Woman Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“I just had to write and tell you how this trip has just completely affected me. First of all, it reminded me how to LIVE, what it felt like to live, love the world. It was Malpais and everyone at surf camp – you, Danny, Erika, Julia, Melissa… just reminding me what life really is all about, and the ocean and surfing of course. Truly – it’s so awesome that you have Pura Vida and know that everything you’ve created really touches people (me) in more ways than just a “surfing adventure”. It brought the passion back in me to really live and reminded me what pura vida really is.”

Tammy Chang ~ Honolulu, Hawaii

Woman With Sun Screen Smiling in Costa Rica
“Tierza, your passion for what you do comes through in every aspect of the Pura Vida Adventures guest experience. Truly.I feel very privileged to have experienced such a rare and exceptional trip — one that I will certainly treasure for a lifetime. The memories it gave me, the friendships it created, and the existing bonds of friendship it strengthened are already paying dividends back home in the ‘real world’. I really can’t say enough about your extraordinary team…Kathy, Sara, Kalyani, Helen, Ale, and Evelyn of Tropico Latino…I love them all! I meant what I said when I thanked you for creating this business of yours. It is no small feat to have a vision and implement it so masterfully. It takes courage, confidence, faith, perseverance, sacrifice, and passion. THANK YOU.”

Julie Trost ~ Sacramento, CA

Woman Doing Some Yoga Pose During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“The most eloquent words that come to mind when I think about my surf camp adventure in Malpais – life changing. Pura Vida taught me how to surf, how to be tranquil, how to conquer my ocean fears and most importantly… how to enjoy life. The scenery is breathtaking, yoga and surf instruction are fabulous, accommodations are great and the Pura Vida staff are some of the most unpretentious, dedicated, talented and hardworking individuals I have come across in my business dealings. I came to surf camp, never having been on a surfboard. I left 7 days later “hanging 10″, meeting lifelong friends and coming away with the best experience of my life.”

Arlene Bae ~ San Francisco, California

Woman Smiling in Costa Rica Surf Camp
“I wanted to write you an email expressing my absolute ADORATION for PVA. I had an amazing time on my trip and could not have wished for anything more. I raved about it to all of my friends and still haven’t stopped talking about it weeks later. There is nothing better than a bunch of exciting, adventurous women getting together to catch some waves. Lots of laughs, lots of surf, AMAZING food, wonderful accommodations, fantastic instructors, warm water, endless sun, gorgeous sunsets…perfection.”

Jennifer Graham ~Old Chatham, New York

Women Smilling and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Thank you for expanding my horizons as a surfer. I have always loved the ocean, but this experience has truly changed my perspective. . . Hopefully soon I will be tearing up the Jersey shore. . . Thank you for being so wonderful and attentive this week! Now, if only I could master the art of enjoying a cerveza and surfing at the same time. . .”

Jessica ~ New Jersey

Women Hugging and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Just wanted to tell you again what a fantastic week I had at camp! So much positive energy, I feel like I got a shot of pure joy. Still riding the wave! You guys do a great job with everything, and your staff are amazing! I’ll be back for sure next year (and the year after that, and the year after that….), and my friend Elena still says she wants to come back for her 80th!”

Monica Moore ~ Los Angeles

Women With Suncreen Surfing in Costa Rica
“Pura Vida! You guys rock! I didn’t really know what to expect. . . it was awesome, you completely catered to my needs and went above and beyond to make sure I had the best surfing opportunities. The instruction was absolutely great, and the week all round was really relaxing, enjoyable, & a great learning experience! I’ll be telling all my Aussie mates to get over here! Thanks heaps.”

Amy B. ~ Australia

Woman with Suncreen Surfing in Costa Rica
“I just wanted to let you know again how incredibly thankful I am for my experience at Pura Vida Adventures. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The hotel was awesome. The instructors and hosts were caring, funny, knowledgeable, and always made safety a priority. The food was excellent and really, I could go on and on. You seem to have this business down and I have talked non-stop about it since I got back!Thank you again for such an incredible trip. It was trans-formative to say the least and I can’t wait to make it an annual pilgrimage.”

