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“Fun, relaxed, great stay”
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Pura Vida Hostel
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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“Fun, relaxed, great stay”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Really great, clean and relaxed hostel! Couple minutes walk from the supermarket and main street and beach front. Can hire the surfboards there for the day for $10. Lights out at 11 for those who would like to rest in peace, they encourage you to go out and party after then. Ended up spending my birthday here with the other friendly travellers we met!

Rooms were nice, two kitchens and an large open area with a fantastic atmosphere. Always have some great tunes playing. Perfect place to meet other travellers, very sociable, or just a chilled area to relax and have some downtime. They have book exchange and information on the area and other destinations. Breakfast is toast.

One of the hosts Robert was fantastic, really warm and gave super recommendations whenever we needed it. We also met the owner one night who was really lovely and so happy to hear we were enjoying the place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

It's a nice hostel but nothing special really. For the same money you can stay at way nicer places in coata rica. Seems to be a party hostel that's actually clean - an unusual combination. The free breakfast is extremely basic, but hey, its free.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Mirka5555, Manager at Pura Vida Hostel, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Thank you for the review. We pride our selves in going the extra mile to satisfy all backpackers and guests. We have created a fabulous hostel with tons of amenities that are normally not offered in other "hostels" such us: bus schedule, we book you a hostel in your next destination, we tell you where the secret spots are in Tamarindo, we give you free entrances to bars that charge cover fee, we have a movie nights, we build bong fires on the beach, basically we go the extra mile for our guests as we appreciate all your support over the years, not to mention we are backpackers as well so we know what a great hostel needs to have. So in this sense we think our hostel is a special gem in Tamarindo.
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Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Good:
Robert was one of the best hostel hosts we have had. The common area was awesome, and there was always something going on. We met a ton of travellers from all over the world and spent more time connecting with people than anywhere else. He had all the info on what to do (and avoid) in Tamarindo. Great prices across the board. Kitchen was well stocked with all kinds of oils and spices (all of those things that are annoying to carry when you are backpacking). The atmosphere here was unbelievable!

The bad:
My only tiny (very tiny) complaint would be the cold water only showers. But in the costal heat, it does not really matter.

Bottom line:
The only place I would stay in Tamarindo. They make you feel like family. I actually miss this place...

Room Tip: Private rooms are huge, and well worth the extra few dollars.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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La Mirada, California
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This was one of the best hostels my friend and I stayed at. The owner is really accomodating and friendly. It was around new year's and everything was booked but luckily the owner put us in a dorm with other girls and it worked out just fine. We had a great time and we met a bunch of cool people from different parts of the world. We were able to go out with them also. Highly recommend this place!! It added a lot of fun to my trip to costa rica!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed at hostel Pura Vida for the majority of our 20 day trip in Costa Rica. It is very clean and comfortable, the owner as well as staff (Thomas especially) were amazing and helped us with anything we needed. The hangout area has hammocks, comfortable seats, rocking chairs, pool table/ping pong table, board games, and menus for every restaurant in Tamarindo. They also offer surf board rentals as well as lessons. We felt very safe as the door is locked at night and there is wiring over the gate as well as security cameras. They have dorm rooms as well as private rooms with a/c. If we ever come back to Tamarindo Pura Vida will be the only hostel we will stay at!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in both dorm and private. Dorm is good if you are travelling alone but private was better...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kortemark, Belgium
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I had the best time on my whole trip at this hostel! I only planned on staying here for 2 nights but ended up staying 4. I met a lot of cool people at this hostel and the staff will make sure you get involved in activities and meeting other people. Every night there's a party if you want to! But it's also good if you just want to chill and sleep: quiet time is at 11PM, lights go out so you either go to bed or go out! It has an awesome common area with hammocks, rocking chairs, a kicker table and a pool table and there's two kitchens, free wifi and a free computer for guests! Its not right at the beach but only a short walk to everything (that way it's still quiet to sleep but you're close to shops, bars, pubs...)
I can recommend this hostel to anyone and will definetly go back when I'm back in Tamarindo!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed at Hostel Pura Vida for five nights and had an awesome time. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. There are hammocks and rocking chairs under a big Rancho and it is great to just hang-out here after having had a great surf at one of the surrounding beaches. Located in the heart of Tamarindo with just a few hundred meters away from the next supermarket and liquor stores, Pura Vida is a great choice for travelers who are not only looking for a place to sleep but also to meet many interesting people. One of the nights, we all went out together partying.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pura Vida Hostel
Address: Avenida Central | 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pura Vida Hostel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been providing guests with memorable travel experiences since 2006. We are a friendly, inexpensive hostel that welcomes backpackers and vacationers from all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to host your stay in Tamarindo. Our multi-lingual staff is happy to provide recommendations on restaurants, bars, attractions, getting to your next destination and, of course, surfing. Trips, tours and transportation can be booked at our reception. You can cook and dine al fresco in our 2 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchens. We have dorm beds with ensuite bathrooms and showers and private rooms with air conditioning in multiple configurations to accommodate your travel party. Bed linens are provided. Our "rancho" is the social heart of the hostel with rocking chairs, daybeds, and hammocks for you to enjoy while visiting with other guests and overlooking the lovely tropical garden which enjoys frequent visits from iguanas and howler monkeys. The chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by a great sound system and playlist, good vibes, the fastest wi-fi available in Costa Rica and interesting people from all over the world. We are located a couple hundred meters from the beach, across from Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Dona Lee's restaurant. ... more   less 
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