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What’s open, closed in Costa Rica for the holidays

December 16, 2015

As Christmas and New Year’s approach, here are the holiday hours that banks, embassies, government offices and private businesses are keeping this year:

BANKS: Banco Improsa (2284-4040) will be closed Dec. 25, 30, 31 and Jan. 1. BAC San José (2295-9595) will be closed Dec. 25-31, Jan.1; offices will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. Banca Promérica (2519-8090, 2505-7000) branches will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31. Banco de Costa Rica (2287-9000) branches will close on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Banco Nacional (2211-2000) will close its offices at 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31, and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Banco Popular (2211-7000) will be closed on Dec. 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1. Bancrédito (2550-0202) will close offices at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 25-31 and Jan. 1. Davivienda (2287-1111) will be closed Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Mutual Alajuela (2437-1000) branches will be closed Dec. 25, 31 and most offices will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. Scotiabank (2519-1300) will close Dec 25 and Jan 1.

EMBASSIES: Holiday closures at major embassies are as follows: British Embassy (2258-2025), Dec. 21-25, Jan 1; Canadian Embassy (2242-4400), Dec. 25, 28, Jan. 1; French Embassy (2234-4167), Dec 25, Jan 1; Japanese Embassy (2232-1255), Dec. 25-Jan. 4; U.S. Embassy (2220-3939), Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Most government offices will close Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. through Jan. 4. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and Supreme Court will have a limited area open 24 hours a day for emergencies, 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 (INS) (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 800-327-6224.

MAIL AND SHIPPING: Aerocasillas (2208-4848) will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and at 1 p.m. Jan.  31, and all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Correos de Costa Rica (2202-2900) will be closed Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1. DHL (2209-0000) will close its offices at noon Dec. 24 and Jan. 31.

MOVIE THEATERS: At Cinemark Escazú (2201-5050) in Multiplaza Escazú and Cinemark del Este (2280-0490) in Multiplaza del Este in Zapote, the last show on Dec. 24 and 31 will be at 3:30 p.m. Cadena de Cines Magaly, which represents most of the country’s movie theaters, will have all its theaters open at a regular schedule. The independent Sala Garbo in San José closes at 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31. Cinépolis theaters in Terramall and Desamparados will close at 9 p.m. Plaza Grecia Cinemas will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31. Multicines Plaza Liberia (2665-1515) in Guanacaste were not available at press time. Nova Cinemas (2299-7666) in Escazú will open at 11 a.m.

MUSEUMS: The Central Bank Museums (also known as the Gold Museum, 2243-4221) underneath Plaza de la Cultura close from Dec. 23 through Jan. 6, and the Children’s Museum (2258-4929) at Ca. 4, Av. 9 will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. The National Museum (2257-1433) at Ca.17, Av. Central/2, will be closed Dec. 24-25, and Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. The Contemporary Art and Design Museum (2257-9370) at CENAC, Av. 3/5, Ca. 15/17, will close Dec. 19 and reopen Jan. 4. INBioparque (2507-8103) in Santo Domingo de Heredia will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. The Costa Rican Art Museum will keep regular hours (Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) throughout the holidays.

SUPERMARKETS: Auto Mercado (2257-4242) all its supermarkets keep regular hours (7am-10pm). Walmart (8008000722) stores in Heredia, Escazú, Guadalupe, San Sebastián, Cartago and Curridabat will close at 9 p.m. on 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. on Dec. 24 and 31; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 (except Cuesta de Moras store, which will be closed, and Jacó store, which will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m.). Megasuper (2246-0400) will be open until 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31, and 9 a.m-7 p.m. on 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. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 24, 30 and 31, and will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29. Palí (2243-7100) stores will be open 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, 30 and 31; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on 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.

THEATERS: Arlequín (2221-5485) at Ca. 15, Av. 2/6, is closed until Jan. 14. Teatro Torres (2256-4295) at Av. 8, Ca. 11/13, and will be closed Dec. 24 and 31 only. La Esquina Theater (2257-0223) at Av. 1, Ca. 21, Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. El Triciclo Theater (2222-2624) at Ca. 15, Av. 8/10, will be closed until Jan. 4. La Máscara Theater (2222-4574) at Av. 2, Ca. 13 bis, until Jan. 4

VETERINARIANS: The National University Veterinary Hospital (2260-9234; call before going) in Barreal de Heredia is open 24 hours. 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 will close at noon Dec. 24, and remain closed on Dec. 25 and on Jan 1.

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