Annie Levitt ~ Los Angeles, CA

Woman Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“This has been such an awesome experience – mind opening and fulfilling. The group of women both attending and working at this camp are awe inspiring, powerful, beautiful, worldly and true. They have been an inspiration. I can’t think of a greater way to rediscover myself before I become a mother and take on all of the associated challenge. Thank you for this experience!”

Kate Townley ~ Omaha, NE

Woman Showing the Thumps Up Sign and Surfing in Costa Rica
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to all your staff (very particularly to Josie, Helen, Andy, Brett and Daniel) for the wonderful hosting, surfing lessons and incredibly thoughtful and powerful yoga classes. I feel I have come back to NY a different individual, and that I have improved as a person as a result of my stay in Santa Teresa. I felt that all of them were professionals doing an excellent job but, much more importantly than that, they were caring, inspiring and showed me their warm hearts every day in both conversation and silence. The smile in their faces was contagious. I went on different retreats that were powerful but I do feel that this one stands out and that it has impacted my life much more than words can express. And I believe it is because of the work of your staff, no doubt about it. Through them, I have come back to myself, if that makes any sense to anyone else beyond me.”

Jessica Santos ~ New York

Womain Laughing and Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“Surfing was something that’s so different than what I do in my “normal” life. Pura Vida Adventures taught me to slow the “eff” down, enjoy life, and just chill—all while hanging out in an incredible place, eating fantastic food, and having conversations that made me laugh so hard I snorted pineapple-smoothie out of my nose. And the second time was even more incredible than the first. As soon as I walked through the gates of the hotel I had a smile on my face and literally did cartwheels and handstands on the beach my first afternoon there. I fell even more in love with surfing, and more than that, definitely consider Pura Vida my safe haven and happy place. I love the people it attracts, the positive attitudes everyone brings, and the fact that it creates connections that last long beyond the trip. And yeah, I’m already planning on heading back for round three in the not-so-distant future! I love you guys!”

Anna Davies ~ Senior Editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine

Man Surfing During His Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“The best moment was the first time I caught a solid wave. Amazing!!! I can’t believe that just two and half months ago I couldn’t swim and now I am actually surfing and loving it!! There is nothing like facing your fears. After that, I was like, ‘bring it on’, I can do anything. This adventure was revitalizing, relaxing, and healing all in one and went far beyond my expectations. I’m a changed person since this trip and have come back a far better person. I wish I could share this experience with everyone… Click here for Arpita’s inspirational story of conquering her fears.”

Arpita ~ Essex Junction, VT

Woman With Suncreen Surfing in Costa Rica
“Pura Vida gives you the whole experience – the surf, the food, the bonding. Most importantly though – I would like to really highlight how AWESOME your staff is. They were all professional in and out of the water but at the same time, super fun. They really looked out for us and we could all tell that they really wanted us to learn and do well. I honestly can not say enough about how great this camp is… SO worth the bruises and cuts, the bug bites and the tacky bathing suit tans we all come back with. I’d do it all over again in an instant.”

Ako Matsuzaki ~ San Francisco, California

Woman Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“Thank you for the best vacation! I went down to Costa Rica feeling like I was simply walking though life but not actually living it and now I feel more alive than ever. You have an amazing group of instructors and are running a spectacular program.”

Rebecca Steele ~Seattle, Washington

Woman Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“Start by imagining the perfect week: surfing, yoga, wonderful food, beautiful women, falling asleep to the sound of the waves every night – wake to the sounds of tropical birds in the morning. Maybe see the stars like you’ve never seen them before. Start telling time by the direction of the wind and the tides. Forget what day it is. How hard can you paddle? Drink? Laugh? Double that, and that’s Pura Vida.”

