Nicoya Peninsula


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Nicoya Peninsula,

Guanacaste and Puntarenas provs., W Costa Rica, separating the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of Nicoya. About 75 mi (120 km) long and 19–37 mi (30–60 km) wide, it is Costa Rica's largest peninsula. The Pacific coast possesses many fine beaches and is a popular resort area. The town of Nicoya, probably the first Spanish settlement (c.1530) in Costa Rica, is a transportation and commercial center for the peninsula. The peninsula is linked to the mainland by highway and by ferry.
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It provides references to the five Blue Zonesin the world places where residents live longer than average: Sardinia, Italy Okinawa, Japan Loma Linda, California Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula and Ikaria, an isolated Greek island.
Men from the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica have a higher chance of reaching 100 years of age than people in Japan.
The geographic areas with the highest seismicity were the Guanacaste and Central volcanic ranges, Los Santos region, and an area to the southeast of the Nicoya peninsula. The highest intensity observed in Costa Rica during 2016 was VI+ (Modified Mercalli) due to the Capellades (5.5 Mw) and Bijagua earthquakes (5,4 Mw).
Buettner identified five regions that posted this type of population: Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rice.
Coopeguanacaste, the rural electric co-op that has been supplying power to much of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica since 1982, is being proactive on producing power for their grid with distributed generation, or rooftop solar.
Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula sits on the boundary where the Cocos tectonic plate slips beneath the Caribbean Plate.
In his new bookThe Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People, a follow-up to his bestselling book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, Buettner describes the eating habits and lifestyle choices that allow people from these five areas--including locations such as Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy, the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California--to live well into their 80s, 90s, and 100s--all the while enjoying vibrant good health and a full and happy life.
These Blue Zones areas of longevity are Okinawa, Ikaria, Sardinia, the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica.
"Not as fancy as Los Suenos and not as primitive as Mai Pais," she added, referring to the bustling, modern resort at Herradura, and the quiet, southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.
The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is one of the few places where land sits atop the portion of a subduction zone where Earth's greatest earthquakes take place.
Five places fit the criteria: Barbagia region of Sardinia; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Seventh Day Adventists believers around Loma Linda, Calif.; and Okinawa, Japan.