GUESTBOOK & TESTIMONIALS - Awarded with a 'Certificate of Excellence' for the last four years by TripAdvisor and Super Host Award with Airbnb for the last four consecutive seasons

 "...My wife and I were fortunate, to be some of the first to have ever stayed at Pura Vida Ecolodge. We spent 8 absolutely magnificent days in the remote lodge, far away from the bustle and hustle of big cities or even settlements.

The lodge is very artfully crafted from natural material and the photos on this page do not even do it complete justice how well designed it all is. Simple, yet stylish and very open. Having the sliding doors open all day whether rain or shine allowed us to always experience the rainforest at the doorstep in its fullest including the various sound and lightscapes.

During the day, one can lounge on the deck, sit in the pool or simply walk around the various (unpaved/natural) roads and paths without seeing a single soul. We found howler monkeys, all sorts of insects, butterflies and birds over birds.

The drive down into the little village of Coronado is a bit of a challenge given some steep parts and a 4WD is a must here. If one does not want to bother going "to town" too often, we would definitely recommend buying some basic groceries for some days in advance before making the way up to the lodge.

There are also some nice restaurants in close vicinity from Coronado up and down the main highway, specifically towards Uvita. Getting to the lodge from SJO was about a 4 hour drive without major breaks and adhering to the speed limit.

Overall, we can recommend Pura Vida 100% to everybody who is looking for serenity, natural bliss and an almost spiritual experience. For us, coming from NYC, it was a perfect antidote to the hectic city life. Listening to and living in the rainforest is a truly amazing experience.

Thanks to Joe and Kika for this fantastic place!"

Martin Lange, (made booking Via Airbnb) Nov 2012


"...We would absolutely recommend you. We had an amazing time at the lodge! So much serenity and opportunity to completely tune out from the daily stress. We loved the open space, the freedom, to move around as we wanted without direct neighbours and the rainforest right outside with all the sounds and sights.

We would definitely come back immediately, had we not have a rule for never to visit the same country twice in our lives! Thank you very much for this serene experience!

AirBnb Member Since June 2011


"... Yesterday on our way back home we saw a leopard just 3 meters for our car, 100m from the Villa. It was a baby but still it was completely amazing to see that !! Amazing to know that he was so close to the villa :))

But today it's going home time (back to Switzerland where it is -2 degrees so we would like to thank you VERY much for the stay in your Jungle Villa it was very cool, relaxing and we had such great moments my girlfriend and I, just the 2 together in the middle of nowhere! A great experience we will never forget.

You're house is just perfect and beautiful and we would highly ecommend Pura Vida Ecolodge!"

Jasmina & Matthieu, Switzerland (December, 2012)


...We had a pure pura vida jungle experiance! It's a real nature introspection as you're in direct contact with the nature all day long (and night). The first night we thought that it would be difficult to sleep with the noise of all the animals in the jungle, but now being back home, we are definitely missing it !!

Henry was a perfect host/contact and helpful friend. He took us for a walk to the center of the jungle and we had saw/swim in a beautiful waterfall.

Having a 4x4 is really necessary. The way to get to the villa is a real road trip, you will enjoy it everyday. We advice you to arrive in the day, even if the way is very secured, the first impression arriving at night could be a little bit too strong... Haha!

It was very easy to communicate with Joe. He was very helpful before our trip and send us a lot of useful information (the welcome pack is a great idea!) He did answer during our stay to all our request and question.

We would like to congrat Joe and girlfriend for the design, choices of materials and deco they choose in order to set up the house. It's exactly like in the pictures, even better. We really liked it a lot! The concept of the whole house is smart and ecologic.

We highly recommend the experience and the destination. Pura vida is one of those experience that you have to do once in your life.

Jasmina & Matthieu (Switzerland, Jan 2012)


Artsy retreat Pura Vida Ecolodge is an artsy retreat set among the rainforest with breathtaking panoramic views. My husband and I was staying in this hilltop hideaway with our two friends. We appreciated our hosts’ hospitality – excellent communication, welcome fruit basket, easy check-in and check-out. We woke up early in a morning, enjoyed a cup of coffee on a deck with background music of the jungle, practiced yoga, cooked healthy meals every day, plunged in the pool, read books, napped on a very comfortable couch, hiked the hills, and watched sunsets with a glass of wine. The location is perfect – it is right in the heart of the jungle, surrounded by birds, butterflies, howler monkeys with a short drive to beautiful secluded beaches. I highly recommend Pure Vida Ecolodge to anyone who wants to experience serenity, sanctuary, adventures, and appreciate clean sustainable design and eco-luxury."

Aliona Sanarina (booked via Airbnb February 2013)

Awestruck...We were just meant to visit this place, our stay for Bocas Del Toro was booked by then our visas for panama were rejected, so while I was looking to find places to fill in those days, I came across Pura Vida Ecolodge, and now I have no regrets that our visas were rejected.

This was unarguably the best house we stayed in during our 3 weeks in Costa Rica. Joe and Kika have create something very special here and we really appreciated it. Pura Vida Ecolodge is beautifully made with all the amenities required during a stay. Our check in was very smooth, Henry the local Tico had kept the house clean and ready for us and even stocked the refrigerator with many fresh fruits, which we used every day to make smoothies and juices. Well, I definitely recommend having a 4x4 while driving here.

Since we had only 3 days on hand, we preferred to stay indoors most of the time and enjoy the house and the pool, however we did do a half day amazing snorkelling tour with Mystique dive Center, which was recommended by Joe! The dive shop is located approx 20 mins from the house and I would definitely recommend people to do this half day scuba / snorkel tour. You drive down to the beach where your speed boat is waiting to rush you to an island called Isla De Cano. Kumari who runs the dive shop is a wonderful person and absolutely brilliant at what she does. We snorkelled for two sessions of nearly 1 and 1/2 hour each with a lunch In between the dives. he coral reef around the island has so much sea life, we saw incredibly colourful fishes, turtles, dolphins and even saw a shark!

What's awesome about this palace is that it provides complete privacy and literally nobody passes the house at any time. My only regret will be not staying here longer!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013 (Airbnb guest)


"...It was SO GOOD, we extended our trip by 5 days!!! With so much to see and do in Costa Rica, we originally planned to stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge for just a couple of nights, but upon arrival and instantly falling in love with the place, location and the unique lifestyle the retreat offers we decided to make it our 'nest' for the entire week.

Highlights for us were the morning nature trails on the edge of the reserve, bathing in the fresh water waterfalls and plunge pools, waking up to the sound of crickets and howler monkeys, watching amazing sunsets and sipping tasty papaya 'batidos' in relax on the lodge's panoramic balconies.

The 'rustic' Playa Garca and Mangrove boat tour was a real experience and insight into how the local Ticos live. The adventure getting there through the mangroves and the Rio Terraba was rewarded with a 'delightful' walk on the wide, open and deserted beach with lovely little crabs hiding as soon as we were passing by; sensational seeing how the ocean floods, at high tide with a twist of waves, the strip of land called by locals 'Playa Garca' because of the thousands of birds that visit it every day Thank you Gersan and Ily ... an amazing day out and a great 'tico' picnic lunch!!!

The Isla de Caño trip was also a great excursion as we dived and snorkled and saw loads of turtles, manta rays and even reef shark. It was amusing to take pictures of the dolphins following our boat and to try to catch their best acrobatic performances. Thanks to Kumari at Mystic Dive!

Joe & Kika have created something very special at Pura Vida Ecolodge. It has been designed to literally hang over the jungle canopy so you really get the feeling of 'living with nature' and at the same time it has wonderful ocean views. The lodge's plunge pool (by day & night) was special, and being relatively new to 'eco-luxury', we just loved the concept. Loads of stunning and empty beaches nearby (Playa Ballena and Playa Tortuga our favourites) and fresh fish and tropical fruits back at the lodge every day was a winner!


Angela DeNicola, Naples, Italy (Booked via Airbnb April 2013)


"...I live in Costa Rica and my parents were coming out to visit for the first time so I wanted to put us up in a nice spot for lots of relaxing away from the crowds but with access to lots of fun stuff. The Pacific South region really is a great spot and we were all very happy with the activities in the area. Diving / snorkelling / turtle spotting at Isla el Cano, night walking near Dominical, visiting local fish farms, and kayaking in the huge mangroves of the region.

We also spent a few days just lazing at the house reading, playing cards, etc. The house itself was perfect for our needs. It is minimalistic in the best way - it has everything you need and nothing you don't. For me the decor and fittings were excellent. The beds were very comfortable. Tucans visited daily and there are all sorts of other critters around to look for.

The view to the ocean is great. The pool is a perfect plunge pool for cooling off on those hot afternoons. Overall we were completely happy with the property and the service provided by Joe.

The drive up is a bit of an adventure but completely doable. We didn't need to turn on the 4x4 capability of the truck. It's worth it to get away from the highway full of tourists, especially during the busy easter season.

Ashraf Dean, San Jose, Costa Rica (Booked via Airbnb March 2013)


Beautiful and amazing place!My boyfriend, me and a couple of friends stayed at PuraVuda and really loved our stay. We wish that we could have stayed longer, Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The view was outstanding. Very clean place. Would definitely recommend staying here."
Rachel LaSalle, Quebec, Canada (Booked via HouseTrip March 2013)


'Designed relaxation in tropical oasis - you'll love the sliding doors.Exactly as pictured and described. Great place. Super layout, design and construction. I've stayed at dozens of places in Costa Rica and this is one of my favorites."

Patrick Herold, Decatur, Georgia, United States (Booked via Airbnb, May 2013)

Conscious PerfectionPura Vida Ecolodge is a well-designed, inspiring, gorgeous piece of architecture nestled into lush jungle landscape with ocean views...what is not to love? Gersan, the owners' friend and surrogate host, was attentive, accommodating and perfectly charming. We were thrilled to arrive to an infinity pool and large bowl of tropical fruit after a long day of travel! The thoughtful little touches (ample, creatively arranged candles, blender, south pacific area guide, plently of incredibly soft towels) were evident, used and appreciated. The indoor/outdoor flow was absolutely PERFECT, with doors in all the right places for privacy and bug/air control. This space beautifully exploits the exotic wonder of Costa Rica and the pura vida lifestyle!! We loved every minute..thank you for contributing in such a huge way to what was ultimately a wonderful, relaxing vacation!"
Suzanne Codiga, San Jose, Costa Rica (Booked via Airbnb April 2013)


"...This house is really, really well done! We were only there for about 3 days but it was simply amazing. The house is very very comfy. We loved the attention to detail put into the design of the house. It has everything one can need and nothing more. We were especially fond of the amazing sunsets you can watch from the comfort of the awesome couch inside the house. I would return here for sure!!"

Lance Moss, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (Booked via Airbnb May 2013)


"...We fell in love with this spot. The house is everything pictured and then some. We stayed for 9 days and to be honest we could have stayed 9 more. We did the local mangrove tour with garsun and his wife and it was amazing and with every cent. They serve breakfast to your group out of their home and is a great way to take in this culture. We stayed during the rainy season and it was perfect. The entire living room opens up and you feel like your floating in the mountains over the jungle. If your looking for a place to just unplug, go off grid and relax this spot comes highly recommended. We rented a car in San Jose and drove down. The next time for sure I will spend the little extra to fly into uvita which shaves off allot of travel time. I can't wait to go back."

Todd Gear, New York, New York, United States (Booked via AirBnb August 2013)


"...The house is high and the range is very green . The view from the terrace of the house perfectly beautiful exterior of the house is also very good blown living very much to the inside finish is good. The owner makes a welcome basket of fruit."

Konstantin Zakharenkov, Russia (Booked via AirBnb September 2013)


"...We stayed here for two nights, if you are lucky you can hear @ howler night and a lot of birds @ day. The house is spectacular, is beautifully decorated keeping its concept. The view from the deck is just unbelievable. Jerson ( the boy who manages the house ) the most sweet and kind local that exists, he'll do everything on his power to help you, whatever you need . The place is about 3 miles from a very small town, so best to bring the basics with you on your first day. The property has as a courtyard some breath taking waterfalls you can visit. Now the kitchen has a water purifier that is very helpful so you can drink water from the pipe.They welcome you with a basket full of tropical fruit. (winch is very nice for snack @ the pool) The house is very comfortable has two levels and enough space for 6 people. My favorite part of the balconies!!! also has a bathroom where you can take a shower facing the mountain or jungle, super relaxing and refreshing. The garage is just for one car but you have enough space for parking outside. And you don't have to worry cuz is very secure! Overall architecture of the place is harmonic with nature and we loved it. It is well worth visiting this place!!! Does not matter if you're a Costa Rican or foreign. I'll come back some time for sure!"

Eli Sanchez, San Jose, Costa Rica (Booked via AirBnb October 2013)


"... A Rainforest Paridise! As first time visitors to Costa Rica we knew we were in for a real treat when we came across Pura Vida Ecolodge just before we arrived. It was a very last minute booking but this magical retreat really is (if at all possible) even better than we imagined and is and does exactly what it says on it's profile. We drove down from San Jose which was a great experience in itself, i'd say it was about 3 hours and the directions made it super easy. In the 3 days we were there, we definitely managed to unwind, relax, turn off and embrace the 'pura vida' lifestyle on offer. The location was perfect for us, secluded, beautiful and quiet but within easy reach of some of the best beaches we've ever seen, loads of great activities (we highly recommend the canopy tour) and Ojochal (lovely little village about a 10/12 minute drive away where we had 2 very tasty meals). Back up at the lodge, the facilities were pretty impressive, it's been designed with a lot of attention to detail and it looked like the owners had recently stocked up on a completely new kitchen (my girlfriend LOVED this as she's an avid cook), and Gerzan explained that Joe & Kika had just installed a new wifi router, which meant that I could keep in touch with work and emails whilst taking in the views on the deck. Personally, my favourites were the infinity pool and the huge rain showers in the bathrooms and just up the road from the house, there is really cool nature trail, which basically takes you through the jungle to a river and natural plunge pool - there is no better way to start the day! On the other mornings we did yoga (another great touch) on the deck and enjoyed papaya smoothies (thanks for the fruit basket!!) I'd say the house has everything you need and nothing you don't. We even managed to pick up a bit of spanish the day we did the boat tour with Gerzan and Ily. Again, this comes highly recommended and is really good value for money and quite a unique way to discover the local area and fishing was really fun, those mangroves were amazing and we were lucky to see a whole load of monkeys and birds. If only we could have stayed longer. In short, a great location, great place, and great value for money. Highly recommended! Thanks for this once in a lifetime opportunity."

Andy Daniel, London, UK (Booked via AirBnb November 2013)


"... Pura Vida Eco Lodge - more a feeling than only a name! Joe, the owner, did our check-in (and also check-out) himself and made us feel extremly welcome! From the beginning on we definitly recognized that it was the right choise to stay there. Independently which place, room or piece we discovered within the eco lodge, we could see, with how much passion, knowledge and love this was designed. Really well done! The kitchen was extremely well equipped, as well as the remaining house - they thought of everything!!! Beside of all the incredible things the eco lodge had to offer, Joe was a great host and gave us additionally some tipps for the surroundings (the trail nearby and especially the waterfall are absolutely stunning...) This is THE place where you can definitly leave the stress behind, lean back and just have a great Pura-Vida-time! If you have the chance, take it, be a Part of it and spend a few Nights in paradise!"

Nancy Schmogrow, Berlin,  Germany (Booked via AirBnb December 2013)


"...Pura Vida Paradise!! We stayed 5 nights at this wonderful villa, a family of two adults and two kids. The villa live up to all the promisses from the pictures and lots of more. It is well equipped with everything you need, and even yoga mats that we used every morning on the wonderful terrace with absolutely magical views. You will live in the middle of the forest surrounded by stunning scenery. We experienced the most fanatstic stary sky we have ever seen. Make sure you have a 4 w drive otherwise you wont be able to reach the villa. And the drive is a adventure by itself!! If you arrive after dark, be sure to make arrangements so that you will be met in Coronado by Gersan, who takes care of the house to Kika and Joe, he will guide you up the adventurous road. We went on the mangrovetour with Gersan and Illy. A delightful experience with stunning scenery and a wonderful day on a deserted beach. We highly recomend this tour, but for small children the 1,5 hour boattour at the river in the sun might be a bit to long. Kika and Joe has been very helpful and fast to replay in email. The welcomepack we received before we arrived was very helpful. We hope that the villa and its surroundings maintain its unique atmosphere and we are able to visit this unspoiled paradise again! Lots of love Camilla Lars Seth and Sam Sweden"

Camilla & Lars Nilsson, Stockholm, Sweden (Booked via Airbnb December 2013)


"...I cannot begin to describe how wonderful our stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge was. The house is tucked away in the rainforest, with a giant porch and view over the trees to the ocean. The half of the walls are screen doors that slide open, making you feel as connected as possible to the birds all around you. I was nervous about being so far south in Costa Rica, but it ended up being exactly what we needed. The highlight of our trip: Playa Ventanas. We went to that beach 3 times in 7 days, and I wish I could return. Possibly the most perfect beach I have ever been to."

Brandi Henderson, Seattle, Washington, United States (Booked via Airbnb January 2014)


"...We had a fantastic three days at the beautiful villa. Beautiful views, nice setting in the midst of nature, refreshingsmall pool, cool breezes, it was a real wow-experience. Would recommend it ! It is a nice but shaky ride (approx 10-15 min) from the main road to the villa, so bring drinks and breakfast with you on arrival. But all this is explained in really the best welcome-brochure we ever received."

Bart & Linda Elsen, Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium (Booked via Airbnb January 2014)


"...My husband & I had a fabulous experience at the Pura Vida Ecolodge. The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the surroundings and the craft of the lodge itself. We took advantage of the boat tour & loved experiencing Costa Rica with some fabulous locals. Thank you for the opportunity and we hope to be back!"

Shanna & Jon Duvall, Asheville, North Carolina, United States (Booked via Airbnb January 2014)


"...Our stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge was way beyond anything we could have imagined or expected! The open-air plan gave us a wonderful feeling of being immersed in the tropical jungle. Awakening every morning to the rising sun and the sound of Howler monkeys, sea surf and many many birds was spectacular! We so thoroughly enjoyed our Mangrove / River / Deserted Beach tour with Gersan and Ili. This is truly a special way to engage with the real goodness of Costa Rican people and is not to be missed! We can't find enough good words to say about our whole experience here and we're already thinking about how to go back again."

Jeanette & Bill Allen, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States (Booked via Airbnb January 2014)


"...Lovely accommodation. A great view to wake up to in the morning. Good functioning kitchen. Be prepared you really do need a 4x4. My husband did the driving and I was glad. The jungle is gorgeous. Gersan who did the boat tour was fabulous, despite his limited english. He brought Elsar along who spoke a little more. The beach is great, bring lots of sunblock as the sun is baking."

Gemma Harwood, Jerusalem, Israel (Booked via Airbnb January 2014)


"...We had the most amazing stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge! We got the perfect route how to find it in the Welcome Package and once we arrived Gersan was right there to explain everything to us. We even got fresh fruit as a welcome gift! From the very first minute we fell in love with thus beautiful house in a stunning location. Everything was super clean and very well kept in shape. It even has a second guest house on the lower level which we didn't get to use since there was plenty of room for the both of us upstairs. The pool is lovely and refreshing. I did Yoga twice a day with the sunrise and sunset on the terrace with its amazing view. The kitchen is super well equipped so we cooked every day, though there are a lot of great restaurants in the area... On our last day we took the tour with Gersan which was so great! His wife prepared a late breakfast for us at their home and from there we headed of to get to the boat and into the mangroves. We saw tons of birds and even monkeys! Finally we arrived at a super isolated, beautiful beach where we had the picnic they specially prepared for us (were both vegetarians and they had tons of fresh fruit and a homemade delicious guacamole and tortillas). Gersan and his friend were very polite and cool guides, telling us everything about the nature... What can we say: it was a PLEASURE to stay at Joe's & Kika's home and we'd definitely come back next time we're in Costa Rica! Thanks again for being such great hosts!"

Julia Tyrolt, Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany (Booked via Airbnb February 2014)


"...Dramatic access to the lodge, we'd suggest a 4WD but once arrived one is compensated with the magnificent view over the forest to the sea .. Easy checkin and key pick up at the house, where the housekeeper was waiting. The premises were as specified on the website. Rain showers worked splendidly, plenty of clean towels were available, WiFi ran without problems. The 'plunge-pool' provided a welcome refreshment in the heat of the day. The house is equipped with numerous fans with AC & fans in both bedrooms. The housekeeper and his wife offer a fun (and quaint) mangrove boat tour which includes a very tasty typical Costa Rican lunch. In the immediate vicinity of the house are numerous small and larger good restaurants. Very useful & detailed welcome pack sent before checkin. All in all we highly recommended the house, its design and architecture."

Walter Grimhardt, Bocholt, Germany (Booked via Airbnb February 2014)


"...Pura vida as it should be - highly recommended !!! The Ecolodge was a highlight of our Costa Rica trip. Everything was as described or even better than the photos can show it. The house is furnished with great attention to detail and has everything you could wish for. In particular, the stylish kitchen is fully equipped and preparing food a pleasure. In addition, we enjoyed very much the environment (jungle, beaches, mangrove tour with Gerzan). Thanks for everything (including the helpful welcome pack and the fruit basket)."

Anja Thaysen, Dusseldorf, Germany (Booked via Airbnb February 2014)


"...We spent 6 nights in the lodge with our children (6 and 9) and we all loved it. The first day arrival by night was already the real adventure we were looking for: wild animals (toads, birds, bats...) on the road, climb the hill (4x4 is the only option), alone in the dark... Once there, we discovered this nice and well-designed paradise: the lodge is like on the pictures, the sound of the jungle on top! Eco life style: do not expect a quiet and luxurious place, but as mentioned in the description, a retreat / an experience. The sun rises at 5:30am and the life of the forest (monkeys, birds...) wakes up, it is ideal to observe the nature. The night is quite dark, you can see stars that are not visible close to cities. The lodge is equipped with everything you would expect from such a place (+ a bonus with the pool). The lodge is 25 mins drive to Uvita and 20 mins of the first beach (Tortuga, Ventanas, Ballena, Dominical... playas) and Marino Ballena NP . 1h drive to Manual Antonio NP and to Sierpe (good start point to go to Corcovado NP). Even if they are not present on-site, the hosts Joe & Kika are seriously and remotely taking care that everything goes well and their local friend Gersan is available to welcome you and in case of emergency. Great organization!"

Alexandre Capt, Landser, Alsace, France (Booked via Airbnb March 2014)


"...What can I say? We really loved the beautiful house and the overwhelming surrounding and we had a wonderful time there! Joe, Kika and Gerzan were very helpful and great hosts being very professional and polite. Definitely the highlights of our one month tour through Costa Rica. Thank you!"

Joergen Von Bodenhausen, Cologne, Germany (Booked via Airbnb March 2014)


"...We had an absolutely incredible time at the Pura Vida Ecolodge! We couldn't have asked for a better experience and truly feel thankful that you have opened your retreat to us. We met Gerzan, their host and Zeger, their neighbor to the north and both were so nice and helpful! We utilized the beautiful kitchen and all it had to offer by cooking breakfast, fresh fish and blending fresh fruit smoothies. We used many of their local recommendations on beaches and places to visit which was really nice to have! We didn't have time to do Gerzan's mangrove boat tour but we so wish we could have because it sounded wonderful. We surfed in dominical, saw la Catarata de Uvita, visited Manuel Antonio National Park and explored some local beaches close by! We would absolutely recommend the beautiful retreat full of natural sights and sounds. You will definitely need a 4x4 because the road to get to the Ecolodge is dirt/gravel and very steep with lots of sharp curves. With that being said, we definitely had fun riding up and down everyday! We were unfortunately a little later than expected when arriving which got us there after dark. We were comfortable driving on but I'm not sure we would recommend to most- definitely arrive in day light. We were fortunate that Zeger was there to greet us and let us in late! Everything we needed was there or at the local soda/convenience stores right before turning down the dirt road to the house which was nice, too! Thank you so much again for letting us into your wonderful retreat! We truly hope to visit again in the future- Pura Vida!"

Krysten Bauman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (Booked via Airbnb March 2014)


"...A fantastic retreat right in the middle of nature, perfectly equipped, tidy and lovely arranged. The boat tour was a real experience and brought us to an amazing beach. Both Joe as well as his local contact were of great help during our stay, especially when we had a break-down with our car."

Daniel Meyer, Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany (Booked via Airbnb March 2014)


"...This house is incredible . My only complaint is that I wish we stayed longer . The pool is greet ... Don't worry about it not being beach front because it's 10 minute drive from the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen . Take the hosts reccomendations they are fantastic ! Gave us the alternate entrance to playa tortuga and we had the beautiful beach to ourselves . Gersan is a great help his mangrove tour sounded amazing but just didn't have the time . Amazing experience ! No complaints!!!"

Brian Garrett, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Booked via Airbnb March 2014)


"...Many thanks and high praises to Joe and Kika the owners and Gerzan the caretaker of the Pura Vida Ecolodge for making our first family visit to Costa Rica a truly memorable experience. The well designed villa was a relaxing and revitalizing retreat yet close enough to many great area attractions that kept us busy exploring during the day. We appreciated their helpful and detailed information on the area and took their advice on beaches, waterfalls, restaurants, fish market, and provision shopping. We thoroughly enjoyed Gerzan's boat adventure through the mangroves and visit to the longest stretch of beach on the Pacific Coast which included a walk through his rural and quiet village. Our trip to the Osa Canopy Tour was also an adrenaline highlight! The neighbor, Zeger, could not believe we were in Costa Rica for only a week, so the longer the stay the better for the Pura Vida experience. A 4x4 is a must and daytime driving up and down the steep, narrow and rocky road to the house is preferable; tire changing skills may come in handy as well. If you are looking for a place to unplug and soak in the sights, sounds and stars, then we highly recommend the Pura Vida Ecolodge! We hope to return someday!"

Tom & Nancy Albertson, Rockport, Maine, United States (Booked via Airbnb April 2014)


"...Really enjoyed the place. Had an amazing view and it was right in the middle of the jungle. Though at night, there was a lot of bugs which were attracted towards the house and we had to frequently turn off the lights to reduce their numbers. Overall I would highly recommend the place for anyone who wants to experience a real taste of Costa Rica."

