Rancho Humo Bird Preserve, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (photo: Doug Wallace)

If you want to live to be 100, take a cue from Costa Rica with these three long life lessons from this Blue Zone, lending a new outlook on longevity.

When you visit a place where the life expectancy is one of the highest in the world, you want to know what they're doing right. A week of fun in the Guanacaste province of northern Costa Rica taught me more than a few good long-life lessons.

The Nicoya district in Guanacaste is one of the renowned five Blue Zones in the world, regions where people are living to age 90 and beyond for a variety of reasons – diet, exercise and social behaviours, among them. (The others are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; and Okinawa, Japan.) Apparently, Nicoya has the world's second highest concentration of male centenarians.

Click through to get the take-away action items from a week in Costa Rica.

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