Costa Rica 2010 Holiday Schedule

Don’t let any Costa Rican Holidays sneak up on you. Here is the 2010 Holiday Schedule.

January 1 New Year’s Day
March 19 Saint Joseph’s Day
April 1 Holy Thursday (sale of alcohol prohibited)
April 2 Good Friday (sale of alcohol prohibited)

April 4 Easter
April 11 Juan Santamaria Day
May 1 Labor Day

May University Week (held in San Pedro)
June Father’s Day ( the third Sunday)
July 25 Annexation of Guanacaste Province
August 2 Virgin of Los Angeles Day
August 15 Mother’s Day
September 9 Children’s Day
September 15 Independence Day
October 12 Dia de la Raza – Columbus Day
October 12 Limón Carnival
October 31 Halloween
November 2 Day of the Dead
December 8 Immaculate Conception
December 25 Christmas
December 26 the great Horse Parade (Tope) – Paseo Colon, 2nd Avenue, San Jose
December 25 to January 1. Zapote Fair/fiesta

Days off for Government offices, banks and most workers are in bold face

NOTE: Semana Santa (the week of Good Friday and Easter) is generally considered the worst week to visit Costa Rica. It is the busiest ‘vacation’ week for locals and hotels near the beaches or other resorts are often booked solid. San Jose is a ghost town. Alcohol is not for sale starting at midnight Wednesday through midnight on Friday. Locals who drink usually stock up before Wednesday. Some bars in the beach towns will ignore the restrictions. Enforcement in San Jose is pretty universal. Most businesses and all government offices are shut tight. Unless you want to watch religious processions, it’s a good week to avoid.
Unless you want to film a remake of ‘I Am Legend’ or ‘The Omega Man,’ in which case it’s perfect.

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