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Unique Award Winning Pura Vida Ecolodge & Retreat

Awarded Certificate of Excellence, we pride ourselves in offering a unique & special experience
Certificate of Excellence
71 reviews
Awarded Certificate of Excellence, we pride ourselves in offering a unique & special experience
Pura Vida Ecolodge - A Retreat, A Lifestyle, An Experience
It took a long time for this dream to become a reality, but we're so very glad it did!
Plenty of comfy sun loungers, chairs and cushions to relax on and make yourself at home!
*New outdoor shower area by plunge pool, overlooking jungle canopy & bamboo gardens
The view of the villa as you arrive from the road with Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve in the background
Front deck and balcony to the jungle villa - offering impressive panoramic and ocean views
The open-plan stylish living space on the first floor with wrap around teak decks.
Open-plan kitchen (with NEW teak benches, pictured in next photo) comfy living area with sea views
Fully equipped open-plan kitchen and dining area with new handmade teak benches for up to 6 people
We've recently added a yoga exercise deck hanging over the reserve at the end of the stepping stones
Spacious deck perfect for sunbathing, yoga or admiring the nature reserve, animals and sea views
Our infinity plunge pool,  plenty big enough for escaping the tropical heat! Sea and jungle views!
Our Location with 2 routes upto lodge from the Costanera (Coronado and Puntalmala, near Ojochal.)
The front of the jungle villa with its impressive bamboo palapa roof.
Wrap-around teak decking offering impressive sea, mountain and jungle canopy views
*NEW outdoor shower by the plunge pool, perfect for cooling off after the beach!
Welcome to Pura Vida Ecolodge - your retreat, your lifestyle, your experience!
The new stepping-stones path from the lodge down to the yoga deck and body-weights gym
NEW yoga exercise deck complete with rustic dining/chill-out area. Offers valley and ocean views
NEW yoga deck hanging over the edge of the plantel offering stunning valley, ocean sunset views
NEW Rustic seating and cocktail area in front of the lodge overlooking the valley  and Pacific ocean
Walking back up to the jungle villa from one of the reserves nature trails
Contemporary  spacious master bedroom offers ocean views, sun-deck delightful en-suite bathroom
Wake up to panormacic ocean/valley views out of the bedroom window in the Ocean view Suite upstairs
En-suite bathroom with walk-in powerful rain shower (solar powered heated water 24/7)
Handcrafted teak and bamboo sliding doors so you can have the villa as open or as closed as you wish
Jungle-view Suite has its own private deck overlooking the jungle canopy with all its nature
Downstairs Jungle Suite, offering guests great jungle views, ensuite bathroom and private deck area
Spacious en-suite bathroom with walk-in rain shower overlooking jungle (with heated water 24/7),
Wake up with the howler monkeys as the villa hangs dramatically over the jungle canopy
As you come up the stairs to the 1st floor you enter wrap-around teak decks with panoramic sea view
The toucans especially love these tress that you can literally reach out and grab from the deck
Fun trek along 1 of the nature trails brings you to freshwater plunge pool and waterfall for swim
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2 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 7
Ojochal, Province of Puntarenas
WELCOME to Pura Vida Ecolodge, a unique 'eco-luxury' award-winning retreat nestled amongst virgin rain forest just 5 km from the volcanic sands of the Pacific Ocean in Central America's Costa Rica. The ecolodge been awarded with a 'Certificate of Excellence' every year since opening by TripAdvisor, was designed by award winning Architect Franco Casalvolone (FCB Arquitectura) and has been awarded with the Airbnb 'Super Host' badge for the last four consecutive seasons as well!

This is the place for guests who want to disconnect, be ‘off-grid’ and get away from it all. It’s for those of you who have a sense of adventure, are up for trying something new, enjoy bumpy and steep roads in a 4x4 (not AWD) and who, come rain or shine, won’t let the weather stop them from doing what they want. It’s an adrenalin junkies...
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About the Owner, Joe L
Languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Dec 2012
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 72 reviews and 1 property
Interaction with guests
We realize that most guests come to our area to really switch off and get away from it all. We therefore meet you up at Pura Vida Ecolodge on your checkin day and collect the keys on the day of checkout, thus giving you all the privacy you want. That said, we are of course available for anything throughout your stay and if you're not used to off-road 4x4 driving we can even arrange a 'meet & greet' service on the main road on the day of your checkin when our housekeeper can escort you up the lodge.

While we actually live abroad, we're always just a message away and if you should need anything onsite during your stay, our charming housekeeper Gersan lives nearby and is available on whatsapp
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Carolyn P
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago for a stay in March 2018

We loved our stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge. Perfect accommodations for our two couples. Bedrooms are separated and private. All very comfortable and well appointed. Loved the plunge pool! Excellent pre-visit packages with lots of information about the property and the surrounding area. We hiked the "hundreds of white steps" trail and it turned out to be 614 steps-give or...

2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago for a stay in February 2018

My husband and I loved Pura Vida! We were there 8 nights and the whole experience was wonderful. The views were breathtaking and the area was gorgeous. The beaches and waves nearby were warm and so fun to play in. Our trip with OSA zip lining was exciting and challenging. At the lodge were incredible sunsets and the sound of...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in December 2017

This is my second time staying here, and honestly it is one of my favorite places on earth— so much so that I left a few hours ago, and am already scheming about how soon I can come back.... and am tempted to give a bad review to help keep this place a secret! It is remote and that is...

  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Dryer
  • En Suite Rooms (2)
  • Freezer
  • Garage
  • Gym
  • Housekeeping Optional
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(1)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (6)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Mountain Views
  • Ocean Views
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Single Beds:(1)
  • Sofa Beds:(1)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 9:00 AM
Adopt the 'Pura Vida' philosophy & concept we have worked so hard to create. That means respecting nature, the animals & the magical surroundings of the Jungle Villa & it's...
    2 Attached (ensuite)
    1 Twin
    1 Full
    1 Super King
    1 Sofa
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1 Feb 2018 -
31 Mar 2018
High Season
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1 Apr 2018 -
30 Apr 2018
Easter 2018
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1 Dec 2018 -
30 Apr 2019
Easter 2018
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to Euros and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Cleaning fee: €41 / stay - Fee
  • Damage Deposit: €325 / stay - Deposit
Additional Rate and Availability Information
The main 'House Rules' are to really adopt the 'Pura Vida' philosophy & concept we have worked so hard to create. That means respecting nature, the animals and the magical surroundings of the Jungle Villa and it's reserve. Our main goal, as designers, hoteliers and 'conceptualists' is that you are able to leave the 'urban madness' behind and fully enjoy & embrace a unique life at PuraVidaEcolodge throughout your stay, whether it be just two days or two weeks, always conscious that our Jungle Villa really is 'A Retreat - A Lifestyle & An Experience.'

Both double bedrooms can be set up as either Kings or indeed separate twins, according to your particular needs and group size. There is also a sofa bed that can sleep a further two people comfortably - with a maximum for the entire Jungle Villa being limited to 6 adults.

We appreciate that life on the Pacific coast can start early so ask guests t...
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About the neighbourhood
Tres Rios & The Zona Sur:

The real ‘eco hot spot’ of Costa Rica, enclosed by the Pacific Ocean and mountainous rainforest surroundings, buzzing with tropical wildlife. This is where jungle meets ocean. Described by National Geographic magazine as “one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world” south-western Costa Rica has a plethora of stunning (and mostly deserted) beaches and fantastic vistas. The areas beaches include the deserted Playa Tortuga, the rugged Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ventanas (named after the two huge cliffs on either side that frame this idyllic surfing beach as well as Playa Uvita and the ‘party town’ and ‘surfers hot-spot’ of Dominical.

The nearby village of Ojochal (5 minutes up the CostaNera) is one of a few local villages hosting a whole load of fine...
Getting around
You'll definitely need a 4x4 car at Pura Vida Ecolodge (we suggest you get in touch with Luis at Vamos rent-a-car - be sure to mention us to get the best possible deal and to ensure being extra well looked after. Having your own wheels allows guests to discover some of the hidden little gems the area has to offer and we have all sorts of tips, directions & local maps that we send out in our welcome packs once your reservation is confirmed, all of which will prepare you for your Costa Rican adventure...
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: San Jose (Capital of Costa Rica) or Palmar Sur (se: 0.0 km
Getting Here:

Getting to Costa Rica is getting easier every year. The Juan Santa Maria International Airport is a modern airport just outside the capital city of San Jose and is the country’s largest airport offering many non-stop flights to and from popular American and European cities. North American travellers to Costa Rica appreciate accessibility with no jetlag. Situated in the Central Standard time zone, the time in Costa Rica varies by no more than two hours from any U.S. location.

Getting to the Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve is effortless. You can catch a local forty-minute flight from San José to Palmar Sur via either SANSA (from San José International Airport) or via Nature Air (from San José Municipal Airport) or an even shorter flight to Quepos. These flights arrive at Palmar Su...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 8.0 km.
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