Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb 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 upon arrival by cash.
Taxes included.
Breakfast not included.
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 be 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 8.6

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 8.6

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 8.1

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 9.4


    18 Feb 2019
    We had an amazing stay here! Breakfast is included and the 2 kitchens are super convenient to use. Everything you need is a 5 minute walk down the road and the staff were really good for hooking us up with day tours and transportation. It’s a quiet place but it still has live music a few times a week and a good common area. Awesome spot in Tamarindo!
    Canada, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.1


    21 Nov 2018
    I am actually still at this hostel as I write this, and my inital reservation for five nights expired like three days ago. So that says something. I love this hostel, been here once before, had to come again. The only bad thing i can really say is that the beds are a little old and squeeky, but i dont mind. Other than that, it is great here. Chill, friendly athmosphere, cool staff, great design of the rooms and common area, live music and painting, discount on surf lessons. Recommend it!
    Serbia, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    21 Jan 2019
    Tomas at Pura Vida welcomed me for my first time in Costa Rica. Incredibly nice, warm and helpful. The place had a great atmosphere, great people and accommodations. I didn’t get a room with A/C which I would recommend as it’s so hot! I would also just check the distance to the beach (about 10 minutes) which was fine for me but uncomfortable with others. Tamarindo in general was ok. For me in my short stay, I enjoyed Santa Teresa more for the overall relaxed environment, food and beaches.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    13 Feb 2019
    Clean hostel with the exception of some ants in the kitchen but not a big issue. Rooms always thoroughly cleaned and staff always friendly, welcoming and helpful. Not on the main strip so able to sleep at night. Close walk to beach and grocery store. Good communal area.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    20 Feb 2019
    If you’re looking for a really sick atmosphere with really awesome decor and friendly staff and fellow travelers this place is awesome. My only negative comments would be that kitchen was sometimes a little messy and our room was pretty cramped (although I believe they moved extra beds into the room to accommodate us) but it was a short walk to the beach, the the shops and to a grocery store. They have a free water purifier which was a life saver in that heat and we had a really great time!
    Canada, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    20 Feb 2019
    Cool vibes. Friendly and very accommodating staff. People are nice, lot of common areas to hang out. Big kitchen. Dorm rooms have ventilation. Close to all the restaurants, grocery stores and boutiques. 15 minutes walk from the beach. However, we saw a big cockroach in our room and there's a lot of ants in the kitchen. There's no hot water in the shower. It is not a smoke free environment: people smoke in the common area.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    18 Dec 2018
    The hostel is run down but they do the best they can with it! The location is a little out of the way. The people are nice though and common are is great to chill.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 6.3


    18 Dec 2018
    Crazy friendly and attentive staff. Mattress was least comfortable I’ve ever had and shower in my bathroom dripped nonstop and no hot water, which seems far for the course in CR. Everything felt a little dingy and amateur but decent location. 3/5.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 4.3


    30 Mar 2019
    Les lits pas confortables et pas propres du tout, mon copain s’est levé avec des piqûres un peu partout dans le dos... La salle de bain avait de drôle d’odeur, probablement rarement nettoyer et impossible de verrouiller alors oublie l’intimité... en plus il est un peu loin du centre-ville et de la plage !! Tu payes pas cher mais ca me vaut pas cher
    Canada, Couple, 25-30
  • 4.3


    22 Dec 2018
    I’m really not one to write bad reviews of hostels, because to each their own with hostels. However, I do not understand how this hostel has this high of a rating. It is the worst hostel I’ve ever stayed in. First, it says that there’s A/C, maybe it was just my room, but there was no A/C. Which turned out not to be a bad thing since there was no hot water for the showers which should be noted. The bathroom also looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since 1993 and the sheets were dingy and old.
    USA, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • 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 Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Express check-in / out
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Wake-up calls
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi