Staying at Pura Vida Guesthouse was the best decision that we made on our trip to Costa Rica. Mikey was hospitable to the highest degree, taking every opportunity to make our experience in El Castillo the best possible. The house was comfortable and located in an easily accessible and convenient part of El Castillo. In my opinion, this is a... More
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pura Vida Guesthouse just opened September 2012 and is not a regular guesthouse or hostel. There is no official reception and no fancy uniform, and we rent only three rooms with SHARED bath (hot shower). The guesthouse offers a smaller, friendly type accommodation that is simple, economical and comfortable and very laid back. Located in the fun and unique village of El Castillo de La Fortuna close to Arenal Volcano National Park. The Pura Vida Guesthouse is part hostel, part guesthouse and 100 percent pura vida. Where is El Castillo? Just 10 km. off the Rainforest Highway between La Fortuna and Nuevo Arenal tucked between the lake waterfront and the Arenal National Forest you will discover one of the most unique places on earth. The village of El Castillo was created as a result of the 1968 surprise eruption of Cerro Arenal that required the mass relocation of hundreds of families to safer zones. Originally a quiet agricultural centre, El Castillo was soon discovered by a new generation of bohemians looking for the perfect blend of climate and lifestyle. And it's no surprise, since El Castillo provides the best views of the volcano or lake anywhere. The unique combination of quiet village life and a growing number of ex-pat enterprises means the area buzzes with activity-from canopy tours and horseback riding to hiking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. We boast Costa Rica's largest butterfly conservatory and the ever-popular Snake and Reptile Zoo. Now, a growing arts and music culture is making El Castillo a must-see destination for creative people from all over the world.Dining choices are varied and growing every year. Getting here is can be challenging- we wish the road was in better shape but in a way, the road is one of the reasons this is such a wonderful place. Come for a day, a week or stay for a lifetime. However you discover El Castillo, you'll find us Super! Natural! Local activities that can be booked onsite here at the guesthouse Include- Thermal Hot Springs (Tabacon, Baldi and others)- Hiking in the forest- Arenal Volcano National Park- Night Hikes- Waterfalls- Mountain Biking- Boat Tours- Bird watching- Cerro Chato- Arenal Ecozoo Serpentarium- Canopy- Butterfly Conservatory- Sky Tram- Horseback riding- Hangin Bridges- Jeep-Boat-Jeep to/from Monteverde- Rafting- Lava Trail- Los Tucanes Trail- Cao Negro- La Fortuna Waterfall- Rancho Margot- and more.Pura Vida literally means 'pure life' but is the Costa Rican equivalent of Hawaii's Aloha and is used in Costa Rica for hello, goodbye or just to say I am happy, I love and appreciate life, or I am doing great! You will find pura vida is contagious and soon you will find yourself exclaiming Pura Vida!! right along with the 'Ticos' the self named nickname of Costa Ricans..Tica if female.)Come stay with us for the ultimate in pura vida laid back life style. Quite simply, you won't find anything quite like Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel in all of Costa Rica. 'Come as a guest leave as a friend.' ... more less
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