Leashes for Locals Charity

Your Next Surf & Yoga Retreat In Costa Rica Here in Santa Teresa we are lucky to introduce our students to some of the best surf in Costa Rica—in an amazing spot that has been called one of the world’s top ten beaches! We love the waves here, the people, and the community. We’re so… More »

Spa Natural ~ Indulge Yourself

Often, some of the sweetest moments at surf camp can be found during the quiet hours of the week when we’re not catching killer waves, chilling in a yoga class or chowing down on fresh made guacamole. That’s when it’s prime time to indulge at the hotel spa, where every Pura Vida Adventures guest is… More »

10 Mindful Gifts on Your Surfer Girl’s Christmas List

Surfer Girl's Christmas List

If Black Friday didn’t inspire your Surfer Girl’s Christmas list, join the club. At Pura Vida Adventures, we opted to #justsurf instead of battling the malls and traffic for mindless gifts that support big commerce (thank God there’s no mall in Costa Rica). This year, we’re giving a long, hard look at what serious surfer… More »

A Surf Retreat Full of Gratitude

Last week we hosted our third annual Surfsgiving surf retreat and the consensus with the Pura Vida Adventures family was it was one for the record books. Nine incredible women and one very, very brave boyfriend-of-the-year took this week by the horns and rode it like a mechanical bull at the local disco club. This… More »

A Mouthwatering Culinary Travel Experience

culinary travel

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Costa Rica—an emerging culinary travel destination—puts a new perspective on the foodie movement and sustainable culture. Because similar to the Pilgrims (who landed the Mayflower in America, becoming locavores by default), “fresh” and “local” foods are the only options for Ticos. It’s a cultural nuance that puts Costa Rica, Hotel Tropico Latino,… More »

Pura Vida Adventures, A Small Family Surf Business

small family surf business

The fundamental focus of Pura Vida Adventures surf and yoga retreats was created around the concept of family. And our growing family of surfers—blood or otherwise—is what makes this small family surf business tick. While our clan of empowered surfers seems to grow exponentially each year, it’s a core two—Tierza and Kathy—who have built the framework for… More »

Sharing the Surfing Lineup With Two Colorful Chicas

sharing the lineup

It takes a special kind of person to be part of the Pura Vida Adventures surfing lineup, and both Andy and Michelle fit that bill. An Argentinian and Costa Rican respectively, these worldly ladies pour their hearts into everything they do, including their jobs as surf instructors and running two surf-inspired fashion companies.  Andy Picasso, Surf Instructor… More »