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Costa Rica Happiness

Costa Rica Happiness

Costa Rica has long been recognized by the Happy Index Planet as the happiest country in the world. Recently, National Geographic also confirmed these results by blending Dan Buettner’s earlier research, also on behalf of National Geographic, with his recent studies on Blue Zones throughout the world. Costa Rica Happiness is one of three areas of that were recognized as being “Blue Zones of Happiness”.

The three countries that are recognized as the happiest are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Singapore

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Those three countries are unique in that the general population has the following characteristics:

  • They  feel secure
  • They have a sense of purpose
  • They enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy.

There are several ways that Mr. Buettner thinks they do it, but we will focus on the advantage that Costa Rica has.

According to scientists they call the typical Costa Rica happiness, “experienced happiness” or “positive affect”. The way it is measured it is quite simple: Ask people how often they smiled, laughed or felt joy in the past 24 hours. Based on that research Costa Rica is the place where people report feeling more daily positive emotions than almost anywhere else on the planet.

Researches of the annual World Happiness Report found that approximately 75% of happiness is driven by only six factors:

  • Strong economic growth
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Quality social relationships
  • Generosity
  • Trust
  • Freedom to live the life that’s right for you.

The researchers believe that those six factors are not by chance – they believe they are very closely related to the country’s government and its cultural values. In other words, this means is that happy places, and their government, incubate and perpetuate happiness.

Las Villas de San Buenas is a wonderful place, located in the friendly Bahia Ballena region of Costa Rica. Our clients are from around the world…and happy!

Come join us and all of the Costa Rica Happiness!

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See What Our Guests Are Saying!

Love it!

Eric B., Minneapolis MN (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 23, 2023
We had an amazing time at Villa Mariposa in Ojochal! Our kids loved the pool and we loved this well appointed home that had everything that we needed. The listing is on point besides the parrots in the almond tree. We were there for 10 days and ne...

It’s a 5 Star ++

Jeff C (review from Revyoos)
5star rating
October 10, 2023
In early October, our party of six had a great time in Costa Rica at Tres Vista. This property was perfect. The house had everything we had imagined, and more. There were great views, large living spaces, a relaxing pool, and three sizable bedroom...

Beautiful Home and Location

Hunter Henderson
5star rating
June 10, 2018
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica at Casa Trogon! The house was quaint and homey, in a great location, and had all the amenities that we had hoped. The pool was also a great addition and perfect for those hot Costa Rican days. Nick and Abi...

Paradise found!

Melanie M. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
September 19, 2017
This place was absolutely perfect! The over look of the ocean from the pool side is such a calm setting & the sounds from nature is relaxing. The house is so beautiful and luxurious, I will be coming back here again for my next vacation. I would ...


Jessica R. (review from Vrbo)
4star rating
August 28, 2020
Nice relaxing retreat close to everything

Place was absolutely beautiful, we got to see monkeys every…

Tim (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
May 17, 2023
Place was absolutely beautiful, we got to see monkeys every day, both howler and spider monkeys, several bird species, breathtaking views, wonderful pool and outdoor space. We look forward to coming back again soon

Comfortable, private, thoughtfully equipped, stunning views

Peter L. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
March 9, 2019
Our second stay at this property. Meets all our needs, and more.One never wants to leave.Response:Dear Peter, there is no better compliment than a returning guest! We are so happy you enjoyed yet another stay with us. Wishing you a safe and speedy...

This property has the most amazing view, and good location…

Erin (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
December 10, 2023
This property has the most amazing view, and good location to Ojochal. Spacious, and a great size for my group. Must have 4WD. Neighbors are close by, but we were not loud so had no issues as previous reviewers mentioned. We felt safe with wha...

Hidden Gem

Janette H. (review from Vrbo)
4star rating
March 15, 2023
This house is a little hidden gem. The place is rustic but we enjoyed that. However, it is a little worse for wear and needs some repairs. The house and property is very private. It is important to note that Ojochal is an up and coming place which...

Excelente lugar ideal para relajarseResponse:Muchas gracias a Ud!

Valeria (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
December 31, 2019
Excelente lugar ideal para relajarseResponse:Muchas gracias a Ud!

Great view, nice property and house, would recommend.

Derek (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
September 5, 2022
Great view, nice property and house, would recommend.

See What Our Guests Are Saying!

The house had everything we expected and more, it is in a very enjoyable location and access is good

JOSE B. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
April 19, 2017
We also enjoyed the town of Ojochal and its peopleResponse:Thank you for your kind review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We share your feelings about Ojochal and its people, and it has a surprising variety of quality restaurants....

Excelente hospitalidad y atención de Nicolás y el Personal. La…

Yaffet (review from Airbnb)
4star rating
December 23, 2020
Excelente hospitalidad y atención de Nicolás y el Personal. La Piscina en buen estado, la zona verde y vistas a las montañas son hermosas con calles para caminar y ver animales

Epic house in epic location

Margot S. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 3, 2024
This home, set high up in the mountainous jungle, is the epitome of high end design and modern architecture. Every detail in the home, from the beautiful spacious bathrooms replete with natural stone, to the giant community style kitchen and livin...

Awesome home

corydon j. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
June 7, 2023
This place was amazing. Relaxation at its best. Mauricio V host was on top of every need.

Perfect house in jungle, Highly Recommend!

Jeremy B. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 24, 2023
Best parts of the house:Jungle adventure driving to and from the property. The full wall of windows and porch gives spectacular views of the trees. Morning wake up calls from the howler monkeys. Lack of bugs in the home :) very cleanIsolation, far...

Vacation in the trees

Peter B. (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 9, 2023
Costa Rica was one of our families best vacations ever, for the following reasons. 1. Location: The house and patio is literally in the jungle amongst the trees. If you want the true CR experience of waking up to Howler Monkeys 50 yards from your ...

La casa es tal y como se ve en las…

Lizeth (review from Airbnb)
5star rating
June 7, 2020
La casa es tal y como se ve en las fotos. A la piscina le hace falta un poco de mantenimiento, tiene azulejos sueltos. Y el rancho para parrilla necesita mantenimiento

Loved it!

5star rating
January 24, 2020
We stayed at Casa Kingfisher recently and love it! I would enjoy my morning coffee on the balcony and watch the sun rise up over the mountains behind the home. We toured Pavon waterfall (there's a big rock stuck in the middle of the waterfal...


Darilyn Espradron (review from Revyoos)
5star rating
February 2, 2024
I enjoyed my stay at Villa Peace. The manager team were amazing.

Sin duda volveríamos a este magnífico lugar.

5star rating
August 24, 2020
Una casa enorme, comodísima, con todo lo necesario para pasarla muy bien. Gran cantidad de utensilios de cocina y vajilla. Las habitaciones muy cómodas, con camas confortables y baños limpios. Las vistas maravillosas, tanto hacia el mar cómo hacía...


Rebecca S., Kansas (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
May 30, 2022
My husband and I stayed at this property for a week in April. The property is beautiful and will not disappoint. The local food options are amazing and Jeremy with Osa Property Management was wonderful. A week was not long enough - planning on a r...

Forest Paradise

Thomas R., San Diego, California (review from Vrbo)
5star rating
January 3, 2022
The property is surrounded by forest and has a beautiful view of the ocean. We awoke each morning to the sound of howler monkeys, and each evening the songs of toucans, Montezuma oropendolas, and other birds filled the air. Tom and Christine of Ja...

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