As we drove into the property for the first time the four of us knew right away this was going to be the vacation of a lifetime. As gorgeous as the pictures are online, they cannot compare to the immense beauty that the house, property and views have to offer. On the property you will find many types of insects, birds, frogs, lizards and so many types of butterflies! Howler monkeys live nearby in the trees around the monkey hideout and can be heard and/or seen daily.
If you want privacy, space, luxury, majestic views, a perfectly covered pool surrounded by bananas, palms and bamboo, as well as toucans and monkeys in your yard then this is the place for you. This is not to mention the absolute perfect location of the house. Great grocery store 10 minutes away, never ending beaches of all types to explore, a myriad of high quality restaurants, national parks, waterfalls, excursions galore, banks, stores, a great bakery and even a place nearby to buy fresh and cheap local fish. We shopped around for a home to rent in the Dominical area and the price of Casa Pura Vida is beyond fair. There are no surprises, the house is exactly the way it is advertised it to be.
First we met Neil and he instantly put us at ease with his friendly approachable nature and his unique sense of humor. During our stay we found Neil to be very helpful, informative, non-obtrusive, honest and perhaps most importantly sincere in his desire for us to enjoy our vacation. He is a true professional and all four of us hold him with high regards.
During our 10 day stay at Casa Pura Vida we did four main paid excursions as well as many on our own. There are countless activities to do in this area. We did the surf lessons in Dominical, the full day boat trip to Cano Island including lunch on a deserted beach, the zip lining (in torrential rain!) and horseback to the Nauyaca waterfall. All amazing!
I’d recommend any of these excursions in a heartbeat and they all came recommended by Neil. Just take his advice and you will not be led astray.
Having had the opportunity to live at Casa Pura Vida for ten days was truly an inspiration and I would go back anytime and recommend it to anyone looking for a getaway in the Dominical/Uvita area. Make sure to get a four wheel drive though as they are not joking when they say you need one!