About The Pura Vida and its Casitas

Traditional painted Costa Rican oxcart
The restaurant of the Pura Vida Hotel
Pura Vida Hotel guide books in reception
All the guide books you can eat

The right car rental for the job at hand :-))

The big one - Katydid Casita - sleeps 4 to 6

Privacy for honeymooners - the Rain Forest Casita
Toucan Casita in the garden of the Pura Vida Hotel Alajuela
Family Style - the Toucan Casita sleeps 4
Mariposa casita with view to Poas
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms/Mariposa
Volcano studio with Poas view
Best view to Poas Volcano - the Volcano Studio
Orchid room next to the Orchid Restaurant
Our budget room - the Orchid
A surprising jungle discovery in the Pura Vida Gardens
Your very own botanical gardens

The Pura Vida Hotel is a colonial style former coffee finca. There is a main house/reception (Casa) and the rest of the hotel is "in the gardens". Our gardens have a nice view to Poas Volcano. If you want to go to Poas today, you can tell what the visibility will be like from your Casita or the restaurant area. We have 4 free standing Casitas, a studio and a room in the main Casa set in a secret garden overlooking the Rio Itiquis valley below.

At A Glance (detail below) 


  • Rain Forest Casita (deluxe one-bedroom villa) 1 bedroom/2beds sleeps 2 to 4
  • Toucan Casita (one-bedroom villa) 1 bedroom/3 beds sleeps 2 to 4
  • Mariposa Casita (two-bedroom villa) 2 bedroom/2 beds sleeps 2 to 4
  • Katydid Casita (deluxe Two-bedroom villa) 2 bedroom/3 beds + pull out sleeps 2 to 6
  • Volcano Studio (studio) 1 bedroom/2 beds sleeps 2 to 4
  • Orchid Room (double room) 1 bedroom/1 bed sleeps 2

A walk through the garden will find you face to face with many bird and butterfly attracting tropical bushes and trees. Likely as not you will spot a few hundred orchids too. You will meet many butterflies, a few squirrels, maybe some bats, lots of geckos as well as hummingbirds, many yiguirros (the national bird), a Passerini Tanager or two and maybe a Mot Mot as you wander. After a drive from wherever relax on your patio or the Orchid Restaurant. A sip of wine . . . a euglossine bee floating by. . . Tuetal village and the slopes of Poas at sunset. . . Pura Vida!

We think this is the best place to start or end your marvelous journey to Costa Rica.

La Casa/Reception area and Orchid Restaurant

Pura Vida was originally a coffee plantation but now the old house or Casa serves as the reception, Orchid Restaurant and public areas. In reception you will find perhaps a botanist debating a Sarchi rocking chair, an 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. Down a few steps to the Orchid Restaurant where breakfast is served as well as gourmet dinners at night with your own Chef Nhi and host. On most days you will likely find a selection of orchids often in bloom waiting to delight you.

"Before we left we could check out Poas from the restaurant... We had a wonderful early morning excursion to Poas Volcano, a great view of the volcano and a hike too."
Suzanne and Bruce, San Anselmo, California

"Thank you Pura Vida Hotel. We simply enjoyed this very relaxing place with a wonderful breakfast and an amazing dinner, surrounded by your beautiful garden."
Florence, Paris, France

The Katydid Casita (Deluxe Two-Bedroom Villa)

(deluxe Two-bedroom villa) - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchenette & breakfast patio

Our biggest Casita with a beautiful garden view sleeping 2 to 6 people. It has 2 bedrooms each with its own full bathroom, the master bedroom has a queen bed, the second bedroom has 2 single beds, there is a pull out double bed in the large living room, breakfast patio and kitchenette with fridge. This Casita is perfect for two couples or a larger family. If you bring mother-in-law, she can have her own room.

"Besides the food, which was stupendous, we loved our day exploring with our English speaking driver/guide from the Pura Vida Hotel."
Cathy Sanford, Scotts Valley, California

The Rain Forest Casita (Deluxe One-Bedroom Villa)

(deluxe one-bedroom villa) - one bedroom, one bathroom, living room with futon and kitchenette

This Casita has an excellent view of Poas Volcano from the patio. The large bedroom has a queen bed and a single - there is a nice living room with a futon and a kitchenette with fridge. This is also known the "honeymoon suite" - those nights we will add reina de la noche if in bloom. Sleeps 1 to 4 persons.

