Costa Rica is officially the happiest and most sustainable country in the world, according to the Happy Planet Index (HPI). And it’s no surprise to us! Spend just a little time in this tiny but majestic country, and you’re going home with a smile on your face.
“Pura vida” (translated as “the good life”) is the country’s national motto, but how does Costa Rica do it well? Well, it starts with the easygoing, traditional lifestyle of the openhearted local population. Add to this a forward-thinking government invested in education, healthcare, green energy and conservation. Locate it all in a paradise of biodiversity and recreation, and you have the happiest country in the world!
It also comes as no surprise that Costa Rica has been designated as one of the world’s five Blue Zones—longevity hot-spots where residents live longer, healthier lives than anyone on the planet. In fact, the Nicoya Peninsula (home to Pura Vida Adventures surf camp) has been identified as the epicenter of the country’s Blue Zone! In this coastal region, it’s common for residents to live past 100 years, and stay active far into old age. We can witness this every day in our town of Santa Teresa, where hardworking local Costa Ricans (fishermen, taxi drivers, tour guides, and many more) are always eager to lend a helping hand, and are proud of their family values and genuine hospitality.
It’s an amazing vibe that’s contagious. After a week in Costa Rica at Pura Vida Adventures surf camp, you are sure to leave with a fresh perspective on life, rooted in happiness and gratitude, thanks to the positivity that radiates through this beautiful country. It’s a life-changing experience in one of the most uplifting and best places to surf in Costa Rica.