Love and Happiness: Costa Rica the Happiest Country in the World

Posted by on Friday, September 7th, 2012 with 0

Happiness Index

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Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…The Gross National Product (the primary means of economic progress) measured everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. ~Robert Kennedy

HAPPINESS

How do we define it?

How do have more of it?

When it comes to the Happiness Index, Costa Rica ranks number one in the world. This small country abolished its army years ago and put the money into education, social security, and protection of its national parks. According to President Laura Chinchilla, these actions are the basis for why Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world. The results seem to speak for themselves. Its growing popularity as both a tourist destination and spot that expats, seeking a higher quality of life, are moving to is evidence that this small country is doing something right. If Costa Rica lives by the principle of attraction rather than promotion, it is attracting people from all over the world. Is this small Latin American country an example for the world to model? Continue reading…

Shake, Rattle and Roll- Earthquake Strikes But We’re Still Surfing

Posted by on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 with 0

Earthquake Crack

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A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica yesterday morning sending people scurrying into a brief panic before resuming regular daily life.  It was the strongest earthquake to strike Costa Rica in 50 years. The quake hit some 25 miles under the surface so luckily the damage was minimal. It was felt as far as Panama and Nicaragua. At first, there was a tsunami warming issued but the warning has been called off.  Areas did suffer power outages and structural damage to buildings and roads but the reported damage is minimal. Luckily, there were very few injuries. Overall for such a huge quake, there is very little clean up to do. The good news is that the waves are huge and surfers are heading to the beach especially along the Southern Pacific Coast. Continue reading…

Doing the Right Thing: Forest Conservation in the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 with 0

 

Osa Peninsula Forest

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Forest conservation efforts in the Osa Peninsula are critical to ensuring the balance of the planet’s ecosystem and species survival. The forest are the earth’s lungs.  The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically intense places in the world. Preserving the Osa’s forest is critical to the many species that live in this area.  Tropical forest cover less than 2% of the planets surface but are home to more than 50% of existing species. Osa Conservation and The National Resource Defense Council partnered up to undertake expansive reforestation efforts in this region to preserve this habitat for the incredibly rich diversity of plants, fauna and species that call this home. This Southern part of Costa Rica contains the last remnants of Central American Pacific tropical rain forest.  71% of the forest in the Peninsula is protected including Corcovado National Park and the surrounding reserves. Continue reading…

Striking Gold: Cultural History of the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 with 0

Gold Panning

A favorite thing to do when visiting the Osa Peninsula is taking a day hike ecotour to the Tigres Rivers, a former gold mining spot in Corcovado National Park. Exploring this former gold mining area is an adventure back in time. The region was a thriving area for gold prospectors who came here in droves to strike it rich beginning with the early settlers. Named by Columbus, “The Rich Coast,” the Osa Peninsula was famous for its abundance of gold deposits.   In the 1930s, the discovery of gold triggered an economic boom.  The Peninsula was one of Costa Rica’s largest gold bearing regions until the 1980s.  At 21 karats, it is some of the world’s most pure gold.  In the 1970s gold mining was declared illegal with the creation of Corcovado National Park. Continue reading…

What’s For Dinner?: Sustainable Fishing

Posted by on Friday, August 31st, 2012 with 0

 

Red Snapper Sustainable

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What’s for dinner? It’s a global question asked every night by people,  but few ask,  is it sustainable?  Fish often finds it way to the dinner plate.   Fish is a favorite food because it is brain food and low in calories helping to keep us healthy and in shape. However, most of us don’t think about the consequences of what we eat. The thought of whether of not our dinner plate is sustainable does not even cross the average mind. In the USA,  you can pretty much eat anything you want anytime of the year.

For most anglers, the ability to catch a fish and then eat it is a very rewarding experience.  Unsustainable commercial fishing practices threaten this tradition. For thousands of years, man has hunted for his dinner but without strong marine conservation programs, many game fish face extinction. Catch and release programs and sustainable fishing practices are implemented to protect vulnerable fish populations. Continue reading…

Dorado AKA Mahi Mahi: An Offshore Treat

Posted by on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 with 0

Giant Dorado aka Mahi Mahi

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World-famous offshore sport fishing in Costa Rica includes sailfish, marlin, roosterfish and dorado aka mahi mahi.  With so many incredible game fish to choose from, dorado remains a favorite catch among anglers.  This tiny country has some of the best sport fishing in the world largely due to their catch and release policy, which supports incredible variety in the species of fish that inhabit these waters.  Dorado is a dolphinfish not to be confused with dolphin, which are mammals.  It is also commonly referred to by its Hawaiian name, mahi mahi. Not only are they a chef’s favorite  they are also a favorite catch among sportfishermen around the world.  What better place to go fishing for dorado then offshore in the Southern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. Continue reading…

Who Doesn’t Love A Difficult Catch?: Snook Fishing

Posted by on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 with 0

Snook Fishing Costa Rica

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Deep in the Osa Peninsula if you are up for an exciting and challenging catch, you can go snook fishing. Snook are known for their incredible strength making them a real difficult catch and a prized game fish. The Osa Peninsula has some of the best fishing anywhere in the world coupled with the incredible biodiversity and richness of this area make’s it a traveler’s paradise.  The mouths of Costa Rica rivers are loaded with snook and the  mangrove estuaries are nurseries for snook.  You can fish for snook almost all year-long with the best times being May through April and then again January through March.  The best places  for snook fishing are rivers and surf, and the best time to fish for snook is at night especially during a full moon. Continue reading…

The Daring Adventure of Night Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 with 0

Night Fishing

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There is something magical about night fishing in the Osa Peninsula. The best time to go is during a full moon. The ocean is quiet and peaceful with the moonlight reflecting on the water.  The summer months are prime targets for night fishing. Night is feeding time for most fish making it an ideal time to catch a really big one.  In the solitude and tranquility of fishing by the surf or in a boat, you will find fish move into the shallows to feed. Landing a fish in total darkness is like no other fishing experience. For the angler wanting a real thrill, it is all about night fishing. In the In the Osa Peninsula the many fishing choices include the expansive surf, the many winding rivers, mangroves and the deep blue clear Pacific Ocean.  Continue reading…

Fishing: To Catch a Big Bad Fierce Cubera

Posted by on Monday, August 27th, 2012 with 0

 

Monster Pargo

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When an angler travels to Costa Rica to go fishing catching a Big Cubera is a real prize. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica has some of the most consistent and exciting fishing in the world. It is no wonder it is a favored spot by both professional anglers and amateurs.  With waters abundant in sailfish, marlin, tuna, roosterfish, mackerel, mahi mahi and snapper, there is a catch here for any sport fisherman. But when it comes to snapper, which live in subtropical and tropical waters, in Costa Rica waters are the Big Cubera. It is the largest of all the snapper.  Big Cubera live on both coasts, they are more prevalent in the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading…

Jumping off a Waterfall: Rappelling in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Friday, August 24th, 2012 with 0

Waterfall Rappelling

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For the adventurer ecotourist, Costa Rica is a prime spot for rappelling and if you are feeling super adventurous there is nothing like the rush from waterfall rappelling in Costa Rica.  The thrill of jumping off a cliff with water rushing over your head is a once in a lifetime experience. Costa Rica is a world- renown haven of caves, beaches, mountains, waterfalls and endless trails.  Hiking through a rainforest to a secluded waterfall where you ascend some 100ft to jump off a cliff into the water rushing down by a rope. The tougher the challenge, the bigger the rush.  Rappelling is not for the faint hearted and definitely appeals to those with an adventuresome spirit. Continue reading…