While strict rules are not something Nicoyans believe in, what they have in common is a sense of life purpose, known as ‘plan de vida’, which encourages a positive outlook, physical activity and a strong emphasis on family and community. The people here know how to listen, laugh and appreciate what they have. Rather than daily trips to the gym, exercise is incorporated into everyday life, via chores, walking and horse riding. Time is always made to enjoy the sunshine, and to relax, with most people getting their eight hours a night, plus a little siesta thrown in for good measure. We don’t believe in alarm clocks in this corner of the world…we sleep until our bodies tell us it’s time to rise.
The diet of the Nicoya Peninsula is largely plant-based, with most people regularly surpassing the recommended dose of five portions of fruit and veg every day, significantly reducing their risk of disease. The typical diet here comprises what is known as the ‘three sisters of agriculture’ – beans, corn and squash, which together provide all the nutrients the body needs to operate perfectly.
Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province stretches from the Nicaraguan border in the north to the Bongo River estuary on the Nicoya Peninsula in the south. The region, which is named after Costa Rica’s national tree, boasts over 400 miles of glorious Pacific coastline and a dry tropical climate rich in biodiversity. Guanacaste’s rainforests, deserts, oceans and cloud forests are home to a remarkable range of flora and fauna.