London, Ontario Travel Agent
Costa Rica Specialist - Adventure & Family Travel
About Pura Vida Vacations
My love for travel grew as well as my knowledge of Costa Rica which inspired me to become a Travel Specialist and open my own home based travel agency. As a travel professional Laurie Johnson continues to build unique vacations experiences today for her clients. Laurie's expertise and connections with local in-country partners makes for a winning team designing travel itineraries and group travel. 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.
The name Pura Vida means pure life. Something dear to my heart and the perfect concept for my new company to have honesty, integrity, respect for others as well as the environment, all while providing the best possible service to clients.
We are based in Southern Ontario & Costa Rica. At Pura Vida Vacations we are passionate about client travel experiences. We specialize in matching our clients with an authentic vacation experience seeking out local culture, and connecting with nature via thrilling & awakening activities that feed the soul.
At Pura Vida Vacations you will experience exceptional service, our personalized attention to details, vacations your way, handcrafted tours as well as our dedicated support planning to make your next trip award winning. We recognize everyone has different travel styles so we are here to help guide you for a perfect fit. If you’re traveling in small groups, with family or friends you can take comfort knowing we partner with only the BEST in the travel industry.
My favorite destination is Costa Rica inspired by my love for the outdoors, its people, and adventure travel. My next destination for travel is to Peru to experience the culture, secret ceremonies & historical past of the Inca's.
I am currently a travel specialist for Costa Rica, Peru, Malta, Adventures by Disney, and Scotland. I am currently completing courses in Active Adventure Specialist & Credited Cruise Counselor with the Travel Institute.
My passion for travel extends beyond my role as a Travel Specialist to assisting as a tour guide in Costa Rica. I also have a certificate in CPR/First Aid. 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 Adventure Travel & Cruise Line International Associations.
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
- Costa Rica
- St. Lucia
I've booked destinations for clients in Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Punta Cana, Mexico, and Barbados. 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
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.