Based on recent findings from the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica was ranked as the "Happiest Country on Earth" in both 2018 and 2019. What makes Costa Ricans so happy you might ask? Here are the 5 top reasons!
1. The weather is outstanding.
Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real summer or winter. Be prepared to wear your sunglasses and swimsuit daily!
2. The country provides affordable, exceptional health care.
Costa Rica provides universal health care to its citizens and permanent residents. Both the private and public health care systems in Costa Rica are continually being upgraded. WHO's 2000 survey ranked Costa Rica as having the 36th best health care system, placing it one spot above the United States at the time.
3.The economy is sustainable and stable.
Costa Rica has a stable economy and a relatively high standard of living. Their economy depends mainly in tourism, which is a rapidly expanding industry, agriculture, and electronic components exports.
4. Ticos maintain strong and supportive family ties.
In general, Costa Rican families are very tightly knit. Many households are multigenerational – grandparents, parents and grandchildren comprise a common family unit, but great-grandchildren, cousins, and other close family members may live together, as well. Children often live at home until they get married.
5. Costa Ricans eat fewer processed foods and have generally good diets.
Rice and Beans are included in nearly every Costa Rican meal, even breakfast. Potatoes are another Costa Rican staple, part of the starch-rich Tico diet. Pork and beef are the most commonly eaten meats, but chicken and fish dishes are also widely available, especially on the Caribbean coast.
It's no surprise that thousands of North Americans choose to move permanetly to Costa Rica every year. Your environment has a huge impact on your overall happiness level. Recap Investments has helped hundreds of clients purchase the property of their dreams in Costa Rica. If you’re interested in finding out more about what we have to offer, click here to get in touch with us today!