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 4 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 spotless, fully-equipped, outdoor communal kitchen. 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 prior arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged 100% of the reservation!
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
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 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 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.1

  • Facilities 7.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    29 Jul 2021
    Very nice staff! They were super helpful with everything and were super friendly. The hostel is nice for hanging out and has a really great vibe. Seems to attract cool people!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    13 Jun 2021
    Nice place to stay. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    30 Jul 2021
    I stayed at Pura Vida Hostel for 3 nights. The hostel is around 500m to the beach. The atmosphere was really nice and welcoming. The staff was especially friendly and helpful. There are a couple of repairments to be done but overall everything was pretty fine.
    Costa Rica, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    23 Jul 2021
    The common area was super fun and great to meet people in. Even locals hang there. The room was oddly designed with what is essentially a cold-water hose rather than a shower. Good for solo/couple travelers trying to meet people or have a cool place to party. Not good for people looking for amenities.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.6


    29 May 2021
    I was initially placed in a corner room without Air Conditioning. My bed was beside a mesh window full of holes where bugs were clearly entering the room. I put up with this as I was only here one night and had to leave early the next day, but as I tried to sleep, someone must have been smoking next door and it came directly through the window as well. The manager was kind and moved me to another room immediately, but I think this room must be one of the worst in the hostel.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 6.3


    12 Sep 2021
    There was a building site right next to my room additional to the one in the hostel. Imagine getting woken up at 7 am daily by the sweet sound of metal getting cut for hours
    Switzerland, Male, 18-24
  • 5.7


    30 May 2021
    This hostel is overpriced for what it offers. The dorms are tiny and the bathrooms are even smaller. Funny smell from the drains too from time to time. The common areas were big and comfy but there was no atmosphere during my stay and the hostel felt empty so I checked out early after 1 night. On the plus side the staff were helpful in organising transfers and had lots of options for tours.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    15 Sep 2021
    Since the first moment we didn’t feel comfortable, the atmosphere was not how we expected it to be. The staff didn’t really welcome us or introduce us to everything. The location would be quite nice but we just left the same day we arrived. The facilities themselves are fine, we just did not feel really welcome and we didn’t want to spend time there. If the atmosphere of a hostel is important for you I definitely do not recommend this place.
    Austria, Female, 18-24
  • 3.4


    23 Jul 2021
    NO FREE BREAKFAST! If you’re considering this place for that, none available, only tea and coffee- false advertising in their listing. The place was overpriced for the offering. Further distance from center/beach, hard beds, no hand soap in bathrooms, no towels, cold handheld showers. Staff were sometimes helpful, however they booked us a wrong tour, gave us wrong information which left our kind taxi driver to front the cash for the tour since we paid PRH via PayPal. Good WiFi and strong A/C.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 2.9


    22 Sep 2021
    Filthy. The manager is completely disorganized, has no idea about bookings, and has no change. The rooms are a century old, worn out, and dirty. They are refurbishing now but instead they should tear it down and rebuild. Filthy and zero vibe. JUST GO TO SELINAS and save your dignity.
    Austria, Male, 31-40
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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
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • 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
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi