me. The house has is beautiful and perfectly set up. Close to the beach with access to a private beach club. Cruise with the golf carts there and enjoy the day.
Anything you wanted to do they would set up. Truly a special trip!
Located in the 4100 acre Hacienda Pinilla resort just west of Liberia on the Pacific coast, Jorge & Steph's Costa Rican home lets guests enjoy the quietness of being "at home" while a lengthy list of activities and restaurants awaits just minutes outside those doors. Our group of 10 (four in the guest house, 2 in the main house) enjoyed the daily breakfasts together before going our separate ways -- whether to the Beach Club, Surf lessons, ZipLining, or taking one of two mountain bikes available at the house out on some of the 30 miles of trails available throughout. Two golf carts were at our disposal throughout the week and getting to and fro was easy -- just quickly checking in with each other prior to taking off allowed everyone to get to where they needed to go. Our hosts were fantastic in steering us to great restaurants, shopping, local fare, and even leading morning runs and playing tennis with us. A much recommended group experience!