Pura Vida or a trip to Costa Rica

“Costa Rica is not a holidays destination, but a real lifestyle.” Clara De Nadal Trias

Well, actually this country can be enjoyed in many ways, but I could sum up the experience in this costarricense paradise in three different types of travel. Three very legitimate styles of travel although at the same time very personal, but if you know me a little… You will know that I chose the third one.

– Gringo trip: take a plane from your place of residence and land directly on an everything-included hotel in a truly true American style, and literally do not leave the place until you finish your holidays.

– Quechua trip: after memorizing the Lonely Planet guide and raze in Decathlon, tour the country as a devote Backpacker and enjoy the wild life with a super low budget.

– Pura Vida trip: to live Costa Rica based on smoothies, gluten-free healthy food, surfing, yoga, practicing any other sport, following the super slowmotion Tico rhythm and return home 10 years younger.


Positive: spectacular flora and fauna at its best. Environmental conservation as I rarely have seen. The best fruit I have ever tasted. If you’re addicted to healthy food this is THE place: especially the Pacific Coast. Extreme sports lovers and adventurers: you are already wasting time not being here yet. Surfers and yogis: welcome to paradise.

Negative: expensive destination. Sorry, SO DAMN expensive. The Customer Service could hightly improve, and often especially coming from for foreign residents who believe they are local and that they own the place. There is dengue. In fact the mosquitoes subject it can be almost unbearable. Some frankly complicated road sections (highly recommended to take it as an Indiana Jones adventure), no jokes.

Tips: mosquito’s repellent all-day-long. If you are visiting the country from November to April I recommend you to book in advance. Watch your belongings: risk of thefts, and besides the Pura Vida lifestyle, keep in mind that there are delinquency hot spots throughout the country especially at night. The more ugly will be the place, the better will be its Tica food. Try it at least once.

Wilde ride in the jungle at Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Healthy Breakfast, Puerto Viejo,                                Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Typical Caribbean House, Playa Cocles, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Palm trees, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Real food at Mas de Paso restaurant, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Sunset at Luna Café, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Flow mood in Costa Rica
Caribbean Braid, muymia, Costa Rica
Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast , Costa Rica
muymia & Mitxi at Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Real Tucano at Jaguar Rescue center, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Street Art in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Hanging Bridges in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Tico money, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Playa Guiones, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Extreme Canopy in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Real fruit, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Le Caméléon Hotel, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Green Detox Smoothie, the Harmony hotel, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Red Snapper with Gallo Pinto and vegetables at Olga’s, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Living Hotel, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Typical Tucano Postcard, Costa Rica
Living Hotel, Nosara, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Red Snapper with Caribbean sauce, Costa Rica
Backyard Pool at Griss Hotel, Santa Teresa, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Infinity Pool at Vista De Olas, Lounge Restaurant, Costa Rica
Yoga Space at Nautilus Hotel, Santa Teresa, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Zwart Cafe, Santa Teresa, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Rental Surf Shop, Santa Teresa, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Surf Boards, Santa Teresa, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Holly store, Santa Teresa, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
On the way to San José, capital of Costa Rica
Typical Postcard, Playa Chiquita & muymia, Costa Rica

“Costa Rica no es un destino vacacional, sino un auténtico estilo de vida”.

Bueno, en realidad este país puede disfrutarse de muchas maneras, pero podría resumir la experiencia costarricense en este paradisíaco lugar en tres tipos de viaje. Tres estilos de viaje muy lícitos, a la par que muy personales, aunque si me conoces un poco… Sabrás que yo escogí el tercero:

– Gringo: coger un avión desde tu lugar de residencia y aterrizar directamente en un hotel everything-included al más puro estilo americano, y literalmente, no salir de allí hasta que termines tus vacaciones.

– Quechua: tras aprenderte de memoria la Lonely Planet y arrasar en Decathlon, recorrer el país a lo Backpacker y dedicar tu viaje a disfrutar de la fauna y la flora con un super low budget.

– Pura Vida: vivir Costa Rica a base de smoothies, gluten-free healthy food, surf, yoga o practicando cualquier deporte, ritmo muuuuy slow motion y volver a casa con 10 años menos.


Positivo: fauna y flora espectacular en estado puro. Conservación ambiental como pocas veces habrás visto. La mejor fruta que he probado en mi vida. Si eres adicto al healthy food este es tu sitio: en especial la Costa del Pacífico. Amantes de los deportes de riesgo y aventura: ya estáis tardando. Surfistas y yogis: este es vuestro paraíso.

Negativo: destino caro. Perdón, carísimo. Atención al público muy mejorable en general, y muchas veces especialmente por extranjeros residentes que van de locales y se creen dueños del lugar. Hay dengue, de hecho el tema mosquitos llega a ser insoportable. Carreteras en algunos tramos francamente complicadas (muy recomendable tomárselo como una aventura a lo Indiana Jones).

Tips: antimosquitos all-day-long. Si vienes de noviembre a abril reservar con antelación. Vigilar tus pertenencias por que hay robos y, por mucha Pura Vida que te vendan, tener en cuenta que hay zonas conflictivas en todo el país especialmente de noche. Cuanto más feo y cutre sea el local, más buena será la comida Tica. Pruébala al menos una vez!

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