L’acqua Viva Resort thrives in a Costa Rica Blue Zone

Blue Zones book by Dan BuettnerDid you know that L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa in Costa Rica is located in a Blue Zone? That doesn’t mean people are blue or depressed here. Rather, it means this is a place for long life.

The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, where L’acqua Viva Resort is located, is a special place known as a Blue Zone. People in this northwest region of Costa Rica in Central America are more than twice as likely as people in the United States to reach a healthy age of at least 90.

U.S. author and researcher Dan Buettner popularized the term “Blue Zone” in his 2008 book, “The Blue Zones”, based on his research with National Geographic and the world’s top longevity scientists to identify places around the world where people live measurably longer and better. After identifying five of the world’s Blue Zones, they found that people there reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

The name “Blue Zones” comes from a 2004 demographic study called “Identification of a Geographic Area Characterized by Extreme Longevity in the Sardinia Island: the AKEA study” (Experimental Gerontology by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, among other authors). The study identified Sardinia’s Barbagia region as having a very high concentration of men over age 100. As the authors discovered more clusters of long longevity in the world, they began drawing blue circles around them on maps, referring to the areas as “Blue Zones.”

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See the amazing sea turtles at Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica

Olive Ridley turtles arrive in Ostional Costa Rica

If you’ve never seen it, the amazing phenomenon of massive arrivals of hundreds of thousands of sea turtles coming ashore all at once to lay their eggs on Costa Rica’s beaches is one of the world’s most spectacular nature events.

The Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are world famous for their arribadas (meaning “arrivals” in Spanish) at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica. This protected nesting beach on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica can be covered with thousands upon thousands of sea turtles during these huge egg laying sessions.

Founded in 1984, the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is the second largest nesting site in the world for Olive Ridley sea turtles, along with Leatherback and Pacific Green sea turtles. While sea turtles nest at Ostional Beach on the Pacific Coast at least once a month all year long, the mass arrivals happen from mid-June to December.

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How to get to Refugio Nacional Ostional from L'acqua Viva Resort and Spa

Turtles nest at Ostional year round, but peak time is during rainy season. From August through December arribadas occur regularly once, sometimes even twice a month and the number of nesting females are in the range of hundreds of thousands as opposed to tens of thousands for the dry season months.

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