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Have you ever heard of a “Blue Zone”? It is an area of the world where people live longer, healthier lives than almost anywhere else in the world. The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is a beautiful place to visit and it’s no wonder that tourists flock to its beaches and trails for a glimpse into this special area.

There are six incredible beach towns that make up the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. They include Samara, Nosara, Santa Teresa, Malpais, Cabuya, and Montezuma. Each of these towns has its own unique set of attributes that makes it desirable, but Montezuma has some of the most beautiful hotels in Costa Rica.

Let’s take a look at what makes the Nicoya Peninsula a Blue Zone and why you should consider staying in nearby Montezuma for your next vacation.

What Is A Blue Zone?

A blue zone is an area where people live longer and healthier lives. The term “blue zone” was coined by Dan Buettner, a writer for National Geographic. He identified five areas in the world with unusually high concentrations of centenarians, or people who live to be 100 years old or more.

These areas are Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and Icaria, Greece. Researchers have identified commonalities among these areas, which Buettner has dubbed the “Power Nine.”

The “Power Nine” are nine lifestyle factors that contribute to longevity: moderate calorie intake, plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress reduction, social engagement, sense of purpose, strong family ties, spirituality/religion, and community support. When these factors are combined, they create an environment where people can live long and healthy lives.

Blue Zone of Costa Rica: Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the five areas in the world with a high concentration of centenarians. Located in northwestern Costa Rica, the Nicoya Peninsula is home to some of the world’s oldest people as well as some of the world’s healthiest people. Researchers believe that this is due to a combination of several factors, including the climate, diet, lifestyle, and social support systems.

The climate on the Nicoya Peninsula is warm and dry year-round, which contributes to the health of its residents. The diet consists mostly of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as beans and corn. Due to a diet that is low in calories and high in antioxidants and vitamins, this helps keep its residents healthy and free from disease.

The lifestyle on the Nicoya Peninsula is active but not strenuous. Residents get plenty of exercise through their daily activities but they do not overdo it. Social support systems within the community are strong on the Nicoya Peninsula. Typically, families are close-knit and supportive of one another which helps to reduce stress levels.

Montezuma: Best Hotels in Costa Rica

Montezuma is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula making it an ideal place to stay when exploring this unique part of Costa Rica. Here you will find some of the most beautiful beaches and hotels in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica, along with lush tropical forests perfect for hiking or horseback riding.

There are also several local attractions such as waterfalls and hot springs that make Montezuma a great place to relax and recharge. For those interested in learning more about local culture there are also plenty of opportunities to participate in cultural activities such as sailing, fishing trips or cooking classes with local chefs.

Connect to Yourself, Your Loved Ones and Nature at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, visiting Montezuma on Costa Rica’s beautiful Nicoya Peninsula provides something for everyone. Not only can visitors explore stunning landscapes but they can also gain insight into why locals here live longer than almost anywhere else on Earth. 

When you’re looking for your next vacation spot, consider taking some time off at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma where you can experience first-hand what makes this part of Costa Rica so special!

Call us today to learn more about all of the wonderful things that Montezuma has to offer, or check out our website to book your stay today. We look forward to having you!

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