The Peninsula de Nicoya, spanning approximately 80 miles long and 31 miles wide, is located on the Pacific coast of the Central American nation of Costa Rica. Aside from being one of the world’s Blue Zones, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for stunning beaches, lush landscapes, nature reserves, and wildlife refuges.
The region boasts an astounding number of plant and animal species, and is a favorite destination for surfers and lovers of all water sports. The Nicoya shoreline contains seemingly infinite numbers of small beaches, bays, inlets, and dozens of villages. The weather fluctuates between arid and tropical throughout the year with a rainy season that runs from May until November.
There is an abundance of readily available tropical fruit and produce that grows in the wild and is cultivated by the local population. You’ll frequently hear the phrase pura vida used by both locals and tourists, which literally translates to ‘pure life’. This mentality permeates the culture and is undoubtedly a mindset that plays a profound role in their exceptional longevity.
We’ve traveled to all of the world’s Blue Zones, as first identified by Michel Poulain and featured by National Geographic in the early 2000’s, in order to launch a new investigation into the factors that contribute to exceptional health and longevity of the people who live in these unique places.
We also recently attended the Journey to 100 Conference held in Guernsey – part of the Channel Islands located off the French coast – which assembled many of the world’s leading experts on health, longevity, and chronic disease.