Costa Rica News – A little late in making Semana Santa plans this year? Not to worry. There is plenty to do in the San Jose Area. There will be parades, tours, swimming, extreme sports, and plenty of outdoor areas to relax.
National Parks are operating on their normal schedule, with the same prices as always. Some places charge a bit more than usual, and others are free, thanks to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
Shuttle and bus service might be limited, so team up with someone who has a car and head to a nearby park or volcano, like Braulio Carrillo or Irazu. Call ahead to see if restaurants are open, or pack a picnic lunch.
Since an ICT study in 2011 showed that 89% of Costa Ricans take day trips on Holy Week, making a reservation or booking in advance would be a great idea. Last year, 249,800 foreigners visited during the month of Easter.
The National Chamber of Tourism is expecting 80% occupancy at hotels across the country this Easter.