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 Bíblica drugstore and emergency room (522-1000), in downtown San José; Clínica Católica drugstore and emergency room (283-6616), in the northeastern suburb of Guadalupe; and Farmacia Sucre Los Angeles (262-3111), across from the Más x Menos in Heredia, north of San José.
Holiday closures at major embassies are as follows: British Embassy (258-2025), Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1-2; Canadian Embassy (242-4400), Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1; French Embassy (234-4167), Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; Japanese Embassy (232-3787), Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1-3; U.S. Embassy (220-3939), Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
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 Nacional (211-2000); Banco Popular (211-7000); Bancrédito (550-0202); HSBC (287-1111); Mutual Alajuela (437-1000); Scotiabank (210-4000).
Muñoz y Nanne (253-4646) in San Pedro, east of San José, will be operating normally, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 26. Saretto (228-6703) in the western suburb of Escazú and PriceSmart stores in Escazú (288-0008), Heredia (262-4848), the southeastern district of Zapote (283-9464) and the northern district of Tibás (297-2343) will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Most Más x Menos (243-7100) supermarkets will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 1, except stores in Alajuela, northwest of San José, and Cuesta de Moras in downtown San José, which will be closed on those holidays.
Hipermás (286-0033) stores in Heredia; Escazú; Guadalupe; San Sebastián, south of San José; Cartago, east of the capital; and the eastern suburb of Curridabat will be open until midnight through Dec. 20; open 24 hours Dec. 21-23; until 9 p.m. Dec. 24, 30, 31 and Jan. 1; until 10 p.m. Dec. 25, 26 and 29; and until 11 p.m. Dec. 27-28. Palí (243-7100) stores will be open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. during December, except Dec. 24 and 31, when they will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Megasuper (246-0400) stores are open every day through December from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Auto Mercado (257-4242) had not yet defined its holiday schedule at press time.
Mail and Shipping
Aerocasillas (208-4848) and Correos de Costa Rica (202-2900) will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. DHL (209-0000) will close its offices at noon Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
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 7 p.m. Cadena de Cines Magaly (CCM), which represents most of the country’s movie theaters, will have last shows at 6 p.m. on those days. Outlet Mall, Liberia and Cinépolis theaters will work normally.