Nosara Blue Zone

The Nosara region of Costa Rica is famous for being one of the world's blue zones, a region inhabited by the longest living people. I was curious as to why. The relaxed lifestyle here plays a part no doubt, as must a healthy does of sun & surf. People aren't in much of a hurry it seems, were they often walk distances that back home we would tend to drive. Their diet consists of lots of unprocessed natural foods, such as plentiful vegetables and fruit: mangos, watermelon, bananas, yucca, and dozens of others that are new to me. Many of these are common in people's backyards, as are chickens for meat and eggs. As with other parts of Costa Rica, beans and rice are a main staple, forming a complete protein when eaten together. These are often eaten at breakfast as "gallo pinto con huevos", or for lunch and dinner with some kind of meat as "casada typical". 

One thing that's hitting me here is the openness and the warmth of the local Ticas. The first evening after arriving I had some misplaced fears, mostly fears of the unknown, burned into me from some past interactions with shady characters while traveling abroad. Here though there's this stress free pace of life, where it seems like strangers sincerely do want to share and take the time to get to know you. The national motto is Pura Vida, meaning "Pure Life", and they invite visitors to their country to partake in that experience. 

Nosara Beach Soccer
Nosara Beach Soccer