Elizabeth Proctor ~ Pacifica, California

Woman Smiling and Surfing during her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“Today while doing yoga, I watched little waves break against the rocks and noticed the colors of the palm trees change from jungle green to lemon-lime. Later at Playa Carmen, I paddled to the outside, sitting on my board in the warm sun, floating up and over waves. I caught a wave, wiped out, and came up smiling. At sunset surf, I caught waves while the moon rose over palm trees while the sea quietly swallowed the sun. Tonight, I gazed at the stars while swinging in the hammock. Pura Vida. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.”

Cathie Bechan ~ Stamford, Connecticut

Woman Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“This place is a gem! The people are friendly and welcoming. The sound of the ocean, the trees, the beach. -all so peaceful. – all of it. Soul food and much appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Katherine ~ Chicago

Woman Surfing During Her Costa Rica Beach Vacation
“An amazing time, a magical place, and an adventure for the mind and soul. I couldn’t have had a better vacation. The camaraderie, surfing, food, laughter, chick-chat and the staff all add up to a very sweet moment in time. Thanks for creating an enriching and fabulous experience. An absolute treat for the senses.”

Jen Hunt ~ Oakland, California

Woman Smiling and Surfing in Costa Rica
“This has been the best vacation/experience/surf adventure of all time. We have been so fortunate – this group of women is phenomenal!!! I really can’t express how great this has been. Our first day paddling out in warm water, all I was thinking was how lucky I was to be here. We’ve become fast friends and will continue on in the future, hopefully with a return trip to Costa Rica. Most thanks, appreciation and love to the Pura Vida staff and now friends.”

Karen Wilson ~ San Francisco, California

Woman Surfing in Costa Rica
“The most eloquent words that come to mind when I think about my surf camp adventure in Malpais – life changing. Pura Vida taught me how to surf, how to be tranquil, how to conquer my ocean fears and most importantly… how to enjoy life. The scenery is breathtaking, yoga and surf instruction are fabulous, accommodations are great and the Pura Vida staff are some of the most unpretentious, dedicated, talented and hardworking individuals I have come across in my business dealings. I came to surf camp, never having been on a surfboard. I left 7 days later “hanging 10″, meeting lifelong friends and coming away with the best experience of my life.”

Arlene Bae ~ San Francisco, California

Woman Surfing in Costa Rica
“The week I spent at Pura Vida Adventures would certainly be on my top 10 list of most terrific, fun, fabulous, and best things I’ve ever done in my life. I was fortunate to meet a group of amazing people, surf some waves, and generally revel in the utopian environment that is Mal Pais and Pura Vida Adventures.”

Elizabeth Levy ~ New York

Couples Surfing in Costa Rica
“Here I am sitting at my desk at work and I thought of the story you told of the woman who would look at your website everyday when she felt sad. I thought I would have a hard time re-entering the madness and I was right. So here I am looking at the website and longing for the Pura Vida and thinking of the girls that got to stay an extra few days. Lucky! Thank you so very, very much for such a great week. I had the time of my life. Marla and I love telling the stories of ATVing, surfing and Canopy Zipping and we are spreading the word. We will certainly be back.”

Jennifer McGeorge ~ Brooklyn, New York

Women Doing the Shaka Sign and Surfing in Costa Rica
“I just wanted to pass along a little note to thank all of you for a fantastic trip to Costa Rica. Each of you contributed with your own personal touches to make my Pura Vida experience awesome. I’m still stoked from the inside waves I was able to ride. You only learn to surf and catch your first wave once….I’m so glad that my first surf memories include all of you.”

Wendy Weidman ~ San Francisco, California

Women Walking and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Thank you all for the most fantastic adventure of my lifetime (so far)! There is no other place I would rather be to turn the big 50 than here. Tierza – you rock!! Thanks for making my b-day so special. Erika – You are the bomb!! Your patience, insight, surfing knowledge, energy, and positive attitude are inspiring. I want to be like you when I grow up!!”

