The Meaning of Pura Vida and When to Use It

What does ‘Pura Vida’ mean and when should it be used?

August 22, 2013

What does ‘Pura Vida’ mean and when should it be used?

Pura Vida is a phrase common to Costa Rican culture. The literal translation means ‘pure life’ but the real meaning is closer to “full of life,” plenty of life,” “going great,” “real living,” or “this is living.” Pura Vida can be used in many ways; for example, it can be a greeting or a farewell, it can be an answer expressing that things are going well, or it can be a way of giving thanks.

Pura Vida!

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