Recently we visited the site and Erik the head of volunteers was working with som local women in Paquera that started working onsite; He was along side Constentine from Majorca, Spain whom has stepped up and volunteered. Constantine and his family came all the way from Spain to build in Bellevue.
The Turtle Project started by Carlos Solana has been a driving force for people coming together from all parts of the world. The community has stepped up and Bellevue brings in new partners.
Summer has started and the heat is on. This super sunny day was inspiring to see at least six volunteers and some from long distances enduring the sun and heat. Digging holes and enclosing the area so the nesting sites will not be disturbed.
Erik explained that he has realeased with the team at least 650 turtles into the sea! Wow! Way to go Bellevue & Paquara along with global family members! Wooohooo! Yes to Thriving.
The beach is something the community at Bellevue values and greatly appreciates. We all go to the beach for recreation, serenity and keeping it clean can be a challenge especially during the winter months.
Local residents including Bellevue have been getting together on a regular basis to pick up the trash, gater wood and make the beach beautiful for all to enjoy.
If you don’t know about Blue Zones–Read This Information…
Thank You: Bluezones.com
Dan Buettner, Blue Zones founder, is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He has discovered five places in the world – dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California.
Identifying the Blue Zones
The concept of blue zones grew out of the demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain outlined in the Journal of Experimental Gerontology, identifying Sardinia as the region of the world with the highest concentration of male centenarians. Pes and Poulain drew concentric blue circles on the map highlighting these villages of extreme longevity and began to refer to this area inside the circle as the blue zone. Building on that demographic work, Dan pinpointed other longevity hotspots around the world and dubbed them blue zones.
Blue Zones Power 9: Lifestyle Habits of the World’s Healthiest, Longest-Lived People
1. Move Naturally
The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.
The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy
3. Down Shift
Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour.
4. 80% Rule
“Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the blue zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.
5. Plant Slant
Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of a deck of cards.
6. Wine @ 5
People in all blue zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all week and have 14 drinks on Saturday.
All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.
8. Loved Ones First
Successful centenarians in the blue zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes).
9. Right Tribe
The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors, Okinawans created ”moais”–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.
To make it to age 100, you have to have won the genetic lottery. But most of us have the capacity to make it well into our early 90’s and largely without chronic disease. As the Adventists demonstrate, the average person’s life expectancy could increase by 10-12 years by adopting a Blue Zones lifestyle.
Yes, membership has its privileges. If you live at Bellevue and you’re looking for something unique maybe that particular item you can’t find here in Costa Rica? There is an answer for you. A special store that will give you amazing products with a 10% discount. Just mention that you live or you are building at Bellevue…
You will be pleasantly surprised at the extraordinary boutique items that you can find. That hard to get pineapple core or special insulated mug? Chocolates! French presses, cleaning products and things that you will not find elsewhere in this country. There’s so many things we can’t mention them all. Check the store out and mention that you would like your membership rewards.
This company has absolutely fabulous products have a great quality and you will not be disappointed! We love them!
Some places in California like to boost they are in fact the “gourmet ghetto’s”. We have our own gourmet ghetto right in this area. Paquera has Macho’s and Restaurante Liz Seafood next to Macho’s. They are both located side by side at the North end of town heading to Tambor. The food at these cafe’s are fabulous!
Now Restaurante Liz has sushi! Yes, the best sushi. They even have vegetarian sushi. It is super fresh and don’t be fooled–the rolls are huge. Family style would be great for this. The rolls range from tempura, caterpiller, salmon skin, vegi rolls. Amazing. And of course, the presentation is top notch. You can not find a better presentation any place! The prices are so reasonable. This is the best thing that has happened to dining in Paquera.
Don’t forget the seafood soup at Liz–it is out of the world. Also the sea bass, fresh catch and civeche are Amaaaazing!!!
Macho’s of course has the finest burger one can find. Huge, organic grass fed and has bacon, toppings and a real bun that is fresh; Everything about this beats any burger in the country. The casado’s are reasonably priced and fresh. Important note–The place has the best sangria and service!
Moving right along: Isla Chaquita is over the top in every way. Romance, business, visitors, birthdays or just a special dinner–this is the place that people say: Wow!
Isla Chaquita is a boutique glamping resort but they allow guests to visit for dinner reservation only. A private boat picks you up at the ferry landing by the ambulance parking spot on the north side of the dock. The ride is super special because of the bioluminescence. The water throws up amazing tuquoise glowing rainbows at night. This magic boat ride and dinner will amaze you in every way.
Once you are on the small island about 5 minutes from the ferry, you will be greeted by the best in hospitality. The dock is beautiful with fairy lights and romance exudes from the white sand, the patio tables and rustic bar. The bar is stocked with top shelf liquor and the menue is devine. The steak and lobster, chicken cordon bleu was a special favorite. The desserts are awesome. Everything about this place is special and memorable.
So much good food right now. We will feature more in coming blogs. Cheers and enjoy! This place is a gourmet gem.
Yesterday, Carlos Solana and the conservation crew along with families and beach goer’s set out on a mission: The eggs that were laid and harvested, hatched, grew into baby turtles and they were set out on the beach.
Instinctually, they knew where to head…..into the ocean. They know how to swim and survive so they they went! Out to sea……
The turtle eggs are laid in nests which are basically a pit or hole dug by the mother turtle. The eggs in this case were watched over and monitored regularly by a crew of conservationists.
The eggs were hatched and the baby turtles were nurtured by the conservationists. Some times the eggs can be disturbed by vandals, wild dogs or even people that consider them a delicacy. These eggs were all hatched and the results were amazing.
There are several islands in Costa Rica that are worth including in your travel itinerary through the region, one of the most outstanding is Isla Tortuga . It is located off the southeast coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in the north of the country, located 12 nautical miles from Puntarenas.
It is one of those unique destinations that give you a pleasant experience, since it is not only a beautiful island with its beach and a large number of characteristic palm trees, it is also a historical site because it was part of the buccaneer pirate bands that embarked on the island ago. centuries.
From a distance out to sea, its shape resembles chelonians which means turtle in the ancient Huetar language, belonging to the indigenous people who populated part of the Central Pacific, hence its name.
One of my favorite adventures is to go with Bahia Rica to monkey island and then picnic and play in the waters at Isla Tortuga. There is amazing snorkeling and Bahia Rica or a local guide have gear. There is even a banana boat, great bars with coconut cocktails, the gift shop sells food and even wifi time.
You can go to the Playa Organos beach and ask a local boat tour guide to take you out for about 10 mill colones per person.
This is for sure worht the fun! Some thing I do on a regular basis……