Worldwide News Articles set sights on Costa Rica as the place to be in 2017

Costa Rica rated at the top of the Happiness Index, photo credit pexels.

Costa Rica rated at the top of the Happiness Index, photo credit pexels.

Still putting off a visit to Costa Rica? Or you visited years ago and checked it off your list?  Read these recent international news articles about Costa Rica, ranging in topics from effective healthcare, ethical travel and natural beauty, and let them inspire you to leave that cubicle behind and book your trip today.

From cosmetic procedures to major surgeries, medical tourism has been attracting visitors to Costa Rica for many years, due to high quality care at a lower cost. This recent article by a retired physician from the US living in Costa Rica confirms why it is still an attractive option.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/13/health-care-tourism-is-booming-in-costa-rica.html

Medical tourism is an option when visiting Costa Rica, image credit vimeo.

Medical tourism is an option when visiting Costa Rica, image credit vimeo.

Costa Rica has been known as a green destination for many years committed to becoming carbon neutral, and it was in the news in 2016 for running exclusively on renewable energy for 76 straight days. For travelers concerned about their footprint, there are hoteliers and tour operators certified as sustainable by independent entities, and touring some of their waste management systems and other initiatives can be a learning experience.

http://mashable.com/2017/01/01/costa-rica-renewable-energy-2016/#HY3YJLVJ2OqO

There are several projects in Costa Rica that harness wind's power and convert it to energy, photo credit pexels.

There are several projects in Costa Rica that harness wind’s power and convert it to energy, photo credit pexels.

Happiness is another factor Costa Rica has come to be known for, coming up close to the top or top of various happiness indexes worldwide.  How do they measure such a relative concept though?  Life expectancy, access to education and healthcare and sustainability are some factors the Happy Planet Index took to name it at the top of the list for 2016.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/07/greenest-happiest-country-in-the-world/

I Breathe Fitness Retreats in Costa Rica on Santa Teresa Beach.

I Breathe Fitness Retreats in Costa Rica on Santa Teresa Beach.

In addition to being environmentally conscious, travelers nowadays are seeking to be socially conscious as well.  By visiting developing countries that are doing things right in terms of social welfare, human and animal rights and conservation, you can support in their efforts.  Costa Rica was named on the list of ethical travel destinations for 2017.  Try some rural tourism, visit a mountain where stray dogs run free while waiting for their forever home and stay at an nature friendly eco-lodge.

https://matadornetwork.com/change/ethical-travel-destinations-2017/?sr_share=facebook

There is a fabulous farmer's market in Atenas, Costa Rica every Friday.

There is a fabulous farmer’s market in Atenas, Costa Rica every Friday.

In alignment with the most popular resolution, this CNN article names Costa Rica as one of the top destinations to get fit in the new year.  It mentions trekking and rafting as well as bodyboarding.  Add surfing, hiking, paddle boarding, yoga and you have a getaway that will help you shed those holiday pounds, and inspire you to get active all year.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/02/travel/best-fitness-vacations/index.html

Standup Paddle Boarding Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Standup Paddle Boarding Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Let go of your expectations and open yourself up to new opportunities to learn, grow, get fit, contribute and be happy in 2017.  These recent articles offer a glimpse of Costa Rica’s diverse offering and how it has something for everyone.

Article by Katie Widdowson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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