Easter week starts today, Palm Sunday, and is an important week in Costa Rica as part of this week the whole country shuts down and your life could be influenced by some of the customs in our beautiful country. Most people in the Central Valley took off for the beaches as early as yesterday morning and as late as next Wednesday. If you like your beer, whiskey or rum 'n coke, make sure you stock up, because you will find the liquor stores and liquor departments in the grocery stores closed as of Wednesday.
Even in the tourism industry, restaurants and hotels will not be able to serve any liquor, though there are always some who will try to keep their business going by serving under the counter. So if you plan to go our for dinner, a vacation or a night out and you cannot live without your glass of wine, make sure you get a colored jug in the store, fill it up with your favorite booze and cheers!
Since Easter week is still a catholic happening (I was raised as a Catholic, but tend to enjoy my days off differently than I was taught I should) and many enjoy the processions and everything that goes with Easter week until Holy Sunday on March 30th.
Our affiliate agent Daniel Langlois is our rental specialist for Escazu and Santa Ana comments what will be going on during Easter week in this area so you can schedule your shopping and other important tasks in life. Daniel also publishes Escazunews, an online newsletter that will keep you up to date with everything that is going on, you can register here for free.
Program of Holy Week in Escazu and Stations of the Cross in Escazu
Departure Monday 25 March 7 P.M. Church of San Antonio de Escazu, through San Miguel (Escazu Centro), and reaching San Rafael de Escazu. Has a participation of more than 400 young people and adults of the community. The procession will happen on the main road and will be attended by the priests of the community and 2 Brotherhoods of other communities. The goal is the reflection as a community of remembering what Christ lived for us and for our salvation.
Following this route:7 P.M. Leaving San Antonio Parish main road, past the west side of the pool of Liceo de Escazu, reaching the soda Maria Fernanda, to turn left to the end of the street turn right and down from Banco Nacional, at the corner of the park (Samuelito) going through the front of the Municipality of Escazu, north side of the church of San Miguel up to the Mundo del Pan to turn left down to San Rafael, passing by Novillo Alegre, Bar Malaga, and getting into the street in front of the Leon family, which is after the bridge on the right that sell plants, and from there to the temple of San Rafael. For more info click here.
Important information of what happens during Easter Week
If you would like to see the full program of Holy Week of San Miguel de Escazu and Sam Rafael de Escazu click here.
Banking Hours during Easter:
The Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) will work during this Holy Week, from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27th March at regular hours. From Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 March their offices are closed. As of April 1 are reset regularly scheduled customer service in all offices of this bank. ATMs provide service in their regular schedule from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.