Yes I heard this on the radio the other day, the happiest place on earth is Costa Rica. And I would have to say my visit there verifies that. A friend sent out this reminder of the story that hit the news recently but I already knew it.
"The happiest place on earth is ...
Costa Rica is the happiest place on earth, and one of the most environmentally friendly, according to a new survey by a British non-governmental group.
The New Economics Foundation looked at 143 countries that are home to 99 per cent of the world's population and devised an equation that weighs life expectancy and people's happiness against their environmental impact.
By that formula, Costa Rica is the happiest, greenest country in the world, just ahead of the Dominican Republic.
Latin American countries did well in the survey, occupying nine of the top 10 spots.
Many major Western nations did poorly, with Britain coming in at 74th place, Australia at 102nd and the United States at 114th." Source: www.smh.com.au
I had a great time visiting with my friends Tom and Susan at "Vistavalverde" in Costa Rica. I highly recommend their Bed and Breakfast as a great place to stay when you first get there. It is on the way to the beach and is a wonderful place to start because it is not in a tourist area. They can help in so many ways with a comfortable place to stay, great food and plenty of helpful advice on how to get around, what to see and can even help hook you up with a tour guide for the rain forest, volcano and beach. They have friends in real estate who can fill you in on how to move there as well. And don't worry, you won't starve or lack really good company as well when you first arrive. Just read past events on my blog about what a great stay I had there and you will see what I mean.
Their B&B is in a beautiful location where you can see for miles to the peninsula and has a fantastic sunset everyday. Rainbows, great company, incredible food. What a lovely vacation starting spot and you may want to spend a few days at the end of your trip there as well to just veg out and recoup before you come home.
Their B&B is off the beaten path in a small gringo community in a non-tourist area so if you want to get away and just be in the happiest place on earth visit their web site, get a plane ticket and get going to the land of happiness. Tom and Susan will lead your way. I cannot wait to go back!
Visit their web site here.