Kate Trujillo ~ Oakland, California

Women Surfing in Costa Rica
“What a way to celebrate being 60! AND just what I needed.. a surf vacation in warm water without the bother of a wetsuit. Despite having 5 yrs. of surfing experience, at first I was very intimidated by the waves. However with Brett’s patience, calm encouragement and attentive guidance, I pushed through my fear and discovered that yes, I can ride these waves! Again and again! I gradually relaxed and ended up catching some of the best waves of my life. PVA is not only a great place for beginners, but also the perfect place for those who already can surf, and want to challenge themselves and learn more. And all the instructors are fabulous! Thanks so much for helping me overcome my fears! And for taking such good care of us. The memories will keep me warm.”

Mary Wagstaff ~ Larkspur, California

Man Hanging Loose and Surfing in Costa Rica
“I can’t imagine anything better than spending a week away, getting incredible instruction and meeting great new friends. Thank you for such an amazing experience.”

Jim Rader ~ Portland, Oregon

Women Smiling in the Pool in Costa Rica
“I am in love! What an amazing week and experience with everyone. I am already planning on how I can come back asap. Thank you for helping me reconnect, taking me on this wonderful retreat and checking two more boxes on the never ending bucket list. See you next year. I love Costa Rica !!”

Gemma

Man Surfing in Costa Rica
“Thanks Pura Vida, had a great time and met some really cool peeps. Such a great setup you have down here and your instructors are awesome!”

Nick

Women Hugging and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Wow, what a week! I had such an amazing time this week and truly don’t have words to express the gratitude I have for the team at Pura Vida. All I can say is that I can’t wait to be back. XOXO”

Ali McGill -NYC

Women Waving and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Pura Vida! Your guys rock! I didn’t really know what to expect. . . it was awesome, you completely catered to my needs and went above and beyond to make sure I had the best surfing opportunities. The instruction was absolutely great, and the week all around was really relaxing, enjoyable, & a great learning experience! I’ll be telling all my Aussie mates to get over here! Thanks heaps.”

Amy B. – Australia

Woman Doing the Yoga Pose and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Thank you so much for a remarkable & eye opening surfing experience. I’m very impressed by the instructors who were friendly & helpful and the awesome food & amenities. You’ve got the right idea and Pura Vida has hit the sweet spot!”

Morgan Manser – Nashville, TN

Man Doing the Shaka Sign and Surfing in Costa Rica
“Pura Vida offers a first-class program that caters to both men and women looking for an active yet relaxing experience. The accommodations are top-notch, the food is gourmet, and the quality of surf and yoga instruction is unsurpassed for the area. My time at Pura Vida was unreal and unforgettable. It included new experiences and new friends all in a fun and unpretentious setting fostered by the great staff of Pura Vida”

Tyler Rygus ~ Calgary, Canada

Guests Having Drinks At The Pool In Costa Rica Surf Camp
“I am transformed! I can’t believe how much this experience -the place, the surfing, Cristina’s yoga, the pancakes!! -surpassed my expectations. I feel so relaxed and happy and renewed -this really has changed my outlook -I made new friends, chanted mantras, surfed, built fires. -It has been a gift. Thank you.”

Brigit

Women Doing The Shaka Sign At Costa Rica Surf Camp
“You guys & gals totally rock! We loved every minute here and you made us feel completely pampered. We’ll be back and we’ll send our friends.”

Michelle & Mel

Women Celebrating At Costa Rica Surf Camp
“Great solo trip. The surfing instruction was my favorite experience. I came down a bit nervous and left planning my return! I met amazing women, the food was excellent but the planning and organization that this group executes is as good as it gets. The yoga and spa were just more icing on the cake.”

