Conde Nast Traveler talks living longer and enjoying life to the fullest in some of the most beautiful places on earth, Costa Rica included! From sun-drenched beaches, to low key lifestyles (Pura Vida) and healthy diets, Blue Zones are home to the highest concentrations of centenarians.
Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan, and Nicoya, Costa Rica are the five locations scattered around the globe where people live longer, healthier lives than anywhere else.
Take Nicoya, where people are more than twice as likely as Americans to reach age 90 totally healthy.Blue Zones are sun-drenched or beach-rich, already making for a comfortable retirement. But largely, the longevity is due to the way locals eat. Eating plant-based, Mediterranean-styel diets with lots fof furites veggies, healthy fats and lean meats (like fish) is really the key to their longer life.
“Blue Zoners” also move, but not in the struggle-your-way-through-a-workout kind of movement. Instead, they walk, plant gardens, and do household chores the old-fashioned way; plus, they spend a lot of time with those they love. Surfing the waves in one of the most bio-diverse places in the planet? Doesn’t sound bad to us!
What’s the diet in Nicoya, Costa Rica? Here, dinner comes early and the last meal of the day is usually light. The water in Nicoya is also packed with bone-strengthening calcium.