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 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.
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 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.

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