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Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel

Guesthouse | Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, La Fortuna, Costa Rica N/A

98.6% Overall Rating

4 out of 4 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/08/2013)

Steven Rockett thinks…

"Basic but clean & more than adequate. However, the host, Mikey completely made the stay. His sole purpose was to ensure we had the best experience, which he delivered and more. Such a great, friendly…"

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  • Self-catering Facilities
  • Games room
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 2:00
Latest Check-out: 1:00

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Pura Vida Guesthouse and Spa is not a regular guesthouse or hotel. No official reception and no fancy uniform, and we rent only one or two bedrooms with full comfortable mattresses (mattress may not have frame but is good quality mattress with SHARED split bath (hot shower). Read more

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About Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel

We like yo think of our guests as our family. People often think that our location is our greatest asset, but guests quickly realize the Pura Vida Guesthouse is more than just a great rural location away from the touristy center of La Fortuna. It is a Village with a laid back attitude that draws the right guests who have a special positive energy.

We are not for everybody but the people that find there way to our door tend to be very "Pura Vida" and are a perfect fit to our home.

Located just 30 minutes from the center of La Fortuna with shuttles from 6.00 each way coming twice as day from la fortuna.
In the fun and unique village of El Castillo in Arenal Volcano National Park.

The Pura Vida Guesthouse is part hostel, part guesthouse and 100 percent pura vida. Owned by a mother and daughter team that moved to Costa Rica to start their own Pura Vida adventure.

Where is El Castillo? Just 10 km. off the Rainforest Highway between La Fortuna and Nuevo Arenal tucked between the lake waterfront and the Arenal National Forest you’ll discover one of the most unique places on earth.

The village of El Castillo was created as a result of the 1968 surprise eruption of Cerro Arenal that required the mass relocation of hundreds of families to safer zones. Originally a quiet agricultural centre, El Castillo was soon discovered by a new generation of bohemians looking for the perfect blend of climate and lifestyle.

And it’s no surprise, since El Castillo provides the best views of the volcano or lake anywhere. The unique combination of quiet village life and a growing number of ex-pat enterprises means the area buzzes with activity-from canopy tours and horseback riding to hiking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. We boast Costa Rica’s largest butterfly conservatory and the ever-popular Snake and Reptile Zoo. Now, a growing arts and music culture is making El Castillo a must-see destination for creative people from all over the world.

Dining choices are varied and growing every year. Getting here is can be challenging- we wish the road was in better shape but in a way, the road is one of the reasons this is such a wonderful place.

Come for a day, a week or stay for a lifetime. However you discover El Castillo, you’ll find us Super! Natural!

Local Activities That can be booked onsite here at the guesthouse Include

- Thermal Hot Springs (Tabacon, Baldi and others)
- Hiking in the forest
- Arenal Volcano National Park
- Night Hikes
- Waterfalls
- Mountain Biking
- Boat Tours
- Bird watching
- Cerro Chato
- Arenal Ecozoo Serpentarium
- Canopy
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Sky Tram
- Horseback riding
- Hangin Bridges
- Jeep-Boat-Jeep to/from Monteverde
- Rafting
- Lava Trail
- Los Tucanes Trail
- Caño Negro
- La Fortuna Waterfall
- Rancho Margot
- and more

( Pura Vida literally means "pure life" but is the Costa Rican equivalent of Hawaii's Aloha and is used in Costa Rica for hello, goodbye or just to say I am happy, I love and appreciate life, or I am doing great! You will find pura vida is contagious and soon you will find yourself exclaiming Pura Vida!! right along with the "Ticos" the self named nickname of Costa Ricans..Tica if female.)

We also have onsite traditional spa services including massage, facials, Reiki, Hypnosis, Laser Therapy and more. Our onsite wellness center is designed so you may experience natural therapies while visiting Costa Rica in the shadow the majestic Arenal Volcano which offers a powerful healing environment. Come stay with us for the ultimate in pura vida laid back life style. Quite simply, you won't find anything quite like Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel and Spa in all of Costa Rica. 'Come as a guest leave as a friend.'

Accommodation Information

The accommodations are simple and basic but clean and comfortable. We offer private full bed with mattress (not on frame)and shared bath with hot water. We have communal kitchen and wireless internet. We know the area and can help you with activities tours or just enjoying this very unique village of El Castillo and nearby La Fortuna. We also have onsite traditional spa services including massage, facials, Reiki, Hypnosis, Laser Therapy and more.

Location Information

Pura Vida is conveniently located just minutes from the best rainforest Canopy Ziplining close to other popular tours and activities, all which can be booked onsite at the Pura Vida Adventure Tour office.