About Me

Meet Laurie

Laurie's passion for travel and love for adventure inspired her to create Pura Vida Vacations. Pura Vida Vacations is a boutique travel agency who believes every client is unique as their travel experiences.

Laurie is a Travel Specialist for Costa Rica, Peru, Malta, Adventures by Disney & Scotland. She loves hiking, zip lining, yoga & surfing. Laurie often helps guide tours & shore excursions in Costa Rica. She divides her time between Canada and Costa Rica calling each her home.

Laurie is a certified Canadian Travel Counsellor who completed her training with the Canadian Tourism College, She is also certified with TICO (Tourism Industry Counsel of Ontario), and member of CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) listed agent on site as well as a member of the Adventure Travel Association. Laurie's true passion is soft adventure travel by connecting with her clients bringing them hands on cultural experiences, providing guided tours, and her knowledge & expertise in country.

Our Partners

Pura Vida Vacations is an independent affiliate of Nexion Canada ULC. Nexion Canada partners with Travel Leaders Group offering world wide travel experiences with exceptional value for our clients. We specialize in soft adventure travel and custom itineraries to Costa Rica, Peru, Malta, the Caribbean & Scotland. Pura Vida Vacations shares our experience of the outdoors along with our passion for travel to our clients. Together with Laurie’s expertise and connections with local in country partners we are able to create custom itineraries for vacations and tours for our clients.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver dream vacations with unique experience for our clients along with hassle free planning. Whether it is adventure you seek, planning a wedding or honeymoon, cruise, day & shore tours, or all inclusive vacation we are there to help guide you to meet your needs and expectations.

How it works

As a full service travel agency we seek out only partners that fit our quality of standards. Our partnership with Nexion Canada ULC allows us to offer our clients added amenities you can't get elsewhere including more value, onboard ship credits & special discounts.

Our Process

During our initial consultation with clients via phone/Skype we listen to your interests, needs, and requests to find your preferred travel style.

Our next step is to design a meaningful travel itinerary. Laurie will recommend tours, hotels, and activities, and discuss the best combinations with clients. Details will be finalized with confirmed bookings. All travel documents will be prepared and sent to YOU.

While you are enjoying your vacation behind the scene we are always available. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email.

The process just doesn't end here we follow up with you post vacation to receive your feedback. If you've enjoyed your vacation and would like to recommend us to you family, friends, or colleagues a referral is always appreciated. We would greatly appreciate a review on TRIPADVISOR and Google which gives others the opportunity to discover our services. Our hope is to have a lifelong relationship with our clients.

Professional Fees

At Pura Vida Vacations we charge a nominal fee for our services. We spent countless hours researching and collaborating with our partners to find our clients the best value possible.

Consulting Fees$50.00
Flight only bookings$25.00 per person
FIT (Fully Independent Tours) Packages$75.00 per person minimum

*Please note GST is not included and will be added at time of booking.

If you are a company looking to partner with us please contact us to discuss if we are a perfect fit via email.

We look forward to helping plan your next adventure!



Laurie Johnson

Travel Specialist

My love for travel grew as well as my knowledge of Costa Rica which inspired me to...

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