Pura Vida Fun Guesthouse

House - Private room · El Castillo de La Fortuna, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

The Space

The Pura Vida Guesthouse not a regular guesthouse or hotel. There is no official reception and no fancy uniform, and we rent only one or two private bedrooms rooms with one SHARED bath (hot shower). The guesthouse offers a smaller family type accommodation that is simple, economical and comfortable. With a two night stay only 28.00 per night per couple or 14.00 per person. Holidays we may have a minimum stay.

We like yo think of our guests as our family. People often think that our location is our greatest asset, but guests quickly realize the Pura Vida Guesthouse is more than just a great rural location away from the touristy center of La Fortuna. It is a Village with a laid back attitude that draws the right guests who have a special positive energy.

We are not for everybody but the people that find there way to our door tend to be very "Pura Vida" and are a perfect fit to our home.

Located just 30 minutes from the center of La Fortuna with shuttles from 6.00 each way coming twice as day from la fortuna.
In the fun and unique village of El Castillo in Arenal Volcano National Park.

The Pura Vida Guesthouse is part hostel, part guesthouse and 100 percent pura vida. Owned by a mother and daughter team that moved to Costa Rica to start their own Pura Vida adventure.

Where is El Castillo? Just 10 km. off the Rainforest Highway between La Fortuna and Nuevo Arenal tucked between the lake waterfront and the Arenal National Forest you’ll discover one of the most unique places on earth.

The village of El Castillo was created as a result of the 1968 surprise eruption of Cerro Arenal that required the mass relocation of hundreds of families to safer zones. Originally a quiet agricultural centre, El Castillo was soon discovered by a new generation of bohemians looking for the perfect blend of climate and lifestyle.

And it’s no surprise, since El Castillo provides the best views of the volcano or lake anywhere. The unique combination of quiet village life and a growing number of ex-pat enterprises means the area buzzes with activity-from canopy tours and horseback riding to hiking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. We boast Costa Rica’s largest butterfly conservatory and the ever-popular Snake and Reptile Zoo. Now, a growing arts and music culture is making El Castillo a must-see destination for creative people from all over the world.

Dining choices are varied and growing every year. Getting here is can be challenging- we wish the road was in better shape but in a way, the road is one of the reasons this is such a wonderful place.

Come for a day, a week or stay for a lifetime. However you discover El Castillo, you’ll find us Super! Natural!

Local Activities That can be booked onsite here at the guesthouse Include

- Thermal Hot Springs (Tabacon, Baldi and others)
- Hiking in the forest
- Arenal Volcano National Park
- Night Hikes
- Waterfalls
- Mountain Biking
- Boat Tours
- Bird watching
- Cerro Chato
- Arenal Ecozoo Serpentarium
- Canopy
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Sky Tram
- Horseback riding
- Hangin Bridges
- Jeep-Boat-Jeep to/from Monteverde
- Rafting
- Lava Trail
- Los Tucanes Trail
- Caño Negro
- La Fortuna Waterfall
- Rancho Margot
- and more

( Pura Vida literally means "pure life" but is the Costa Rican equivalent of Hawaii's Aloha and is used in Costa Rica for hello, goodbye or just to say I am happy, I love and appreciate life, or I am doing great! You will find pura vida is contagious and soon you will find yourself exclaiming Pura Vida!! right along with the "Ticos" the self named nickname of Costa Ricans..Tica if female.)

We love to provide a comfortable, gracious setting. Come stay with us for the ultimate in pura vida laid back life style. Quite simply, you won't find anything quite like Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel and Spa in all of Costa Rica. 'Come as a guest leave as a friend.'

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Weekly Price: $250 /week
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Some pets
  • Mike was a gracious host who was very inviting and friendly and was a wealth of information. The place is a very cozy house right near near the lake and volcano and there were lots of places to hike and see nearby. The night we arrived, he suggested that we go to the Hot River which was a short drive away which was an incredible little spot, likely known by only the locals. Definitely a highlight of our stay in Costa Rica and it didn't cost us a dime! The next day we hiked to the lake and there was a trail that Mike showed us that was only about 200 meters from the house. We actually saw a group of about 8 howler monkeys on the hike and it was also a great experience. We only stayed the one night because we were flying out the next day but wish we could have stayed longer!

    March 2014
  • Wir waren sehr begeistert von unserem Gastgeber, der uns hervorragenden Tips gab. Die Unterkunft war voll in Ordnung.

    February 2014
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Love to host travelers from all over the world and meet new people. I moved to Costa Rica and am running the Pura Vida Guesthouse & Hostel.
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