I first heard the term Pura Vida in Costa Rica, beachside, with the locals (what up Pablo).
To explain… Pura Vida means “Pure life” but the saying goes beyond its simple translation: it’s a way of life. Contextually, then, it symbolizes the idea of simply enjoying life and being happy. This way of life is the law of the land in Costa Rica. This saying is thrown around in many forms from a greeting, to a synonym for “excellent.” Ticos (Costa Rican locals) follow this lifestyle and are some of the most wonderful people on earth. A synonym of “hakuna matata.” Life is wonderful; enjoy it.
This wonderful life obviously requires one to look fabulous, but you must consider the relaxed lifestyle, keep it simple and sexy. Were not going to Abudabi if you catch my drift. Check out these amazing photos short in CR, they exude some clutch pieces you may want to include in your backpack, and the right attitude to complete your Pura Vida visit.
Consider: Old School Aviators, khakis, dark swim suits that are better to stay, than to lay, board shorts, rash guard, linen shirts, bandanna, baseball cap, hiking boots, sandals, and a key pair of sunglasses. There is such amazing opportunities here (sports central) that you can NOT miss out on. Hiking volcanos, zip-lining through the cloud forest, surfing on Hermosa beach, white water rafting, waterfall repelling. Bring the right gear, your going to have to get it, to go for the gold – and lets face it, if you forget it, the fashion doesn’t offer up much but tourist tacky Walley World wear.
Packing was undoubtedly the hardest trip I had ever packed for. It’s so different from packing for a trip to Cabo or vail. I had to get creative and be adventurous. But the packing prep is key for to Pura Vida.