What really makes spending time at Pura Vida House special is the hosts, Jorge and Steph. Not only did they go above and beyond to tailor a captivating week for us, but their mere presence was a blessing to our entire family. We truly met as strangers and left wanting more time to simply see our new friends again. Even more, they provide an incredible spectrum of experiences that would suit any family or group that is given the opportunity to stay with them. I truly recommend this hotel, but more so the hosts, to anyone looking to stay in Costa Rica.
My husband and I couldn't have found a better place or way to celebrate our 25th anniversary then a week at the Pura Vida House. Steph, Jorge and Barb expertly arranged for so many unique excursions which included exploring pristine beaches, snuba diving, practicing yoga by the ocean, sea kayaking, touring the rain forest, witnessing hundreds of turtles laying eggs accompanied by an expert naturalist, going to a local rodeo, not to mention an amazing gourmet sailboat sunset cruise. Whether we preferred a day of total relaxation lounging by the pool while sipping cocktails or a day of high adventure, it was all made available to us and arranged through their indepth expert knowledge of the area. We relished the authentic Costa Rican food prepared daily by Pastora along the warm hospitality shown to us. The location of their house gave us a unique glimpse into the local region of Guanacaste. We highly recommend the Pura Vida House and are so blessed to have this as our anniversary memory.
Since we have returned, we have talked of nothing but the wonders and delights of our trip and how terrific Steph and Jorge Morera were to make everything happen for us! With 11 family members of three generations, it could not have been an easy task to keep us all so happily engaged, but they managed with incredible energy, grace, and positivity. We filled their comfortable Pura Vida House, a rare opportunity to have everything revolve around us, including Pastora's wonderful meals all served according to our changing schedule. The house is in a local community setting, which is part of the charm---a local rodeo, pottery lesson, seeing how people live. Yet full luxury awaited a short drive away to the beach club where we enjoyed member privileges and the best tennis lessons possible for our adult son with Jorge. Further afield we could explore national parks and adventures galore. We will cherish the memories of all we did, but most of all the knowledge that we have new friends who took us into their family.
I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling Costa Rican experience. In just a short week Steph and Jorge were able to show my entire family everything Costa Rica has to offer. One night we were in the local bull ring running away from angry toros, and the next we were watching the Mercedez-Benz fashion show all dressed up in our fancy white garb. Steph and Jorge have great connections to the local people which allows you to truly see how Costa Ricans live, while they are also members at an intimate beach club. We always had the option of just going to chill on the beach or staying a bit more local and engaging in activities such as taking a pottery lesson from a neighbor. Thank you Steph and Jorge for managing our time so well so that we didn't waste a minute of our precious time in beautiful Costa Rica!
You are fantastic people and new friends :)
Pura Vida - Mark
Though we packed all of our belongings and souvenirs, we have left our hearts in Costa Rica. Our family of 11 (ages 17-80) arrived as clients and left as dear friends. Proprietors Jorge and Steph along with Barbara, Pastora and Ingrid took amazing care of us each and every day! There was nothing they could not make happen for us (including "impossible to get" tickets to an exclusive event - and a quick trip to town to outfit us in high style!). Best of all, their ready smiles and enthusiasm for life in general made for many laughs and great memories. The accommodations did a wonderful job of marrying modern conveniences with a truly authentic, rustic experience. The meals prepared by Pastora and Ingrid were a true highlight, and have inspired me to recreate some of their recipes at home. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place and these people - don't hesitate, just GO to Pura Vida House!!!
Great tennis and beautiful beach and pool outings...we were a family group of 13 to 71 year olds and there was something fun for everyone!! We will go back to enjoy the amazing food Pastora prepares. Gracias!!!!
Jorge and Steph have created a wonderful business model for their B & B, which is so much more than an ordinary B & B. My husband and I really felt like part of their family by the time our week's vacation was over. And we enjoyed meeting the other couple from our hometown who was there at the same time. The food is delicious (Pastora is a wonderful cook!) and plentiful. Both breakfast and dinner are served, and snacks are always available. We were so very lucky to see the green ridley turtles on the beach at Playa Ostional! That was a truly remarkable experience - just like you see on a National Geographic special. Steph and Jorge made sure we did everything we wanted to do (zip lines, horseback riding, the rodeo, and relaxing on the beach and at the Beach Club) and showed us a great time. Loved seeing the monkeys, sloths, poison dart frogs, and tucans. When one of our tours did not meet our expectations, they even negotiated a discounted price for us! When you go, get a $20 message on Conchal Beach. It was professional and so, so relaxing. We would recommend Pura Vida House to any and all and would gladly return