This Video is Your Guide to Pura Vida

Recently, Costa Rica was voted as the happiest place on the planet. One look at this video, and you’ll understand why.

“Pura vida” is a Costa Rican phrase that translates literally to “pure life.” What it REALLY means, though, is “full of life,” or “this is living!” Spend any amount of time at all in the country, and you’re bound to hear it on the regular. Eve better, you’re bound to live it.

Filmmaker T//Motion captures this simple but delightful phrase quite perfectly in his video with the same name. It’s the perfect, torturous video to watch while you’re in the middle of a harsh North American winter, we think. Stunning beaches, gorgeous sunsets, surfing babes? Costa Ricans have got it figured out. We’ll try not to think about it as we’re shoveling out our driveways. Consider this your unofficial guide to pura vida.

Random cool fact: this video uses the same soundtrack we loved from the Travel Love video.

What makes Costa Rica such a happy place, anyway? It’s gotta be more than constant sunshine, a slower lifestyle, and wonderful people. Or maybe those are some simple things we all need to be happy. To really get to know the place, hire a local guide to take you on a Costa Rican adventure, whether it’s a canoeing trip or maybe something else. If that’s just a little too fast paced for you to enjoy pura vida, maybe a Costa Rican beer tour is more your speed. We’re completely on board with that idea.

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