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Why is Costa Rica the Happiest Country in the World?!

Costa Rica Is Doing It Right!

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.


  1. Shauna says:

    Aloha!! I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday Tierza!! I have not met you yet but I feel we will one day soon 🙂 Your Mother in law told me about your birthday in my chair yoga class that I teach here in Bend to the residents at the Alexander. I have been longing to check out CR for about 20 years and I have been recently putting it back on the travel radar when your Mom told me about Pura Vida adventures. I would love to contribute to the community when I make it down there as well as offer my fitness, health, yoga, and sports training and rehab knowledge if that is something you are interested in. My boyfriend is a lifelong surfer, we met when me both lived on Oahu, and we have now been getting excited about your camp!! I hope you get to open up soon and that we all may meet by the sea at your magical tropical retreat. Shauna and Henry

    • Tierza says:

      Hi Shauna and Henry,

      So glad that mama Sue is spreading the Pura Vida love! We are currently closed until November (hopefully we can reopen in November). I do not own the retreat hotel just the retreat business, so we only offer yoga and surfing as part of our retreat. We already have a yoga instructor who has worked with for 15 years!!! And we have 2 back up instructors if she isn’t available. Thanks so much for reaching out. We would love for the both of you to come and participate. We cater to all level of surfers! Hopefully I can meet you, Shauna, at the Alexander sooner than later.

      Pura Vida.

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