*For more info please visit our 'Guidebook' on our Airbnb profile


PLAYAS (Beaches)

There are plenty of stunning beaches just a few minutes drive from Pura Vida Ecolodge. Between them, guests will find more than enough activities to keep them entertained throughout their stay including - Surfing, kayaking, sailing, sunset tours, boating, water-skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, horse riding and sports fishing. Here are just a few of the beautiful beaches just a tones throw away - Playa Ventanas, Playa Tortuga, Playa Arco, Playa Ballena, Playa Uvita, Playa Dominical, Playa Manuel Antonio.


MANGLARES Y RIOS (Mangroves and rivers)

Just 10 minutes drive from Pura Vida Ecolodge guests can do a variety of boat tours and excursions in 'Los Manglares de Coronado'. This advenutre offers guests an extensive insight to the flora & fauna in the area and a touch of the wild side of the 'Pacifico Sur' of Costa Rica. Gersan, our housekeeper offers a really unique adventure called 'The Pura Vida Boat Adventure' be sure to ask for more details or visit his facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/PuraVidaBoatAdventure There is also more info included in your welcome pack.


CATARATAS (Waterfalls)

There are numerous waterfalls, quebradas (fresh water streams) and nature/plunge pools within the grounds of Pura Vida Ecolodge and on the edge of the reserve. Further afield and within easy access of the Ecolodge, guests can enjoy the waterfalls of Catarata de Coronado and after a short drive up the coast to Uvita is Pozo Azul with some amazingly relaxing lagoons and stunning bamboo rainforests. Also really nearby Pura Vida Ecolodge is the NEW Osa Mountain Water Slide, part of the Osa Mountain Village Ecoresort, a very unique and fun morning or afternoon activity - see our facebook page for video ;)



One of Costa Rica's main attractions definitely has to be its extensive and amazing flora and fauna. Luckily the Costa Rican Government, over recent years especially, has created a lot of protected areas where an abundance of wildlife can be enjoyed. There are great trekking options and Pura Vida Ecolodge is brilliantly situated with the following parks easily accessible as day trips - Parque Nacional de Corcovado, Parque Nacional de Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Ballena, Parque Nacional Chirripó, Parque Nacional La Amistad. The most popular activities in the parks themselves are trekking, wildlife spotting and canopy tours but the options are endless. All of these tours can be arranged by our in-house concierge service


BUCEO (Scuba diving & Snorkeling)

Whether you are an experienced diver or maybe looking to do a PADI open watercourse, then both Parque Nacional Ballena and Isla de Caño especially offer world-class diving options. Depending on the season, divers (and snorkelers) can see dolphins, turtles, manta rays, humpback whales and reef sharks along with large groups of other spectacular marine life and stunning coral reefs. Both locations are within easy reach of Pura Vida Ecolodge and make a great day trip by boat from the mainland.


SPA & RELAJE (Spa & Relax)

Spa, yoga, massage, fitness centre & gym can all be organised in advance and are just a short distance from the Jungle Villa, mainly up the Costanera highway in the small village of Uvita. Sonia at Uvita Information Centre will be only too happy to point you in the right direction depending on exactly what you are after. Some of our recommendations are listed in our 'Guidebook' on our Airbnb profile. Or if you'd prefer, we can arrange a selection of professionals to come up to the lodge and offer guests private yoga classes and a range of massages and holistic therapies. We are currently working closely with three very different massage therapists, intuitives & yoga and dance gurus - you will find more information in Part 2 of the welcome pack


SURFEO (surfing, body boarding)

Surfing is one of the most exciting and exhilirating activities that attract sufers (beginners and experts) from all over the world. Pura Vida Ecolodge is wonderfully located as guests are literally spoilt for choice in terms of beaches and breaks. The most popular surf is in Dominical and Uvita, but even nearby Playas such as Tortuga, Ventanas and Piñuelas all offer good waves, depending on the season and tide times.


CANOPY TOUR (Zip-lining, repelling, suspension bridges)

A canopy tour is an adventure like none other you will experience. It consists of a network of cables that are strung from one tower to another high above the jungle floor. Riders travel along the wire via a specially-designed harness that is safe and secure as it glides along the zipline. The force of gravity propels the rider along the cable, giving the rider the feeling of flying through the air in the majesty of nature until they reach the next platform where more spectacular views await. www.osacanopytour.com


RESTAURANTES (Restaurants)

  • Uvita Private Chef - Organic and bespoke gastronomic dining experience for guests to enjoy in the comfort of Pura Vida Ecolodge
  • Por Que No - Oceanside Dining day & night, just south of Dominical
  • Marina Ballena - Enjoy the fresh catch of the day often dorada & lobster. Great 'batidos'
  • Exotica - Quintessentially French and gourmet cuisine
  • Citrus - An interesting 'fusion' of Mediterranean and world cuisineset in an idylic opening backing onto Rio Ojochal
  • The Bamboo Room - Gret food, music and owners!
  • Luz de Luna - Excellent authentic Pizza and 'pollo asado' restaurant in Uvita
  • Los Manglares - Fresh Ceviche & fruit batidos are the house specialities (Punta Mala)
  • Ceviche Remy - Fresh Ceviche & wifi Internet
  • Bob's Roadshack Deli - Nice Deli with artisan beers in Uvita
  • Roberto - Our Tico resident chef, available for private catering and offers an eclectic menu combining fresh local ingredients with an International touch!
  • El Jardin - 1Km south of Coronado is a great local fish restaurant which also sell fish & seafood that you can cook back at Pura Vida Ecolodge
  • El Pavon - Coming down from the lodge (towards Puntamala) there is a great 'eat what you catch' fish restaurant. Don;t miss a dip in the adjacent waterfall afterwards