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Where to Experience Pura Vida in Costa Rica

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Mal País-Santa Teresa, at the southern tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, is surrounded by wild jungle and lined with pristine beaches. Nicoya is one of five "Blue Zones," regions lauded by scientists for the long life of their residents. It turns out that fresh food, clean air, and low stress might just be good for you.
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Malpais, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
The original farm-to-table eatery in the area, Mary’s Restaurant, lies just down the road from the fishing harbor in Mal País village. With its pool table, polished concrete floors, and chalkboard menu, it feels like a pub. But along with such...
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160, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Belly breathe some ocean air into your sun salutation at Pranamar, where resident teachers and visiting experts lead flow yoga classes in the teakwood chalet just steps from the sand. If you book a room, one class a day is included with your stay....
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160, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Florblanca offers two kinds of holidays in one place. Scattered along white-sand beaches, nine villas with open-air living rooms were built for relaxation. But a personal itinerary of surf lessons, sport fishing excursions, and yoga classes will...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Chef Norman Roqhuett Mata rules Santa Teresa’s top kitchen, Nectar, at the Florblanca hotel. Local sourcing is the norm, and most of Mata’s ingredients are grown less than 20 miles away. The chef hosts full-moon dinners at his favorite organic...
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Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
North of Santa Teresa, in Playa Hermosa, you’ll find sushi master Koji Hyodo carving yellowfin tuna, red snapper, and sea bass at his tinkling, tin-roofed restaurant, Koji’s. His signature Koji Roll wraps spicy tuna around fresh shrimp paste and...