Welcome to our home. Come enjoy spectacular sunrise and sunset views from the decks or the loft. Enjoy the beautiful soft sand beach with awesome shelling, surfing, body surfing, and snorkeling on the reef just 50 yards off the shore. The best waves on Guana Cay are just footsteps away from the home. When you are done at the beach, there is a private outdoor shower to rinse off.
Pura Vida features four uniquely decorated theme bedrooms, each with its own private bath for extra privacy and comfort. Each room is tastefully decorated in island flavor. There is a "Sea Blue" room, "Pink" room, "Aqua" room, and "Periwinkle" room. Most of the furnishings are hand-crafted by local Bahamian Woodworkers from the island. Each bedroom opens onto a shared deck through French doors. The cool breezes and the calm water of the Sea of Abaco are beautiful and inspiring.
There is also a downstairs "rec" room for the kids to relax and play in safely, while the adults relax in the comfort of the living room.
Enjoy the islands atmosphere by attending any or all of the theme nights the local "hotspots" offer or just enjoy the peace and quiet at home.
There are plenty of things to do to keep you busy on the island - there is a dive shop with daily trips and island hopping trips and a variety of rental items like boats, kayaks, and equipment. There are restaurants and beach grills, some with swimming pools for your enjoyment, a bakery-cafe and a well stocked grocery store. The beach is amazing and access is just seconds away from the home. Come enjoy island life - like they say "Its better in the Bahamas but its Gooder on Guana Cay."
We loved the house and had a great time. The beach near the house was almost always just our own, with blue skies and warm crystal waters.
I’ll start by noting to anyone reading that I only ever write reviews if I have had a great experience or a horrible one- I like to tell others when I feel strongly, and feel that if it was a mediocre experience, a review is just not worth my time. In this particular case, we had a wonderful experience with Pura Vida. I have been to the Abacos 7 times but have always stayed on Elbow- a group of us decided that we would try Guana out this year. I found Pura Vida while looking online and decided we’d give the house a shot for a couple of reasons: it looked great, it was located in the middle of the island, and was inexpensive compared to other homes exactly like it. (Regarding the location I mentioned- Pura Vida was perfect for us because it was right in between Baker’s Bay where we liked to have breakfast and other bars like Nippers where we liked to go at night, which was nice because no trip for food or other items was a ‘trek’ from one end of the island to the other.) When we arrived, the house was in great shape and was perfect for a group like ours (or a family)- 4 nice bedrooms, an open common area and kitchen, a game room (poker for our group) upstairs with views of the ocean, and a downstairs room with 2 additional couches and another TV. Probably the most important amenities to our group were the two porches on both sides of the house with tables and seating, which came in handy when we wanted to grill out at night. One of the porches has a spectacular view of the sea facing towards Marsh Harbour that we liked to have drinks to when we got back from a day on the boat. Renting from Jeremy (the owner) was about as simple as renting anything gets. He was very responsive to any communication and he accepts major credit cards and did not charge me an additional fee for using one over using a check. (Again, I have been here a lot, there are more times than I can count that they either do not accept credit cards or have two prices, one for sending them a check and a higher one if you want to use a credit card.) Overall, the house was in pristine condition and was exactly what we wanted and needed. This is definitely a winner for the houses I have stayed in. On a quality to price ranking, it is also probably one of the top houses throughout the islands. I have gotten houses with a lot less space for the same price, and houses exactly like Pura Vida for a much higher price. You really do get your ‘bang for your buck’ with this house.
We enjoyed a great family vacation at Pura Vida. With parents, three grown boys with one fiance, the four bedrooms and four baths were just the ticket. Very fun and relaxing week. Good time had by all. The house was nicely furnished with plenty of sheets and towels. Even came with a stocked pantry. We'll be back!
Our stay at Pura Vida was from word of mouth from a family friend who visits the isle of Guana Cay frequently. Like many people I have never heard of Guana Cay, but my friend was so addiment about us spending our Honeymoon there how could I say no? Our stay there was the best idea I have ever had, my wife and I were taken aback on the location, cleanliness, and the stunning undisturbed tropical beauty that is in great abindance on the island. I dont know where to begin. First of all, the house Pura Vida, is exceptionally appointed, clean, and imaculately maintained. With on A/C, satelight TV and available WiFi we wanted for nothing during our stay. The mornings were full of warm tropical breezes, soft sounds of the ocean, and a stunning view from any angle thanks to the elevated wrap around portch. The inhabitants on the island are full of character, with no real traffic on the island, except the random golf cart, the roads are clean, paved and well maintained. People are very friendly and very helpfull, taking great pleasure helping us explore the island. There are plenty of private beaches to discover. Strictly speaking, this has to be the most romantic place in the carribean. I have visited other areas of the Bahamas, only to be mobbed by street venders and other enteprising individuals, none of that nonsence here in Guana Cay. Just peace, quiet, and romance. We are already planning a returne visit for this summer. Hope to see you there.
Guana Cay and Pura Vida was just what the doctor ordered for my family and friends vacation. We loved the accommodations; the views from both decks are spectacular, the home is tastefully decorated and the beds are extremely comfortable. The house is provisioned well and the air conditioning feels like heaven on hot summer days. We will most definitely stay at Pura Vida again and recommend it to anyone who wants rest and relaxation in comfort. The beach is within walking distance. Pura Vida is a must do.
What a fabulous vacation spot! I recently returned from my visit to Great Guana Cay and Pura Vida. What can I say - the house is simply beautiful - very "island" feel to it. Plenty of room for relaxing, cooking, enjoying the fabulous views, any time of the day! I couldn't decide which room to stay in, as they each had their own colorful yet restful personality. Little touches like the outdoor shower make this home a delight to stay in! For those who must have their TV, there is one there - however, I doubt you will turn it on, why not sit on one of the balconies with a glass of wine and enjoy the view! When you feel like popping into the "town" for the local action, make sure you go th Grabber's or Nipper's. Definitely the places to enjoy a goombay smash or rum punch with great island music and neverending views to match. Anyone who is lucky enough to visit this home will certainly not be disappointed!
Pura Vida is wonderful. It is perfectly laid out for up to 4 couples providing ample gathering space but also privacy. It is really well maintained and provisioned and the location is ideal with easy access to both sides of the island. It is a perfect place for a relaxing getaway.