Saturday 27 February 2021

It’s Vacation Time (In Costa Rica)

It's vacation time in Costa Rica. Archive photo.

It’s vacation time in Costa Rica. Archive photo.

Empty streets, no line at the banks and supermarkets a breeze to shop and check out are some of the benefits of the mid-year vacation period in Costa Rica that began Monday and lasts to the Monday after next.

- Advertisement -

The mid-year vacation is the traditional two week break from school that occurs in the first two weeks of July. It is also a break from the rainy season, referred to as “veranillo de San Juan” – Costa Rica’s Little Dry Season – loosely translated as “indian summer”.

It is also a great time to take care of pending chores are government offices and state institutions, yes, there is a good chance of a fewer workers, but, definitely fewer people.

This year the vacation period caught me by surprise. The past couple of months have been rather hectic for me, a trip up to Toronto and Cuba two weeks ago.

I had not realized how a trip into the time tunnel (Cuba) really affected me.

- Advertisement -

For example, it’s been 10 days since my return and I have watched far less television since, after a week no television at all while in Cuba. I have also taken the time to appreciate the freedom we enjoy here. I was only in Cuba for a total of 7 days.

So, as I do most end/beginning of month and mid-month, I decided not to go out unless I really had to. So, today (Tuesday) when I did go out I was taken shocked by almost no traffic in Santa Ana. I breezed through the Cruz Roja and Rio de Oro intersections. The BCR Santa Ana branch was practically empty. The parking lot at the Mas x Menos was deserted, only a few customers inside. I was the only customer at the local ferreteria (hardware store).

“Hey, what’s going on?” I asked. “It’s vacation time,” Carlos, who was very helpful today, informed me.

Oh yeah, I had forgotten.

And that also reminded the reason for the gas hike on Friday, which, had I remembered of the vacations I would not have expected it on Saturday.

You see, Recope (the refinery), the Aresep (the government regulator) and the central government (that takes in half of the price at the pumps in taxes) are very good at planning and executing the plan of raising gasoline prices right at the start of any vacation or holiday period. Globalvia, the concessionaire of Ruta 27 also got into the act, conveniently raising tolls on Friday.

- Advertisement -

Happy vacations Costa Rica.

Pura vida, mae!


Article first appeared on TICO BULL, reposted with permission.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

In a week, Costa Rica off and on the list of risk countries in Spain for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Spain had excluded Costa Rica from the list of...

Japan creates Ministry of Loneliness

Japan is beefing up measures against loneliness, taking a first major...


The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most desirable ex-pat locations and a retirement haven in Central America. The country is blessed with an...

Central America gets ready for a possible wave of migrants on the way to the United States

Q24n - Central American countries presented a plan on Monday in the face of a possible migratory wave of Haitians, Cubans, Asians and Africans...

The Costa Rica saliva test to detect COVID-19 would also help in cases of malaria, zika and dengue

QCOSTARICA - On Friday, February 5, 2021, the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) held a virtual symposium in which mathematicians, biologists, communicators, doctors and...

Amazon announces the opening of a new cloud services office in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a division of the Amazon company, announced the opening of its first Central American office in Costa...

Almost a million people over 58 must be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Almost a million people aged 58 and over, throughout the country, are targeted by the Caja's health centers to be vaccinated against...

Despite Covid and Barriers Nicaraguans Migrate to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Restricted borders, increased immigration patrols, limitations in transportation and movement and the pandemic has not deterred Nicaraguan migrants from arriving in Costa...

Can you pay your bills by playing baccarat online?

Casino and baccarat is a term of love. Gambling is known to bring a lot of happiness provided your luck supports you, but how...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources...

Costa Rica extends restrictions of its land borders until April 1

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will extend the restrictions of its land borders until April 1, confirmed Casa Presidencial (Government House) on Thursday. As in the...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Article first appeared on TICO BULL, reposted with permission.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.