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Pura Vida

Pura Vida

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What is Pura Vida Costa Rica?  This page is designed to give you an inside look at the true meaning of pura vida.  The term pura vida is used all over Costa Rica and can mean just about anything. The literal meaning is “pure life” yet when you visit this amazing country you will find that the locals use pura vida in all facets. Pura Vida can mean hello or goodbye. It can mean nice to meet you or good to see you. It can mean thank you or your welcome.  The main use of the term Pura Vida is to express that “life is good”, also meaning “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “real living” . The termed was coined  in Costa Rica, which is rated one of the happiest countries in the world and one of the best places to live in the world.  Pura Vida and Costa Rica are one entity built from Costa Rica’s pristine beauty, incredible wildlife, it’s gorgeous climate, it’s exotic wild jungle and its welcoming and inviting culture and people.


pura vida When you walk in the front door you are welcomed with open arms into the Villas Jaquelina family by one of our own. We slice open a fresh, ice cold coconut for you to sip on as we give you a tour of our home. The hammocks in our open-air lounge cradle you as you look out over the blue green mountains in the distance. Feel Costa Rica’s pura vida serenity seep into your bones.

Villas Jacquelina embraces the pura vida way of life in everything we do. Composting, recycling, collecting rainwater, and use of solar drying and hot water heating are some of the things we do to protect our environment while running a successful business.

Our Costa Rican “house rule” is that if the honor system. If you’d like to buy an ice cold drink, beer, coconut water, or snack we let you keep tabs. You can pay us at the end of your stay for your convenience.

We are Pura Vida.


pura vida Nauyaca Falls is a set of pristine waterfalls in Costa Rica that provides you with an Avatar-like experience right in our backyard. The first set of falls are a 176-foot drop and the second 90ft. Standing at the base of both falls you can feel the mist of water as it rushes against the boulders. Looking up across the sky you are surrounded by walls of mossy green rock and wild tropical plant life. Butterflies and birds soar above a canyon-like opening. You feel small and humbled against the roar of the waters. You feel at one with nature and can’t help but think…

this is Pura Vida.


pura vidaImagine yourself climbing up ladders and crossing suspension bridges as you gain altitude for your first zip line experience. Beads of sweat form on your brow as you climb higher. As you glance below you see the ground at an ever increasing distance. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you clip into the harness. Your mind says yes. Your survival instincts in the body scream no. You take a leap of faith and jump. The gush of wind and exhilaration you feel as you soar through the trees of the jungle is a feeling like no other…

this is Pura Vida.




pura vida Manuel Antonio is home to one of the top 10 most beautiful and well known beaches in the world but is also home to several hidden spots. The Ticos know where the best ones are and with us you have an in.

Come with us to a secluded beach off the beaten path. Hang a hammock between the trees and bring your best romance novel with you. We’ll start a little bonfire and grill some chicken, fish, and veggies. Good tunes and good friends are all you need to kick it…

this is Pura Vida.




pura vida costa ricaQuepos borders Manuel Antonio and if you want a true taste of Tico Culture this is where it’s at. A small fishing town with a big marina and a big heart. The locals stop in traffic to talk to their friends embracing that pura vida lifestyle. Walk into a little soda and let the locals whip you up a “tipico” or traditional Costa Rica plate. Sip on an ice cold Imperial beer to cool you down from the tropical heat. Taste the blend of flavors of the rice, beans, vegetables, chicken and fried plantains. As you sit back satisfied with the quality of the meal and realize it only cost you $5 you realize…

this is Pura Vida.

Check out this video to see some of this amazing country and what makes it Pura Vida!

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