Testimonials are, in some way, the engine that drives us. There really is nothing better than to hear from visitors who have made memories at Pura Vida Villa. It reminds us that all of the work put into the details matter, and we know this… because you tell us.

Blissful and Beautiful

When I found Pura Vida Villa after an extensive search of properties for a big family reunion, I had no idea the real thing would be even more blissful with stunning vistas and gorgeous rooms. I had been in constant contact with Gina the owner and Gabby for a couple of months before our trip. It made the planning easy. They coordinated everything for me. They were so lovely and accommodating with all of the questions I put forth – yes, there were many. I was planning this trip for a family vacation, and I wanted it to be perfect. They gave me lists of restaurants, tours to do and places to see. The house was just stunning and inviting, with its colors blending so beautifully into a home that was more a retreat than a property. It was so comfortable, with everything beautifully set up. Decorated tastefully with Costa Rican wood – rustic and modern, plush and roomy. The kitchen was perfect to cook in – we cooked quite a bit. The guest house below, with its own laundry, lovely kitchen and separate entrance is a part of the house but has its privacy and easily accommodates a family of four. Each morning greeted us with the most gorgeous butterflies, birds and a vision of azure blue water, as we sipped coffee and tea while watching the beach from our balcony or sitting area. Really, the ocean views are priceless. The pool was where my kids spent most of their time and I swam every morning before anyone was awake, it is serene and silent. I could have easily stayed in the water, not coming out. When we didn’t use the pool, we walked down to the beach – about 5-8 mins from the house. The beach has rocky areas and non rocky areas… we found that 9 am – or just before it got hot and crowded – was the best time to go…Just to walk, collect sea shells and read. I would go back every year if I could. Thanks so much for making our vacation so memorable!

Flip Key Review -shamz30 on 01/03/2014


Great property! Home is wonderfully located, clean, spacious, and stocked with all of the necessary amenities. The daily housekeeping was divine. We cooked breakfast and dinners in the kitchen and spent the days exploring. We will definitely fine our way back to Costa Rica soon!

-jill k on 09/10/2013

Fabulous Property - a Definite Repeat Vacation Spot!

Tremendous property, spacious, well furnished, exactly what I needed for my vacation. The maid/house keeping service was superb as well. I did use the club facilities, had lunch at the restaurant, good food, good service. Very close to the beach with beautiful views. Had lunch and drinks at the beach cafe as well. Great area of the country. We signed up for a full day fishing expedition and left from right on the beach. This is a great location for family with children, or just for the grown ups who want to escape and enjoy the slower pace of life for awhile.

Rick F on 05/06/2013

Lifetime Memories

I have been twice to Ocotal in 2012 as I couldn’t get enough and planning to go back again in 2013. This was the best villa for comfort, family and friends. Pura Vida was top notch and kept extremely well. It has everything to include on-site service. The location was perfect as it was private but so close to everything. Father Rosters was a walk away with excellent food, service and drinks right on the beach. Included was access to the beach club, which was phenomenal. There was so much to do as our only regrets where not to stay longer. A short drive to grocery stores, restaurants, shops and casino made this Villa perfect. My favorite part was the views of the pacific and the papagayo islands that we could take in just opening the blinds or walking out the door. You are truly surrounded by the views.

Raelene S on 05/02/2013

Just this side of Heaven

The Pura Vida Villa is a quiet place off the main drag. The Villa sits along a quiet road which sees very little motor traffic and is protected inside a private community just seconds from the beach. The house has every creature comfort to begin and end your exploration of Costa Rica. For a large group, this is an ideal setting with pool and cabana to drift off into the nap of a lifetime. With tropical birds, monkey, and the occasional critter, this Villa will nestle you in luxury. Plenty of off street gated parking for four vehicles and enough beds and baths to host 15 people. The staff kept us feeling happy and never wanting to leave. I loved the view every morning for the comfort of the rap around porch. The sites and sounds will entertain your morning while relaxing in a place few will ever experience. A great place to rest your head, recharge your batteries, and plan your next day or host a party. Close enough to the beach but no right on top of it . Its a short walk or a two minutes down the road by car. You will find this location idea for your Costa Rican Vacation.

-Jim W on 04/30/2013

Best Views, Fishing and Most Relaxing Stay Ever

Spent eight days and nights in this luxury ocean view luxury villa. A short walk to Father Rooster’s for good food, beverage and conversation. Both inside and outside are beautifully decorated with soothing colors and themes. All the amenities and luxuries of a five star hotel … only better. On site housekeeping was provided. I highly recommend this breathtaking vacation getaway.

Joe Gols on 04/30/2013

Best place to stay in Ocotal, Costa Rica

If you are looking for a family or “buddy” get away, look no further than this wonderful luxurious villa. It is beautifully furnished and has everything to make your stay a great experience. The pool area is truly “one of a kind” with a comfortable bar and lounging area under the Tikki hut to enjoy the sea breezes and glorious sunsets. With daily maid service and concierge services available your stay in this little piece of heaven will give you memories for a lifetime. The beach is just a short leisurely walk away where there is great family restaurant with English speaking staff, that offers fresh seafood and exotic drinks. There are also two other extremely nice restaurants within the gated community of Ocotal. Your own car rental is definitely recommended in order to enjoy everything but taxis and tour guides are also readily available at competitive rates if you prefer to be pampered. I just cannot say enough good things about this rental and I cannot wait to go back with my friends and family.

-Valderee on 04/28/2013