(hence day OFF!!!)
***Año Nuevo • New Year's Day***
March • Marzo
Dia de San Jose • Saint Joseph's Day
28 and 29
Jueves y Viernes • Thursday and Friday
***Holy Thursday and Good Friday - (during Samana Santa•Easter • Holy WEEK)***
The Sale of Alcohol is BANNED in MANY cities around Costa Rica on Holy Thursday and Good Friday (as of 2012 it is up to the individual city/municipality to decide. See my not on that list for 2103 at
Also, VERY FEW buses run those days.
That WHOLE WEEK MOST things are CLOSED as most people seem to go to the beach areas or Arenal.
MUCH of the government closes down for that week so if you need to do anything with them - try to do it at LEAST a week in advance as I'll bet - like throughout the world - many workers will be in "Vacation Brain" mode at LEAST days ahead.
Speaking of beaches - they're INSANE - sometimes with people camping on the beach, LOTS of buses parked all over, some places have outhouses on the beach - so of course restaurants will have LONG lines!! Most hotels are booked WEEKS in advance and MOST jack their prices up 2-3 times.
Also - do NOT even DREAM of crossing the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border from about that Friday before - March 22 - to that Monday after - April 1 - because those lines at BOTH Immigration Offices can be 3-5+ hours LONG!!!)
Domingo de Ramos • Easter Sunday
April • Abril
***Dia de Juan SantaMaria • Juan Santa Maria***
May • Mayo
***Dia del Trabajador • Labor Day ***
JUNE • JUNIO
Dia del Padre (tercer Domingo) • Father's Day (the 3rd Sunday)
JULY • JULIO
***Anexion • Annexation de Guanacaste***
AUGUST • AGOSTO
Virgen de los Angeles
***Dia de la Madre • Mother's Day***
SEPTEMBER • SEPTIMBRE
***Dia de la Independacia • Independence Day
OCTOBER • OCTUBRE
Dia de la Raza • Columbus Day - Discovery of America
NOVEMBER • NOVEMBRE
Dia de los Muertos • Day of the Dead
(not as big as in say Mexico)
DECEMBER • DICIEMBRE
Imaculada Concepcion • Immaculate Conception
NAVIDAD • Christmas***
25 - January • Enero 5
Fiestas de Zapote • Feria de Zapote
Tope en Paseo Colon y Avenida Segunda
Horse parade to end all horse parades in downtown San José.
NOTE that MUCH of the NON-beach areas in Costa Rica closes down from
2013 - Friday - December 20-Sunday - January 5, 2014
***Asterisks indicate paid holidays and days off for workers.