Want to experience a â€śWhite Christmasâ€ť in Costa Rica? Look no further than the dazzling beaches of Manuel Antonio, where sugar-white sands are soft beneath your toes and the sun is always shining! December not only marks the beginning of Costa Ricaâ€™s peak tourism period, it also signifies a change in weather, as the country shifts from rainy to dry season. When you spend Christmas in Costa Rica, you can leave the miserable snow shoveling behind as you jet-set into tropical warmth, where average temps hover in the 80s and 90s and seasonal winds make outdoor pursuits that much more pleasant. Here are some of our top reasons you should consider a Costa Rica vacation over the holidays.
The weather is absolutely sublime
Weather-wise, December and January are some of the greatest months to visit Costa Rica, especially if your holiday plans include the central Pacific beaches. As the country transitions from the green season to the dry, humidity levels go down and December winds kick into high gear. Daytime temperatures around the Central Valley rarely surpass 80 degrees, and warmer coastal areas are tempered with constant breezes.
Experience Costa Rica holiday traditions
Multi-colored lights adorn homes and storefronts, classic Christmas melodies waft through the streets, and everyone is in the holiday spirit! But of all local traditions, the Festival of Lights and Tope Nacional (national horse parade) are some of the most cherished. Every year, more than one million spectators gather in San Jose to witness grand floats, skilled dancers, musicians and thousands of twinkling lights in the Christmas light parade. On the 26th of December, the nationâ€™s most devoted riders mount their best steeds for a lively beer-infused horse parade that is televised nationally.
Mouth-watering holiday cuisine
Christmas in Costa Rica wouldnâ€™t be complete without the time-honored tradition of handmade tamales. While these delicacies are on offer year-round, they become a national obsession near the end of December, as factories produce them in masse, and families come together for the laborious 2-day process of tamale making. Filled with savory bits of pork and vegetables, tamales can be picked up in most stores, but if you can score a homemade version, youâ€™ll really be in for a treat. Other holiday foods include rum-soaked fruit cake and the Tico version of eggnog, called rompope.
Say Feliz Navidad and leave all stress behind
Take a break from the headaches of holiday meal preparation and travel â€“ this is your time to relax and enjoy quality time with those you love most. Â And to maximize your vacation dollars, consider a private house rental where your party will have more space to unwind after the dayâ€™s adventure tours. And really, can you think of a better way to spend your holidays than a beach vacation in Costa Rica? Escape to paradise â€“ if even for only a week. To learn more about our exclusive ocean view villas and beach vacation rentals, please contact us today!