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Public Areas

La Casa Reception Area

Pura Vida was originally a coffee plantation but now the old house or Casa serves as the restaurant, the reception and public areas. In reception you will find perhaps a botanist debating a Sarchi rocking chair, a public free internet station, TV, public telephone (always free inside Costa Rica), a small gift area focusing on unique Pefi ceramics and masks from the indigenous village of Boruca.  We have a large selection of all the English language guide books as well as a number of other Costa Rica specific books we can lend you.  After reception you will access the restaurant via some stairs.

The Restaurant (Open for breakfast, not always available for dinners)

The restaurant is an open air terrace looking out over the Itikis valley and has a view to Poas Volcano.  Generally speaking if you can see the rim of Poas you can drive to it this morning and see something.  The restaurant serves breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am.  If you are leaving early, no worries you still get a good breakfast - just let us know when you need it the night before.  Dinner is not always served, you do require advanced reservations and dinner may be cancelled if we do not have enough demand.  We can recommend a couple of goos places with great food, good prices and excellent service a short taxi ride from the Pura Vida Hotel.

The Secret Garden

The gardens at Pura Vida are often the most welcome surprise - each Casita is set on its own - surrounded by our secret garden of palms, the giant pink flowering oak and many fruits such as mangoes, star fruit and grapefruit. If you'd like your garden with some explanations we'd be happy to walk you around it any morning and show you coffee plants, how to do orchid propagation or introduce you to the second largest flower in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Parqueo

We have a private parking compound right behind the Katydid Casita.  The area is secure although you are responsible for your valuables and accessible from the Pura Vida garden.