Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel
There is no official reception and no fancy uniform, and we rent only three rooms with full size mattresses SHARED bath (hot shower) and occasionally a dorm style room for the single traveler. The guesthouse offers a smaller family type accommodation that is simple, economical and comfortable.
Just 30 minutes from the center of La Fortuna you will find the fun and unique village of El Castillo de La Fortuna in the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Perfect for those who want to stay out of the busy touristy area of central La Fortuna but still enjoy all the activities and tours. A daily shuttle to and from the center runs twice a day for about $6.00 each way and we can help you get here.
So 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 will 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 its 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 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. From sodas, pizza parlors, vegetarian restaurants, even elegant dining we have it all. We even have a new lounge close by that recently opened if you need a little night life. Getting here is can be a little challenging- the 10 km road is gravel and bumpy and we wish it was in better shape, but in a way the road is one of the reasons this is such a wonderful place. El Castillo is in the rainforest and inside the Arenal Volcano National Park..so if you want to enjoy the natural rural beauty of Costa Rica here it is.
Come for a day, a week or stay for a lifetime. However you discover El Castillo, you will 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
- Mountain Biking
- Boat Tours
- Bird watching
- Cerro Chato
- Arenal Ecozoo Serpentarium
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Sky Tram
- Horseback riding
- Hangin Bridges
- Jeep-Boat-Jeep to/from Monteverde
- Lava Trail
- Los Tucanes Trail
- Cao 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.)
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 Property and Spa in all of Costa Rica. 'Come as a guest leave as a friend.'