Dana

Guest Reviews on Tripadvisor and Google

So much more than surfing

5.0 rating
September 20, 2017

When I first went to PVA ten years ago, I was only focused on learning to surf- no more no less. But after that first trip, beaming from having surfed my first outside waves, I knew I’d return but not just for the perfect waves, fabulous surf instruction and delicious food. I’d go back to be with amazing people I met and surfed with while at PVA. Before PVA, I never vacationed in the same place twice but Santa Teresa draws you in and the PVA crew keeps you coming back. I never expected that I would return year after year and whenever I could get away to surf, laugh and unwind with my friends- new and old. PVA gave me what I originally wanted- the skills and the confidence to surf different breaks around the world. But even better and completely unexpected, PVA introduced me to some of the best people I know- people who are a part of my life everyday- whether we are surfing together in Costa or on opposite coasts planning our next surf adventure. There are a ton of surf camps out there but this is the one you want. It’s just better. And you will get so much more out if than you could ever expect….

Jen

so welcoming

5.0 rating
September 19, 2017

Costa Rica is so beautiful and the people are so welcoming. From the second I arrived at Pura Vida Adventures, I felt so welcomed and at home. The hotel was the perfect combo of luxe, jungle living. Steps from the ocean, the property was exactly what I was hoping for. The pool was a nice touch and the open air restaurant on-site was fresh and delicious. Now for the surfing and yoga! I was a beginner at yoga at the time and Cris was an amazing instructor. I felt completely comfortable and excited to push myself to learn more. The open air yoga studio overlooking the ocean was so peace during each morning yoga sesh. So, even though I have lived in San Diego my whole life, I waited until my 30s and going to Costa Rica to learn to surf. Crazy! But I am glad I did, because the rolling waves in Costa Rica were so perfect to learn on. The small groups at Pura Vida coupled with the super experienced instructors really helped me feel like I was getting one-on-one attention. I was so proud of myself for pushing through my fear and riding waves in. By the end of the week, I was both refreshed (mind) and exhausted (body). With two small kids at home and a demanding job, Pura Vida was the perfect getaway to reenergize my mind and spirit. I also loved heading into town- such a quant place with good restaurants and fun people. We also zip-lined one day, which was so amazing – Starting at the top of the jungle canopy with the most amazing ocean view, and working our way down to the beach! When I got home, I bought a surf board and began surfing in San Diego. Although, I must say, I like the waves in CR better. 🙂

Jamie

Trip of a lifetime

5.0 rating
September 15, 2017

No longer am I content to lie on a beach. Or visit family. Or visit other cities. Why would I when I can be zip-lining, hiking, hiking, eating delicious fresh food, doing yoga — all in addition to surfing at a spot that’s great for any level. And then there’s the volcano: Swimming in a volcano is definitely in the top 3 of coolest things I’ve ever done. Since my first Pura Vida adventure, I have been back several times; I can’t wait to go again.

Suzanne

Feels like a family

5.0 rating
September 15, 2017

Over 7 years I went to this camp 8 times. Enough said! I had never surfed before and by the end of the first week, not only did I have a mass of new friends, but I was out in the green waves with some help from their excellent instructors. And not only that but the week was so much fun I was dying to go back. And go back I did. Costa Rica is beautiful, magical. I love the hotel where its held with amazing beach front property and staff that will feel like family by the time you leave. The instructors and hostess of the camp ARE THE BEST and I love them all so much. I always felt safe, happy, supported, challenged and most of all empowered, confident and inspired after every visit. Just. Go.

Rebecca

Dreams do come true!

