If you have been to Costa Rica, or if you are planning a Costa Rica vacation, one term you should be familiar with is Pura Vida (pronounced poo-rah vee-dah). Simply translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life”, but here in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying—it is a way of life.
Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, to say goodbye, to say everything’s great, to say everything’s cool. However, it is not the words that reflect the true meaning of ¡Pura Vida!. Pura Vida is the way Ticos live. Not surprisingly, Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly because its inhabitants don’t stress about things the way most foreigners do. Ticos have a very relaxed, simple way of looking at life. No worries, no fuss, no stress—pura vida to them means being thankful for what they have and not dwelling on the negative.
Although many people love to use the phrase, not many know where the term actually originated. The most common explanation comes from a Mexican movie called ¡Pura vida! that came to Costa Rica 1956 (directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares). In the movie, ‘pura vida’ is the saying used by the main character who remains optimistic, despite unfortunate circumstances that continue to surround him. Although it took a little while to catch on, the phrase pura vida was being used nationwide by 1970. Today, it is an inherent part of the culture.
Although many people use the saying ‘ pura vida ’, until you’ve been to Costa Rica, you will not truly know what pura vida feels like. It’s an emotion, it’s an attitude, it’s happiness, and it’s a way of life. Once you’ve visited, you will understand the true meaning of pura vida.
Redefining Affluence I recently came across an article written by Tera Maxwell. It resonated with me on several different levels. For people that are thinking about living in Costa Rica or just visiting, it is a great read. She hits on several points that hit home with me. Redefining Affluence for her was in the Pacific Coast. Redefining Affluence in…Read More→
Pura Vida Avocado Tree. We have spent about two weeks here at the house. We are amazed each day and night at the view up here on the mountain. We did something today that is something fairly simple but it is yet another detail of how wonderful it is to stay at Pura Vida World. It was lunch time today…Read More→
San Andreas Costa Rica We travelled down to San Andreas Costa Rica to see a beautiful part of Costa Rica. This is the area where some of the best coffee is grown in all of Costa Rica. This photo is down at the river bottom surrounded by coffee plants in San Andreas Costa Rica. So many beautiful red coffee beans…Read More→
This amazing view was photographed sometime over the past few weeks from the Tarbaca Mountain Home. This is what you see every night from either the living room, dining room, front porch or front yard. http://www.vrbo.com/4039558ha
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