costa rica // pure life


Pura Vida is a saying people use in Costa Rica that really depicts how they live. They use it as a hello, goodbye, or a salutation. It’s EVERYWHERE! The “pure life” mentality starts becoming a part of you even just being there a week! Everything is still so natural, so beautiful and untouched. I am going to try and keep this “pure life” mentality with me for as long as possible; I may need to go back in the near future just to refresh my memory. 🙂


Catching lots of waves on the surfboard!

Finishing “Little Bee” (highly recommended!!)

Card tournaments at night and losing to Tatum almost every time.

Paddle Boarding in the most beautiful bay

Monkeys waving at me from the trees (I swear they were!)

Watching the sunset while eating fresh mangoes

Almost getting sucked out to sea, attempting to swim in waves that were wayyyy too big. This probably wasn’t a “highlight”, but definitely notable. haha (Mom, I hope I didn’t just give you a heart attack.) In my defense, they came out of nowhere! Swear!

Skinny dipping in our own secret waterfall. 😉 (Not pictured.)

Spending time with friends listening to music and relaxing. Love you all! 🙂

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  1. Amanda McConvey says:

    AWESOME pictures!!!!!! Costa Rica is now on my Bucket List!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!! Spectacular!

  2. Wow!! Thank you! I definitely recommend going. Stay on the west side though if you ever decide to go! We were in Playa Grande, much less touristy.

  3. efonnesbeck says:

    I wanna go! These pictures are amazing. I love the color. Skinny dipping…. Lauren….. you’re naughty. 😉 haha. So glad I got to see what you were up to this past week. I missed you. You weren’t around for my dozens of daily texts! Loves!

  4. Mom says:

    I am interested in the mushrooms that look like pancakes; the honeycombs growing out of the cactus, and that beautiful white flower growing out of another flower; It it a pure, natural beautiful place. You captured it all Lauren. I’m glad you could go.

  5. Alli says:

    We just got back from Costa Rica, LOVE IT! It was our 4th trip 🙂

  6. Lindsay Goldfine says:

    Your pictures are amazing!! And you look so gorgeous and tan! I’m jealous . . the trip looked absolutely magical, I want to hear all about it! Which part did you go to? I had a similar scary experience in the waves there. I thought I almost died, but I only broke a toe. hehe .. but still VERY dramatic! Those waves are serious! Can’t wait to see you and hear more about it!! Love you xx

  7. Tawsha says:

    These pictures are beautiful!! They should be published 🙂 looks like you had a blast!

  8. Tawsha says:

    Ps.. I like clays mustache

  9. You are a babe!! It looks like an amazing time and I am super bummed we missed out! Next time? 🙂

  10. kerry june says:

    is playa grande near dominical? cause i swear i went to that waterfall when i was there!

  11. kerry june says:

    hmmm must be a different one because we didn’t drive 4 hours haha but it was really hidden & we had to hike a bit to it!

  12. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And this photo spread certainly is. Thanks for sharing your journey to Costa Rica and showing the unique and carefree lifestyle that is possible there.

  13. Where did you stay??? 🙂

  14. Frédérique says:

    What is your camera? Love your pictures. xoxo


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