Farzad Ehsani, Sunnyvale, California, United States (Booked via Airbnb April 2014)


"...Our 7-days stay at the Pura Vida was everything we wished for and more. The house located on top of the mountain is beautiful and comfortable with incredible views. We had a great time immersing in the natural beauty of Costa Rica while enjoying comforts of a well planned home, such as warm showers, comforatble beds and home-cooked meals. Yoga in the morning accompanied by sounds of congo monkeys welcoming the rising sun or watching the stars at night with the soundtrack of cicadas coming from the jungle, we loved it all! We were able to visit several beautiful beaches, swim in waterfalls and mountain rivers, go fishing, and sample local cuisine in several little restaurants. Both Joe and Gersan were very helpful and responsive. Thank you! Pura Vida!

Nataliya Budnik, New Jersey, United States (Booked via Airbnb April 2014)


"...The ecolodge was beautiful, there was a fresh fruit platter waiting for us and it has the amazing view shown in the pictures. The pool is small but deep and very refreshing during the hot Costa Rica afternoons. We came at the start of the rainy season and were treated to an awesome thunder and lightning show from the upstairs bedroom. However, because of the heavy rains, the road was probably a little more rutted out than usual. The road up to the house is only possible with a 4x4 car. Upon check in we were met by the caretaker Gersan who showed how to work all the lights and gave us a tour, we don't speak fluent Spanish and he doesn't speak English but he was SO nice and we communicated just fine. Unfortunately for us, we got sick on our way up to the ecolodge and weren't feeling better until after we left so we weren't able to hike to the nearby waterfalls but we heard the one closest to the house is just so special. Tip: If coming from the north there are 2 large grocery stores in Uvita that are worth a stop as they have more variety compared to the sodas in Coronado and Tres Rios. A quick trip to the grocery store can still take a while because of the hill leading up to the lodge so we recommend stocking up on foods before hand (the ecolodge has a fully equipped/well stocked kitchen), unless you are planning on eating out most meals.

Kacee Astorga, Citrus Heights, California, United States (Booked via Airbnb May 2014)


"...Beautiful hideaway - the perfect place to relax! The two of us stayed one week at Purevida Ecolodge. We simply enjoyed it. Perfect location with views on the pacific ocean. More privacy isn't possible, this place is perfect for people who just want to relax. The house has everything you would need. The hosts, Joe and Kika, are very helpfull and its easy to communicate with them. Also Gersan who lives nearby was around when we needed him. Truly enjoyed this week at this tropical paradise. So all in all we can highly recommend this beautyful place in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle."

Michael Poysden, Zurich, Switzerland (Booked via Airbnb May 2014)


"...We had a wonderful adventure at Pura Vida Ecolodge. We loved the feeling that we were truly immersing ourselves in the Costa Rican experience, something that simply cannot be accomplished if you stay at a resort/hotel. Yes, we booked a tour of a national park (Corcovado), and yes, we went ziplining (Osa Mountain Tours), both of which are within easy driving distance of the house.

But our favorite experiences were the things that can ONLY be done by staying at Pura Vida Ecolodge: the nature hikes that are merely steps away from the property are indescribably beautiful and enchanting, and our trip through the mangroves to Playa Garca, where we literally had the entire beach to ourselves thanks to housekeeper Gerzan's private boat tour, was unforgettable. Getting to the house is an adventure unto itself as you climb the winding, steep dirt road, but we loved it and considered it to be part of the experience. And the views that you see in the pictures are even more incredible when you see them in person. We never had to turn on the air conditioning because of the nice cool breeze, particularly in the evenings. And you will enjoy being awoken by the howler monkeys each morning! If you are looking for a unique experience that is truly off the beaten path, then this is a good home for you to rent.

Its proximity to activities (national parks, ziplines, beaches, etc.) is excellent, and there are some great restaurants just up the road in Ojochal (Exotica was my personal favorite -- try the shrimp banana curry dish, it's delicious!). At the same time, you are far enough away from things that you will not feel like a tourist. My wife and I feel that our daughters not only enjoyed themselves, but also gained an appreciation for Costa Rican culture that they would not have had if we were to have stayed elsewhere. Our whole family left Pura Vida Ecolodge saying that it was the best vacation we've ever taken."

Tim Mauri, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States (Booked via Airbnb June 2014)


"...We had a great experience all around, staying for a week. Joe and Kika have provided useful and timely information and support. The house is really in the middle of nature and the kitchen/living room let's you experience all the noises of the jungle, while the sleeping rooms have had windows and aircondition, providing a more quiet and on demand cooler environment. The local help Gersan is nice and we can only recommend the boat tour that he offers."

Chris Huber, McCordsville, Indiana, United States (Booked via Airbnb June 2014)


"...Where do I start. Had a very memorable stay here. We, my girlfriend and I, stayed at the lodge for five days. We flew in from SJO drove to the lodge which was about a four hour drive. We showed up around 6:00 and by then it was dark, luckily we had Gersan to guide us to the lodge. Long story short the place is like no other. You're literally way up in the mountains away from everyone and everything. The place had a wonderful view.

The home itself suited us perfectly, from the plunge pool the the open living space. You must visit Turtle beach which isn't far at all. Literally have the whole beach to yourself. Gersan was very helpful and kind hearted. You will definitely need a 4x4 to get up to the place. Don't short out on renting a small car, get the most rugged one you can. Also go and pass by the market and get food before going up the place so you can stock the fridge. Already miss sitting on the couch, watching the lightning, hearing the thunder and the rain poring down."

Martin Consul, Everett, Washington, USA (Booked via Airbnb July 2014)


"...This was by far the coolest thing I've ever done. It was a jungle wonderland that we never wanted to leave. Gerzan (house manager) was super awesome and helpful. He even made us a coffee maker out of bamboo!! I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone!! Seriously amazing. THANK YOU!! The house was gorgeous and very comfortable. There was AC in the bedroom to make it feel comfortable like a hotel but then when you want to walk outside it's an amazing jungle with tons of wildlife and beauty"

Julie & Garrett Freeman, Huntington Bech, California, USA (Booked via Airbnb July 2014)


"Beautiful!...So reviews are for you, the traveller, to get a better idea of the place and to read other peoples opinions. So that's what this is, a bit of info and my opinion, but I will try to stick with info. As others have said, the road is rough. 4 wheel drive with good tires is a must! It's incredibly steep, but because of that the view is exceptional. I suggest taking a walk further up the road as well. It's a beautiful and peaceful area.

We are a family of 5, the 3 boys slept upstairs so the twin beds in the master bedroom worked for us. My husband and I slept in the jungle view room which doesn't have the incredible view or the cross ventilation that the upper floor rooms had making it a bit musty but not a big deal. It's the jungle after all and your only sleeping there.

All of the beds were comfortable, the eco-washing machine takes a bit of getting used to, the internet was in and out for us (make sure your devices have notifications and apps closed, it's a SIM card that gets charged in town and not something we were used to, but I think there were other issues as well... like rainstorms!). Solar hot water heater, clouds and rain and 5 people = warm to cool showers. The kitchen is stocked with what is necessary and is easy to navigate. We cooked dinner every night. We never had issues with power going out as we did in other houses.I love the openness of the house, the huge sliding wood doors to make it even more open, the master bedroom view... wow. Relaxing on the deck was my preferred spot

This house would be perfect for a honeymoon. I highly recommend Gersan's mangrove tour. He is a young local man with a lovely wife and baby who took the 5 of us in 2 boats with a couple of other locals through the mangroves to a very private and beautiful beach. His wife made us a very delicious lunch.

Special moments include - A lightening storm so far south is was only on the horizon and at the same time the area was filled with fireflies. Magic. Our last night, probably the best sunset of our trip.Poison dart tree frog in the bathroom. Gersan chopping open green coconuts with his machete for us to drink.

Try to visit Bob's Roadshack Deli in Uvita... best sandwiches ever and artisan beer.
Joe, the owner stays in contact with you and is very helpful. When you confirm your reservation his directions include photos! Why doesn't everyone in Costa Rica do that! VERY helpful. Good luck with your decision and enjoy your trip!"

Marianne Orme  (Booked via Holiday Lettings, August 2014)


"...A magical honeymoon experience like no other - Gosh, it seems impossible to put into words how amazing this place is. My husband and I went here on our honeymoon and still look back and the photos and long to return. So hard to describe how peaceful, beautiful and relaxing this place is. It is completely secluded, no people in sight. Everything is so well kept and comfortable. I love the scroll back doors that let you be technically "indoors" but having the entire house open to the jungle while you sit on the couch and read a book or while you're sitting at the table eating breakfast. But then, if it becomes a little too much my husband and I would go to our "escape" (aka the bedroom) and there is a very nice AC unit that works AMAZING and a beautiful rain shower.

The price is AMAZING for this place, I'm so thankful I found this website. So many local adventures to do in the area. We would wake up and go to an excursion (zip lining, CANYONING!!!!, or just explore a beach) and be back up to the house at around 2pm and just enjoy the balcony and pool at the house. **sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh** Just talking about it makes me wish I was back there again. And the FOODDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!! Oh so good!! We went grocery shopping to have food at the house (passion fruit, pinapple and mango juices are AMAZING!!) but we also tried out the local restaurants and they were SO GOOD!! Man, words and pictures don't do this place justice, trust me when you say that you HAVE TO GO!! My husband and I are already planning when we can go back to visit!! ANDDDDDDD, the housekeeper Gersan is so amazing!! He even handmade my husband a bamboo coffee maker because he loved the one that was in the house!! Gersan also invited us to his house to meet his wife and 2 month old baby girl. They are so friendly and welcoming, it was such a delightful treat. I have traveled to over 15 different countries and done some pretty cool things but this by far was my favorite place to visit and CANYONING ( has been my favorite thing I've ever done!!

Thank you so much Pura Vida Ecolodge!! We'll see you in the future for sure!!

Julie Freeman (Booked via Airbnb, September 2014)


...Where do I start. Had a very memorable stay here. We, my girlfriend and I, stayed at the lodge for five days. We flew in from SJO drove to the lodge which was about a four hour drive. We showed up around 6:00 and by then it was dark, luckily we had Gersan to guide us to the lodge. Long story short the place is like no other. You're literally way up in the mountains away from everyone and everything. The place had a wonderful view. The home itself suited us perfectly, from the plunge pool the the open living space. You must visit Turtle beach which isn't far at all. Literally have the whole beach to yourself. Gersan was very helpful and kind hearted. You will definitely need a 4x4/AWD SUVV or truck to get up to the place. Don't short out on renting a small car, get the most rugged one you can. Also go and pass by the market and get food before going up the place so you can stock the fridge.

Already miss sitting on the couch, watching the lightning, hearing the thunder and the rain poring down. This place is not for the faint of heart, there will be critters all over the house, in and out, and the terrain getting up to the place is like no other place I have driven, super steep inclines and uneven rocky roads. No way would we be able to get up when it rains. Also never left after dark as it would be to risky. Overall a experience like no other"

Martin Consol (Booked via Airbnb Sept '14)


...Our stay at the Pura Vida Ecolodge was truly a magical experience! The villa is surrounded by the most magnificent jungles. We saw all sorts of beautiful birds and creatures from the porch which made just relaxing on the porch an activity in itself! There is also several great hikes just a few minutes walk from the house. The house is also not too far from the main roads and we were able to go to the nearby beaches, and do all sorts of activities without traveling too far. Thank you Joe and Kika for a wonderful experience, it is one that we will never forget!"

Malka Rothman (Booked via Airbnb Sept '14)


...My Girlfriend and I had an unbelievable experience at the Pura Vida Ecolodge recently. The pictures certainly do it justice! Costa Rica is a beautiful country and this location and lodge is the perfect place to stay. Very Tranquil location surrounded by rainforest. Joe and Kika are very responsive hosts. Definitely rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle as you will need it! No complaints! Would love to come again!"

Chris Murray (Booked via Aribnb Sept '14)


"...From the beginning booking and preparing for this was easy. Once we had made the booking Joe and Kika were really helpful and provided a complete welcome pack. This covered everything we needed in a simple and clear way (and made us very excited!) In the end we printed out the pack and took it everywhere to help find the beaches and other local places like the local fish shop where we bought some lovely fish. It also covered the practicalities as well for the lodge, like the safe, and the directions for getting to the lodge that were really helpful, with pictures and distances.

Once there, although the pictures are good, it is even better. The views are amazing from the lodge and we never bored of simply sitting on the balcony, drink in hand, watching the weather pass us by, sun go down, and all the nature around us. The lodge itself is open and airy. It is full netted so as long as you keep the doors closed you are quite bug free (relatively as remember you are in the jungle). However, you never feel trapped as it is so simple and open. It is an incredible building with an understated feel of luxury with the two walk in showers, spacious rooms and tall ceilings. We especially loved the sofa where we would have a lovely afternoon snooze under the throws provided.

You do need a 4x4 and were pleased Joe flagged this. The final road up to the lodge is a bumpy track but it is fine if you have a 4x4 and after a couple of drives you do not think about it, night or day. You simply just need to be able to drive sensibly. Locally, the beaches are quite hidden away but secluded and beautiful. The water was really warm. The welcome pack helps and locals were also helpful. Playa Arco was incredible with monkeys and waterfall. That said, you do need to pay $18 to go through the entrance at the hotel, but that includes a walk through their jungle trail, the amazing beach and a piece of cake and juice when you return. We were happy with the money spent! We found a couple of great restaurant but to be honest, often cooked ourselves in the evenings. The kitchen has everything you need which is great including a simple and easy to use bamboo coffee maker the locals all use.

