Situated in Central America and surrounded by amazing tropical landscape and seas, Costa Rica has everything to offer to all types of travelers. It is true that its rich biodiversity mesmerizes the travelers but its true spirit lies in its numerous celebrations and festivities that take place all year round. Along with its vast range of flora and fauna, the various annual events and festivals of Costa Rica serve as a major tourist attraction. Though it is a Catholic country, its people love to enjoy parties and even use religious holidays as an excuse to celebrate. During the holiday season, the celebrations ramp up and they include everything such as carnival rides to fireworks, feasts, bullfighting, jubilant dancing and music. Among the festivals, the biggest is the Zapote that happens in the eponymous neighborhood in San Jose and it features elaborate rollercoasters and the largest bullfights of the year. The longest party of the year is ‘Palmares’-Costa Rica’s equivalent of Octoberfest. There are also many other festivals celebrated in Costa Rica that attracts plenty of tourists all around the year from all around the world.
The one of biggest and interesting festival. This festival takes place in every February in Uvita. Featuring live concerts, yoga, trapeze and lots of communing on the beach, Envision Music, Art and Sacred Movement Festival usually takes place during the month of February. This festival is perfect for the conscious people from around the globe.
Fiestas de los Diablitos
‘Fiestas de los Diablito’ means ‘Festival of the Little Devils’. This festival takes place in December and in the second half of February respectively and held in two indigenous communities, Boruca and Rey Cuure. People who join the festival, they make masks and wear costumes representing ancestral spirits and then a representation of a battle between the diablitos (Boruca Indians) and the toro (Spanish troops) via dancing. They also drink chicha, a fermented corn beverage, out of hollow gourds. With the fireworks and food in Rey Curre south of San Isidro de El General, this scene is completed .
This festival is actually the biggest cowboy party of the country. Usually this event lasts for two whole weeks and it takes place in January. It is a mass event with horse parades, carnivals rides, rodeos, musical performances and seemingly infinite supply of beer. About a million people join this street festival from every corner of the country. A major component of this event is a lavishly organized horseback riding parade. This festival has assumed national importance. This festival also include a Toros a la Tica that is a Costa Rican type bullfighting that doesn’t create much bloodshed and violence rather it is more comical in nature. It is said that this event is a pickpocket’s dream so it is recommended to take care of your wallet and keep it is a safe place.
In Costa Rica, possibly October is the most colorful and festive month. In this month people start preparing for heading to Puerto Limon (adjacent to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica) for celebrating annual carnival. The events comprise of carnival queen election, dance, food and parade and covers 2 weekends. During this festival, the multicultural province of Limon bustles with activities and the costumes and floats that parade through the town seem to grow more elaborate, represent the culture of the area.
Semana Santa or Easter
This festival starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday. Costa Ricans regard a religious event or festival in high esteem and celebrate as a party. Semana Santa or Easter-the Holy Week, celebrating demise and resurrection of Christ is celebrated by the people of the country. Though the processions are held in each city by Catholic churches, the procession in San Jose city is the main attraction since the cast of the National Theatre Company participates in it. This company features various bands and professional musicians. People who do not take part in the religious celebrations, they can spend some leisure time in the beach area.
Philippines has the Black Nazarene, Costa Rica has La Negrita. Also known as the Black Madonna, the Black Virgin or the Black Stone, it is a small, black rock which appears to emanate the image of the Virgin Mary.
La Negrita is the Patron Saint of Costa Rica and is now kept inside a shrine in Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles in Cartago, San Jose. Every 2nd of August, this believed to be miraculous figure brings over millions of citizens, tourists, pilgrims, even the president of Costa Rica and all other people from different walks of life down on their knees– in praise, worship and in desire for intercession.
People from all parts of the country walk on their knees, on foot and some even crawl as they make their way to the Basilica in honor of La Negrita. A mass is conducted by a reggaeton-singing priest and swarmed by millions of devotees worldwide to join in both the jolly and solemn celebration.
It is believed to be miraculous that’s why it is flocked by worshippers every year, hoping to be cured of their illnesses or to pray for a sick loved one or simply help them find solutions to their problems.
Millions of tokens below the church shrine have been left in thanksgiving to La Negrita. Charms in forms of lungs, hands, kidneys, hearts, even trophies as well as awards were left to show their gratitude to the little sacred stone.
Nightlife in Costa Rica
Though Costa Rica doesn’t have much sophisticated panache as many cosmopolitan countries have, yet it can still hold its own when it comes to celebrating nightlife. Some of the night street parties are a source of national pride and has become recognized all around the world such as Fiestas Palamares, an annual event that takes place only to Octoberfest and at the time of beer is drunk. Nightlife in this country is all about discos, DJs, local karaoke bar. If you want to enjoy nightlife, it is better to know about the places to go and also what to wear. There are a wide selection of bars and restaurants to explore throughout the evening and have fun with your friends or loved ones.
Here goes the top 5 places for nightlife in Costa Rica:
Jaco transforms into a mecca of grit and sleaze at night. There are many bars and restaurants you can visit at night and enjoy your favorite drink and enjoy fun time with your friends or partner. In Jaco, for enjoying the most amazing nightlife, you will have to go to the discos where you will find huge dance floors and also amazing sound systems that will make the nights more lively.
Playa del Coco
After dark, this place becomes one of the liveliest beach towns. With the close proximity to the town’s central plaza, there are many bars which are ideal for enjoying fun time at night. Just before visiting the beach, you can go to a two block section of the main road into the town where you will find most of the events. You can also go to the discos for making you night more enjoyable and memorable. In the surrounding area you will find some restaurants are widespread and also find many restaurants which may double as bars after nightfall.
For enjoying nightlife in Puerto Viejo, you don’t have to go to any particular bar. In this area the nightlife is as laidback as it gets. You can just grab a few beers from a convenient store and hang out on the streets downtown. You can meet new people. While walking on the main road, you will listen the loudest music in the air and that’s where the night party is. On Sundays live bands and DJs take over the system and make the night more lively.
San Jose has many options to enjoy the nightlife and anyone from local people, tourists, college students to party-loving Tico, all will find everything to enjoy a memorable nightlife. There are plenty of interesting clubs, bars and a wide range of theaters, variety of lively discos and dance salons. In San Jose you will find plenty of places to hit the dance floor and there ‘Salsa’ and ‘Merengue’ are the main beats that move people. Many of the dance clubs, discos and salons also feature live music on the weekends. You can also visit Casinos with your friend and enjoy the game.
When the sun goes down, the nightlife in Tamarindo wakes up. For having more fun, you can visit a disco and dance the night away or can also chill out at a live concert. In Tamarindo you will find always something happening as the locals informally designate one hotspot for each night of the week. There is never a lacking of late-night entertainment in this town. You can enjoy karaoke, clubbing, dancing and many more. While staying in this town, find great nightlife scene and after a great day enjoy a lively night.