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Travel changes us in one way or another!

We believe vacations should be filled with life changing experiences by discovering more about yourself, traveling beyond your comfort boundaries, how you impacted others in the destinations you traveled to, and how you share your story with others when you return.  Building new friendships with those you meet, these are the memories that last a lifetime.

Most people today live such busy lives it’s hard to just unwind and take time to plan a perfect vacation.  I am a travel agent who works with busy families, and small groups helping them find astounding adventure vacations in Central & South America as well as the Caribbean.  I take the stress & worry out of traveling by creating custom itineraries with hands-on interactions with locals for your once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  As a Specialist for Costa Rica & Peru I will expertly coordinate every part of your trip, from start to finish, so you can relax and enjoy – knowing I have taken care of every last detail for you!

laurie johnson travel agent

About Laurie

I had been in the health care profession for 15 years and although it was a great job I found a love & passion for travel planning.  In 2004 our family traveled to Florida on a well need vacation.  Since that time we had traveled to several destinations like the Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Costa Rica.  Building memories and spending time with my family was important.

Visiting Costa Rica in 2012 for the first time is what really brought things into perspective for me.  The friendly people, the scenic mountains, spectacular volcanos, and endless activities to experience left me wanting more.  Even though I went on plenty of adventures I always felt rejuvenated when I returned home.  Now with this knowledge & passion I find pleasure in helping families find new experiences and adventures.  This is when Pura Vida Vacations was founded.

I spend a lot of time connecting and searching out in-country partners,  building relationships with the owners so you can benefit from this partnership.

I have helped many clients find their dream vacation.  Contact me if you would like to discuss vacation ideas using my on line scheduler.

Places my clients have been to:

Dominican Republic




Costa Rica


Newfoundland & Labrador

Do you think we would be a good travel fit?  Use my online scheduler to find a time that’s convenient for you.

*** In Memory of ***

Kristy who supported our ideas to tell our story and helped bring our vision of travel to light.  She left us at the age of 41, way too early for a kind sole.

Kristy Copeland “You are always in our hearts forever”