Pura vida. The pure life. This Spanish phrase is central in Costa Rican culture. Locals will greet you with the phrase, but it's also used as as a farewell. In some cases it might just mean, “oh well”, or “everything’s cool.” It is an unofficial slogan pointing to a way of life that Costa Ricans, also known as “Ticos,” embrace: simplicity. When you find yourself in Costa Rica it won’t be long before you are smiling and saying pura vida to those you encounter throughout your day.
The Nicoya Peninsula is south of the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, right across from the Golfo de Nicoya from Puntarenas. This region is known for its nesting sea turtles, isolated beaches, wellness retreats and surfing. It is impossible not to experience the pura vida in this quiet paradise.
The Peninsula is noticeably less tourist-filled than other regions of Costa Rica. Here, you can hike to waterfalls and remote beaches with little interruption. It is this relaxed vibe that makes the Peninsula perfect for an active, but simultaneously relaxing getaway. Here you can wake up at dawn for a sunrise yoga session, and spend your afternoon giving surfing a try. Or lounge at a beach bar and get your tan on. Stay in a jungle lodge and spend your afternoon observing monkeys and tropical birds.
On the Origin Travel’s Explore Costa Rica with Eidon tour the pura vida extends even further, to community. Spend your time in the Peninsula bonding with other women as you explore the region and pursue new experiences. In the Nicoya Peninsula, the pura vida will be whatever you make of it.
This article was written by Erin Hayes - the host of the awesome Alpaca My Bags Podcast and author of the Pina Travels Blog!
Follow her @pinatravels
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Save $100 off your first trip.
Your weekly dose of good travel.
Tips for exploring in a way that makes you (and the planet) feel nice, good travel gear + incredible human stories.