After a couple of months of indecision, with Portugal, Lebanon, Bali, Brazil, Madagascar and everywhere in between being discussed as options for our honeymoon, we finally bought some tickets to Costa Rica. We found some cheap flights and as we had heard a lot of good things about the place and it is also way cheaper hanging out there for 3 weeks than anywhere in Europe we finally booked them. Costa Rica looks amazing, with coasts on both the Caribbean and Pacific, brilliant surfing, rain forests, Volcanoes, perfect beaches, good food and a different way of life. Pretty excited to head off there in just over a month .
Reuters (London) – published July 02, 2009
Costa Rica is very nearly paradise, not just for holiday-makers lounging on its beaches, but for its citizens who are extremely satisfied with their lot and also have a tiny carbon footprint.
The combination has earned the central American country first place in a new Happy Planet Index (HPI) published on Monday.
While leaders of the developed world attending G8 talks in Italy worry away at economic indicators like Gross Domestic Product (GDP), deflation and their implications for economic recovery, the second edition of the HPI lauds alternative standards that provide a new twist on the old adage that wealth does not buy happiness.
Costa Rica stands out for the highest levels of reported life satisfaction, a long life expectancy of 78.5 years and because 99 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources.
The United States is placed 114th out of the 143 nations surveyed, with an HPI result of 30.7 and was found to be “greener and happier” 10 years ago than today–as were China and India, ranked respectively 20th and 35th, with scores of 57.1 and 53.