Pura Vida (pronounces poo-rah vee-dah) simply translates to mean “simple life” or “pure life”. In Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying — It’s an emotion, it’s an attitude, it’s happiness, and it’s a way of life. Once you’ve visited, you will understand the true meaning of Pura Vida.
Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly because its inhabitants don’t stress about things the way most foreigners do. Costa Ricans (Ticos) have a very relaxed, simple way of looking at life. No worries, no fuss, no stress — Pura Vida to them means being thankful for what they have and not dwelling on the negative.
Blue zones are regions in the world where people are speculated to live longer than average. Five "blue zones" have been posited:
- Okinawa (Japan)
- Sardinia (Italy)
- Nicoya (Costa Rica)
- Icaria (Greece)
- Loma Linda (California, United States)
- Traveled for 14 days (working remotely for 5 days)
- Rented a 4x4 SUV and drove 800+ miles all over the Nicoya peninsula
- Stayed in 6 different cities in hotels, resorts & Airbnbs
- Visiting a volcano, rain forests, and waterfalls and driving down the Pacific Coast