• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica’s Holy Week vacation off to a deadly start

March 30, 2015

The weekend of Palm Sunday, on March 29, is the unofficial start to spring break in Costa Rica. School lets out for the Easter holiday and those with vacation time head to the beach. Unfortunately, the weekend signaled an unusually deadly start to the festivities.

The Costa Rican Red Cross tweeted Monday morning that 15 people died in the previous 48 hours across Costa Rica, up from 11 during the same time last year. During the weekend another 21 were seriously injured.

Freddy Román, spokesman for the Red Cross, told The Tico Times the number of deaths so far this holiday week is unusually high. Most of the deaths involved car accidents and weapons-related conflicts, Román added. On the Pacific Coast, emergency responders attended to five sea rescues. There was one drowning.

A total of 24 died during Semana Santa in 2014, according to another Red Cross tweet.

People in need of emergency assistance should dial 911.

Meanwhile, police arrested 35 people and confiscated marijuana, cocaine and crack from several people, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.

You may be interested

Costa Rica will offer ‘safe entry’ to Nicaraguans seeking asylum
Costa Rica
1122 views
Costa Rica
1122 views

Costa Rica will offer ‘safe entry’ to Nicaraguans seeking asylum

AFP - November 25, 2020

Costa Rica will try to improve protections for thousands of Nicaraguans who request asylum or refuge in the country through…

Shirley Cruz golazo nominated for Goal of the Year award
La Sele
1162 views
La Sele
1162 views

Shirley Cruz golazo nominated for Goal of the Year award

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 25, 2020

Shirley Cruz's golazo with the Costa Rica women's national team has been selected as one of the world's best this…

Keylor Navas named as candidate for Goalkeeper of the Year award
Keylor Navas
1119 views
Keylor Navas
1119 views

Keylor Navas named as candidate for Goalkeeper of the Year award

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 25, 2020

Costa Rican footballer Keylor Navas is among the six goalkeepers on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2020 award,…