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‘Pura Vida’, meaning ‘simple life’, is a phrase that Costa Ricans live and breathe as they enjoy the pleasures of nature; barefoot walks on the sand, the feeling of ocean salt on the skin, and the sound of coconut trees blowing in the wind. Negativity has no home here (good vibes only!), so it’s no surprise that Costa Ricans are some of the longest-living on the planet. They truly enjoy the ‘rich coast’ for what it is—a place abundant in everything from smiles to animal species.
Where Serenity and Excitement Collide
Despite the serenity of nature, it is one of the best places to seek your adrenaline hit. People come from all over the world to zipline over rare cloud forests, rock climb on the edge of bubbling hot springs, trek close to active volcanos, and surf off protected beaches. For a unique experience, choose to camp in Costa Rica—waking up to parrots flying across the misty jungle and monkeys swinging among the rainforest canopy.
An Ecological Wonderland
Locals deeply respect nature, enforced by strict government laws to preserve and protect the biodiversity that makes Costa Rica so unique. It’s also a particularly environmentally-friendly country, with a strong focus on conscious tourism. Here eco-lodges blend into the jungle, and people give back to the land far more than they take. All this, and more, make Costa Rica a must-see destination for any traveler.