San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

What’s Open and Closed for the Holidays

Government Offices

Most government offices will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and Supreme Court will have a limited area open 24 hours a day for emergencies and urgent proceedings, though all administrative areas will be closed.

Hospitals and Pharmacies

Rest assured that hospital emergency rooms will remain open 24 hours a day. The Red Cross (128) and National Insurance Institute (INS) (800-800-8000) also attend emergencies at all hours.

Those who overeat at Christmas dinner can get their Alka-Seltzer and more 24-7 over the holidays at Clínica Biblica drugstore and emergency room (522-1000), in downtown San José; Clínica Católica drugstore and emergency room (283-6616), in the suburb of Guadalupe, northeast of San José; and Farmacia Sucre Los Angeles (262-3111), across from the Más x Menos in Heredia, north of San José.


Most banks had not established their holiday schedules at press time; however, they are usually closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and some may effect additional closures. Call your bank to confirm its holiday hours: BAC San José (295-9797); Banca Promérica (296-4848); Banco Cuscatlán (299-0200); Banco de Costa Rica (287-9000); Banco Interfin (210-4000); Banco Nacional (211-2000); Banco Popular (211-7000); Bancrédito (550-0202); BANEX (287-1111); Mutual Alajuela (437-1000); Scotiabank (800-1SCOTIA).


Holiday closures at major embassies are as follows: British Embassy (258-2025), Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 1-2; Canadian Embassy (242-4400), Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 1; French Embassy (234-4167), no closures; Japanese Embassy (232-3787), Dec. 25 and Dec. 29 through Jan. 3; U.S. Embassy (220-3939), Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.


Muñoz y Nanne (253-4646) in San Pedro, east of San José, will be operating normally. Saretto (228-6703) in the western suburb of Escazú and PriceSmart (283-9464, 262-6365) stores in Escazú, Heredia and the southeastern district of Zapote will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Most Más x Menos (243-7100) supermarkets will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, except stores in Alajuela, northwest of San José, Cuesta de Moras in downtown San José and Guadalupe, which will be closed on those holidays. Hipermás (286-0033) in San Sebastián, south of San José, and Heredia will be open 24 hours Dec. 22-23, closing at 10 p.m. Dec. 24, and 8 a.m. to midnight through Dec. 31, closing at 9 p.m. Jan. 1. Palí (243-7100) stores will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during December, except Dec. 24 and 31, when they will close at 7 p.m.

Megasuper (246-0400) supermarkets are open every day through December from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except for stores in Moravia, northeast of San José; Parque de la Paz, southeast of San José; and the southern suburb of Desamparados, which are open 8 a.m. to midnight.

AutoMercado (257-4242) had not yet defined its holiday schedule at press time.

Mail and Shipping

Aerocasillas (208-4848), DHL (210-3939) and Correos de Costa Rica (202-2900) will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Movie Theaters

At Cinemark Escazú (201-5050) in Multiplaza Escazú and Cinemark del Este (280-0490) in Multiplaza del Este in Zapote, the last show on Dec. 24 and 31 will be at 4 p.m. Cadena de Cines Magaly (CCM) theaters, which represent most of the country’s movie theaters, will have last shows at 7 p.m. on those days.


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