London, Ontario Travel Agent
Family & Group Travel Specialist
About Pura Vida Vacations
I believe your vacation should be filled with life changing experiences by discovering more about yourself, how you impacted others in the destinations you traveled to, and how you share your story with others when you return. Building new friendships with those you meet along the way, these are the memories that last a lifetime.
Most people today live such busy lives it’s hard to just unwind and take time to plan a perfect vacation. I am a travel agent who works with busy families, and small groups helping them find astounding adventure vacations in Costa Rica, Peru, Europe & the Caribbean. I take the stress & worry out of traveling by creating tailor-made itineraries for your once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As a Specialist I will expertly coordinate every part of your trip, from start to finish, so you can relax and enjoy – knowing I have taken care of every last detail for you!
Visiting Costa Rica in 2012 for the first time is what really brought things into perspective for me. The friendly people, the scenic mountains, spectacular volcanos, and endless activities to experience left me wanting more.
Even though I went on plenty of adventures I always felt rejuvenated when I returned home. Now with this knowledge & passion I find pleasure in helping families find new experiences and adventures.
This is when Pura Vida Vacations was founded. I spend a lot of time connecting and searching out in-country partners, building relationships with the owners so you can benefit from this partnership. I have helped many clients find their dream vacation. Contact me if you would like to discuss vacation ideas using my on line scheduler. https://puravidavacations.com/appointment-booking/
We are based in Southern Ontario & Costa Rica. This gives us the opportunity to build relationships with partners so you enjoy the benefits of professional staff & guides.
I had been in the health care profession for 15 years and although it was a great job I found a love & passion for travel planning. In 2004 our family traveled to Florida on a well need vacation. Since that time we had traveled to several destinations like the Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Costa Rica. Building memories and spending time with my family was important.
My passion for travel extends beyond my role as a Travel Specialist to assisting as a tour guide in Costa Rica. I enjoy hiking, zip lining, yoga, and surfing. I divide my time between Canada & Costa Rica calling each country my home. I am a member of Cruise Line International Associations.
Laurie partnered with Nexion Canada ULC as an affiliate in 2015. This is one of the best decision I made besides going into the travel business. My partnership with Nexion Canada allows me to offer clients added amenities, more value, on board ship credits, and special discounts.
Destinations I've been to
I have traveled to Mexico, Spain, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Paris, Las Vegas, Curacao, Florida, and Costa Rica.
I take every opportunity to learn about my suppliers products.
- 5 Star Academy (Celebrity Cruises)
- Adventures by Disney
- G Adventures
- RIU Specialist
- AM MasterAgent
- Fort Lauderdale Specialist
Countries my clients have traveled to:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
I've booked destinations for clients in Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Punta Cana, Mexico, and Barbados, Newfoundland & Labrador. I've arranged shore excursions for clients for St. Martin for their honeymoon last year. I arranged a custom shore excursion in Malta for my clients celebrating a special 50th wedding anniversary.
Why work with me
- customize trips based on your interests
- easily resolve any issues
- personal guidance
- destination training
- added benefits & discounts for Costa Rica
I can help find the perfect destination to match your budget.
Pura Vida Vacations is affiliated with Nexion Canada ULC 100-235 North Centre Rd, London, On N5X 4E7 HQ Phone 5196606966 TICO Reg # 1549342
Our tour of the waterfalls in Costa Rica
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.
My Travel Experiences
Great Trip! Beautiful Country!
It was my pleasure to help make your first experience in Costa Rica a good one. There is so much information to absorb in destinations. I'm happy I could help answers your questions so you could enjoy a stress free vacation. With much pleasure, Laurie
It was a very memorable & enjoyable trip
I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation experience in Costa Rica. Finding the right locations and resorts can be overwhelming with choices. I'm happy to help with your next vacation when your ready. take care, Laurie
Exceptional Custom Bucket list trip
It was a pleasure helping the 3 of you plan this adventure. I think we covered all modes of transportation in one trip, different types of accommodations & some bucket list tours all in one vacation. I so happy everyone had an amazing trip with great memories that make you smile. Laurie
Heaven on Earth
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.
She was a pleasure to work with.
It was my pleasure to help plan your vacations with you and look forward to working with you again.
She was a pleasure to work with.