Costa Rica Travel Guide

The country just about closes down during Semana Santa (Easter Week) and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day tends to be an unofficial holiday, especially in San José. Various towns celebrate their own saints' days and other significant dates. San José's Day (Saint Joseph's Day) is March 19, while Virgin of Los Angeles Day (the patron saint of Costa Rica) is August 2. Juan Santamaría's Day on April 11 celebrates the national hero who helped see off William Walker in 1856, and Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) on October 12, as elsewhere in the Americas, is a national holiday.

Public Holidays
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Nov 2 - All soul’s Day
Sep 15 - Independence Day
Aug 2 - Virgin de los Angeles Day
July 25 - Guanacaste Day
June 29 - St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day
May 26 - Corpus Christi
May 1 - Labor Day
Apr 11 - Juan Santamaria Day
Apr 24-27 - Easter
Mar 19 - St Joseph’s Day
Jan 1 - New Year’s Day

When to Go

As far as climate goes, the late-December to mid-April dry season is the most pleasant. But of course, this is when everyone else goes to Costa Rica, so prices are up and hotels are full. Although some roads are impassable in the wet season, it's still worthwhile to visit at this time, and things are much quieter. April, May and mid-October to mid-December should give you the best of both worlds.

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