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Welcome to our little corner of paradise!

Where are we?
Just 4Km from the international airport SJO (Juan Santamaria), 25 minutes from San Jose, the capital, and right in the middle of the country.  We are private natuaralist driver/guides available by the 1/2 day, the day or for your entire trip. We are based at the Pura Vida Hotel near the SJO International airport in Alajuela.  That is about 30 minutes from San Jose.

Transfers and Tours Anywhere

If you need transfers or tours anywhere in Costa Rica, InsightCostaRica is your best option.  If you want to find the special placesin Costa Rica we have excellent English speaking local guides to get you there. In particular, we specialize in turning transfers into interesting tours - it takes a little longer but why waste travel days just "getting somewhere"?

And if you need a hotel when you arrive late at night in SJO or need to fly out early?
Our Pura Vida Hotel is situated in a residential area of the Tuetal Village and surrounded by coffee and sugar cane farms, we are just north of Alajuela and minutes from the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) International Airport. There is a nice view to Poas Volcano particularly from the Rain Forest Casita and the Volcano Studio. Your hosts and owners are from California via the UK and Asia. The garden gourmet restaurant is private and only for hotel guests.   We serve a delicious breakfast and very special three course dinners featuring a blend of Costa Rican, French and Asian cuisine, tasty stuff.   The Pura Vida Hotel can be the perfect place to start and end your explorations of Costa Rica.

Investigating Retirement Options?
For many people Costa Rica is a place people think of for retirement.  Some reasons in particular

  • good health care,
  • not so far from North America,
  • the nicest people on the planet
  • and a perpetual spring weather at some altitudes.

And of course you need to visit so we have put together a 1 day central valley "moving here" tour to look around and understand things like amenities, health care, schools, history, neighborhood quality, access, banking, property rights, future development etc etc.  If you'd like a country tour in 5 to 7 days we can show you some highlights of both coasts as well as the Central Valley (where 80% of the population live due to the spring like weather at 3000 to 4000 feet altitude.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We get lots of question every day about Costa Rica and traveling in Costa Rica and we are happy to answer them all.  In addition feel free to peruse our FAQ here.

In addition, if you'd like to get serious about Costa Rica we have assembled quite the reading list - see our Links and Reading section here.  You will find info on the travel guides, some excellent books on flora and fauna to help you get the most out of your trip, all the history books I can find and so on.

Thanks so much for visiting our web site!