What is “Pura Vida”?

For my fellow Costa Rica travelers you know the phrase PURA VIDA well. But for those that do not, let me fill you in. 

Pura vida is a common phrase, one of the most popular in Costa Rica. In its literal translation it means “pure life” or “simple life”. But it is much more than just a saying; 

Pura vida is a hello and a goodbye. It’s a way of life. Some might compare it to the phrase “hakuna matata”; meaning “no worries” or “no problems”.  

If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, be sure to greet the locals with pura vida.  If you are asked the question “How are you?”, respond with pura vida. You will win them over. Basically, if you are asked anything, and are not sure how to respond, just say pura vida. You will fit right in!

Have you traveled to Costa Rica? What’s your favorite spot? Tell me in the comments below.

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