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.
Mikey was an amazing host. We ended up staying 3 extra days just because we loved the place so much. You could not ask for a better host, guide, or friend than this guy.
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!
Mikey is super friendly and knows the area really well, so he can give great advice about what to do. He's cost-conscious and recommends authentic and inexpensive options for hiking and exploring. The place is basic but has everything you need!
Wir waren sehr begeistert von unserem Gastgeber, der uns hervorragenden Tips gab. Die Unterkunft war voll in Ordnung.
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.
The room is suitable for a short stay. No luxury at all. But very restful. Mikey is a rememberly person. Although we stayed only 1 night we had the opportunity to visit his personal trail to the arenal lake and his food forest.
Outstanding Host of his Guesthouse who is deeply interested in his guests having a fun time. Mikey is a superstar hiker, explorer, and overall adventurer, and can tailor the experience and challenges of exploring the Arenal Volcano area to anyone's needs. Great time! Great guy!
Mikey is an excellent host. My girlfriend and I stayed two weeks at Pura Vida and were completely satisfied. Mikey goes out of his way to make sure you have the trip and experience you want.
Accommodations are a great value, and you get some things that are harder to find in CR: strong internet, hot water, and strong flushing toilets just a few.
Stay here with Mikey, you will get to see a different side of Arenal, literally and figuratively.
Staying at Pura Vida was a delight. Michael was a great host, he kept me updated and was available to advise me even before I came to El Castillo. He is really welcoming and helps you find the best activity.
Pura Vida is well located in El Castillo and there are many things to see in the village. There is a soda rigth next to the house and other places to eat not so far, which is really helpful. You also have a little grocery store across the street.
It is better to have a car if you want to move out of the village easily, but you can also take the shuttle or ask for a ride.
More than the guest house, Micheal is the illustration of the expression "Pura Vida". Moreover, people in El Castillo are really friendly. I stayed there an extra day cause I have really enjoyed the experience. It is a good place to stay for people who are adventurous but also for those who want a quiet escape in a very simple and warm place.
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 ...