Overall, we couldn't recommend this highly enough. We wanted to get away from the rush of city life and spoil ourselves and this was perfect to do this. If you appreciate what it is and where you are going it is perfect. If you are expecting a 5 star hotel all inclusive, you will probably still be converted!"

William Davies (Booked via Airbnb Oct '14)


"...We stayed 4 nights at Pura Vida Ecolodge and had a wonderful experience! Gersan, the house manager, met us there with his wife and dinner ready on the table which was delicious. Joe and kika were very attentive to our needs during our stay and the welcome packet had everything we needed. The grounds were amazing however the roads are rough this time of year and a 4 wheel drive is definitely necessary. We hiked near pura vida and enjoyed some local spots down the hill. Some Of our favorite moments were interacting with the locals, and enjoying gerzan's mangrove tour. Do be sure to close all doors and windows before bed as bugs will find there way in. If you are partial to a type of pillow it's probably a good idea to bring one of your own. Overall a great experience, and would definitely recommend. Particularly to the more adventurous airbnb traveler."

Melissa Melcher (Booked via Airbnb Nov '14)


"...This is a special place. A perfect place to unwind and relax on the deck with a gorgeous view. We saw many birds and a howler monkey! If you are driving go the short way. It is actually easier. 4x4 is necessary. The house is well located. Manual Antonio is an easy day trip and you can boat to the Corcovado Park from nearby Sierpe. We only stayed 3 nights and wished we had stayed longer."

Mary Kasher (Booked via Airbnb Nov '14)


"...Gorgeous place, really thought out design, executed to high spec with tasteful decor and the most stunning views. Make sure you have a 4x4 as it's a little off the beaten track and the road can be quite treacherous. The welcome package explains the road pretty thoroughly so you won't have problems finding it. Ghersan who looks after the place is ace too... All in all - feels like a 5 star stay!"

Kristophe Hofford (Booked via Airbnb Nov '14)


"...Wonderful location. Great interior design taste. We had a fantastic holiday."

Christof Weisner (Booked via Airbnb Dec '14)


"...The Pura Vida ecolodge is exactly what is promised and Joe and Kika are great hosts. The house is gorgeous and the location is remote! Seriously, make sure you rented a 4x4 to go here because you are on top of the world in this amazing location."

Eddie McShane (Booked via Airbnb Dec '14)


"...Pura Vida Ecolidge is a very beautiful place with a spectacular view ans surrounding. We enjoyed every minute of our stay, we loved the boat tour with Gersan and Capitano through the mangroves and the delicious dinner on the beach. Our daugther was Reading for hours in the pool and we all really had time to relax and enjoy the nature. To celebrate New Years Eve at your place is an unforgettabel memory for us. The way to the ecolodge definitely needs an SUV and some driving experience,but if you got too ot an your way down, you can jump into the river and cool down, It's a perfect place to experience Costa Rica."

Rita Siegemund (Booked via Airbnb Jan '15)


"...Arriving late in the afternoon sunshine at Pura Vida ecolodge in the sumptuous Costa Rican jungle felt like arriving in the Garden of Eden! The whole experience was magical and unique and was enhanced by Joe and Kika's attention to detail; they've thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable and life-enriching as possible. The villa is spacious, thoughtfully designed and beautiful; natural and harmoniously respectful of the surrounding beauty by minimsing the impact of our stay. We spent many a warm, sunny afternoon on the outdoor teak deck contemplating the beauty of where we were. The trails and walks from the villa down to the waterfalls in the jungle were great fun and I particularly enjoyed working out on the new yoga deck (a new addition apparently) with views over the jungle and on towards the ocean. The infinity pool is so cool! Such stunning views - I can think of very few places in the world where I can relax in a plunge pool with breath-taking views over the rainforest to the sea. Some memorable afternoons were spent there! Finally, I'd really recommend Gersan's boat trip; another entirely new and unique experience for us; beautiful wildlife through the mangroves to Gersan's 'secret' island; coconut's and galla pinto on a deserted beach in a tropical paradise.....and we didn't see another soul!! Thanks Gersan. Unique one in a life time experience - can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you Joe and Kika."

Simon Musik (Booked via Airbnb Jan '15)


"...We stayed in the ecolodge from the 9th of january until the 16th. We rented a car via National (4x4) like recomended and it really was necesary. When we arrived Gersan showed us all of the rooms, gave us the key and offered to help us in every kind of way. A big basket of fruits was waiting for us and the beds were decorated very welcoming. We instantly felt like home. The view and the house in general is just from another planet. It´s really hard to describe the overwhelming feeling when you have the first look off the balcony. Joe and Kika were always really helpfull and asked (via whatsapp ) whether we need any help whatsoever. In before we received a welcome package with lots of recommendations of restaurant activities and places to visit which helped a lot ! (Por que no? - super restaurant ) In addition to the recommendations Gersan offered a boot trip in the manglares and to a "private" beach which was a really cool experience ... especialy to do such a tour with a true tico . We really can say that this was one of the best experiences with vacation housing ever. We are really gratefull for everything. 110% recomending this Ecolodge. Pura Vida mis amigos."

Jana Jasper (Booked via Airbnb Jan '15)


"...We stayed at Pura Vida for six nights at the end of February and absolutely loved it. The location is remote, which is a big part of what we enjoyed about it. As everyone has mentioned, the dirt road up to the lodge is very bumpy, but once you make it up the mountain and into the rainforest, you understand that it is worth the trek with the spectacular views you get from the lodge! We had an automatic 4x4 and it was fine. We really enjoyed the location of the lodge on the southern end of the Pacific coast. The further south you go, the less developed it appeared to be (a positive for us), but there were still enough small towns for plenty of restaurants and groceries. The welcome packet was a great guide to activities in the area, and the pictured landmarks were helpful in the directions to the lodge. Trip highlights: -Boat tour with Gersan - Private tour of one of the most beautiful and remote beaches I have ever been to. -Manuel Antonio - Definitely worth the hour+ drive. Lots of animal sightings and beautiful beaches at the National Park. Would also highly recommend El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour. -Exotica and Citrus restaurants in Ojochal -Massage on the beach in Dominical -Exploring local beaches, especially Playa Ventanas Be prepared to wake up at 5:30am each morning with the animals. I am not usually an early riser, but it helped us get a head start on the days' adventures. Gersan was great! His wife made us a home-cooked meal upon arrival and for the boat tour. He even invited us into his home for a fruit smoothie. I would recommend a Spanish dictionary for communication! We made friends with the neighbor two houses up the hill - Seyran (who served as a great translator between us and Gersan!). He was very nice and let us use the trail he created on his property. We hiked down the hill and up the river to a waterfall. You are definitely out in the wilderness - luckily no snake spottings, but we did see a poisonous dart frog. As part of the "green" theme of the house, you have to put all of your toilet paper in the trash can and take all the trash out yourself. This threw me off a little, but I guess was part of the "experience." The internet was a lot more spotty than we expected. Only one of the sim cards had been preloaded, and the internet only worked briefly for two of the nights, even after we reloaded one of the cards. Seyran let us in on a good tip - there is a restaurant with free wifi up the highway just before you get to Uvita. You can pull in their parking lot (next to a BM) and access their wifi. In general, I would not bank on internet connection! Wonderful trip overall, and we would highly recommend Pura Vida!!"

Ellen & Brian Hoffman (Booked via Airbnb March '15)


"...Having just returned back from 14 days in Pura Vida we are suffering with severe "holiday blues". Our Pura Vida experience has been amazing! The lodge and location exceeded our expectations and the host Gerzan was a delight! The lodge has everything you need and the owners Jo & Kika kept in contact with us and had we needed to we could have contacted them at any time. A 4x4 is a must would recommend a manual one. The road seems a bit scary at first but once you go up and down once or twice it its fine. There are too many things to list about how amazing this place is, highlights are firstly the "STUNNING" location, we spent so many lazy days just sitting on the deck listening to the sounds of the jungle and taking in the incredible view. Gerzan's mangrove tour is a MUST! Swiming in the numerous waterfalls. We visited the local animal sanctuary which was really cool and we also went on a wonderful horseback ride up to a waterfall for a swim ( at Rancho La Merce in Uvita). National Park Tour (saw Dolphins and Turtles on the way). There are too many beatuiful beaches to list here and hardly anyone on them and lovely sunsets. The sea is warm as is the weather at all times but not unbearably hot. I regularly applied deet and did not have any problems with bites. We saw, Howler Monkeys, Scarlet Macaws, owls, Iguanas, birds, insects and one evening a host Cappucino Monkeys (by the beach). Costa Rica way of life is laid back and friendly. Favourite thing of all??? Leaving behind the TVs, mobiles etc and sharing the peace and seclution of "Pura Vida" ecolodge with our dearest friends! Thank you so much Jo & Kika for sharing your piece of paradise with us and enabling us to meet our new friend Gerzan. We will be back for sure."

Alison Russell (Booked via Airbnb Mar '15)


"...Pura Vida is, in a word, spectacular. Without a doubt the highlight of my trip! It's the perfect place to disconnect for a while from city life, one leaves completely recharged. The house itself is beautiful, the view is amazing - especially from the infinity pool. I didn't find the road challenging and in any case it is well worth it!! The local contact Gersan is an absolute gem. He was friendly and welcoming, always available and his boat tour was great. Joe was really easy to contact, speedy replies and he provides a thorough and helpful info pack prior to arrival which is invaluable. For the sporty types there's a great little workout area and yoga deck which we took advantage of every day, with a newly installed shower to cool off, very nice! All in all it was a genuinely fantastic experience, highly recommended, and it won't be the last time we visit. Thank you!"

Laurent Baldoni (Booked via Airbnb March '15)


"...We had a wonderful week at the Pura Vida Ecolodge. The setting is breathtaking, and each morning we woke to the sounds of birds singing and a view of the ocean. The house is beautiful and comfortable. The kitchen is well supplied, and we had everything we needed to cook family meals. My husband hiked the immediate area and was amazed at the beauty. Like many other reviews we read, the 5km drive up the mountain seems daunting at first, but it really wasn't a problem for us once we knew where we were going. It's a 13 minute drive, and we definitely needed 4WD. The area beaches and restaurants were easy to get to and we found a new and beautiful beach just about every day. Joe was very helpful throughout our stay and answered every question we had. Gersan was very friendly and helpful too. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Highly recommended."

Kristen Zolten (Booked via Airbnb Mar '15)


"...We loved staying here it was amazing. It's a great ecologic house with a stunning view and modern space. Joe was an awesome host . We definitely recommend staying here. It's a peaceful and relaxing."

Geannina Padilla (Booked via Airbnb April '15)


"...Increíble casa en un lugar privilegiado. Solamente por pasar unos días en Pura Vida Ecolodge volvería a Costa Rica, solamente a disfrutar de la casa, la tranquilidad y esa pequeña piscina donde disfrutar tras un largo día. Joe & Kika estuvieron al tanto siempre, incluso cuando nosotros no dimos señales de vida. Son un encanto y están dispuestos a ayudarte en todo lo que necesitas. Y Gersan y su hermano lo mismo. Dispuestos siempre a ayudarte. Muchas gracias Joe & Kika. Vuestra casa es magnífica!!!"

Patri Alvarez (Booked via Airbnb April '15)


"...Beautiful home with an amazing view...very comfortable...great location to have a home base for exploring southern Costa Rica...cute soaking pool for relaxing after a long day of exploring...thanks again for sharing your home..."

Bruce Lanzl (Booked via Airbnb April '15)


"...What a stunning place to call home for a few days. Between reading in the pool or on the deck, making dinner in the kitchen with local ingredients from the store at the end of the road, and watching the sunset and the stars, we truly recharged. Gersan was a fantastic host on the ground, helpful and patient. It was convenient to be able to Whatsapp with him about arrivals, departures and plans, and we enjoyed lots of gesturing with our poor Spanish :) His mangrove/deserted beach boat tour was a blast--just watch out for the strong currents! Joe and Kika were helpful, responsive, and took care of issues before they came up. It was a joy to visit."

Veronica Selzer (Booked via Airbnb April '15)


"...This place lives up to its hype. The house is truly in the middle of the jungle, and it has a low impact eco-oriented design. All that without missing most the comodities of a good hotel. Gerson, the housekeeper is a true gentleman. We went on a mangrove tour with him and it was a phenomenal experience. Make sure you rent a 4x4, accessing the property on a sedan would be virtually impossible. Pura vida!"

Borja Izaguirre (Booked via Airbnb May '15)


"...Three of my best friends and I went to Costa Rica to relax and recharge. The only plan we had was zip lining at Osa Canopy Tours (we highly suggest visiting them by the way- amazing time and really fun guides!) The rest of our trip was spent exploring, relaxing, and enjoying the beauty that the Pura Vida Ecolodge and surrounding areas had to offer. Gersan was great- he left us fresh fruit from his property and we made smoothies everyday. Joe responded quickly when we had questions also! They were not lying when they said we would need a 4x4... those Costa Rican mountain roads are no joke! We took the "harder" route everyday and it is very doable- just takes some courage! The drive from the San Jose was super easy and great road conditions. The locals are so kind as well- we befriended some young school teachers down at the local market and had a nice little "going away" party on our last night. If you are looking for privacy, this place is perfect. If you want to interact with the locals, this place is also perfect. You seriously can't go wrong staying here. Our only little recommendation to future guests- don't forget to stash up some colones for your drive to and from San Jose, there are a handful of tolls that we weren't quite prepared for. All in all, it was an amazing trip, and we are all seriously missing waking up to the sounds of the jungle already. Thank you Joe, Kika, and Gersan for a wonderful get away!"