"All aspects of my stay at Pura Vida Hotel were outstanding: the accommodations were aesthetic, spacious and comfortable, the service was superlative"
Carita Iliana, Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica

"We saw the rainforest in Monteverde, were lucky enough to see Volcan Arenal erupting for two nights in a row, and came face to face with monkeys in Manuel Antonio, which is a beautiful town."
Steve, Oakland, California, USA

The Toucan Casita (One-Bedroom Villa)

(one-bedroom villa) - Bedroom, living room with futon, kitchenette, bathroom

The Toucan Casita has just been redecorated in yellow and deep red ochre with "Tapices" on the walls (a form of rope art made in Nicaragua). This casita has a double bed and two singles, it has a private bathroom and living room. Sleeps from 1-4 persons.

"We decided to recover from our overnight flight and jet lag for a few days at the Pura Vida Hotel before tackling the long drives we had planned to Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Nosara"
Mary and Paul Manix, Los Angeles, California, USA

"Our first vist was reserved from the States. We drove up to the Hotel and immediately fell in love with the setting full of fruit trees, humingbirds, and buterflies everywhere."
Janie Kainrath, Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA

The Mariposa Casita (Two-Bedroom Villa)

(two-bedroom villa) - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room with futon, outdoor kitchenette

The Mariposa is a free standing private "bungalow" this time with a living room, 2 bedrooms (1 of the bedrooms adjoins the living room) and 2 bathrooms. This is ideal for two couples or a family with an older child. Sleeps 1 to 4. This Casita is an "original" but has been completely remodeled. There is a big new patio/deck with outdoor seating usually loaded with butterflies.

"It was just like staying at good friends home with a marvelous dinner and a great help with all questions and organization. Nothing is too much for the owner and helpful staff."
Eduard and Anneke Soudijn, The Netherlands

The Volcano Studio (Studio)

(studio) - bedrooms, bathroom/kitchenette, deck with great view and seating area

This is one of our guests favorite rooms with a queen and a double bed and a great view of Poas Volcano in the morning - excellent sunset view by 6pm. Large bathroom. Completely remodeled with a nice deck.

"It was my first trip to anywhere south of the United States, and by far the biggest voyage of my life by myself. "
Colette Doudin, Morristown, NJ - thinking global, living local

"As General Manager of The Travel Store in San Jose, Costa Rica; I had to arrange a meeting for a organization of which I am a member. I chose the Pura Vida Hotel because of the first class service, rooms, and location near the international aiport."
Ray Haigist - The Travel Store, San Jose, Costa Rica

The Orchid Room (Double Room)

(double room) - bedroom, private bathroom

This room is in the main Casa, the original, coffee finca. It has a very nice queen bed and a private bathroom with a view of the garden and an impressive Roble de Sabana (a Costa Rican Oak with amazing pink flowers all over it in spring). This year we added a new private entrance to the Orchid Room into the garden.

"We lived in this country a fantastic adventure with tops as Irazu craters, Arenal eruptions, Tortuguero animals, Cahuita, and Osa peninsula."
Didier, Francoise, Magali et Timothy Kruger, Montpellier, France

"Pura Vida arranged for a wonderful English-speaking guide who took me to the butterfly farm and the Alajuela market. The day was capped by one of the best meals I've had."
Lynne, Park City, Utah

The Secret Garden - a botanical experience

You can also wander though our herb and orchid gardens and check out some of the fresh fruits and veggies ready to pluck or eat.The gardens at Pura Vida are often the most welcome surprise - each Casita is set on its own (as private as we can make it) - surrounded by our secret garden of palms, the giant pink flowering oak, a huge avocado and many fruits such as mangoes, star fruit and grapefruit.

"Pura Vida Hotel is a portal for adventure in Costa Rica. It is a great first and last night of your vacation. When you arrive, you can get good information from the people that are finishing their vacation and flying out."
David and Charlotte Holst, Nassau, Bahama

"Our whole trip in Costa Rica was fully Pura Vida. We snorkeled with dolphins, dived with sharks, saw manta rays jumping out of the water...". Paul & Tosca Amsterdam, Holland

"Imagine if you had friends that traveled all over the world and used those experiences to build their house. That's what this wonderful hotel is. From the moment we were let in behind the gates we felt at home."
Vilnius, posted on TripAdvisor.com