Costa Rica was cited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2010 as one of the countries that has attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels. In many ways Costa Rica is forward thinking, and is a very respectful culture. It offers many lifestyle advantages, the air is clean, the beaches uncluttered and being close to nature and surrounded by people who demonstrate a high degree of respect towards the environment is astounding. The weather allows the enjoyment of outdoor living year round. Your health will improve and you’ll find no matter how healthy your lifestyle was before, Costa Ballena can deliver a new level of what it means to be healthy. Processed food is expensive and fresh food being as abundant as it is makes a change in what you eat easy. Many new residents within their first year loose those unwanted pounds. And if you are affected by dry skin or other health conditions, such as severe headache, in many cases after an extended stay, these issues have been reported to remedy themselves by adopting a healthy lifestyle in sync with what is available or simply by being in this type of climate.
We return to a simpler way of life. Without the technological infrastructures, like automatic tellers, one is left to get back to interacting with other people. There are no automatic check outs at the grocery store and someone even packs your purchases for you! At the gas station there is an attendant to fill your tank and at the bank you are sure to strike up a conversation with someone you just met as everyone is friendly.
With the constant reminder of the ebb and flow of life, the tides, a factor that greatly affects lifestyles in a coastal area, one seems to become naturally aware of the incoming and outgoing movements of water and the moon cycles. A common conversation in the area surrounds what moon cycle we are in. Is it the time to cut the crop, your hair, or is it the best time to visit the beach? These questions seem toinfiltrate into everyday life and as one adopts a ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle, an adjustment to the natural flow following the rhythm of Nature one becomes more in touch with themselves as well. They say if you observe nature and do as she does you will live a happy and fulfilled life. Much can be said about the truth of this last.
As to the cost of living in Costa Rica, it can be less expensive than in North America,it will depend on your lifestyle. If you are accustomed to expensive goods that are imported or processed, fine dining as entertainment, and enjoy your spare time shopping, you may find it difficult to live on a budget, but that can also occur anywhere. Conversely, if you learn to “live like the locals” and control your spending habits, you can live very well. The exchange rate is favorable, medical costs are considerably lower, and utilities are definitely lower as homes do not have to be heated during the winter and investing in solar power can prove to be worthwhile. As the wages are low, you can even hire help around the house at a lowcost, freeing up additional spare time to spend on activities you are passionate about. You’ll be able to set aside time for that book you’ve been dying to read in just one sitting! Your hammock awaits.
Overall, the sentiment that resonates was that people of the area feel a sense of control of their life, they feel empowered and it’s reflected by the happiness that emanates from each interaction. Its fun to live here, everyone is a personality and who doesn’t enjoy a laid back atmosphere where fun is always on the agenda. And you will never get bored in Costa Ballena unless you choose to be. The area offers a little something for everyone and to be surrounded by people who live inspired, energized lives, inspires you to do the same. Every day is a new day and every sunrise and sunset brings new opportunity.
Life expectancy in Costa Rica is almost 77 years, one of the highest in the world.
As of 2012 Costa Rica now produces more than 90% of its electricity through renewable sources.
By 2021, Costa Rica is attempting to become the first carbon neutral country in the world.