Costa Rica

The good life in Costa Rica’s blue zone


This time last year my boyfriend and I were sitting on a beach in Costa Rica. It was just coming to the end of the rainy season and subsequently there were still relatively few tourists around. Those that were there were surfers, typically North Americans or Europeans, who had rented a room for six months to take advantage of the cheap long-term ‘green season’ rates, the epic waves and the empty beaches. We were also coming to the end of our own six-month trip, during which I’d been working as a freelance travel writer in Ecuador and Guatemala. And Santa Teresa, on the Nicoya peninsular, was the perfect place to stop, re-group and take it all in.

Victory again for girl-political-power in Latin America


Costa Rica has sworn in its new president, Laura Chinchilla, in front of leaders from Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Georgia. Unfortunately, this triumph for parity in politics will taste bitter sweet for campaigners for abortion and gay rights in the central American country.

Did you know: there are currently 12 women presidents/prime ministers in office around the world!