5.0 rating
September 6, 2017

Pura Vida Adventures has created a dream come true vacation for our family. My wife and I first attended 2 1/2 years ago during a Coed New Year’s surf camp. I was a bit skeptical going to a Central American country and learning to surf. My wife was insistent and I’m glad she was. This experience has changed our lives. Beginning with the thrilling trip from San Jose to Santa Teresa, we couldn’t have imagined a more exciting, fun, and inspirational vacation. You arrive at the wonderful Tropico Latino resort which is located surfside in a beautiful tropical paradise. Quaint bungaloos are spread throughout the property. An open air restaurant sits in the middle of the resort. A few steps further and you are on the beach staring at a beautiful rock formation and perfect waves. You are greeted by Sara with a fresh tropical smoothie and you settle in to hear about your week. The staff is what makes Pura Vida what it is. Each day is carefully organized to maximalize not only your surfing, activities and meals but also your down time, yoga and spa time. (The massages are AWESOME!) So we come to surf. The waves and beach are perfect for beginner and experienced surfers alike. The instructors are hand picked because of their love for the sport and their talent as an instructor. This group is the best. They break down the process that makes getting up on your board easier. It does take a lot of determination, practice and patience but everyone gets up and what a thrill it is. As your skills progress, they will take you out to the green where the waves break. The paddle out can be exhausting but the reward is a fabulous experience. Typically you have 2-3 surfers per instructor. You never feel alone and they teach you the tools you need. I can’t say enough about how this group exceeded my expectations. Tierza is the lifeblood of this experience. It is her baby but has surrounded herself with a group of people who share her enthusiasm and love. While the surfing is what brings us together, it is the friendships and relationships that develop over the week that brings us back. We have had the good fortune to attend 3 times, twice with just the two of us and once with our 4 adult children. We look forward to returning this Thanksgiving for another adventure. I can’t think of another place I’d rather go. If you are looking for a vacation full of excitement, beauty, and serenity, this is the place for you. PVA has touched our soul and we are grateful to all involved in making these trips the priceless gems that they are.

Mike

life-changing experience

5.0 rating
September 3, 2017

More than an amazing vacation, a life changing experience ! Pura Vida has been a life changing experience. I went there the first time after a pretty traumatic experience and found everything I was looking for and so much more… A passion for surfing, a peaceful, relaxing and healthy vacation, friends for life, a home away from home, a fun loving and supportive surfing family. Just go !

Anne

Week you'll never forget

5.0 rating
August 31, 2017

As I write this review I’m planning my 3rd trip to Pura Vida. There are a lot of these camps springing up, but I can’t help myself from wanting to go back here. A big international trip can be scary, especially for a woman traveling alone, but after spending time with the crew at Pura Vida, I’m worried that going anywhere else would be a waste of my precious vacation time & money. The vibe at camp is super nurturing and inclusive, and both times I went I came away changed a little for the better. You can join all the activities, or none at all and sleep on a hammock all day. One woman decided day 1 she didn’t like surfing, and just shopped, got massages, and sipped cocktails the rest of the week. We still enjoyed meals and other relaxation time with her when we weren’t surfing. If you’ve come to be a better surfer, it doesn’t get much better than this. Perfect waves in crystal blue waters, expert instruction, and video feedback sessions. I’m not a great surfer, but my husband has been floored at the increase in knowledge and skill both times I’ve come home from camp. And the food…omg the food. Tropico Latino has an incredible chef, and the menu changes often. The meals are super tasty, made from fresh ingredients, and good sized portions. A lot of sites recommend not eating raw veggies and salads in Costa Rica, but you don’t have to worry about that at the hotel. It’s hard to convey the way this place touches your soul without sounding cheesy, but it’s true. This specific location in the world is magical, and simply being there opens you up to finding yourself. Expect to find a warm welcome, a safe place to learn and grow, and other fantastic women to laugh and relax with. I’ve made many friends from these trips, and keep in touch with several back home as we plan more surf trips together. I hate to spread the good word and fill up the camp too much, but it’s only fair to share the love of a place that made such a huge impact on my life. If you’re on the fence about where to go for a surf camp, I hope you let this review tip you in favor of Pura Vida. It’s a life-changing week you’ll never forget.

Cara

Just keep coming back

5.0 rating
August 15, 2017

I first came to Pura Vida Adventures in 2014 for their New Years Eve surf retreat – I’ve been back 3 times since. Everything from the setting to the instructors to the hotel to the surf lessons to your fellow campers makes this place special. The first time I went I was just looking to learn how to surf and was taking a solo vacation for the first time and wanted an environment where I could meet people easily. I made friends on that trip that I’ve returned to Pura Vida with now several times. The surf lessons are the best I’ve ever come across. The first time I went I had never surfed before in my life – now I plan surf vacations around the world every time I have a chance. The great thing is that this place has something for everyone. If you are dying to learn how to seriously surf, you can do that here. If you want a tropical vacation with some yoga and surfing mixed in then you will have a great time. The staff really takes care of everyone from making dinner reservations to planning excursions. If you have been pondering this trip for awhile or looking at the website and wondering if it’s worth it…I’m here to tell you that it is! I’m planning trip number 5 to Pura Vida this New Years so I should know.

