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5 Places To Visit In Costa Rica's Blue Zone

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Costa Rica, located in Central America, is home to several different geographical regions, known collectively as the “blue zone.” This area is known for its high life expectancies and exceptional health and is thus seen as a haven for those wishing to extend their years on this earth. Although the blue zone is known for its longevity, what is the true cause behind the long life spans of its inhabitants?

There are many potential factors that contribute to the residents’ longevity in the blue zone. One of the key components of longevity in this area is its plant-based diets. Blue zone residents are part of a culture that lives off of what is local and seasonal, allowing for the consumption of healthier, natural foods. Also taking into consideration most of these products are grown, processed and made locally, allowing for more organic products. The lifestyle of Blue zone residents also plays an important role in their longevity. This culture promotes the importance of family solidarity which has been observed in many of the activities the inhabitants of the blue zone partake in, such as walking, biking, gardening, and community events. Additionally, this region is known to have an increased sense of social trust and a confraternity spirit that helps to increase morale and general well-being.

Grandma smiling with golden teeth
Grandma Panchita lived up to 107 years old

The lifestyle of the residents of the blue zone helps to increase their longevity as it is a much slower paced “Pura Vida Lifestyle'', compared to the hustle and bustle of other areas. A slower pace of life allows for better life balance and mindfulness and decreases stress levels which are known to contribute to a shorter life expectancy. Blue zone inhabitants also engage in purposeful activities to keep their bodies and minds active, which is an essential part of their culture and upbringing.

In conclusion, while the inhabitants of the blue zone have longer lifespans than those in other geographical regions, the secret to their longevity is no mystery. The lifestyle of blue zone inhabitants combines healthy diets, meaningful activities, and a slower pace of life. Combined, these elements can result in a much healthier and potentially longer life.

If you are planning to visit Guanacaste here are 5 places to visit for an unforgettable, longevity-filled experience!

First, the picturesque Islas San Lucas National Park is a great place to visit, offering not just gorgeous aerial views of the ocean and surrounding islands, but also diverse and abundant marine life. Snorkelers, scuba divers, and extended tour guides all make the most of this national park, while discovering a special kind of serenity that cannot be found anywhere else. Visitors can try their luck spotting sea turtles and other aquatic creatures, while also learning more about the history of this national park and the Blue Zone as a whole.

Isla San Lucas Prison
Isla San Lucas Prison

Second, Playa Samara offers more than just a relaxing day at the beach; this small coastal town has a vibrant and unique culture that speaks to its history and long-standing inhabitants. Its calm waters, Chora Island, and array of beachside eateries makes it a great destination for any traveller looking for a little outdoor adventure in between relaxation stops.

Playa Samara aerial view
Playa Samara aerial view

Third, the nearby Montezuma Waterfall is a must-see for everyone visiting the Blue Zone of Costa Rica. Its striking waterfalls and cliffside views provide an even greater appreciation for this lush region's ample nature. Walkers and climbers can take in the sights from the top of the waterfall's terraces or enjoy a relaxing dip in the crystal-clear waters found at the bottom.

Montezuma Waterfalls

Fourth, those wanting to get even more acquainted with the life and culture of the Blue Zone should head over to the nearby city of Nicoya. This famous city is home to many traditional craftsmen, small shops, and a wide variety of restaurants featuring classic Costa Rican cuisine. Not only that, but the city hosts numerous events and regional festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors to get even closer to the local culture.

Nicoya's Local Festivities End of the Year
Nicoya's Local Festivities End of the Year

Finally, the nearby Ostional Wildlife Reserve is essential for any nature lover. This reserve is home to a great abundance of wildlife, such as sea turtles, monkeys, and exotic birds, giving visitors the chance to learn more about the intricate and beloved biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Blue Zone, Surfing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding are also popular activities in the area, so those looking for a slightly more active experience do not have to leave empty-handed!

Ostional Beach is a turtle nesting paradise
Ostional Beach is a turtle nesting paradise

All in all, these 5 places are must-visits when exploring! Hope you can find some extra years along the way, welcome to the Blue Zone of Costa Rica. For more information about our shuttles in Costa Rica, call us at +506 2656-0920 email at, or fill out our contact form.

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