Welcome to Pura Vida Vacations

Pura Vida Vacations specializes in adventure travel for families & groups of all sizes.  We are based in two locations Southern Ontario & Costa Rica.  At Pura Vida Vacations we combined our knowledge & expertise to create unique travel experiences for you.

We make it simple for you to have the vacation you want.

Planning a vacation takes  countless hours searching on the internet.  Our planning process helps you to eliminate the stress.  We’ll take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy your vacation.   Together with our partners we not only provide expert travel planning but often have added perks & amenities exclusively for you.

Wherever possible we work with in country partners to help keep the money in the country.  The benefits to you is an enriching local experience with knowledgeable tour guides.

Our mission is to help you create memories that last a lifetime.

Go back in time to ancient civilization.

Visit the lost city of the Incas.

 Tours designed with you in mind

  Join an escorted tour with like-minded people.

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Discover the beauty of the rainforest.

Hidden waterfalls & abundance of wildlife

Let’s Take A Cruise!

Unpack once, visit multiple destinations, & meet new people

What clients are saying about us

I can’t believe the 26-day adventure actually happened and the 3 of us are still friends. Laurie our travel expert helped us plan this 3-part adventure to the UK. Scotland and the search for Jamie was our starting point and then why not see all of England. Yes, we are novice travelers, so with Laurie’s help we were able to see London, have a Downton Abby tour and also see Stonehenge and then see more than just Outlander locations. I must admit that the Outlander tour is the highlight but all of the other adventures were amazing. Our custom tour gave each of us what we wanted which no other inclusive tour could meet. It is almost 6 months since that adventure and I keep smiling remembering all of the things we saw and did. Each thought is a different memory and smile. We are indebted to Laurie for her knowledge, expertise and skill in making our trip exceptional.


We are also thankful for this lovely lady Laurie Johnson, Travel Agent/Tour Guide Extraordinaire! If you plan on coming to Costa Rica, this woman is who you need to talk to! She truly understands people’s needs and abilities.


We (my husband and I) shopped around on multiple usual websites for where we thought we might like to go for a winter vacation. Once we narrowed our search, we contacted Laurie who was more than willing to do some price shopping for us. We changed our minds several times and Laurie was more than patient with us, allowing us the peace of mind to find out about each place and give us the good and not so good reviews of each place which helped us to make our decision.

In the end, we booked Almond Beach resort in Barbados and Laurie did her best to try and find us the best tour operator with the best price. Laurie personally delivered our travel documents and the peace of mind that if we had any questions prior to departing (and we did) and or any questions when we arrived, that we could contact her and she would advocate on our behalf. The Almond Beach resort more than met our expectations and was like heaven on earth.


Laurie was very patient with us as we changed our plans from one destination to another. When we had questions she was always quick to reply and was very helpful even thinking about things we did not think to ask! I plan to work Laurie again for my next trip – Costa Rica.
She was a pleasure to work with.


Laurie helped with researching all the different resorts and answered all of my crazy inexperienced traveller questions at any time of the day. Everything was arranged and executed beautifully for a worry free vacay! Will definitely be using her services again and hopefully soon!


Laurie arranged a private guide to meet us at our ship and give us a tour and the history of Malta and it,s culture. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, very open to questions, considerate and friendly. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Maltese cuisine at the very popular Bakery before returning to our ship. A wonderful experience on this tour.


Laurie printed out the appropriate excursions for us to choose from. We chose and she arranged it all, even looked up our Port docking times to ensure we would not be late. She printed out the paperwork for us and insured we had it for when we left and explained it all to us. She thinks of things we would never of thought of. She is very knowledgeable, helpful and professional. We would recommend her to everyone!!!


Laurie was an amazing help in planning our vacation. I gave her our budget and what we were looking for for our vacation. Laurie was super quick to get back to me with a lot of different destinations to choose from. She was always there with a quick response anytime I had questions, This was my first time travelling to the Caribbean and she gave me a ton of information on what I should pack/bring with us. When we had issues with our hotel on the first day, I sent her a message and she got back to me right away giving me advice on what I should do and say. She made planning our vacation a joy. When I mentioned to her that my boyfriend wanted to do an ATV excursion, she looked into it and sent me info and costs to do it. I am so glad that I have found someone I know I can trust to book my vacations with and will recommend her to anyone wanting to book a trip. Thank you Laurie for your help in us having an amazing trip!! I look forward to booking our next trip with you!!


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