Costa Rica is full of rich life, beautiful scenery, and diverse wildlife. This country is known for its 800 miles of coastline and a comfortable yearlong tropical climate. While Costa Rica translates to “Rich Coast,” the country has a lot more to offer than just beautiful beaches. According to the Happy Planet Index, an annual survey conducted by the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica has found its way to the top of the list once again as one of the happiest places on earth.
While this study works towards determining the happiness of every country, it is more concerned with the country’s progress of embracing a “sustainable well-being.” Because Costa Rica is determined to minimize their ecological footprint and embrace a higher quality of life, they continue to rank very high compared to most other countries.
In 2009, Costa Rica was ranked the “Greenest Country in the World,” by the New Economics Foundation. Also, because Costa Rica plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, Costa Rica has been named 5th worldwide by the 2012 Environmental Performance Index. These are just a few of the reasons why Costa Rica has been named the “Happiest Country in the World!”
Costa Rica is known for its “Pura Vida” culture, which literally translates into “pure life.” This saying can be used as a greeting or simply a way to lift another person’s spirit. As a whole Costa Rica is recognized as a culture where people care deeply about living a happy life and encouraging others to do the same. This happy-go-lucky attitude has influenced their ranking as the “Happiest Country in the World.”
While Costa Ricans have a life expectancy of 79.3 years, the people living on the Nicoya Peninsula are known for living healthy active lives past 100 years of age! Many Costa Ricans spend their time enjoying the beautiful weather and activities this beautiful country has to offer. Because Costa Rica is dedicated to reducing their ecological footprint, many natives live an active lifestyle, one that keeps them much more fit and healthier than what could be described as a typical American lifestyle.
While this culture is positively contagious, the beaches seem to provide a visual appeal unlike any other. Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches are comprised of an impressive 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. And this country has dedicated 25 percent of its land area to protecting these species in national parks and other protected areas.
Costa Rica is committed to making their community and their visitors feel comfortable and content. If you are interested in planning a trip to Costa Rica, many recommend scheduling it during the dry season – from Mid-December to April. Visiting Costa Rica is quite convenient from many American cities.