The ciclovia fronting the Pacific ocean at Caldera, Puntarenas. (Photo Marvin Gamboa, La Nacion)

September is Independence month, each 15th of the year Costa Rica celebrating its Independence Day from Spain back in 1821.

(Photo Marvin Gamboa, La Nacion)

And each year, besides the traditions such as adorning the Autopista General Cañas and public spaces with the pride of the flag, some get creative. Like the painting blue, white and red the ciclovia (bicycle path) and rocks along the shore of Caldera, in Puntarenas.

Some communities raise flags wherever they can, like the old mango trees of San Pablo de Turrubares. (Photo Marvin Gamboa, La Nacion)

This year marks the 196th anniversary of the Independence of Central America –  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five nations free from Spain.

Date photo of the decoration of the autopista General Cañas. For every September the country’s busiest road has its flags.