What’s open, closed for the holidays
To help readers make their vacation and fiesta plans, here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed in the weeks ahead:
BANKS – BAC San José (2295-9595), Banca Promérica (2519-8090, 2258-2212) and Bancrédito (2550-0202) will be open during normal business hours over the holiday period. Banco de Costa Rica (2287-9000) branches will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 30-31. Banco Nacional (2211-2000) and Banco Popular (2211-7000) will close their offices Dec. 24 and 31. Mutual Alajuela (2437-1000) branches will close at noon Dec. 24 and all of Dec. 31. Scotiabank (2210-4000) branches will be closed Dec. 31. HSBC (2287-1111) holiday hours were not available at press time.
EMBASSIES – Holiday closures at major embassies are as follows: British Embassy (2258-2025), Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2; Canadian Embassy (2242-4400), Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2; French Embassy (2234-4167), Dec. 23-30; Japanese Embassy (2232-3787), Dec. 28-Jan. 3; U.S. Embassy (2220-3939), Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES – Most government offices will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3. 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. For emergencies, dial 911.
HOSPITALS AND PHARMACIES – Rest assured that hospital emergency rooms will remain open 24 hours a day. The Red Cross (tel. 128) and National Insurance Institute (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 Hospital drugstore and emergency room (2522-1000) in downtown San José; La Católica Hospital drugstore and emergency room (2246-3000) in Guadalupe; and Farmacia Sucre Los Ángeles (2262-3111) in Heredia.
MAIL AND SHIPPING – Aerocasillas (2208-4848) and DHL (2209-0000) will be open during normal business hours. Correos de Costa Rica (2202-2900) will be closed Dec. 30.
MOVIE THEATERS – Most theaters throughout the country report no closures during the holidays this year. CitiCinemas Grecia (2444-1779) and CitiCinemas Jacó (2643-2100) will close at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31. Find a list of movie theaters and contact information here.
MUSEUMS – The Central Bank Museums (home to the Gold Museum, 2243-4202) underneath Plaza de la Cultura and the Children’s Museum (2258-4929) at Ca. 4, Av. 9, will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1. The National Museum (2257-1433) at Ca. 17, Av. Central/2, will be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3. The Contemporary Art and Design Museum (2257-9370) at CENAC, Av. 3/5, Ca. 15/17, will close Dec. 23 and reopen Jan. 4. INBioparque (2507-8107) in Santo Domingo de Heredia and will be open Dec. 24 and 31, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.), and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The Costa Rican Art Museum (2256-1281) will close only on Dec. 25.
SUPERMARKETS – Most Auto Mercado (2257-4242) stores will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 25 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 31, except Herradura, Tamarindo and Coco, which will be open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 25 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 1. Walmart (2286-0033) stores in Heredia, Escazú, Guadalupe, San Sebastián, Cartago and Curridabat will close at 9 p.m. Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1, and will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Most Más x Menos (2243-7100) supermarkets will be open until 9 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Megasuper (2246-0400) will be open until 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; the store near Mercado Borbón in San José and the store in Jacó will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Muñoz y Nanne (2253-4646) in San Pedro will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 24, 30 and 31, and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 29. Palí (2243-7100) stores will be open 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 30 and 31; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. PriceSmart stores in Escazú (2288-0008), Heredia (2262-4848), Zapote (2283-9464) and Tibás (2297-2343) will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; on Dec. 24 and 31 the stores will open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saretto (2228-6703) supermarket in Escazú will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and will maintain regular business hours all other days.
THEATERS – Arlequín (2221-5485) at Ca. 15, Av. 2/6, is closed until Jan. 13. Teatro Torres (2256-4295) at Av. 8, Ca. 11/13, reopens Jan. 8 with the play “Divorciados y Angélicas.” La Esquina Theater (2257-0223) at Av. 1, Ca. 21, reopens Jan 5. El Triciclo Theater (2222-2624) at Ca. 15, Av. 8/10, will be closed until Jan. 6. La Máscara Theater (2222-4574) at Av. 2, Ca. 13 bis, reopens Jan. 14.
VETERINARIANS – The National University Veterinary Hospital (2260-9234) in Barreal de Heredia will be open 24 hours and requests that visitors send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before arriving, unless of course it’s an emergency! Dr. Bitter’s clinics (2227-5017, 2228-1753) in San José and Escazú will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Dr. Adrián Molina (2228-1909, 2288-1716, emergency 2225-2500) in Escazú has not yet announced holiday hours.
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