Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 4 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

2 weeks prior to arrival

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Business Trip If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

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 the new Banco National and Hertz Rental Car and next door to Dona Lee’s restaurant.

Please note:

Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the whole stay
For non Refundable bookings the amount will be charge anytime after booking

Check in from 13:00 to 23:00 .
Check out before 11:00.

Payment acording to policy of the booking, by cash or credit card
Taxes excluded
No curfew.
Pet friendly.

The property can pre-authorize the customer's card data prior to arrival and if for some reason, the establishment can not charge a card, the customer will e immediately requested to send the data of a new card. If the customer does not answer within 72 hours, the reservation will be cancelled. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 8.5

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    14 Jan 2020
    Loved staying here, the price and location cannot be beat. The staff treats you like family and everyone is very hospitable to help out with whatever your worries are. A grocery store is very conveniently located less than a block away and is about a 10 minute walk to the beach. If you are looking for a quite stay with no interruptions this is not your place, this is a social vibe. They have live music throughout the week that is lovely to listen to. 2 full kitchens that you can use.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    13 Dec 2019
    Amazing place. I’m sure I’ll be back.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    20 Jan 2020
    An extremely chill space and host. No complaints! Had everything we wanted and needed.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    23 Dec 2019
    Chill vibe. Decent facilities. 10 min walk to beach.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.6


    15 Jan 2020
    Had a lovely time at Pura Vida hostel! Friendly staff and it was definitely clean! I only wish they had reception 24hrs cause I got in right before midnight and I couldn’t check in.. so maybe that’s something they can consider since people are coming from all over the world and the nearest airport is till over an houser away. But overall, this is a great hostel and would definitely go back again!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.3


    02 Jan 2020
    the staff is nice, but very hard to find. the beds are extremely uncomfortable, you can feel the springs in your back and shoulders. the shower and all the water stopped working one morning and no one ever told us why or even acknowledged it. the bathrooms are very small. the kitchens worked fine and the entertainment a few nights i was there was very nice. this property just wasn’t worth the 20 dollars a night i ended up paying.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 5.1


    16 Feb 2020
    Wouldn’t stay here again, especially given how lovely the hostel next door is! The first day we arrived my friend got locked in the bathroom. To get her out one of the staff got a machete knife and after that we were left without a lock on the door... The sink was blocked and had black liquid coming out, fridge was covered in flies and my friend woke up with a beetle next to her head. Staff also stayed in our room which was strange. Good location and friendly staff but it’s a no from me!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 5.1


    18 Jan 2020
    I wouldn’t recommend. There are no shared bathrooms so they kept letting random people into our room through the night (including people that weren’t staying there!) Even let a very drunk guy in 3 times who wasn’t staying in our room and he threw peoples stuff around to try and get on one of the beds. When I confronted him and told the staff member he shrugged, said sorry and did nothing. If you’re looking for somewhere to sit and get high until the morning this is for you, otherwise don’t stay
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 4.6


    14 Jan 2020
    Staff regularly let people who were not staying in our room in to use the toilet in the night which was very disruptive - we had no warning to expect this! We came back to live music right outside our door which went on until midnight. We had to climb over it to get into our room and was impossible to sleep. People smoked, drank and played music outside our room all night. Not a relaxing place to stay! As a minimum I would expect quiet time 11-7 and room acess only to those staying
    Scotland, Female, 31-40
  • 3.7


    20 Dec 2019
    Dirty. Rooms, common space, area are all old, not maintained and dirty. Booked for one night based on reviews but found the hostel to be so gross we left ASAP. Recommend you head somewhere else. Also breakfast is not included - not even available contrary to booking info.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Children's Play Area
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Express check-in / out
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wake-up calls
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • PlayStation
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi