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We are Sven and Elles, nice to meet you! Being very passionate about and loving the surf sport and the environment, we started the Pura Vida Lodge several years ago. Together with our team and our children, daughter Flo and son Yuki, we are the heart of the Lodge. With all of us we are working hard but happy every day to make sure that our guests will have a pleasant and unforgettable holiday here in Mimizan.

The Pura Vida Lodge offers the perfect accommodation for surfers of 21 years and older in Mimizan Plage, France. The lodge is definitely worthy of the name; Pura Vida is the Costa Rican way of saying life is meant to be enjoyed. Get over to France and discover it yourself on a surf holiday along the Atlantic coast.


…after a good night of sleep you wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread. Now you have the choice; will you go for your first surf session, join the daily (free) yoga lesson or will you turn around one last time before you sit down for your lovely, healthy breakfast? The choice is yours! With the other guests you enjoy eating breakfast in the sun. In the meantime your surf instructor arrives and lets everyone know that the surf conditions are at its best.

After breakfast…

…you grab the wetsuit that belongs to you the whole week from the rack and attach your surfboard onto the Beach cruiser with board rack. After five minutes of cycling you reach the beach and see the waves of the Atlantic Ocean rolling in. Ready to surf!

After a warming-up with the whole group…

…you get into the water. Your surf teacher gives you instructions and you notice that the surfing gets better. After one hour the lesson is over and your body feels tired. You are sunbathing on the beach for a while before cycling back to the lodge, making a little stop at the supermarket. With a French baguette you settle yourself into a bean bag in the garden.

In the afternoon…

…you have enough energy again to go surfing on your own with the new friends you made at the lodge. Every minute you spend in the water make you learn more about all aspects of surfing and you feel happy and free. With a cold drink you toast on a good day in the garden of the lodge.

The surprise dinner of the chef…

…tastes delicious after being active all day. At the camp fire at night all guests share their stories. By the time you get to bed you feel satisfied. You can’t wait for another day like this tomorrow!

An average day

8:00 am yoga
9.00 am breakfast
11.00 am surf lessons
1.00 pm relaxing at the swimming pool
4.00 pm surfing on your own
7.00 pm dinner
9.00 pm campfire


"Good Vibes Only"

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