Pura Vida in Costa Rica


Are you looking for a place to go this winter? If you are a nature or coffee lover, fly to Costa Rica.

Named one of the best countries to visit during February by several sources, Costa Rica is a small country in Central America renowned for its natural beauty, abundant wildlife, rich coffee culture, eco-friendly tree houses, and the famous phrase, “Pura Vida.” The dry season (December through April) is in full bloom in Costa Rica in February and into March, making it ideal for mid-winter vacations.

Travel to Costa Rica and discover the exquisite taste of Costa Rican coffee. Explore the origin and qualities that make Costa Rican coffee world-renowned. Their coffee boasts a well-rounded taste, and they thank their rich volcanic soil for why their coffee is considered among the finest beans in the world. 

Costa Ricans take their coffee seriously and have a traditional way of making it. They use a “chorreador,” a traditional handmade pour-over coffee maker. The best part about my coffee experience was watching the server make my coffee in front of me. And because of this amusing experience, I didn't leave Costa Rica without buying my own “chorreador” and a pack of their gourmet coffee.

Costa Rica's treehouses offer a chance to connect with nature and rainforest experiences like no other. Though I didn't get to stay in a treehouse, my accommodation was equally exciting. I stayed in a house surrounded by trees in San Isidro, an hour from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. San Isidro is a great place to escape touristy crowds and enjoy small-town life and nature.

The Airbnb room I rented, which looks like a small house, is in a hilly place. It is surrounded by lemon trees, a massive garden, a playground, a viewing deck overlooking a vast coffee plantation with a magnificent view of the mountains. For spiritual contemplation, the property includes a rock labyrinth. It is such a blissful place that my spontaneous trip had become a spiritual trip.

My room included a coffee-bean grinder so I could drink freshly ground and brewed coffee in the morning. I've never experienced this anywhere in my travels. Only in Costa Rica!

Author & flight attendant Lia Ocampo enjoys the local Costa Rican cuisine and “Pura Vida” mentality.

“Pura Vida” literally translates to “pure life.” It is the country's unofficial slogan and has several meanings for Costa Ricans. It is an embodiment of the Costa Rican way of life. It can be used as a greeting or a farewell. It means living the good life, enjoying a simple, slow-paced, stress-free life with a positive and relaxed feeling. No wonder Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world for several years now. Costa Ricans are content with their way of living. They embrace tranquility, simplicity, and happiness.

Costa Rica has earned a spot on the top travel destinations for nature enthusiasts. If you are one, embark on a new adventure in Costa Rica, witness the country's natural beauty, immerse yourself in their culture, and embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle.

Indeed, Costa Rica is one of my favorite countries. I describe this country as a coffee mecca with a simple living. The gorgeous place on a hill and the unique coffee experience are the best memories of my trip back in February 2019. And learning the true spirit of “Pura Vida” is my biggest takeaway.

Simple life – the way it should be.


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