Costa Rica Traditions

Celebrate Local Traditions - Tamales, Bull Riding and More!

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One of the most obvious reasons to take a vacation is to escape the cold and enter paradise. December marks the time of year that Costa Rica is transitioning from the rainy season to their dry season. This always comes with a nice refreshing breeze. The temperature is perfect for the beach. Also, those who prefer to be outside. All sports are enjoyable during this time of the year. So jet-set out off the cold weather, stop shoveling that snow, and escape to paradise!

Getting to know and experiencing the local traditions is a great way to soak in the culture of Costa Rica during your trip. The holidays are just around the corner. It’s a perfect time to consider spending Christmas in Costa Rica with some of our holiday packages.  With the weather transitioning out of the rainy season, the temperate weather is ideal. Great for the numerous activities all family members can enjoy. Such as topes (traditional horse parades), splendid holiday food, and the Festival of Lights.  A romantic New Years may be suitable for those that want to spend time in the marvelous beaches that Costa Rica has to offer.

Costa Rica Traditions: Christmas 

Costa Rica TraditionsCosta Ricans are devout Catholics, and religious holiday is seen as just that…religious holidays. For some, this may be a welcome relief from the materialism celebrated in many other countries throughout the world.  In fact, during the week of Christmas, it’s a tradition for each neighborhood to organize the children to re-enact Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay.  They walk through the neighborhood, one little girl dressed as Mary and a little boy dressed as Joseph, knocking on doors, asking for lodging. The parents are behind them reciting bible quotes, and afterward, the neighborhood engages in a religious discussion.

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In Costa Rica, school is out of session throughout December and January. This allows kids to enjoy their “summer break.” Every December, Tico employees get a government-mandated yearly bonus that is equivalent to one month’s salary. With extra money in their pockets, Costa Ricans take advantage of their vacation time to do some serious holiday shopping. Families often gather to prepare special Christmas meals. It’s true hotels do get packed this time of year. However, My Costa Rica has blocks to guarantee space for this busy time of year. 

5 Reasons You Should Come to Costa Rica Traditions over the Holidays

Enjoy the Christmas Cuisine

The Christmas-time Costa Rica Cuisine is quick frankly, delicious, and different than your regular turkey followed by fruit cake. The queque navideño, a decake, full of rum-soaked fruits and raisins. Homemade tamales are another favorite and each family see,s to have their recipe. And the holiday drink of choice is rompope – the Costa Rican version of eggnog that is also fortified with plenty of rum.

There is a Great Ambience to the Country

Every store and street are adorned with twinkling lights and nativity scenes, and families often gather to prepare special Christmas meals. Every year, millions of spectators gather in SanJose’s Paseo Colon to enjoy the magical Lights Festival. Typically held on the second Saturday of December, the festival includes a huge parade with elaborate floats, hundreds of thousands of lights, music, dancing and fireworks.

Enjoy the Costa Rica Holiday Tradition

In addition to the Festival of Lights, there are concerns, Tico-style bullfights, and carnival rides. He festivities start right after Christmas day when Costa Ricans descend on the Zapote Fairgrounds in San Jose for hours of entertainment and general merriment.

Take in Some True Costa Rican Culture

Another highlight, the country’s national horse parade, or Tope Nacional, held in San Jose on December 26th. Thousands of cowboys show off their horsemanship and fancy trotting skills.

Enjoy the Climate

The hot, muggy weather of the rainy season’s replaced with dry cooler temperatures of about 70 degrees in December. It’s beautiful.  With forecasts of blue skies and refreshing “Christmas winds,” many people stuck in the snow-covered north start should look to their neighbor to the south for a bit of relief.

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