Holiday house

Casa 'Pura vida'

Casa Pura Vida is a basic traditional house with a recently expanded kitchen and a dip-in pool.
Visit Monteverde, Rincon de la Vieja, Palo verde, Carara, Playa Blanca beach as a day trip to return in the evening to the familiar cottage in the countryside. Or take a family raft on Rio Tenorio where you will see many animals such as monkeys, birds, iguanas and crocodiles. More adventurous? Go white water rafting 30 minutes drive from the house.

Enjoy the tranquility, the river in the village (Rio Lagarto) the fruit and the animals in the garden. Taste the true Costa Rican life without tourism. Pura Vida!

The host, Toine

Listing online since March 2010

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My name is Toine Aarts, I have been coming to Costa Rica since 1991, then because of my study Biology. I was actually immediately 'sold' to the land and the people. Since 2004 I have been renting out the house together with some Costa Rican friends, and I help people to experience a wonderful holiday, but especially Costa Rica as it really is. Through house rental, car rental and contacts with more than 200 hotels for a great experience for you! You can book your tour with Costa Rica Vacation

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Costa Rica is located just north of the equator. The country is slightly larger than the Netherlands and is located between Panama and Nicaragua, at the narrowest part of Central America. The country has large height, volcanoes and mountains on 4 km altitude divides the country into a Pacific and Carribean area. This is a huge diversity of landscapes, climates, plants and animals. From white sand beaches, cloud forest, tropical rainforest to a lava spewing volcano, you find it in Costa Rica. 27% of the country is protected area! These areas are regulated accessible so you can fully enjoy the natuur.Costa Rica is relatively wealthy although there are enough poor people. The infrastructure is pretty good. Especially in the green season the roads are sometimes poorly. Public transport is good and cheap. Domestic flights and car rentals are a good and safe alternatief.Costa Rica is a politically stable country and it is safe. In and around the big cities means you have to adjust your stuff, like in Amsterdam. The Costa Ricans (or Ticos and Tica's) are extremely hospitable, and very proud of their country and sincerely interested in you life. People you soon will regard as friends. This makes a stay in Costa Rica to a great life experience that you never forget and above all you will enjoy a wonderful holiday!
The vicinity of the house is rural. In the village, people live mainly from agriculture and livestock. We are still working with the oxcart, the symbol of Costa Rica. In the village there are 2 restaurants, 2 football fields, a church, 3 stores a communal lounge, and a Plaza de Toros. There is in the village a fax and email capability. There are approximately 500 people in the immediate vicinity Pozo Azul.In Rio Lagarto (where you can swim in the fall of a small waterfall), Volcansito (a vukanische hump in a forest where hot water comes out) and Las Juntas (a small village with a rich gold history). The nearest beach is about 30 minutes! See detailed description for more activities in the omgeving.Iets further from the village and easily accessible from Pozo Azul, located Monteverde, Arenal, Puntarenas, Liberia, the beaches near Playa del Coco, Rincon de la Vieja, Manuel Antonio, Rio Tempisque and the Natural Paloverde.
Casa 'Pura Vida' has two bedrooms. A recently-built with a double bed and one with bunk beds and a single bed. There is an open kitchen that has all the necessary stuff to cook your own fresh juices to make, drink and eat. There is a refrigerator with freezer and a radio-CD player. The living room is simply furnished. There is a shower with hot water and a toilet in the huis.Op the veranda is a 6 person dining table. The total floor area is 72m2. The house stands on nearly 600 m2 land with a brook in the garden. There are coconut palms, lemons, sweet limes, oranges, bananas and mangoes in april, tuin.Het own home is the perfect accommodation to base yourself for several parks in the surrounding area to visit. But how to enjoy normal life in Costa Rica is, in all afspeelt.De detailed brochure of the house and the surroundings you will receive digital after booking.
Shopping in Las Juntas JuntasLas is the nearest place where several shops, banks and restaurants are. People from Pozo Azul will go to the doctor and the dentist pins and etc. You can buy all the usual stuff. There is a large supermarket and everything is just a bit cheaper than in town, simply because the transport of all stuff to Pozo Azul also payable worden.Las Juntas is an old gold mining town. In the center there is another mine train drawn. It is possible to excursions to do so. About 2 km before you drive into town, you see on your right a tourist shop. There you can book excursions to various attractions in the area.
Swimming or fishing in Rio Lagarto LagartoRio is the name of the river that runs through Pozo Azul. In the dry season a quiet river, after a tropical downpour quite a wild river. Depending on rainfall, the river is very suitable for swimming or fishing. The river is accessible at various locations and varies greatly in depth. From the house you can get past the center, so back to the highway, left a sloping path to take. You will pass a number of wooden houses. At the end of the road is the river. There is also a possibility further towards the highway. For the highway, at the phone, left a road. At the end of the road is the river and there is a deeper section where you can swim or fish. There are different types of fish, tiny little toothed carp, catfish and guapote (rainbow bass). The latter can be large and is very tasty. If you go snorkeling you see them often.
Day in Playa BlancaOp only 30 minutes drive you will find the Playa Blanca. It is a quiet beach that actually only visited by Costa Ricans. At weekends there may be busier. There is gebarbequed and played. Playa Blanca is a safe sandy beach on the Gulf of Nicoya. The sunset is beautiful. Links from the sandy beach is a stone and a piece of mangrove party. There may be fished worden.De car, on the edge of the beach park.
Familieraft on Rio Corobici / TenorioOp 40 minutes from the house is an office of a Swiss raftbedrijf: Safaris Corobici. They provide lunch familyraft complete with a tranquil river. You see a lot of nature, monkeys, crocodiles, birds and iguanas among others. The guide rows the boat up so you can enjoy nature. Also suitable for small children.
This beautiful cloud forest is less than 35 kilometers from the house. The ride to it is beautiful, almost an hour uphill. You can use the cloud forest, bridge tours, to zip lines from treetop to treetop whizzing the hummingbirdgallery or visit a butterfly garden. It's all unique ...
The rodeo is Guancaste next to the football, No. 1 pastime. The atmosphere, the food and not harmless rodeo is something you must experience. A good friend, Leo, from Pozo Azul always knows a location for a fiesta de toros. There are no animals slain in the festivities.
Visit the National Park, Rincon de la Vieja is 2 hours drive from the house. Superb alternating forest, volcanic landscape with sulfur fumes, bubbling mud and steaming springs. Swimming in a pool with a waterfall while the large blue butterflies dancing around you ...
Visit the National Park Carara. This forest is situated by the warm and humid and is characterized by primary forest. The Red Macaw is still here and who look closely will see many frogs. Casa Pura Vida way to the park (about 1 hour drive) you come across the bridge over Rio Tarcoles crocodile. This river borders the park and a healthy population herbegt huge crocodiles ....
In addition to the rental of the house I take care with pleasure part of your tour of Costa Rica. I like to take your plans with you. On the basis of pictures you get a first impression of this beautiful country and you can choose what you want to see, do and experience, partly from the house, some with overnight stays in other hotels. I have contacts with many hotels and can book for you, just like a car, inshore and offshore fishing trips, excursions etc.
Here's experiences of guests who came before you .... Jasper le Clercq, 06/14/2009 Average 8.7 General impression 9.0 Location 9.0 Service 9.0 Price / quality 9.0 Child friendly 8, 0 Interior 8.0 Space 9.0 immensely enjoyed at Casa Casa Pura Vida Pura Vida is highly recommended if you are interested in Costa Rican life in the 'countryside'. Nydia and Louis and the children are warm hospitable people you have all the freedom you want but be ready for all your questions and wensen.Als a bit try hard to speak Spanish they find that (of course) fantastisch.Sylvia Berbee, 29/01/2009 Average 8.1 General impression 8.0 Location 8.0 Service 9.0 Price / quality 8.0 Child friendly 8.0 Interior 8.0 Space 8.0 Wonderful place! We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Pozo Azul, at the very end of the village (street) was the brightly colored house surrounded by a beautiful tuin.We enjoyed the peaceful and very beautiful natuur.Een lovely place, with a house equipped with all necessary voorzieningenMet partner, in December 2008 Ronald Fishermen, 12/29/2008 Average 8.7 General impression 8.0 Location 9.0 Service 9.0 Price / quality 9.0 Child friendly 9.0 Interior 8.0 Space 9.0 Fantastic: the house does his name! Real life in Costa Rica make it home in Casa Pura Vida. You will be included in the rural life, and from Pozo Azul is a large number of "high-lights" of the land easy to reach. Again next year! M & M, 9/28/2008 Average 8.3 General impression 8.0 Location 8.0 Service 10.0 Price / quality 8.0 Interior 8.0 Space 8.0 Pura Vida indeed! What a great place, what a great friendly people and what a great country, Pura Vida indeed! Thanks to information from Toine (the landlord) we were well aware of what to expect and yet we were very impressed (in a positive sense)! We were there in september, the rainy season, but have fantastic weather. Occasionally a large, real Costa Rican, downpour but otherwise a delightful temperature remains constant and lots of sun. The car is probably the most efficient but also by public transport and taxi services Trino (super friendly and reliable driver for reasonable rates that you can bring anywhere) it's all good! All in all, Casa Pura Vida is an absolute must!