Lilly Sutherland (Booked via Airbnb May 2015)


"...We just finished a 10 - month family trip around the world with a stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge. We couldn't have picked a better spot to unwind and reflect. Pura Vida is beautiful and charming and wonderfully remote. Definitely one of the best places we stayed of the 21 countries we visited."

Christopher O'Brien (Booked via Airbnb June 2015)


"...I do not even know where to start. Let me start by saying that the Ecolodge is beautiful! Breathtaking! Joe, Kika, and Gerzan were so wonderful. They were very helpful, accommodating, and welcoming. When making the reservations, Kika and Joe were very informative and helpful. They always responded very quickly and politely. The suggestion to rent a 4x4 was very accurate. You must get a 4x4! I cannot imagine driving a sedan up the (extremely) bumpy and winding mountain (more about the roads later). You may think the pictures are perfection but they do not compare the real-life experience. The Ecolodge decoration and ambience make you feel at peace and relaxed. Yoga pads and games are available. But all you need is the amazing view. I woke up every morning at 6am to enjoy the thick clouds and beautiful misty mountains. Every night we sat outside in the dark and appreciated the lightening. The insects and animals chirping were unforgettable. We saw many insects, frogs, and spiders. In fact, we all slept upstairs after finding a HUGE spider. It was a classic horror scene. However, even that experience was fun! Gerzan is soooo wonderful. An amazing housekeeper and host. He was very patient and willing to help us with anything we needed. We got extremely lost and arrived late. He waited and came out to find us in the dark. He answered our calls and whatsapp messages very quickly. My best friend secretly arranged to have a private horseback ride with Gerzan and a local horse keeper. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! The ride lead to a waterfall which you can swim and relax. Blissful! The ride was amazing—a true adventure. She also secretly arranged to have Gerzan and his wonderful wife cook me a birthday dinner and cocktails. They personally delivered the food and set the dinner table. The presentation was lovely. The drive to Tres Rios was so fun. It was an adventure for sure. If driving from San Jose, leave early and arrive before 4pm. I had a great time driving up and down the mountain. Get ready for a ride! There are two grocery shops on the main road. Make sure you check the expiration dates. Most of our food was expired. We did not realize until we began cooking. Gas station was 24/7 which was nice. All together my experience was one of the best I have had. I will certainly be back and I cannot wait!!"

Dayana Suazo (Booked via Airbnb June 2015)


"...If you are on this side of Costa Rica this is the place to stay !! Great place nestled in a great view !! Joe & Kika did it right with this place !! Gersan and his family were great also. If you get a chance take his Boat Adventure ! Him and his brother treated us like royalty and his wife made a fabulous picnic :) Very centrally located to fun towns and great activities ( highly recommend the canopy tour by Osa and just up the road from the house ) But like the other reviews just be prepared for the road up to the retreat !! You will need a 4 wheel drive !! But don't be like my husband and try not to use it ! You will need to use it :) All in all we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it in a heart beat !! Hope to visit again !!!!"

Deborah Trione (Booked via Airbnb July 2015)


"...My family and I spent four nights at the Pura Vida lodge and we were sorry to leave it. It is a beautiful retreat with amazing views and wonderful flora and fauna all around. Gersan - the caretaker was very welcoming and helpful. We did go on his boat tour and it is absolutely recommended - a truly enjoyable and memorable experience - so much more authentic than a tour Our favorite place to go while we stayed was the Tilapia Cascades in Ojachal - The surrounding area (Ojachal - Coronada) is very peaceful and laidback. It is not overrun with tourists and businesses catering to tourists like some of the more popular destinations. All the same, within close distance there are a number of really good restaurants. We had two wonderful dinners at Exotica (we liked the first so much that we went a second time). For breakfast - the french toast at Pancita Cafe is a must. Cafe Remy had good quality food and if you want a quick bite of local food - the nearby Sodas are very reasonable. One thing to bear in mind - the lodge is in the rain forest -so expect to see some bugs and reptiles in and around the lodge - nothing harmful. We spent a lot of time just relaxing on the deck watching the views and the wildlife. We would definitely go again!!"

Jimmy Maher (Booked via Airbnb July 2015)


"...Nice house with a spectacular view. Everything was perfect organised."

Sora Kim (Booked via Airbnb August 2015)


"...This place is amazing. We thought it'd be hard to live up to the reputation from the site, but it fully exceeded our high expectations. Everything was very well done, the views are spectacular to say the least, both of the Pacifico and the Jungle. The wildlife continued to astound us throughout our week long stay. Toucans, Howler Monkeys, wide variety of birds, and other exotic insect species. Las Cascadas (the waterfall hike) is a must-do activity. Go either way at the bottom of the well-marked trail, and be taken aback by the adventure. Stunning pools and waterworks abound. Gersan, the housekeeper, is the man. Totally helpful, extremely nice, and all around good guy. We could go on but the place was all-in-all amazing. Don't think, just do it! Muchas gracias Joe, Kika, y Gersan... Pura Vida. Jay y John"

Jay Waxse (Booked via Airbnb Aigist 2015)


"...We had a an amazing time in Costa Rica and at the Pura vida Eco lodge. We stayed at the lodge for a week during August (non peak season) which suited us great, the beeches were empty and excursions ended up being private :). If you stay at the lodge I would recommend doing the ISA canapy tour, a visit the the villa alturas wildlife sanctuary and gursans mangrove tour (early start but worth it). We at at citrus, azul, exotica and ceviche remy, all of which I would recommend. The lodge its self is amazing and a real sanctuary away from busy city life. You really are in the jungle here so don't expect anything less (bugs included), you will also 100% need a 4x4!!!! The views are amazing, watching the sun set over the sea with a cold beer after a hard days tracking in the jungle was awesome. Also, go to the local supermarket and ask them to take you to the hide em waterfall, a bit of a walk but 100% worth it. We had the whole thing to ourselves All in all an amazing trip and an amazing place"

Tobias Henry (Booked via Airbnb August 2015)


"...My husband and I went to the Ecolodge on our honeymoon, the booking was very last minute, but Joe & Kiki were quickly able to provide us with more information than we would ever need. The house is better than you can imagine, the location is breath taking, and there are endless opportunities for exploring within the area. The house has everything you need, except for some beach towels, and a pen to sign the guest book. I highly recommend taking the tour with Gersan, it's a wonderful experience, and you'll end up on a private beach with no other tourists. If you're lucky you'll see a family of Macaw's. The house is so peaceful, the pool is nice and cool, and the sounds of the jungle are very relaxing. The house is definitely off the beaten path, but well worth the trek."

Brittany Todd (Booked via Airbnb August 2015)


"...We planned our trip to Costa Rica two weeks prior. It was my first experience with airb&b so I was a bit apprehensive but the reviews on Pura Vida were so consistently good that we decided to go with this one. It seemed the perfect combination of jungle and ocean. The owners recommended arriving before dark however I didn't realize sun sets around 6pm. The first trek up is challenging and a bit scary so definitely do it in the daylight. The house is every bit as beautiful as the pictures. Our first morning we did the longer hike described in your welcome packet. We were literally speechless when we emerged at the first waterfall. We started toward the left and climbed through probably 20 waterfalls before turning around. It was beyond amazing. Not another soul in sight. There are dozens of beaches within an hours drive and they are all so unique. You could beach hop for days and never tire of it. The house is so tranquil at night. All the living room and kitchen walls are on sliders so it is like bringing the outdoors in with you at all times. We were actually so relaxed we had a hard time keeping our eyes open at night!! The owners were extremely prompt in their responses and the caretaker lives right next door should you need anything at all. I have already recommended this property to many others and we hope to return. I have been home now for two weeks and every morning I still feel a sense of disappointment when I wake up and find I am not in the ocean view villa!"

Tiffany Deshano (Booked via Airbnb September 2015)


"...Best part about this place was listening to rain forest in evening/night. The living room is thoughtfully designed with mix of nets and bamboo. We did a little hike which Gersan suggested to us down to a stream and it was so blissful experience. We wish we had time to do the boat tour with Gersan. All in all, we had a great time in an amazing house with lot of wildlife around."

Keyur & Neha Gor (Booked via Airbnb December 2015)


"...The place is stunningly beautiful. All of it: the view, the jungle, and the house that perfectly fits the surroundings. Joe and Kika put a lot of thought and artistic taste to design this place. It is perfectly minimalist in both architectural and consumption sense, while still being very comfortable. Pool and the wooden deck are awesome. It is very secluded and you do feel right in the middle of the jungle sitting in the pool, on the deck or in the living room. Beautifully done! Without exaggeration, it is the most romantic house we ever stayed in. While we certainly spent plenty of time enjoying the place itself, there was not much to do right around the house without driving out to the beach or other destinations. The couple of nature trails are pretty short (back and forth in 20 min). On the second trail you can follow the creek up but that involves scrambling up wet rocks, which we weren't prepared to do with toddlers on our backs :). We would drive to the beach every day. Local beaches were great and we had them all to ourselves half the time. Gersan and Iliana boat tour was a pleasure. The road to the house is fine. Steep at places, but weren't stressed driving up and down with kids every day."

Mikhail Ovchinnikov (Booked via Airbnb December 2015)


"...Our experience at the Ecolodge was amazing! The house itself is beautiful nestled on a hilltop surrounded by lush greenery. The pictures definitely don't do it justice. Its the best place to relax and get away from everything. It was amazing going to sleep with the sounds of the forest and waking up with birds chirping. There is a great lookout which is perfect for yoga (mats are available in the house). There are lots of trails to enjoy nearby including one that takes you to a beautiful waterfall/river. We really enjoyed our time here! Gersan is awesome! He was able to help us tremendously during our visit and is very resourceful. Just a quick note that its crucial to rent a 4X4 to get up the hill. There is no way to get otherwise."

Sneha Raju (Booked via Airbnb December 2015)


"...Tout était très bien organisé, la maison bien rangée, une personne disponible par téléphone est venu nous chercher pour nous montrer le chemin dans la jungle et nous présenter la maison. Parfait !!!"

Samuel Beroud (Booked via Airbnb January 2016)


"...Pura Vida Ecolodge was hands down one of the best experiences of our life. From the view and accommodations to the boat tour with Gerzan, our adventure through the jungle climbing up the waterfalls, we created memories that will last a lifetime! We highly suggest Pura Vida to anyone looking for an adventure but also wanting to take a step back from reality and relax!"

Sarah Fitzmaurice (Booked via Airbnb January 2016)


"...Paradise on earth - My wife and I stayed in this one-of-a-kind ecolodge for 9 days in February 2016. We rented a 4x4 (which indeed was very helpful) in Uvita Alamo Car Rentals. Joe, the owner, had sent us beforehand detailed information how to get to the house and there waited already Gersan, the local caretaker, and showed us around. What a place! Modern and stylish rooms and interieur, spacious and breezy. From the decks you are almost in the midst of a dense, green jungle (at least very close!) with its vibrant life and all the exotic sounds of nature. What else was remarkable for us: comfortable, large bed, fully equipped kitchen, nice and warm shower and last but by no means least, the cosy little pool. Especially on hot afternoons it was our delight to cool down and look / listen to many birds around. An absolute must is a half day boat tour with Gersan. In his boat he guided us through a tangle of channels, through a maze of mangrove forests, part of the huge Terraba River estuary. It's really difficult to put together a brief description of this fabulous Ecolodge up on the rolling hills of Tres Rios but we have tremendously enjoyed our stay and can recommend Pura Vida Ecolodge thoroughly."

Helmut & Brigitte Pauliny (Booked via VRBO February 2016)



"...Oh my, I don't even know where to begin! It's not the easiest place to get to but that's not negative at all-it's part of the magic! Our first thought was "someone put their heart and and soul into building this place!" It just has that special quality to it. The groundskeeper Gershan is a lovely young man and greeted us upon arrival. He showed us how to navigate the nuances of the home. We loved opening all the doors and letting the sounds of the jungle in. We had planned day excursions but decide we had to stay one full day and just relax and soak in what this property has to offer. Quick note on the amenities and service. The communication from the owners is amazing. I would advise thoroughly reading the welcome packets they send before you get there and again, once you arrive because EVERYTHING you need to know is there. Also, the beds... To die for! I am looking into buying the COCO-MAT range for home. Best nights sleep ever! I would recommend this to anyone who would like to relax, have a romantic getaway, honeymoon... It's perfect for shutting down and taking in the pure life! We hope that return someday for sure!"

Katina Hutchinson (Booked via Airbnb March 2016)


"...We had an absolutely amazing week at Pura Vida Ecolodge. The house and yoga deck are absolutely gorgeous and spending time in the pool with its amazing views of the rainforest and the coast was simply paradise. We stayed at the lodge with our one-year old and had a vacation we will never forget. For any other family considering the lodge: The house is a dream come true - even for the kids. The nature (waking up with the jungle in the very early morning) with all its sounds and animals fascinated even our very little one. The house has every comfort possible to make for a perfect base to explore the surroundings with its hiking paths, waterfalls and beaches. For anyone traveling with smaller kids, we recommend bringing a child carrier, which made hiking through the jungle easy and a great experience for everyone. Our favorite most kid-friendly beach was Playa Ventanas with a lot of shade and beautiful scenery. Favorite restaurant was El Jardin, the local fish place recommended by Joe & Kika, where we stopped nearly daily for lunch. Gersan could not have been a more welcoming and was always available and helped in any way possible. Joe and Kika were amazing hosts and answered any question within minutes and it was great to meet Joe in person when we departed and to hear their story on how they build this little piece of paradise. Don't get scared by the drive up to the house - the feeling of remoteness and nature up in the house is more than worth the bumpy road. Yes - it's steep but totally safe and easy with a 4x4. We arrived in the dark and even that was not a big deal even though arriving in the daylight is probably even easier. Our stay at Pura Vida was more than special and one that we will never forget. The view and nature surrounding the property will make you speechless and we truly hope to be able to return."

Christopher & Lisa Heyn (Booked via Airbnb March 2016)


"...this place is just paradise. from the first moment we felt like home also because of the warmth welcome of joe. we already miss the place to be honest. everything is just perfect. the kitchen, the pool, the view, the airconditioner in the sleeping area... there are so many little details about this place who make it perfect. we defenitly will come back. this is absolutly the place to spend your honeymoon as we did. thank you joe :)"

Clauida & Valentin Nabholz (Booked via Airbnb March 2016)


"...Oh. My. God. This place comes as advertised: just the right amount of remote, extraordinarily beautiful, and very peaceful. Joe went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of. In fact, when we arrived, there was a fresh, home-cooked meal waiting for us! Lots do, all within easy driving distance. Highly recommend the zip lining, Playa Ventana at low tide, and a little boutique hotel called El Castillo, where we enjoyed a swim and an incredible meal. (It was so good we went back the next night). One important note: get the biggest, baddest SUV you can find. The road to the house is definitely an adventure. We cannot wait to return!"

Geoffrey Mccartney (Booked via Airbnb March 2016)


"...We absolutely loved our stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge, we didn't want to leave and definitely, in hindsight, should have stayed on longer! The view is totally breathtaking. The house sits within the jungle canopy providing a real sense of open-ness and space - overlooking the tops of the trees and out towards the ocean. Gersan greeted us with warmth and smiles (as did the local wildlife!) and the welcome pack really does tell you everything you need to know - Joe and Kika have thought of everything. The lodge is full of beautifully crafted little touches, which really do make it such an easy place to relax. We woke early to the sounds of the jungle, did a little yoga workout on the platform as the sun was rising, delicious fruit and coffee for breakfast, and did some amazing excursions during the day - Gersan's boat tour through the mangrove forest is a MUST. Seeing parts of the natural habitat you can't otherwise access - and where else can you get hundreds of meters of beautiful beach to yourself? Such a memorable experience. In the evenings we enjoyed cooking our own food back in the lodge, sipping a cold ron con piña and dozing off not too long after the sun goes down. The Coco-Mat beds were AMAZINGLY comfortable! Stepping away from a hectic city working life, to the luxury of space and time, uncomplicated living and nature, really was the break we needed and now feel totally rejuvenated. Thank you to Joe, Kika and Gersan (and to the Pura Vida lifestyle of Costa Rica!) for making this all possible. We will be back!"

Deborah Daniel (Booked via Airbnb April 2016)


"...Our group had an amazing time at Pura Vida Ecolodge. The views are even more incredible in person than they are in photos. It's definitely secluded, private and you are truly staying up on a mountain in the jungle - a very unique experience! The house is clean, well maintained and has all the amenities you need. Joe and Kika paid attention to all the details and made it into a wonderful place to stay. We never lost power and, considering the location, the wifi was consistent too. The beds are very comfortable, clean and the shower in the jungle suite is awesome. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to prepare your own meals. We particularly liked using the blender to make smoothies with the fresh fruit. Outside is even more beautiful. Every angle has a beautiful view. The pool is the perfect size for cooling off and the outdoor shower is a nice touch! We spent a lot of time in the pool and lounging on the deck in the comfortable chairs. Gersan was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed his boat tour. The lunch was delicious and the private beach was beautiful. We also got to stop by Gersan's home and meet his wife and adorable daughter. We highly recommend taking Gersan's trip. The only issue we had during our trip was with the car rental company (Vamos Rent-A-Car). Joe was very apologetic about this and ensured us he would look into it (although it wasn't his fault or responsibility), but we appreciate his concern for all aspects of our trip. Joe and Kika are excellent hosts who genuinely want others to experience what Pura Vida Ecolodge has to offer. We have recommended this spot to our friends and family and hope to return in the future!"

Caroline Shoalts (Booked via Airbnb May 2016)


"...Séjour de 3 jours incroyable. Nous serions volontiers restés plus longtemps. Des informations très utiles et complètes reçues avant notre arrivée. La maison a beaucoup de charme, les vues sont incroyables."

Jean Boucher (Booked via Airbnb May 2016)


"...My husband and I spent three days of our honeymoon here and we're so glad we did! From the very start of our stay, we were welcome by Gersan and his wife with a home cooked Tico dinner which was one of the best meals we've ever had. After a long trip from the states and delayed flights that was exactly what we needed and really set the tone for the trip! Every little detail of the house is perfect from the shower, infinity pool, close by hiking trails to the hammock on the deck. We enjoyed ourselves. We also took Gersan's boat adventure which we highly recommend. As others have mentioned but the owners made it known that the road up to the house is rocky and requires 4x4. No complaints as we went into it expecting that and added to the adventure. Thanks for making our honeymoon so memorable!"

Melissa Stack (Booked via Airbnb May 2016)


"...We had a wonderful stay! Such a beautiful house and location with no shortage of things to see and do... Beaches, waterfalls, hiking trails...just laying around in the hammock with a pair of binoculars is a treat. Gersan, who takes care of the house, is the homie--such a kind, generous person, as are his wife Ilia and daughter Shayla. Thanks for a great trip!"

Andrew Waddell (Booked via Airbnb June 2016)


"...Não podiamos ter escolhido melhor! O paraíso. A casa é um verdadeiro retiro, embrenhado na selva com vista mar. Acordar cedo e ficar a descansar na varanda da casa era um dos programas preferidos. Gostámos muito do passeio de barco com o Gersan, do Canopy Tour, do passeio a cavalo, de ir jantar ao Exótica e ao Yjang Yjang em Ojochal e almoçar ao "Por que no" em Dominical. As praias da zona são muito bonitas, praticamente desertas e com boas ondas. A simpatia do Gersan e da sua linda familia foi com certeza um ponto alto!"

Diana Guerreiro (Booked via Airbnb June 2016)


"...I've got to say this has to be one of the greatest experiences I've had in awhile. The pura vida ecolodge is by far an awesome place. With its amazing view peace and quiet with the beauty of nature all around. The lighting storms are so cool to watch at night almost better than watching Tv. It's a bit of a drive up the mountain once you get off the highway and not a smooth one. I recommend utilizing a 4x4 nothing less. Gersan was a great host very kind and kool to talk to I appreciate him inviting me and my girl friend into his home for dinner our last day, also introducing us to his beautiful family. We missed out on the boat tour due to high tide but for those who are visiting don't miss out do it. I'd recommend the pura vida ecolodge to anyone. Perfect location very nice people with tons of activity in close proximity all around. For those who are about to embark on the pura ecolodge experience you will have a blast and enjoy every moment there. Joe and kira thanks for sharing such an awesome space."

Kareem Johnson (Booked via Airbnb July 2016)


"...Gorgeous place: quiet, secluded and relaxing, just what I was looking for. The most impressive part of the experience was watching the constantly shifting clouds as they moved from the ocean inland to the mountains and then faded into fog that hugged the mountainside. You can watch for hours. Did I mention that the home itself is beautiful and well-designed? Excellent use of bamboo throughout, both for decorative and structural purposes. A word of advice to other guests: make sure you come with a real 4X4 SUV or truck. We made the mistake of driving a Kia Sportage with something they called all-wheel-drive. It was useless. You need a real 4 wheel drive vehicle for this road. Another word of advice: Don't worry about staying busy or active; just relax and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings."

Allen Rosen (Booked via Airbnb July 2016)


"...The experience has been wonderful in this paradise. The house is really comfortable, clean and has all what you need. If you want to disconnect, this place is the perfect place. Views are amazing and all the adventure that the area provides are another plus. Also don't loose the opportunity of going with Gersan to the mangroves, discover the monkeys and swim through his private beach entrance. He gives you access to a 10km espectacular beach only for you. Choose this place with no doubt!"

Cristina Caumel (Booked via Airbnb July 2016)


"...We has an amazing vacation at Pura Vida Ecolodge. the place is amazing, Located in an amazing area. We were sorry we couldn't stay there more days. we were7 people including our 3 kids and my In laws and all of us had a very good time. The place was clean, cozy, comfortable with an amazing view."

Eynet Meytahl (Booked via Airbnb July 2016)


"...Place is amazing for the nature and the view is breath taking... it really is... sounds of the birds at morning and looking a storm coming and going was a pleasure. Ariving is easy folowing the directions and 4x4 car recomended. House is very clean and I felt I could live there... Communication was great and easy arrival. You need to prepare the day to go out and just come back at the end of the day for relaxing... Local market is ok at Coronado, better is close to Uvita with good selection. I recomend Sibu cafe at Bahia Ballena for excelent Ristretto and food. If you want to cook local fresh fish market at the way to Tortuga beach. I definetelly recomend staying here!!! Pura Vida!"

Paulo Willig (Booked via Airbnb August 2016)


"...The Ecolodge is an incredible place to stay. The pictures provided are beautiful but in person the views are even better. The combination of the beautiful area of Costa Rica, the welcome packet, and help from Joe, Kika, and our house keeper Gersan made our Honeymoon very relaxing and easy to manage. The recommendations and tips on the welcome packet were very helpful, especially because we are not fluent in Spanish. The locals were also very helpful and willing to help us work through our broken Spanish to get our questions answered. The warm meal prepared by Gersan and his wife when we arrived set the tone for the rest of the week. The canopy tour, surf lessons, beach time, private boat tour, Manuel Antonio, local waterfalls, and all of the amazing restaurants in the area were highlights of our trip. The number of animals we saw was also very exciting. A lot of frogs, toads, butterflies and various birds around the home. We also saw more exotic animals during our time at Manuel Antonio-- sloths, deer, monkeys, bats, and lizards to name a few. Jordan and I had an amazing honeymoon trip and had a great experience because of Joe and Kika's ecolodge and all of the direction they gave us. Highly recommended."

Brock & Jordan Buckellew (Booked via Airbnb September 2016)


"...We had a wonderful time and loved the house. Amazing views and such a cool part of Costa Rica. The rivers and waterfalls were amazing. Playa Ventanas is incredible. You definitely need 4x4 to get to the house. It's so worth it. We'll be telling everyone to stay here when the go to Costa Rica!"

Wayne Sleight (Booked via Airbnb September 2016)


"...Pura Vida Ego Lodge was just amazing. After getting totally lost on our way to the lodge we were so thankful to get picked up by Gersan (the housekeeper). We enjoyed the stay to the fullest! The lodge and the surrounding is so nice. Everything is made with much love. When you wake up and see the sun rising at the end of the rainforest... indescribable feeling :) The communication was very good and everyone was helpful. Gersan is an amazing housekeeper and we totally recommend to do the boat trip with him. Hopefully there will be a second time a pura vida ecolodge for us! Thanks for everything"

Anja Pixis (Booked via Airbnb October 2016)


"...Staying at the ecolodge was an experience of a lifetime. The ecolodge allows you to be so close to adventure & nature all the while feeling comfortable and at home in a beautifully designed space. The directions to get to the lodge were very clear and easy to follow and the suggestions for tours and hikes around the property came in very handy. From the location, to the views, and the insider information about the area that Joe, Kika, and Gersan provide, you cannot go wrong staying here!"

Emily Chichwolski (Booked via Airbnb October 2016)


"...This place is amazing. We had such a great time there. The house itself is an architectural gem. Its location is stunning. The view of the mountains, valleys, sky, clouds, and ocean is never failing but ever changing beauty. I couldn't sleep in the morning, partly because sunrise came early, but mostly because I didn't want to miss the view from the bedroom window. Gersan served well as our on-site host. We really appreciated the dinner prepared and served by Gersan and Ilya the day of our arrival. The boat ride with Gersan to his private beach was a real treat, and we were totally blown away when he served us a hot lunch on the beach. The papers that Joe & Kika lovingly prepared are above and beyond anything I have ever seen from an airbnb host and added immeasurably to our experience. This was our first visit to Costa Rica; it will not be our last. I hope to visit Pura Vida Ecolodge again."

Richard Bunyan (Booked via Airbnb November 2016)


"...Amazing house! Location and overall a one of a lifetime experience!"

Emmanuel Goodwin (Booked via Airbnb December 2016)


"...Wow! Words can't describe how much we enjoyed our stay here! It was absolutely wonderful. Communication was easy, directions provided were great. Gersan met us at the house when we arrived and was always attentive to all our needs. When we ran out of gas on the second day he was there in 20 minutes with a gas tank over his shoulder that he carried up the hill. The views were incredible and so peaceful. It was the perfect retreat for our family vacation. We did both hikes; the short one and the more adventurous one. That second one was a bit of a struggle but SO worth the views and incredible waterfalls we got to at the end! We would highly recommend this place!!"

