It was hard to believe all the "excellent" ratings, but now I see why. The owners and staff are first-rate. From the moment we were picked up at the airport, we felt like part of the family. Our room was basic and we enjoyed it. Meals were fantastic local dishes prepared by Pastora and Anielka, and dietary restrictions were accommodated. There was a large selection of excursions and the two we joined had great guides. Tennis was the main reason we went and we got our fill. Jorge is an excellent instructor for all levels and has the gift of encouragement. We typically like to vacation in different places, but are planning a repeat trip next year.
From the tennis to the beach to a sunset cruise on the ocean to visiting Santa Cruz to seeing the nesting turtles, there are too many outstanding memories to list!
But the true stars of Pura Vida house are Jorge and Steph, the proprietors. Jorge and Steph are wonderful, attentive hosts. They know everything about the area, so they make excellent recommendations customized to your interests. Also, Jorge and Steph are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.
It was an unforgettable week, and I would definitely go back again in a heartbeat!
We spent the week between Christmas and New Years at Pura Vida House. We had 11 people from age 18-79 and we all had a great time! Jorge, Stephanie, Barb and Pastora took wonderful care of us. We didn't have to plan anything, which to me is the epitome of relaxation. They found wonderful guides for us and coordinated very diverse activities: local bull riding, pottery lesson, hiking, zip lining, estuary tour, white water rafting, rock climbing, surfing lessons, tennis lessons, hanging out at their lovely beach club. We all felt depressed when we left because Jorge, Stephanie, Barbara and Pastora had become friends. We plan to stay in touch and hope to come back! I highly recommend Pura Vida House! Just writing this review is making me miss it!
This was my second trip to Pura Vida House. I went to play tennis and relax, did a lot of both. Jorge and Stephanie are the nicest people you will ever meet. The home cooking was great. Jumping into the pool every day after 3 hours of tennis in the hot sun felt so good. Next year they move into their nicer new place inside Hacienda Pinilla, so tennis, golf, and the beach will be closer and more convenient, I can't wait!
If you are looking to experience true Costa Rica but without the stresses and hassles of being in a new land, Jorge and Steph's Pura House is for you! My Husband and I were able to actually RELAX on this trip as our hosts Jorge, Steph, Barabra and Pastora, who did the cooking and our laundry made sure each day was just as we wanted it. Whether is was arranging selected tours, taking us to the rodeo or the best beaches, they were able to make it all happen. We will never forget our amazing encounters with the wildlife in Costa Rica! Thanks so much, Jorge and Steph, for enabling us two non-spanish speakers to absorb so much of Costa Rican culture and the beauty of the land!