Living room
Ground floor
20 m2



Couch 2 seats

Bedroom 1
Ground floor
9 m2

Bed: Double bed 200 x 140 cm


Wardrobe(s) (1)

Bedroom 2
Ground floor
9 m2

Bed: Single bed 200 x 100 cm

Bed: Bunk bed 200 x 100 cm

Bed: Bunk bed 200 x 100 cm

Ground floor



Type: Open

Stove: Gas (2 Cooking zones/burners)

Cutlery & Tableware


Accommodation type

  • Holiday house

Total floor space

  • 70 m2


  • Child's bed (1)

Sports & Recreation

  • Diving / Snorkeling
  • Horse riding
  • Sport Fishing
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Travel Ideas

  • Budget
  • Culture & History
  • Child-friendly
  • Long term rental
  • Winter sun
  • Peace & quiet

Outdoor Facilities

  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Deckchair (2)
  • Parking place (1)
  • Private driveway
  • Terrace (1)
  • Garden
  • Garden chair(s) (6)
  • Garden table(s0) (1)
  • Porch
  • Shed
  • Hammock


  • Bed linen available
  • Towels present (12)
  • Kitchen linen available
  • Bed linen for children

Internet, Wifi, Audio

  • Hifi / Stereo set
  • Wifi
  • USB connection
  • Internet connection


  • Storeroom
  • Seperate toilet (1)
  • Smoking not allowed
  • No pets allowed


  • Complete privacy
  • Detached house

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