The Best Experience Near SJO

Arriving or departing Costa Rica, there are no better options - hey it's us or the Holiday Inn Express :-)) according to Tripadvisor reviews. We even outrank the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Majal with better beds, better food, bad jokes and a botanical garden.  Ask me.  How can I help you have an awesome trip?  Berni

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Lowest price guarantee by booking direct to the hotel. Block your date(s) in the calendar, and I will hold them for you. You will get an email to confirm your booking and will include all the info to organize a safe and easy entry into Costa Rica with our free taxi service for all Costa Rica arrivals. If you have more than one date you need just put a comment in the "message/notes". Easy peasy eh?

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Individual Casitasand Rates

Individual 1 and 2 bedroom private casitas situated in a lush botanical garden, some with a view to the active Poas Volcano. Beautiful breakfasts come with your booking and scrumptious dinners on an open air terrace can sometimes be had with advance reservations if you are nice to our delightfully crusty chef (aka Chef Nhi also holding the post of wife of the author) known for her expertise in Vietnamese and Chinese fusion).

Toucan Casita (one-bedroom villa)

Toucan Casita (one-bedroom villa)

Everyone's most affordable favorite Casita - 2 queen beds, living room sleeps 4 from $89 low season.

Mariposa Casita (two-bedroom villa)

Mariposa Casita (two-bedroom villa)

2 of everything Casita with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and 2 queen beds, sleeps 4 . . . you will find fairies (it is at the bottom of our garden…

Rain Forest Casita (deluxe one-bedroom villa)

Rain Forest Casita (deluxe one-bedroom v…

Nice Casita with a cool deck view of Poas Volcano - 1 queen and 1 single bed and separate living room with a futon - sleeps 3.

Volcano Studio (studio)

Volcano Studio (studio)

Poas view with 2 queen beds, sleeps 2 to 4, larger bathroom, best view in the hotel from a nice private deck. Loved by honeymooners and hermits …

Katydid Casita (deluxe two-bedroom villa)

Katydid Casita (deluxe two-bedroom villa…

The "family affair" . . . our humungous Casita - sleeps 4 to 6 (using futons). Master bedroom has queen and bathroom, 2nd bedroom has 2 singles …

The Orchid Room (double room)

The Orchid Room (double room)

This is the only room in the main Casa, the original, coffee finca. It has a fabuloso queen bed and a small private bathroom with a view of the …

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Car RentalsBest deals in town

Toyota Yaris

2WD manual or automatic

5 passenger/1500cc gasoline manual or automatic/ 4 door/ air bags/AC/ radio with MP3


4WD Toyota Rush

4WD manual or automatic

The perfect on and off roader for Costa Rican roads The perfect on and off roader for Costa Rican roads


4WD Toyota Prado

4WD automatic for 7 passengers

If your luggage does not fit, we can get you the larger Toyota Sequoia


Why not stay an extra day?"READ MORE" for a host of ideas of things to do

We can organize day trips to Poas or Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes or an amazing organic coffee tour at a private farm - ask us for a driver/guide ahead of your trip. If you are independently minded we will sit with you and help you plan your routes and things to do and have your rental car delivered to your breakfast table. Need help planning your trip? We have ideas from slightly mad to completely bonkers :-)



Here are some trips we have enjoyed (in no particular order). Let us know if we can help set up any of these trips for you or just point you t…

A School Visit?

A School Visit?

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Visit Poas Volcano

Visit Poas Volcano

LARGEST ACTIVE VOLCANO CRATER: There are very few places in the world where you can drive to within a kilometer of the edge of an active volcani…

1/2 Day Tours (Close to the Pura Vida Hotel)

1/2 Day Tours (Close to the Pura Vida Ho…

Zoo Ave - turtles The beginning of a small eruption in 2014 La Paz Waterfall (there are actually 5 of them) Doka Coffee drying in the sun The f…

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On your first night, your hotel should be easy to find. Pura Vida Hotel is about 4 Kilometers from the International airport. Take our free taxi service on arrival and have your car rental delivered the next mmorning at the breakfast table - ask us how.

Directions in Spanish (for Spanish speaking taxistas)

Say the following in the best Spanish accent you can muster "1500 metros al norte de la fabrica Punto Rojo en Alajuela, al cruce de la carretera de Tuetal Norte y Tuetal Sur en el Hotel Pura Vida." If you hate speaking in tongues, hand the taxi driver this page and point HERE.


Pura Vida Hotel
Tuetal Sur de Alajuela
20102 Costa Rica
Phone: +506-2430-2630 or
emergency Cell +506-8878-3899

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