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- Private and secure family-friendly site in scenic Alajuela
- A 35-minute drive from the Costa Rican capital, San José
- Paradise for hikers and bikers: two national parks within easy reach
Do you dream of exploring the rainforests, having daring escapades on volcanoes and fuelling your adrenaline needs on whitewater rivers? Park up for your hols at Pura Van Campsite, a family-friendly site in the town of La Garita in the San José area of Alajuela province.
Pura Van's a prime jumping off point for exploring the volcanoes, rainforest and cities of Costa Rica – Volcán Poás and Braulio Carrillo national parks are around an hour’s drive from the site for challenging hiking and biking, and the bars, restaurants, museums, galleries and tourist sites of capital city San José are about half an hour away.
If you’re at a loss for what to do, the site is in the grounds of a campervan rental centre, so the owners are well informed on local areas worth visiting and happy to advise you or organise tours.
Eyelids drooping after all this activity? You’re in the right country… Make your way to Doka Estate, 40 minutes from Pura Van, for a tour of the coffee plantation – and pick up a steaming hot mug of the black stuff while you’re there.
Obviously you can’t live on coffee for your entire break (even if you wish you could), so bag some supplies from the shop across the road and grill them up on the shared barbecue or in the small kitchen... then settle down for serene times among the fruit trees. If you want a break from cooking, there are plenty of restaurants within 20 minutes of the site.
Tourist board rating
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Bookings must not be for more than 30 consecutive nights.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Mountain biking nearby
Active types staying at Pura Van Campsite should head to Volcán Poás and Braulio Carrillo national parks to get their hike or bike on, zip to Canopy Adventure Volcán Barva for some ziplining, go river rafting, canyoning, rappelling or tubing with Costa Rican Trails, or swim on over to the Gulf of Nicoya for watersports and fishing – all within around an hour’s drive.
After a more sedate experience during your getaway? Start with a leisurely stroll around Botanical Orchid Garden La Garita, five minutes away, then make your way into San José to wander the streets, visit museums and galleries, poke around street markets and try out some of the local craft brews.
The kids may not be particularly receptive to following their parents around a bunch of breweries for the entire hol, so put some stuff on the list for them: the animal rescue and conservation park, ZooAve, is 10 minutes from the site, and Parque Diversiones amusement park is 25 minutes away. If they’re up for a longer journey, Balneario Las Musas and Parque Acuático Villas Fantasía waterparks are both under an hour from Pura Van.
Permitted arrival/departure time
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|Depart by:||4 p.m.|
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|Depart by:||4 p.m.|
The main gate is closed at all times. Please ring one of the doorbells on arrival.
Pura Van Campsite cancellation policy
No refunds within 3 weeks of arrival date.
Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The balance is due 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance should be paid as soon as possible.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Pura Van Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Pura Van Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Pura Van Campsite? Active types staying at Pura Van Campsite should head to Volcán Poás and Braulio Carrillo national parks to get their hike or bike on, zip to Canopy Adventure Volcán Barva for some … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Pura Van Campsite?
Camping and touring Arrive: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 4 p.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 4 p.m.
The main gate is closed at all times. Please ring one of the doorbells on arrival.Read more
- How much does it cost to stay at Pura Van Campsite? From £7.21 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability