All services and halls are within short walking distance of rooms. Additional bathrooms and showers are located throughout the resort for our guests’ comfort. We have a beautiful gift shop on site that sells a few basic sundries. Plus, the nearby town has stores that offer almost anything you might need. Our reception is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for guest services and staff is available 24 hours a day for emergencies.
Airport pick-up and drop-off are included in the package price. Our representative will be waiting for you at the terminal exit with a sign listing your name and “VILLAS PURA VIDA”. Reception can help you book taxis and rental cars if needed for special excursions. The area around the resort is very safe for walking and weekly hiking tours are organized for our guests.
Monday and Friday are ½ day tours usually leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning for lunch. The full-day white water rafting tour on Wednesday leaves at 5:30 a.m. and returns for dinner. In our busy season we may also open up Tuesday and Thursday for the half-day excursions. Additional optional excursions, like the canopy adventure, can be organized upon request.
Our water is safe for drinking and bottled water is available at the bar. Soft drinks, beer and wine are also available. Our restaurant is casual buffet and our staff take great pride in serving delicious meals. The menu includes a variety of vegetarian fare as well as chicken and fish. We also can accommodate vegan and high-protein diets. Meal times: Breakfast served 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Dinner 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For us, delicious, wholesome and nutritious cuisine is our number one priority. Pura Vida is famous for its great buffet cuisine. Our guests, both vegetarian and those who enjoy fish or chicken, return to us not only for our world-class yoga and outstanding spa treatments, but very much for our delicious healthy cuisine. It’s an exquisite marriage between the inspiration of many international chefs. We are committed to serving you a huge variety of freshly prepared delicious recipes with exotic ingredients from the tropics and many home made chutneys, freshly baked cookies, granolas and other surprises. For breakfast we serve only freshly squeezed juices, a huge variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, German bread, home made granola and a variety of hearty dishes like made-to-order omelets, tamales, home made tortillas, whole grain pancakes and more. Our lunches are famous for the huge selection of delicious gourmet salads, soups and main dishes, fresh juices and . . . a surprise every day! Dinners are a feast of international cuisine, piquant flavors and aromas from many different countries along with a freshly made dessert every evening. The best Costa Rican coffee and exotic tropical fruits are available in our restaurant all day long at no additional cost. Our ‘Buena Vista’ cappuccino and smoothie bar will serve you the best coffee drinks and fruit smoothies for a small charge. Come and enjoy!
Citizens of the U.S. and Canada may enter Costa Rica with a valid passport. Please note that Costa Rican law requires your passport be valid for at least 90 days after the date you enter the country. This means that if your passport will expire within the next 90 days, you must renew it before your trip. Check with your airline or travel agent for more information.
Citizens of other countries should check with the applicable Costa Rican Consulate in your country about rules governing entrance into Costa Rica. You are required to carry your passport with you at all times. If you are stopped by officials, a photocopy with your photo, passport number and entry stamp will usually suffice and is recommended.
At Pura Vida we accept U.S. Dollars, Colones (the Costa Rican currency) and traveler’s checks. It is not necessary to exchange Dollars for Colones before you arrive in Costa Rica as almost all stores, restaurants, tour companies, etc. will accept Dollars. If you need to obtain Colones, we can exchange small amounts here at Pura Vida or you can go to any local bank.
When booking flights to Costa Rica, you will want to come to Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose (SJO). Airlines with regularly scheduled flights into this airport are American, Continental, Delta, United , Taca, Copa, MartinAir, and Iberia.