Michael Ramos (Booked via Airbnb December 2016)


"...The pictures really don't do justice to this place, particularly the setting and the view which are absolutely incredible. You can spend hours just watching the ever changing splendour of the natural vista and the local wildlife, or head out to explore the many beautiful beaches, waterfalls and other natural wonders in the nearby area. Nearby Ojochal has some great restaurants too if you feel like eating out. Take heed of the transport advice - you will need a 4x4 to get up here. Also bear in mind that this is a retreat, the seclusion in nature comes from being several kilometres up the mountain, which means that just popping out to the shops takes a little more time and effort than it does in the average tourist destination. This is what makes it all worth it though - if you're up for a bit of adventure you'll absolutely love this place."

Lee Eyre (Booked via Aiorbnb January 2017)


"...What a perfect and secluded getaway. The house is so unique and the finishes are wonderful. The host and housekeeper were easy to communicate with and were so eager to help with anything we needed. Definitely get a meal made for you during your stay. So delicious! The wildlife and scenery were second to none. Definitely will be back!"

Christine Morfopoulos (Booked via Airbnb January 2017)


"...The house is exactly how it is described. It is a peaceful getaway in a great location that you can use as a base point to explore the region. It's near countless beaches, many waterfalls worth visiting, close to stores and restaurants. When you get to the house you are in your own private retreat. Like many people have said before the pictures do not do the view justice, it's incredible watching the sunsets each night. I would highly recommend staying at the Pura Vida Ecolodge."

Ryan Doran (Booked via Airbnb January 2017)


"...Pura Vida is remarkable. Wonderfully remote and private while within short beautiful drives to picturesque beaches and magnificent National Parks. oe, We are back home with wonderful memories of or stay. Our experience exceeded expectations. We gave directions to the driver who was delivering lumber on our way out. You must have some major plans in mind. I hope we have a chance to meet again. Thank you"

Ken Stevens (Booked via Airbnb February 2017)


"... Don't hesitate to book your stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge. It is truly heaven on Earth and I am so grateful to have stayed there. We were much later with check in than we had planned and Gersan and Iliana were so gracious and kind even though we were very late. Iliana's home cooked meal was exactly what we needed! And, as many others have mentioned, the boat tour through the mangroves to Gersan's private beach is spectacular!"

Jessica Moretti (Booked via Airbnb March 2017)


"...This place.. Magical. The 'Suerte Vida' (lucky life) if you get to stay here and experience all there is to see, eat and do! This amazing place is off the beaten track so if you are an adventurer, look no further. About a 3.5 hour drive from San Jose, soaking in the sights and stops along the way. Arriving at this breathtaking jungle villa we were BLOWN AWAY! The view, the sounds, the luxurious accommodations.. the outdoor shower and plunge pool, and yoga in the morning.. Unlike no other. The beaches in the area are gorgeous (Playa Ventana was out favorite) and the Casadas Tipico (typical Costa Rican dishes) just about anywhere were all amazing. Ceviche- get it everywhere you go. We hiked the private trail Pura Vida Ecolodge directs you too, and we also hiked Cataratas Nuayaca Falls, one of the most incredible things to experience. There are also small towns with tours as well as national parks with tons of wildlife to see in the area. The private mangroves and secluded beach tour Gersan (the house concierge) offers is a must do! Plenty to keep our days full from sun up to sun down. The villa offers a fully stocked house with anything you might need. Including food catering from Iliana (Gersans beautiful wife.. SOO DELICIOUS!) The bed was the most comfortable thing I have ever slept on. (In fact, I slept in my own bed last night and now need the coco mat in my life.) Joe, Gersan and Iliana are beautiful people ready to help at a moments notice. Get ready to relax like never before. seriously. THE BEST. Pura Vida!! Lynsey and Voytek..."

Lynsey Swidersk (Booked via Airbnb March 2017)


"...UNIQUE EXPERIENCE - My girlfriend and I stayed there for 3 nights. It was our last accommodation of our Costa Rica trip and the absolutely highlight of our trip! We experienced a lot of nature and adventure in Costa Rica but the Pura Vida Ecolodge was just unique. We even can't compare it with any other 5 star resort. On the pictures it looks beautiful but once you arrive there for the check-in, everything is like 10 times more gorgeous than you imagined. It's a dream to live the pura vida lifestyle just surrounded by the jungle and the noise of its animals. Everything is furnished with so much love and about the building itself... we recommend to lodge there for a couple of days and you'll feel the uniqueness ;)..."

Claudio Caccialupi (Booked via Airbnb April 2017)


"...This house is wonderful, set high up in the jungle with the most spectacular view. It is exactly as described. If you are ready for a little adventure, being immersed in the wild and completely disconnecting then you won't be disappointed. The drive up to the house from the highway is a bit intimidating at first, but after a couple goes, you get the hang of it and it is a piece of cake as long as you have a 4x4. I went with my husband and 2.5 yr old son and my sister and her husband. The house suited the 5 of us perfectly. Just a forewarning/reminder - you are in Costa Rica in the middle of the jungle, so be prepared to find yourself face to face with many little critters. Hosts were very easy to communicate with via air bnb and their onsite guy, Gersan, is lovely." 

Marisa Buchkowsky (Booked via Airbnb April 2017)


"...We've stayed 3 nights at Pura Vida Ecolodge for our honeymoon and these days will remain the most memorable of our trip in Costa Rica! We have almost spent the entire days in the lodge enjoying the beautiful place and observing the surrounding jungle ! We particularly enjoyed the magical sunset while eating a delicious typical Tico dinner prepared by Iliana ! The place is totally different than any hotel you can find, that's why I prefere to talk about an Ecolodge experience that I would definitely recommend !"

Vincent & Marilou Lorival (Booked via Airbnb April 2017)


"...We stayed for a week and I can't possibly say enough about our wonderful experience. Communications from the owners were timely, accurate, and thorough. The house is amazing -- it's remote and simple yet also luxurious. The view is breathtaking. And the local caretaking couple is adorable, charming and helpful. If you want to do touristy things this probably isn't the right place for you. But if you want to wake up to a racket of amazing bugs and birds, visit remote and pristine beaches and truly revel in the magic of nature you will love this place. We like to travel and rarely visit the same place twice. This one will be an exception. We'll return."

Michelle Gubola & Lee Fredette (Booked via Airbnb April 2017)


"...Our stay here at Pura Vida Ecolodge was the greatest trip to date. We had an amazing time, and loved being within the jungle, so close to nature. The house is well designed, filled with nature's essence inside and out, and the area is so peaceful. If you choose to cook, there are grocery stores along the main road, and the kitchen is large and stocked. Please choose to have Gersan's wife (Iliana) cook you a dinner, you won't regret it. Also, please make sure to follow directions *very* carefully - we got lost and took a right past the old bridge, instead of a left, and got ourselves into a really bad situation with our 4x4. However, Gersan (the housekeeper) was able to get us out of the situation. He was so helpful and hospitable. Although there are many things to do in the area, we loved staying at the house the majority of the time. Our 5 days there were truly amazing, and we cannot wait to go back next year. Thank you, Joe & Kika!!"

Kiele Turrini (Booked via Airbnb, May 2017)


"...Pura Vida is definitely somewhere you visit when your goal is to get away and be absolutely disconnected. The entire Pura Vida team is professional and as helpful as can be. Only suggestion would be to ensure you make it before sundown to avoid getting lost on your first night as well as stopping by the shops in uvita to pick up snacks and drinks that you will need as it's a minimum 30 minute drive to the nearest shop from the Ecolodge. Absolutely try the nature trails and embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle. Thank you again for a wonderful experience."

David Prado (Booked via Airbnb May 2017)


"...We brought our family (kids 9 and 6) to the Ecolodge for our first international vacation. We fell in love with it. In the morning as the sun rose we opened up the four large sliding doors to let the rainforest in and watched the mist rise from the hills below. We made coffee in the bamboo chorreador and sat on the deck where we listened to the rainforest wake up. The first day we could see howler monkeys, hummingbirds, and a couple of toucans that stayed with us on our last days. When it is raining you can sit in the front and stay completely dry in anything but the strongest storms. The family enjoyed the infinity pool and really enjoyed swimming below the waterfalls a short walk away. Our first night I woke up at midnight and walked outside to experience the Milky Way for the first time. Gersan is the caretaker if there are any problems during the stay and he offers a great boat tour of the mangrove wildlife and a visit to Playa Garza. Iliana, his wife, is an outstanding cook and prepared a delicious birthday meal during our stay. They have a daughter and seeing the three kids playing together on the beach was a sweet moment. The owners checked in with us throughout the week to ensure everything was running smoothly and that we were enjoying ourselves. The care they had for our happiness was appreciated. The Ecolodge was the perfect home base as we ate at the local soda (more amazing local food), shopped at the pulperia (grocery store), flew over the canopies on ziplines, and visited the amazing local beaches. Thank you for sharing paradise with us."

Alexander Siegel (Booked via Airbnb, June 2017)


"...A beautiful little house in the middle of the jungle! We really enjoyed the stay - it was soo relaxing."

Stefi Zuberbühler (Booked via Airbnb June 2017)


"...If you are looking to disconnect from the world, have a mouth dropping scenic view and really connect with the locals then this is the place to be. The stars were clear at night, we woke up with an amazing view in master bedroom, we enjoyed sipping coffee on the balcony while early morning birdwatching, the hikes to the little and big waterfall were an adventure ( bring hiking shoes, and we left some good hiking sticks in the garage for further travelers). Gersan and Iliana were very welcoming, his boat tour was breath taking and her welcomg dinner was super yummy. She also cooked breakfast for us that was included in Gersans boat tour. We recommend eating at the local restaurants, playa ventanas, OSA Canopy tours, Gersan mangroves and private beach tour and at the Uvita information center we booked a private fishing and whale watching tour where we saw giant whales, sea turtles, dolphins that played with us, and caught fish which the CAPT de-boned and cut in fillets for us. I then bought some Pankco breading at the BM and fried at the home. It went along great with some limes, red onions, cilantro and a dash of oil salt and pepper( a homemade side salsa I learned from my abuelita). We did a lot and saw a lot, so much I can keep typing away but you must come and check it out for yourself! If you are looking for adventure and are not scared of little cute frogs or lizards, are amazed to see giant toads and bats at night and yes the occasional spider than this is th place for you. We will definitely be back for more next year! Pura Vida!"

Jeannie Wade (Booked via Airbnb July 2017)


"...We are a family of 4. We enjoyed our time in the Ecolodge very much. It was a nice experience for us and we enjoyed the driver up there and the quiet stay. We were just by our selves and looked in the green jungle in one side and the other we had a beautiful view to the see. We enjoyed the view from our bed room and wished to wake up like that more offen. The care taker was very friendly and helpful. We don't speak Spanish ( or jus a few words) but we managed. There a lot of restaurants and beaches not far. We enjoyed the area very much. There is a lot to do, but you must like to take the car."

Annegret Feldbrugge (Booked via Airbnb July 2017)


"...The Pura Vida ecolodge is a wonderful place, we really enjoyed it. Don't worry about getting there - it is easy to find and the drive up there is fun! We would also recommend going on the tour with Gersan, the beach is stunning and totally safe even for small kids."

Roland Erzberger (Booked via Airbnb July 2017)


"...What van I say. It's just perfect. You want to be here. Surroundings are impressive. Visit corcovado and uvita! Gersan is the best host. We had a unforgettable week"

Gert & Conny Veurink (Booked via Airbnb August 2017)


"...If you're looking for adventure with a touch of luxury then this is the place for you! We stayed with our three sons aged 7, 10 and 11, and Pura Vida Ecolodge was the perfect base for our first time in Costa Rica. The local beaches are stunning, there are plenty of activities nearby (zip wires, waterfalls and plunge pools, animal sanctuary, pre-Colombian stone spheres etc) and Gersan's mangrove tour is a must! Being able to return to the beautiful lodge every afternoon meant we had one thing of relaxation alongside our excursions. Joe and Kika's information packs mean it's easy to find the best beaches, best places to eat and the best local waterfalls. Homemade smoothies every morning watching the sunrise and the stunning views made this our own little piece of paradise. Thank you, Joe and Kika, for sharing this wonderful place."

Jane Mann (Booked via Airbnb August 2017)


"...Gem of a property. Totally secluded. Great for self-sufficient people looking for a real taste of Costa Rica. A lovely balance of luxury and simplicity. Joe and Kika are great hosts offering thorough welcome packs prior to arrival containing all the info you could ever possibly need. 4X4 vehicle absolute necessity for reaching the hill top property. The view is priceless."

Aaron Polsky (Booked via Airbnb Sept 2017)


"...Amazing view. Amazing location. Pleasant stay overall."

Matt Lachance (Booked via Airbnb Sept 2017)


"...Pura Vida was the perfect get-a-way spot! We were provided with fresh fruit on arrival as well as suggestions on restaurants, excursions, and local beaches weeks before we arrived. The hosts have created a very thorough packet with all of the details you need to know about the house. It is definitely up a mountain, as the view shows, and you will absolutely need a 4x4 and maybe someone who enjoys offroading. The wifi connection was a medium strength but very steady. We went in the middle of the Green Season, Sept 26th to Oct 2nd and enjoyed amazing weather. Sunny and beautiful all day and then heavy rains in the evening, starting around 5p. The Eco Lodge definitely requires some planning around your day so as not to leave and come back multiple times. The road up is manageable but not very enjoyable to make multiple trips on. The house is immaculate and there are many areas that you can see the love built right into the home, including the pathway that led down to a waterfall. The wildlife is abundant, we saw so many amazing creatures off of the balcony of the house. Pura Vida is a very special place and I'm so glad that we got to experience it! If you're on the fence about booking, this one is a must!"

