PuraVidaGuesthouse Arenal Volcano

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 three 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
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $200 /week
Monthly Price: $395 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The Puravida Guesthouse may be small in size however is large in heart. Michael is the best host ever. He went out of his way to show us a great time with lots of laughs. Michael took us on several adventures and a tour around El Castillo. We stayed 4 nights and would definitely come back to stay here again.

    February 2014
  • We had a great stay at Robin's guest house. She is very warm and welcoming. To chose to stay with a local instead of taking a hotel was a great experience because she has a lot of tips to give you and she can organize your stay even better than a tour operator. She perfectly knows what to do around and can even get you some discount. She also made us discover great places that were not in guide books.
    The guest house is very close to the entrance of Arenal national park and to the Baldi therms.
    She has hot water which can be rare in Costa Rica.
    The guest house is also just next to place to eat typical meals.

    We would have loved staying more time with Robin and her daughter.
    Thanks Robin!

    November 2012
  • Pura vida, tout à fait mais il ne faut pas s'attendre à un 4 étoiles. L'endroit est bien situé, mais un peu proche de la salle des fêtes avec un match de foot et une fête deux fois dans la semaine jusqu'à trois heures du matin, ce n'est pas de tout repos...
    Chambres correctes mais propreté à revoir, notamment dans la cuisine un peu sous équipée et pas très reluisante. Heureusement Michael est là pour vous accueillir avec sa bonne humeur et toujours dispos pour vous renseigner.
    A recommander, oui mais pour routard peu exigeant ...

    August 2013
  • You Should Stay Here. Michael was awesome. He will help you book any tours/activities you want to do, or just let you hang out..you decide. The bed was the most comfortable we had in Costa Rica. Michael was genuinely kind and made us laugh with his great sense of humor. We had a car so we were able to travel to all the local activities including free hot springs, an animal rescue center, hiking to the volcano, etc.

    April 2013
  • El Castillo de La Fortuna is an adorable community and if you're lucky to experience it with Michael, he'll share all the ins and outs of the area. He's extremely hospitable, knows a lot of people and goes above and beyond to help to ensure your stay is exactly what you're looking for and more. He even went into La Fortuna to help out a guest with ATM troubles she had. We rolled into the village late, and he welcomed us with beers saying enthusiastically, "Mi casa es su casa!" He's a Gringo from California, but has immersed himself in the area supporting the school across the street and building dirt jumps for moto bikes among other things. We can't wait to visit again!

    March 2013
  • Michael was a great host - open, easy going, and really, really helpful. The rooms are simple but totally fine, and the village of El Castillo is amazing: it's low key, simple, real, and infinitely more relaxed than La Fortuna. Would absolutely stay here again!

    March 2013
  • We absolutely loved Robin and really appreciated all she did to help us enjoy our stay.
    It rained the entire week we were there which hindered our getting out and about somewhat.
    Robin did have some good ideas for us to help us find things to do in the rain.
    This is a beautiful area to explore, especially when you come to visit from Kansas, America.
    The roads in this area are horrible! The people are very friendly & the food is delicious. We got a real taste of Costa Rica by the end of our week.
    Robin, we wish you God's best with your future.

    March 2013
  • nach 9 km holperpiste denkst du - wo komme ich hier nur hin?-
    und dann wartet schon robin auf dich - und der spass beginnt

    February 2013
  • PuraVida Guesthouse was a cute little haven off the beaten path. We could see the volcano right out our bedroom window! Lots of opportunity for exploring the mountains and lush tropical rain forest! Robin was a great hostess who went above and beyond to be helpful in getting us where we wanted to go, seeing what we wanted to see and even helping us get documents to Canada when something unexpected came up.
    We would highly recommend this BnB!

    Sally and Char

    February 2013
  • What a great stay! Robin & daughter Casey were great hosts and gave EXPERT inputs for the surrounding area, ie, restaurants, zip lines etc... It was so cool to stay with her cuz we got a real sense of the local pulse/vibe in the area!! She had a pull in drive way for my vehicle which was critical. It was like staying with family! My girlfriend and I strongly recommend staying with Robin! Thank you Robin & Casey! Pura Vida de verdad!!

    January 2013
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