Costa Rica Public Holidays

Whether you are a local searching for a short break or an international traveler, Public Holiday Info Portal is here to help you start planning your vacation

A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Costa Rica or officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island
  • Most of Costa Rica Public Holidays are determine based on cultural and religious traditions
  • Christianity is Costa Rica’s predominant religion, therefore private and public businesses usually close for 2 weeks during Easter Holy week and the following week
  • Banks and public sector usually close between Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • If employee require to work during public holiday, s/he will be compensated with double of the normal wages
  • Employees are entitled to paid days off on additional holidays or bridge, this is subject to employment contract

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
11 AprTueJuan Santamaría Day - He was a Costa Rican soldier, officially recognized as the national hero of his country, this holiday is to commemorate his death
13 AprThursGood Thursday (Jueves Santo) - Commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels
14 AprFriGood Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
1 MayMonWorker's Day or Labor Day (May Day) - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
25 JulTueGuanacaste Day - Celebrating Costa Rica's annexation of Guanacaste province in 1824
2 AugWedVirgen de los Angeles Day - The Virgen de los Angeles is Costa Rica's patron saint.
15 AugTueMother's Day (Assumption of Mary) - Celebration honoring the mother of the family
15 SeptFriIndependence Day - Commemorates the independence of the entire Central America from Spain, which took place in 1821
16 OctMonCultures National Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 AprThursGood Thursday (Jueves Santo)
3 AprFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
11 AprSatJuan Santa Maria Day
1 MayFriWorker's Day or Labor Day (May Day)
25 JulSatGuanacaste Day
2 AugSunVirgin of Los Angeles Day
15 AugSatMother's Day (Assumption of Mary)
15 SeptTueIndependence Day
12 OctMonCultures National Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
21 MarMonHoly Week Holiday (Public Sector only)
22 MarTueHoly Week Holiday (Public Sector only)
23 MarWedHoly Week Holiday (Public Sector only)
24 MarThursGood Thursday (Jueves Santo)
25 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
11 AprMonJuan Santa Maria Day
1 MaySunWorker's Day or Labor Day (May Day)
25 JulMonGuanacaste Day
2 AugTueVirgin of Los Angeles Day
15 AugMonMother's Day (Assumption of Mary)
15 SeptThursIndependence Day
17 OctMonCultures National Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
26 MarMonHoly Week Holiday (Public Sector only)
27 MarTueHoly Week Holiday (Public Sector only)
28 MarWedHoly Week Holiday (Public Sector only)
29 MarThursGood Thursday (Jueves Santo)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
11 AprWedJuan Santa Maria Day
1 MayTueWorker's Day or Labor Day (May Day)
25 JulWedGuanacaste Day
2 AugThursVirgin of Los Angeles Day
15 AugWedMother's Day (Assumption of Mary)
15 SeptSatIndependence Day
12 OctFriCultures National Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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