We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Pura Vida Hostel

Show Prices
GreenLeadersSilver level
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Expert photos
Pura Vida Hostel
Pura Vida Hostel
Panoramas (7)
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

422 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Pura Vida Hostel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 327: English reviews
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 16 June 2016

When arriving in Tamarindo with my good buddy and a very stylish rental car (that part is a lie), we were more than ecstatic to see our hosel after our tedious 4 hour drive from San Jose. Little did we know when we were arriving, this hostel would serve as the most socially accepting and entertaining hostel in Tamarindo! Everyone...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Ian B
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

This hostel definitely is Pura vida. Lots of nighttime entertainment like Flamenco guitarists and fire dancers. There are two kitchens and the dorms are clean, if a little dark and hot. I wish the kitchen/main area had mosquito nets or fans to keep away the bugs. BRING BUG SPRAY!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Enn A
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

GREAT PLACE...... So cool I left some values things in here few months ago and I just got here and all my stuff are on perfect conditions so excite..it..when u around make sure you come here worthg every penny and prices best on town

 Report
Helpful?
Thank TO M
Reviewed 28 April 2016

It really is the best place to stay at!!! Very authentic looking chilling area, jungle like, with hammocks and rocking chairs. Super cool people coming here all the time, everybody hanging around together, its like a big happy family:)) Everything is clean and nice, the first thing you hear when you wake up is the cleaning lady laughter:) she is...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Jelena P
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Staying here was the best choice we could've made about our trip to CR! We stayed in a private room, shared bathroom for the first 10 nights and then went into a private room with ensuite for the next 6 - comfy, always clean, and the A/C was a complete GOD SEND! We were lucky to meet some awesome people...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Regal8891
Costa Rica
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Pura Vida Hostel is a super chill place with everything you need and close enough to walk to the core of Tamarindo and the beach. They have great music and entertainment on Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays and the best flamingo guitarist on Sunday nights. He is amazing and I can not believe its free to watch him. If you get up...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank shelmar888
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Stayed for 2 weeks in a private room with A/C. No problems at all with room or place and would stay there again. Nice touch with coffee and doughnuts in the morning. All people who stayed there and worked there were cool and helpful.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank tfrench2016
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is the place. There are newer hostels in Tamarindo . . . there may be less expensive hostels, but I have not found one in five years. . . there may be hostels closer to the beach, but not much, since Pura Vida is a short 400 meter walk to the waves . . . but there is for...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank coyotero2112
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 9 April 2016

We stay in this hostel few nights. It is clean with a nice stuff. It was the best place we stay in Costa Rica! The hostel is also close to the wonderful beach, where you can try to surf. 5 minut walk from the accomodation you will find a supermarket and a lot of bars with a music :)

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Rehtacka007
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

i had a such incredible time at pura vida hostel. the staff are awesome and the vibe is perfect. tomas, sandra, mike and jay make you feel like you are home, they are perfect ! the hostel is really nice located , next to the bank and easu walking to 3 different beach and surf spot ! i really recommand...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank 764jeramied

232 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (95)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (5)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (7)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (4)
Viewed
Room/Suite (9)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
0:48
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (61)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

Viewed
All TripAdvisor Photos (103)
Viewed
Amenities (43)
Viewed
Private Room (Three Beds) (22)
Viewed
Private Room (Two Beds) (18)
Viewed
The Hotel (20)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (34)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (12)
Viewed
Room/Suite (5)
Viewed
Dining (13)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Tamarindo hotels
0.5 km away
Jardin del Eden boutique hotel
0.1 km away
Hotel Arco Iris
Hotel Arco Iris
#4 of 23 in Tamarindo
518 reviews
0.6 km away
El Mono Loco
El Mono Loco
#13 of 23 in Tamarindo
84 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 km away
Tamarindo Hostel Resort
Tamarindo Hostel Resort
#7 of 74 in Tamarindo
207 reviews
0.4 km away
Pura Vida MINI Hostel
Pura Vida MINI Hostel
#5 of 74 in Tamarindo
162 reviews
0.0 km away
La Botella de Leche
La Botella de Leche
#1 of 74 in Tamarindo
214 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
GreenLeadersSilver level
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pura Vida Hostel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica has been providing guests with memorable travel experiences since 2006. We are a friendly, inexpensive hostel that welcomes backpackers and vacationers from all over the world. We welcome the opportunity to host your stay in Tamarindo. Our multi-lingual staff is happy to provide recommendations on restaurants, bars, attractions, getting to your next destination and, of course, surfing. Trips, tours and transportation can be booked at our reception. You can cook and dine al fresco in our 2 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchens. We have dorm beds with ensuite bathrooms and showers and private rooms with air conditioning in multiple configurations to accommodate your travel party. Bed linens are provided. Our "rancho" is the social heart of the hostel with rocking chairs, daybeds, and hammocks for you to enjoy while visiting with other guests and overlooking the lovely tropical garden which enjoys frequent visits from iguanas and howler monkeys. The chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by a great sound system and playlist, good vibes, the fastest wi-fi available in Costa Rica and interesting people from all over the world. We are located a couple hundred meters from the beach, across from Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Dona Lee's restaurant. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Hostel

Address: Avenida Central | 100m East From Banco National, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Price Range: $16 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Pura Vida Guesthouse Hotel Tamarindo
Pura Vida Guesthouse And Hostel
Pura Vida Hostel Costa Rica/Tamarindo
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Pura Vida Hostel staff and other travellers.
6 questions
Ask a question
Salt Lake City, Utah
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Pura Vida Hostel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“You get what you pay for. If you need privacy "GO FOR IT!"”
 of 5 bubbles aceddie, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are fabulous! can go wrong!”
 of 5 bubbles ianbF4477LS, 16 Jun 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the private room with shared bathroom, and then private room with ensuite - both great, clean, good A/C.”
 of 5 bubbles Regal8891, 27 Apr 2016 | Read review
“go online and book a private room if you are by yourself or a couple”
 of 5 bubbles shelmar888, 17 Apr 2016 | Read review
“A/C was a must”
 of 5 bubbles tfrench2016, 16 Apr 2016 | Read review
5 of 5