The Words

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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  • Reply Amanda McConvey

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

    November 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply headedsomewhere

    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.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply efonnesbeck

    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!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Mom

    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.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Alli

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

    November 16, 2012 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Lindsay Goldfine

    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

    November 17, 2012 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Tawsha

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

    November 17, 2012 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Tawsha

    Ps.. I like clays mustache

    November 17, 2012 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Amie Oliverson Calico

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

    November 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply kerry june

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

    November 27, 2012 at 10:39 am
    • Reply headedsomewhere

      Dominical is like 4 hours away from Liberia, (thats where the waterfall was). Could be! Did you guys drive a while to get there? It was pretty hidden though.

      November 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply kerry june

    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!

    November 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Costa Rica - International Living

    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.

    December 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Whitney Carrie Larson

    Where did you stay??? 🙂

    January 5, 2013 at 10:47 am
    • Reply headedsomewhere

      We stayed in Playa Grande, about a 5 minute walk to the beach. We stayed in a really nice villa called Casa Linda Vista. We found it on vrbo.

      January 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Frédérique

    What is your camera? Love your pictures. xoxo

    January 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm
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