Ann

Life changing

5.0 rating
August 15, 2017

Incredible and life changing retreat full of amazing women supporting all levels and abilities through an incredible surf adventure. Tierza is the heart and soul of this retreat and has surrounded herself with the most incredible team of fun and inspiring surf instructors. The beach setting is phenomenal which you enjoy from the early morning surf or beach facing yoga through to the outstanding beauty of the sunsets that leave you breathless. Highly recommend this but be warned it’s addictive – I have been back 3 times and the fact that so many guests return is testament to how unique and wonderful this whole experience is.

Maureen

BEST. VACATION. EVER.

5.0 rating
May 9, 2017

For a whole week I got to eat delicious food, spend time in hammocks on a beautiful beach, drink as much as I wanted, surf my butt off, get in touch w/my inner Yogi, meet so many incredibly smart, fun, sweet, amazing, ripped women AND lost 2.5 lbs??? BEST. VACATION. EVER.

MC

Quick note...

5.0 rating
January 25, 2017

Just a quick note from the jan 6th camp resident surf diva….thanks for a great week…needed to be in the space and in the water more than on waves this time around so thanks for letting me do my thing…and i got good waves anyway!!! costa has always been such a grounding place for me…dont know how i came to be so lucky to have access to this obscure slice of the world that seems to get me and give back me no matter what but i will take it….and of course a lot of that has to do with the people there…you guys are amazing and i miss you and think of you always.

Jennifer

I love it all!

5.0 rating
December 12, 2016

Hola Tierza! Your passion for what you do comes through in every aspect of the Pura Vida Adventures guest experience. Truly. I feel very privileged to have experienced such a rare and exceptional trip — one that I will certainly treasure for a lifetime. The memories it gave me, the friendships it created, and the existing bonds of friendship it strengthened are already paying dividends back home in the ‘real world’. I really can’t say enough about your extraordinary team…Kathy, Sara, Kalyani, Helen, Ale, and Evelyn of Tropico Latino…I love them all! I meant what I said when I thanked you for creating this business of yours. It is no small feat to have a vision and implement it so masterfully. It takes courage, confidence, faith, perseverance, sacrifice, and passion. THANK YOU.

Julie

Total success!

5.0 rating
December 2, 2016

Each and every staff member conducted themselves with professional passion. While having a ton of fun in the water, you learn surfing and safety skills which culminate in success. Thanks Tierza and company.

Maggie Gibson

you will not be disappointed

5.0 rating
April 27, 2016

I’ve been to Pura Vida twice, once alone and once with a friend. I will definitely be back, whether I have a travel buddy or not! You get to stay in a beautiful place and play outside with cool people all day. In between, you get to eat beautiful food, swim the pool, relax in a hammock … what more could you want in life? I was also quite scared of surfing and got a lot of solid and confident instruction that not only got me upright on a board, but also helped me feel more comfortable out there. This is an amazing small business with a really personal feel to it. As long as it’s an active vacation you’re seeking, you will not be disappointed if you take this trip.

Tara

exceeded all of my expectations.

5.0 rating
December 3, 2015

Pura Vida Adventures completely exceeded all of my expectations. Great solo trip. The surfing instruction was my favorite experience. I came down a bit nervous and left planning my return! I met amazing women, the food was excellent but the planning and organization that this group executes is as good as it gets. The yoga and spa were just more icing on the cake.

Dana Tredway

Best trip in ages!

5.0 rating
July 21, 2015

Best trip in ages! Such a beautiful part of Costa Rica and the team was amazing! Everything was perfectly organized and executed and everyone’s passion for surfing, yoga and life was totally contagious. Hope to see you again very soon!

Jess

Finally did it. Zero regrets

5.0 rating
February 20, 2015

After having a postcard stuck on my “vision board” for years, I finally made it a priority to travel all the way to Malpais, Costa Rica to experience an all-inclusive surf camp AND Costa Rica for the very first time. I’m typically not an all-inclusive girl who prides myself on my budget vacations, but I decided to treat myself and live it up. Wow – was it nice! I decided to leave my hubby at home and opt for a non-coed camp week where women can experience a week of nothing but daily surfing and yoga all wrapped up into one fun surf and yoga retreat! My sister and a girlfriend decided to join me on my surf camp adventure. Pura Vida Adventures operates the only surf and yoga camp out of the Hotel Tropico Latino which is a darling beachfront resort that oozes with that organically zen vibe that just so happens to be located on one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Warm water, perfect waves and amazing oceanfront yoga decks. Our accommodations, an airy bungalow that slept 3, was a short stroll from the pool and ocean. There is also an onsite organic spa with plenty of tantalizing treatments. Our all-inclusive package actually included a massage which was a necessary treat! If you haven’t surfed before or thought you would never try it, you may want to reconsider. The surf lessons from our really cool instructors made it so most were standing up after a day or so. In fact, my girlfriend remarked on how she had taken a surf lesson on Oahu in Hawaii and it was a joke compared to the surf instruction we received by the Pura Vida Team. She left Oahu not being able to surf, but left Cost Rica claiming surfing is her new favorite sport. Most of the girls on this trip – including my sister – had never surfed before or even had any ocean experience, but everyone came away with fond feelings for the sport. They take care of every detail so you don’t even have to think about anything the entire time you are there. You have a schedule of events, but are free to break from it if you feel like having some quiet time in a beachfront hammock. Our group was having so much fun and didn’t want to miss out on a thing though! I wouldn’t hesitate going again and again to Pura Vida Adventures either with friends or solo. Our group of 12 became fast friends. The entire team at Pura Vida Adventures is phenomenal and their service was awesome. I may decide to bring my hubby on my next trip during one of the coed weeks… or not : )

Lynette

Amazing Surf camp

5.0 rating
March 30, 2014

Amazing Surf camp…Josie was fantastic and the Pva Team and Hotel Tropico Latino Staff was wonderful.

Cat

Thank you!

5.0 rating
January 27, 2012

This place is a gem! The people are friendly and welcoming -even the dogs are nice. The sound of the ocean, the trees, the beach. -all so peaceful. – all of it. Soul food and much appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Katherince

Can't wait to come back

5.0 rating
January 27, 2012

Thank you Pura Vida for a fabulous week! Had so much fun surfing, meeting new friends, and seeing Costa Rica in an amazing way. You guys rock! I can’t wait to come back and keep on surfing. Love, hugs, kisses, XOX

Brie

Love & Thanks

5.0 rating
June 1, 2011

Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this such a beautiful week. Both the yoga & the surfing have allowed me such perspective on my everyday life. . . I can’t wait to continue with both in my ‘real’ life back home. Wonderful. The weather and of course all the people involved: Tierza, Scott, Cristina, Rachel & Brett have been relentlessly encouraging & positive & enjoyable. Basically I don’t want to go home & can’t wait to come back again. Pura Vida! Love & Thanks

Katherine

inspiring

5.0 rating
March 6, 2011

Thank you all for hosting an amazing adventure. I learned a lot about myself and had a crazy fun time doing it. Really do hope to return next year and do it all again. Awesome staff & just an inspiring time. Thank you, thank you!!!

Beth

awesome

5.0 rating
February 1, 2011

This has been such an awesome experience -mind opening and fulfilling. . . The group of women both attending and working at this camp are awe inspiring -powerful, beautiful, worldly and true. They have been an inspiration. I can’t think of a greater way to rediscover myself before I become a mother and take on all of the associated challenges. Thank you for this experience!

Kat