by Michael Miller
Semana Santa (Holy Week) Turns San José into a Ghost Town. International visitors to Costa Rica are sometimes taken aback at how Costa Ricans deal with Semana Santa or Holy Week. This is the week from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.
In the U. S. the week is hardly noticed, except by those who might attend a religious service, such as The Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at a Catholic Church.
But Costa Ricans take Semana Santa seriously. They leave town.
Government offices, banks and most businesses close up shop, many for the entire week. Hundreds of thousands of families from the Central Valley pack into private cars and tourist buses, and head to the beach resorts, leaving San José a virtual ghost town.
Michael Miller is the author of the first and only guide book that focuses on Downtown San José, Costa Rica, titled The Real San José. Paperback copies are available for sale at selected retail outlets in San José. An electronic version of The Real San José is available at Amazon/Kindle. To access it, click here.