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Testimonials

What the clients asked for…

To work with a professional travel agent and book all aspects of their retreats.

What I booked for them…

I take care of all the logistics for booking students at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Retreat held each year by Elda and Tara.  This includes flights, recommend travel insurance, accommodations, transfers, entry requirements, and COVID policy pertaining to Costa Rica.

Laurie is of the utmost professional and detail-orientated person we have dealt with when planning retreats.  She takes care of EVERYTHING!  All we do is supply her with the contact information of those interested, and she looks after everything else.  This five-star service continues from the time we book until we get back home!  She is honest and always looking out for our best interests.  From the flights to the transportation to the accommodations, she looks after everything and makes sure we are also getting the best bang for our buck!  Highly HIGHLY recommend Pura Vida Vacations. – Tara & Elda – Modo Yoga Hamilton

What the clients asked for…

An experience to volunteer with elephants taking care of them and exploring the culture of Thailand & Cambodia.

What I booked for them…

I booked my clients (mother & daughter) a 14-day experience staying in an elephant camp to have hands-on care bathing & feeding the animals.  It was important for them to stay in a camp where the animals are not mistreated in any way.  This experience provided my clients with an added opportunity to visit the World Heritage Site temples at Angkor Wat.

Laurie helped with booking my daughter and me on an amazing adventure to Thailand & Cambodia through Bamboo tours. A wonderful experience & I’d highly recommend Laurie for any travel assistance! Bamboo Tours…70% of the fee you pay goes towards the Elephant Sanctuary project in Thailand and the New Hope School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Awesome experience. I’d go back for sure!”- Rhonda 

What the clients asked for…

An experience to visit several regions in Costa Rica for 2 couples with beach time to relax and unwind.

What I booked for them…

I built the perfect 3-week itinerary for my clients.  This itinerary was pack with authentic experiences from turtle watching through canals, to visiting a volcano & true rainforest, to eating local dishes with a Costa Rican family.

We discovered Laurie through her reviews, and are so pleased we did. Laurie was able to provide us with a full Costa Rican experience. She was in touch frequently and asked the right questions to help her match what we wanted on a trip to various locations and experiences while there. She arranged a variety of accommodation types from small bungalows at Arenal, to large hotels in Monteverde and Playa Hermosa, and family-run cabins in Miravalles. The tours and activities she suggested and booked were top notch. She also arranged transportation to all of our locations and it was punctual with very courteous and informed drivers who were able to further our knowledge of Costa Rican culture. While there we asked her to make a change and it was done that same day with great communication.
We will definitely contact Laurie for our next trip!
“- Jill

What the clients asked for…

Unique shore excursions for private or small groups in Panama and Costa Rica.

What I booked for them…

I booked one excursion in Panama to visit the old town and canal.  In Costa Rica, my clients experienced two different volcanoes, a private guided tour through the rainforest, and lots of wildlife in the southern region.

We used Pura Vida Vacations to book tours for us while on a cruise in January. Laurie Johnson did a fantastic job in arranging our transportation to and from our ship as well as arranging private tours for us in Costa Rica and Panama. The people she arranged for us were fantastic in their knowledge and did great work. The private tours she arranged were actually less expensive than the ship tours with only 4 of us. I would highly recommend Laurie’s services“- David 

What the clients asked for…

A girls yoga retreat with the opportunity to see more of the country in Costa Rica.

What I booked for them…

I booked a 7-day yoga retreat in Nosara along the northern Pacific coast followed by 5 nights at a luxury hilltop hotel for adults only.

I have had the pleasure of working with Laurie for some amazing vacations. From planning to changes in plans ( which I did twice at the last minute! ) she took everything in stride and ensured everything was seamless. On my most recent trip to Costa Rica I decided to change airports and extend my trip – no problem, she worked with the hotel, transportation, airline and made it happen. And quickly 🙂
I was traveling alone and was able to relax knowing everything was arranged!
I will continue to book through Pura Vida Vacations for all of my future travel.
“- Christine

We booked a family cruise vacation with Pura Vida vacations.for 6 adults and 2 children in October. Laurie Johnson arranged the cruise, flights, and transportation. We received excellent service from her and she did go to extra lengths to ensure we had a wonderful time. We would not hesitate to recommend her and will be booking more vacations with her.“- Susan

Laurie was a wonderful agent. She made a special effort to drive 1 hour to meet with me to discuss the possibilities for our Costa Rica trip. She was also extra helpful to us by securing a refund for a mistake that the airline made. I would definitely book through her again for my next trip to Central America!“- Tish

What the clients asked for…

A 3-week experience traveling by all modes of transportation to England and Scotland for 3 ladies to see all the highlights.

What I booked for them…

I booked my clients on a 7-night transatlantic cruise, 5 nights centrally located in England to explore the sites, train rides to see the beautiful landscape, and an Outlander tour with an informative tour guide.

We went on a 3 tiered bucket list trip. Laurie helped us pick the sites we most wanted to see, given 3 different opinions. She arranged all of the tours, transportation, and details we needed. We had 3 separate travel locations. New York to board the Queen Mary for the trans-Atlantic cruise, London and Scotland. We had a custom adventure of a lifetime.“- Cathy

I’ve just returned from an awesome, headache-free, escorted, 9-day tour to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Laurie provides an excellent service. A true professional committed to creating the best experiences for her clients. She is knowledgeable, responsible, caring & makes traveling super easy.  She knows how to take care of you & is always looking out for the best interests of her customers & creating personalized experiences for them. If you want a hassle & stress-free holiday, book with Laurie now!! I have no hesitation in giving Laurie my highest recommendation. She makes you feel at ease. This is my fourth booking with Laurie & of course, I will be using her again .“- Roseanne

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.“- Brandy

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.“- Jemi

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