Time to Plan for the Holidays in Costa Rica- Already
Costa Rica is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. You can leave the fall and winter chaos and cold behind for a while — the weather is warm, the tropical air is inviting, and the scenery is lush, green and peaceful. What’s more, the whole country comes alive with excitement, and celebrations are everywhere during the winter holidays.
A trip to Costa Rica makes an amazing gift for your family. They will be delighted at the idea of a vacation, and they will receive something far more important than material things. The whole family will have the opportunity to create shared memories, bond over fun new experiences, and see the holidays in a whole new way.
There is plenty to do and see during the holidays in Costa Rica. Whether its a long weekend for a Labor Day getaway, a ghoulish gateway to hide for Halloween, or a nice long winter vacation over Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas or New Years, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot to escape to.
Christmas is revered in this country and Costa Ricans love a good party, so the mood is joyous. In fact, the entire month of December serves as one of the highlights of the year. It’s the beginning of the cooler dry season, children take a long vacation from school, and there are numerous festivities and celebrations to enjoy.
The high season begins around November 1st and during the US winter holiday season, there are three main celebrations to enjoy: El Carnival, where dancers and musicians compete for best in show; the El Tope parade of brilliant hand-painted carriages, clowns, floats and marching bands; and El Destile de Luces, a treasured parade that features thousands of Christmas lights.
One of the most popular and famous Costa Rican holiday traditions is the Toros a la Tica bullfights – meaning “bullfights Tico-style.” In these fights, brave young men get into the ring to face off with bulls, to the delight of watching crowds. The bulls are not harmed, but occasionally the young men are not so lucky!
Each year, the Los Sueños Resort holds a Christmas boat parade, featuring a stunning array of first-class vessels, dressed up to the nines in Christmas lights and decorations. This is a popular event for Los Sueños guests, locals and
Fireworks are popular in Costa Rica, and widely used to celebrate many different events. As you might imagine, fireworks galore light up the sky for Christmas, and especially for New Years. The New Year’s Eve fireworks in Jaco are truly spectacular, with local hotels and businesses pulling out all the stops and displaying their best pyrotechnics.
Because Costa Rica is such a popular holiday destination, reservations for rental properties, hotels, amenities and attractions fill up quickly. It’s important to begin planning for your trip as soon as possible. Many places offer discounts if you book your holiday trip by a certain date, so don’t hesitate!