Before you make plans for your vacations and prayers this Easter Holy Week, take note of the following information in case you require a service during the weeklong holiday.
Many private businesses, including The Tico Times, will be closed April 2-6. In accordance with a Casa Presidencial mandate, government offices such as Immigration and Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) will be closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday only.
If someone gets sick during the holiday, hospital emergency rooms will be open 24 hours a day. For minor health problems, you can go to an EBAIS community health clinic. Also, the Red Cross (dial 128) and the National Insurance Institute (800-800-8000) attend emergencies 24 hours a day.
If your family pet requires immediate attention, call the UniversidadNacionalVeterinaryHospital (260-9234) in Barreal de Heredia, north of San José, which is open 24 hours. This year, Dr. Bitter’s Clinics (227- 5017) in San José and the western suburb of Escazú will be closed April 5-6.
If you need medication or an emergency medical consultation, the Clínica Bíblica (522-1000), Clínica Católica (283-6616) and CIMAHospital (208-1000) emergency rooms and pharmacies will be open 24 hours a day for the holidays, as will Farmacia Sucre Los Angeles (262-3111) across from Más x Menos in Heredia.
Plan your vacation budget in advance, because banks – state and private – will be closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday.ATM machines will remain in service, however.
The French Embassy (234-4167), Japanese Embassy (232-3787), U.S. Embassy (220-3939) and Canadian Embassy (242-4400) will be closed April 5-6. The British Embassy (258-2025) will be closed April 5-6 and 12.
If you wish to send Easter cards through Aerocasillas (208-4848), do it soon, as it will be closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday. DHL (209-0000) will be closed Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Saturday.
Don’t forget your grocery shopping, as some supermarkets, such as Escazú’s Saretto (228-6703), will be closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Muñoz y Nanne (253-4646) in San Pedro will work normally, closing at 7 p.m. on Good Friday. PriceSmart stores (283-9464, 262-6365) will work normally, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., until April 4; April 5, 7 and 8, they will be open until 6 p.m.; and they will be closed on Good Friday.
On Thursday, AutoMercado supermarkets (257-4242) will open as follows: downtown, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Los Yoses, Plaza del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Multiplaza Escazú, Moravia, Heredia and Santa Ana, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Playa Herradura, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Good Friday, the supermarkets downtown and in Los Yoses will be closed; the Playa Herradura store will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and all others will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Más x Menos stores (243-7100) will have the following schedule: April 4, open 8 a.m. to noon, except Jacó, which will be open until 10 p.m.; Holy Thursday, open 8 a.m. to noon, except Jacó, open until 9 p.m.; Cuesta de Moras and downtown Alajuela will be closed Good Friday, others will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Jacó, open until 9 p.m. Hipermás (286-0033), will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Holy Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Though much else might be closed, you can still visit the country’s national parks, which will remain open during the week, including Thursday and Friday. Those interested in visiting the country’s museums, take note: the NationalMuseum, GoldMuseum, Children’s Museum and CalderónGuardiaMuseum, all in San José, will be closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday. INBioparque in Heredia will also be closed those days.
The Contemporary Art and DesignMuseum and the CostaRicanArt Museum in San José will be closed April 4-6. The JuanSantamaríaMuseum in Alajuela will be closed all week. The Santa RosaMuseum in La Casona, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, will be open as usual.
The Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center branches in Barrio Dent, La Sabana, Cartago and Alajuela will be closed all week. Keep in mind that many Costa Rican buses do not run on Good Friday, and others offer modified schedules on Thursday and Friday.
The nation’s dry law will be in effect Holy Thursday and Good Friday – bars will be sealed shut and restaurants and supermarkets prohibited from selling liquor between midnight Wednesday and midnight Friday.