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Tropical Sunset Smoothie

September 24, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Fruit smoothies are a sweet and simple way to get your daily intake of healthy awesomeness. Change up your morning breakfast routine with our layered Tropical Sunset Smoothie. It almost looks too good to eat…almost.

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Ingredients:
Makes 2 servings
1 cup Frozen Strawberries
1 cup Frozen Mango
1 Large Frozen Banana
1 cup Water / Coconut Milk / Almond Milk < Choose whatever liquid you want!

Directions:
1) Blend 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen mango and 3/4 cup of liquid in a blender. This is the first layer of your smoothie, so it needs to be thick in order for the layers to build properly. Add more frozen mango if you need to thicken the mixture. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into 2 glasses.

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2) Add in a 4-6 frozen strawberries and a splash of liquid so the mixture isn’t as thick as the first layer. Blend and pour the mixture into the glasses leaving enough for the last layer.

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3) Lastly, add the rest of the frozen strawberries and some more liquid then whirl into a smooth, thin consistency (not as thick as the 2nd layer). Carefully top off your glasses with the remainder of the mixture.

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4) Drink in layers for a fun variation on your favorite healthy drink!

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Lifestyle

The Takeaway: What We Can Learn from the Beach

February 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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The beach is my place of solace. It’s always there, welcoming me with open arms, ready to kiss me with the sun and float my worries away. There is so much we can learn from Mother Nature and a sandy shore is my perfect idea of school.

Play in the sand.
Have fun. Be silly. Get dirty. Run around. Build sand castles and dream out loud. We all work so hard at working, but how hard do we work at playing?

Cherish every sunset.
Be present. Let go of the past and stop worrying about the future. Be thankful you’re alive. Watch the sunset and hold onto every minute. It doesn’t matter what happened or what will happen. All that matters is what’s happening right now.


When life gives you waves learn how to surf.
The seas get rough and waves come rolling in, which can completely turn our lives upside down. The only thing we can do is gather strength, stand tall and confidently ride it out until we conquer those waves. Everything always works out and all we can do is go with the flow and make the best of it.

The only thing certain in life is the rise and fall of the sun.
Change is constant. We’re thrown curveballs unexpectedly and things are unpredictable. But what we can trust is that a new day is always on the horizon and with every sunrise there’s hope for greatness.



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Inspiration

Beach Daze

September 24, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Whether summer is beginning or ending, Pura Vida can always bring friends together for an adventure as you chase waves and sunsets. Photographer Nicole Jannesari drew inspiration from the bright colors of Torrey Pines Beach and the greens and browns in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve to create these amazing shots.
Instagram: @nicolejannesari
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Travel

5 Best Beaches in Costa Rica

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Costa Rica is known for some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for an awesome surf spot, or a relaxing beach to lay out, Costa Rica is sure to have a place for you!

1. Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. This beach has so many activities and adventures to offer. You can swim in the crystal blue water, hike the Manuel National Park, surf, or just lay back and relax. An awesome advantage to this beach is that is is one of the only two beaches that carries all four types of monkey- spider, howler, white faced, and the squirrel monkey! This location is also great for spotting sloth’s, inside and outside of the national park. Manuel Antonio was rated one of the World’s most beautiful national parks in Forbes. Manuel Antonio will offer a huge variety in wildlife, adventures, and amazing views.

2. Jaco
Jaco is in the central pacific region of Costa Rica. If you are looking for a beach full of tourist attractions and lots of services, then Jaco is the beach for you. Not only does this beach offer 2.5 miles of awesome waves, and adventures for everyone, its the most developed beach town in Costa Rica. Jaco provides a great authentic vibe for lots of travelers. Jaco’s beach offers warm water, consistent surf, and an awesome cinnamon colored sand. If your looking for a place with great tourist attractions and beautiful waves, then Jaco is the place for you!

3. Uvita
Uvita is located in the South Pacific Region of Costa Rica. If your looking for a less crowded feel, then Uvita is your place to go. This untouched beached is enchanting to many of its visitors. Long walks on the beach are a must if your visiting this area. The water is also excellent for swimming and snorkeling. During the months of May to October, it is possible to watch olive Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles come ashore to nest. Playa Utiva is a beautiful white sand beach that is incredible for surfing, scuba diving, horse back riding, and kayaking if your more adventurous. Utiva is also packed with breathtaking waterfalls. This “off the beaten path” beach will sure to exceed your expectations.

4. Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Playa Hermosa is located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This beautiful grey san beach is located between two mountains. This beach has a welcoming laid back atmosphere that makes people want to relax and enjoy the bright sun. This beach doesn’t have much surf, so this beach is ideal for swimmers. Visitors enjoy the ocean by snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving in the beautiful clear ocean. There are a lot of National Parks close by to this excellent beach. Come here to soak up some sun rays and relax by the soothing sea.



5. Matapalo
Matapalo beach is located in the central pacific area of Costa Rica. This beautiful beach is the perfect escape from all of the tourist destinations with its laid-back vibes. This brown sand beach is great for relaxing, swimming, or watching breathtaking sunsets. This beach has embraced its natural habitats awarding it the Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecológica) for its dedicated effort in the commitment to preserving the quality of environment. This is the perfect place to read your favorite book on the beach and relax in its beautiful environment.

There are hundreds and hundreds of beaches in Costa Rica. Many of the beaches in Costa Rica will provide you with awesome weather and positive vibes. Each beach gives you a variety of different activities, and different types of sand and waves. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country that has many beaches to offer to show its true beauty.

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Inspiration

New Festival Bags!!

July 24, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Check out our new statement clutches with exclusive patterns!  New styles inspired by sandy beaches, desert dunes, and lush landscapes.  An added wristlet makes it the perfect accessory for the everyday adventurer.  Get them while they last!!

Inspiration

Sunset Glider Port Adventures; La Jolla, California

May 23, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Adventure in style this summer with Pura Vida.  We love our solid and original styles mixed together.  They look great with just about every style imaginable.  The color options are endless!  They also look perfect in combination with our beanie collection.  Pura Vida beanies come in many different colors, to match perfectly with all your outfits.  We are obsessing over the Teal Beanie paired with jeans and a basic tee.  It’s simple, yet adds a pop of color to the whole look!  We also love the Heather Blue Beanie matched with jeans and a flannel.  It’s just right for those colder evenings.  The look is stunning mixed with pinks, purples, and blues.

Check out some of our favorite collections before they sell out!! Pura Vida Beanies, Original Collection, Solid Collection.