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“Lovely place”
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Pura Vida Hostel
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Paris, France
1 review
“Lovely place”
Reviewed September 27, 2010

Clean and quite place with a great tropical garden.
Big room with a nice decoration.
Kitchen very well equipped.
Definitely a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

By the time I leave next Friday, I'll have been at Pura Vida for just about a month-- this is home away from home! Quite possibly the best hostel I've stayed at-- I've had a private room which is a good value, combined with the best parts of hostel life-- two communal kitchens, a big covered outdoor area to hang out with other guests (hammocks, rocking chairs, pool table). Free wifi and coffee in the mornings, cheap surfboard rentals and laundry service, and very very clean. Miriam, the host of Pura Vida, is wonderfully warm and welcoming and helpful! Pura Vida is on a quiet part of the road, which is fantastic-- 5 minute walk to the main part of town, yet peacful and quiet here. I'd recommend this place to friends and would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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portland
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

hostel pura vida is a must stop for backpackers coming to playa tamarindo. it is very clean, away from all the bar noise and has two big kitchens. i have stayed in a number of hostels over the course of my travels and i have this one to be the most pleasant. it should be listed in guide books

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

We stayed for 3 nights at Pura Vida in Tamarindo and had a great experience. The hostel was very clean and everyone we met was very friendly. The host, Miriam, was extraordinarily helpful and kind. Our goal was to learn to surf, and she recommend a good instructor at a good price. She also recommended restaurants and arranged our travel back to San Jose after our stay. There is a kitchen area which is large and comfortable with plenty of seating for eating or hanging out. There is also a large outdoor room with rocker chairs, day beds, hammocks, and games for people to hang out, meet others, and relax. We highly recommend Pura Vida Hostel.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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washington, dc
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

Miriam is a wonderful hostess and made our visit to Costa Rica even more awesome. Relaxing rancho, book exchange, games, pool tables, ping pong, onsite laundry service (a steal!!), surfboards for rent, etc its a nice artsy cozy place to relax in Tamarindo. Room was spacious and did have air conditioning and a fan. Had to share a bathroom with Miriam - not a problem at all! Kitchen was large. Encouraged socializing, hanging out, meeting other travelers with quiet time at 11pm. bit of a walk from the beach but not too bad at all. am probably going to go back next year.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

We stayed at 6 different hostels during our 2 week vacation throughout Costa Rica, and this one was by far the best. Rooms were great, there was an awesome common area with hammocks, pool, and beds to chill out on, but the thing that really made our stay amazing was the manager, Miriam. She could not have been more helpful and friendly, booking everything we needed and giving us a great price. She gave us all the insider information on where to go and where to stay away from. She really made us feel like locals with a firm knowledge of Tamarindo. We would go back to Costa Rica to stay at hostel Pura Vida in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

We got off the bus and stumbled upon amazing Pura Vida by luck, after walking up hostel row and checking out other sketchy places Pura Vida was head and shoulders above the rest! We had only planned to stay 2 nights in very touristy Tamarindo but after our great experience at this hostel we eventually pulled ourselves away after 7 nights! After traveling threw Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua "Pura Vida" was hands down the best hostel on our trip. It is the cleanest, most comfortable and had an option of AC, which is a luxury in a hostel!

This cozy, open tranquil hostel provides a great place to lounge and get to know other travelers by day. AND by night it has a family environment thanks to Miriam who runs the place, so everyone goes out with each other and has a great time. (Not to mention the advantages that the power in numbers provides when traveling)

Miriam is amazing and will bend over backward to accommodate. She is very helpful and has tons of information and insights. So make sure to ask her anything!

All in all Pura Vida is a must stay in Tamarindo, and worth making a trip there for.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pura Vida Hostel

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 #15 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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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Also Known As:
Pura Vida Guesthouse And Hostel
Pura Vida Guesthouse Hotel Tamarindo

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