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Costa Rica

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No. 1: Costa Rica

Happiness Ranking: 1
Safety Ranking: 27

The country that emerges as both the safest and the happiest in the world turns out to be the place where many Americans got their first taste of adventure travel. Those same travelers keep coming back to Costa Rica to go rafting on the Reventazón River, brave the surf in Malpais, or head out on horseback to explore the volcano and geysers at Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Or maybe to simply lie on one of the country’s dozens of Pacific beaches and stay at a small, affordable lodge. One of those rare countries without armed forces, Costa Rica gives fresh meaning to the term peaceful.


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