Leslie Woods (Booked via Airbnb Sept 2017)


"...The Pura Vida Ecolodge is an amazing and tranquil retreat. My partner and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously and it's a great way to disconnect from the world. Cell Data Reception is a bit spotty so be aware of this. Also the path to the private waterfall trails are not for the novice or faint of heart. They require balance and some level of condition. But once there it's majestic and private just as described. Amazing!!"

Miguel Ortiz & Ben Shaw (Booked via Airbnb Oct 2017) 


"...We stayed at the ecolodge for 3 nights during our CR honeymoon and loved our time at this private jungle treehouse overlooking the rivers and ocean! It was the rainy season and we loved having the walls open when the afternoon thunder storms rolled in. We were welcomed warmly by Gersan and Ili, the local property managers, and Ili made us two of our favorite meals we had during our two weeks in CR! The road to the house is definitely an adventurous trek but it’s fun and doable with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Lots of wildlife, birds and panoramic views to see from the decks and windows. We loved it!"

Kimberley Ortigoza (Booked via Airbnb Oct 2017)


"...My wife and I chose to stay at Pura Vida Ecolodge for our honeymoon to Costa Rica and we were beyond impressed! This is such a beautiful place and the views are gorgeous (the pictures just can't do it justice). The details throughout the Ecolodge are amazing - everything from the porches, ceilings, countertops, bathrooms, etc. This ecolodge is secluded and private, but is a very reasonable drive to the local store, which is down the mountain, or into Uvita for the super market and local restaurants. Upon arrival on our first night, Gersan and Ili presented us with a delicious authentic meal, which was a surprise honeymoon gift from Joe and KiKa! We highly suggest having Ili prepare a meal during your stay. We arrived our first night after dark, which ended up being perfect because we got to wake up with an AMAZING view from the Master Bedroom that we really got to appreciate! The area surrounding the ecolodge is filled with wildlife and breath-taking views. During our stay on the mountain of the ecolodge, we saw everything from monkeys and sloths, to beautiful hummingbirds, parakeets, and tucans, to waterfalls, and beautiful streams. During our stay, we also ventured off the mountain and did some adventures. We highly recommend doing a boat tour of some sort, as the views of the Costa Rica mountains from the water are amazing. October is the rainy season, but we loved it! It would typically only rain in the afternoons and at night, so it never bothered us or any tours we had scheduled during the days. Because of the rain, all of the waterfalls and streams were abundant and flowing and the rain forest is green and full of color! Overall, Joe and KiKa are amazing hosts and we will definitely be going back to the beautiful country of Costa Rica and staying at the Pura Vida Ecolodge! Highly recommend! Pura Vida!!!"

Adam & Leeana (Booked via Airbnb October 2017)


"...Breathtaking location and beautiful architecture integrated with the surroundings - you feel like you're inside the jungle."

Erika (Booked via Airbnb October 2017)


"...We had an absolutely amazing time in Costa Rica, and truly loved staying at the lodge for our honeymoon. Joe and Kika have done such a stellar job with the home, and we felt like we had the whole package of paradise, nature, adventure, and relaxation all in one trip. I appreciated and was in awe of the obvious focus to be sustainable in the home, and the happy medium of a comfy yet natural home. The last full day we had there, we spent most of the morning climbing the waterfalls off the trail near the house…that was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It way more stunning that we could have imagined, adventurous, and challenging…definitely a great team building exercise during our honeymoon! The icing on the cake was hearing the howl monkeys as we were walking through the jungle. Gersan and his wife were great as well, and after the long day of traveling to get there, the ‘welcome meal’ was simply perfect and delicious. In addition, they provided an awesome fruit bowl as well as an entire limb of bananas from a nearby tree...there were so many that we didn't even come close to finishing them unfortunately. Having the Nutri Bullet in the kitchen made smoothie making an every morning ritual, and definitely helped us plow through some of said bananas. We couldn’t have been happier with the choice of destination and lodging for our honeymoon. The people of Costa Rica are seriously the friendliest people, and made the whole experience very special. My husband and I forgot some cash at the lodge, and Gersan immediately notified us, as well as Joe and Kika. Unfortunately we were already out of the country, however Joe wired the amount to our account instead of sending the cash through the mail. His kindness and willingness to go above and beyond was certainly appreciated. We seriously cannot wait to visit again, especially during mango season! Highly recommend!"

Amy (Booked via Airbnb November 2017)


"If you love jungle combined with style, if you like a little adventure but still sleep comfortably at night, the Pura Vida Ecolodge is a great place for you. We stayed four nights in the lodge and had a great time. The way to the lodge is not trivial however we were provided with excellent instructions and had no trouble finding it. Having a 4x4 car is a must! And beware of the alternative Punta Mala route, it is not well maintained at all, therefore should not be used at night or in heavy rain. The little dart frogs surrounding the lodge are a fantastic extra and the view is hard to beat. The beaches along the coast are very special since they are kept natural. No deck chairs or bars but pure nature."

Frank (Booked via Airbnb November 2017)


"...Our experience at the Pura Vida Ecolodge was everything we hoped! The lodge is very much up in the mountains, secluded and peaceful. Gersan and Illi both greeted and helped guide us upon our arrival. Definitely make sure you try one of Illi's dishes- absolutely wonderful! The lodge itself was very clean, beautiful view, and we had many encounters (outdoors) with the wildlife during our stay. The property was great for exploring. Make sure you read all of the information that Joe and Kika provide in the welcoming packages. Many useful tips! Would stay here 100x over again. :)"

Kelsey (Booked via Airbnb November 2017)


"...It really is just like the photos! One of our favorite places we’ve stayed on our many trips to CR. The views are outstanding, the big picture window in front of the bed was great. They include hotel-like touches (nice towels, pillows, and robes) which is always a plus for me. As people have mentioned, you have to be prepared for seclusion and rustic, in a very comfortable setting though! I could stay up there for weeks. Would definitely not let the drive hinder you, anything worth getting to in Costa Rica has a tricky but fun drive up some mountains!"

Jessica (Booked via Airbnb December 2017)


"...We had a great time at Pura Vida Ecolodge. We wish we could have stayed longer. You definitely need a 4x4 to get there, but the drive up is worth the view. On our last night we ordered from Pura Vida Cafe, and it was our best meal of the trip. I would also recommend the boat tour with Gersan. We would love to return someday."

Roma (Booked via Airbnb December 2017)


"...My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon and all we can say about the Pura Vida Ecolodge is, WOW! Everything about our experience, from the communication with Joe & Kika beforehand to the help of the caretaker Gersan (led us to the house in the dark, dinner from Iliana, boat ride through the mangroves) to the beauty and serenity of the property itself, were excellent. Going into the honeymoon, our goal was to have a combination of relaxation, adventure, and immersion into our surroundings. Staying at the ecolodge affords all of this and more. Most mornings during our stay consisted of waking up early with the jungle around us, sitting on the lounge chairs on the deck, and drinking coffee and smoothies, all while listening to and spotting incredible wildlife everywhere. Monkeys in the distance, many interesting species of birds, frogs, geckos, bugs. The mornings with these sights and sounds, combined with the spectacular view from the deck, will definitely stick with us for a long time to come. It is important to be prepared and know what to expect at the ecolodge, as the house is basically set in the jungle, which is the most amazing aspect about it! Additionally, the drive to the house is pretty steep and bumpy at times, but with a 4x4 vehicle you should not have any difficulties getting there. Following these peaceful mornings, we would venture out and explore the area. There are fantastic beaches all along the coast, great restaurants, and one day we drove out to Manuel Antonio National Park. Two of the mornings we also explored the ecolodge property via the two nature trails suggested in the welcome packet. The shorter trail is easier, however please be aware that you are still walking through the jungle and both hikes require some physical strength. The second hike is definitely physically demanding, but as they say, if it was easy everyone would do it. After walking up the road past the house and down hundreds of tiny stairs you get to an open expanse of stream, and looking left are a series of gorgeous waterfalls. Once at the stream, we hiked up for a long time, climbing up waterfalls (some easier than others), and walking through the refreshing water (water shoes suggested here). Once we reached a waterfall too steep to climb we turned around to head back, stopping at different plunge pools along the way to jump in and swim around. Regardless of our activity each day, when we returned to the ecolodge in the evening the peace and serenity that enveloped us was amazing. After a relaxing rain shower, we would play scrabble with the doors open looking out to the Pacific Ocean, soft breeze blowing through, just an incredible scene. The food in the area is great almost everywhere you go, but we definitely recommend Soda Coronado (in the welcome packet) and their nachos de pollo. We ate a lot of delicious food over our 10 days..."

Evan (Booked via Airbnb 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 exactly what I love about it! Waking up to the toucans, parrots, scarlet macaws and howler monkeys is amazing. I am not at all a morning person, yet slept on the couch so that I wouldn’t miss dawn - and woke up at 5:00 every morning because I was so excited to see what I could see. Lots of great birding, butterflies, (literally 🦋!) and other critters. This is not a good match for folks who are scared of nature in all its forms (for example, the green dart frogs hang out on the steps after the rain, there are geckos and anoles in the house, and the grasshoppers are the size of your hand), but the sunrises and sunsets cannot be beat! Also, the drive up the mountain can be intimidating— four wheel drive is a must, and I strongly recommend getting the higher end model. First time we stayed, we got stranded on the drive because our Jimmy didn’t have enough power for 3 people and the luggage. We got a Montero this time and had no troubles — but do listen to their guidance and get there before dark — 4 PM at the latest if you can. The drive from San Jose always takes longer than you plan. The house has what you need for basic cooking, pots, pans, glasses, flannel coffee maker and hot water pot, etc — which is good because it was better for us to have breakfast in, a big lunch out and then cook dinner in — especially because we didn’t want to miss sunset. Walking further up the road gives more great views. The pool and the outdoor showers are great. The 2 part guide to planning and staying in the house is everything you could ask for and more, and I spent hours each day looking at the wildlife guides in the house. I am absolutely in love with this place, and will be back as soon as I can swing it and will stay longer!"

Eli (Booked via Airbnb December 2017)


"...Man lebt inmitten der Natur. Ein einmaliges Erlebnis. Die Unterkunft ist sensationell, kann ich nur weiterempfehlen."

Urs (Booked via Airbnb December 2017)


"...Thank you Joe for your kindness and quick communications. Thanks to Gersan for being such a nice and smiling person ;-) Cannot ask for more: montains, view, birds, calm. A real paradise! Pura Vida."

Martin (Booked via Airbnb January 2018)


"...If you are looking for secluded luxury with amazing views in a peaceful setting, look no further. We loved our stay so much and didn't leave the ecolodge despite plans to go on local tours because it was such a lovely place to hang out it. Wonderful!"

Elizabeth (Booked via Airbnb February 2018)


"...We stayed at Pura Vida for a glorious 8 nights and loved it! The view from the surround deck was unbelievably gorgeous, and the sounds of the rainforest full of life. Magical! Sitting in our comfy king size bed looking out the perfectly framed window was the most beautiful site! The drive to and from our beautiful Pura Vida was exciting and we were so appreciative to have our 4x4! It handled the curves and ruts and incline beautifully. Passing the Brahman cows and various birds and dogs on our way up and down the hill was a lovely daily delight. We zip lined with Osa Tours and loved it, did the Mangrove tour with Gersan and saw 10-12 Scarlet Macaws and about 20 (no exaggeration)capuchin monkeys crossing the river, swinging mangrove branch to mangrove branch. What a special experience! And the private beach at the end of the river was amazing....warm and with crashing waves to body surf and play in. We loved our time here, Joe was always responsive to any questions as was Gersan. He and his wife Illiana were lovely and dear. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful retreat with us! Dana and Jim"

Dana & Jim (Booked via Airbnb February 2018)


"...The lodge was wonderful and the views were incredible!! We loved the open air concept, hearing all the animals was amazing. Our two daughters loved the plunge pool. Between Joe & Kika and Gersan all of our questions were answered very quickly with a ton of helpful tips on beaches, restaurants and guided tours! The recommend using Vamos car rental and we had a great experience through them, we actually spoke with other people at the airport and all of them complained about their car rental company so I was glad we paid a little bit extra and had great service but more importantly a new dependable car. The drive up to the lodge is insane, bumpy and very steep but strangely after a few goes at it we became comfortable with it. If you are the type of person that wants to drive to town for a quick something, then this is not for you. For us it was part of the adventure and it made for a great memory! The lodge was stocked with everything we wanted and more. The only thing that we truly missed was a coffee pot, the lodge does have a bamboo pour over coffee maker but with three people drinking coffee each morning - it was a process. We would highly recommend the lodge, our daughters 8 and 5 loved of the wild life. There are no TVs, which in the end our girls loved the most because we would play card games every night! Thank you again for an amazing experience!"

Emily (Booked via Airbnb February 2018)


"...This was our second time at the Ecolodge - my wife and I were here 3 years ago and decided to come back for our 1-year wedding anniversary. It was just as magical as we remembered it with some additional touches as well (great hammock, expanded pool area, poolside shower, among other improvements). The location here is close to Dominical and Uvita where you'll find plenty of great restaurants, markets, and things to do (surfing, caves, waterfalls etc). This is our favorite Airbnb - we highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed!"

Jeff (Booked via Airbnb February 2018)


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