Published on Friday, August 13, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, Aug. 15. It is an official holiday, which means the day off will be moved to Monday.

The long weekend goal is to boost tourism with family getaways. Domestic tourists flock to the beaches and countryside. The holiday is a lucrative one for businesses.

Costa Ricans have a famous saying, "Usted ya hizo su Agosto?" The saying translates in English to, “have you already made your August?” The peculiar question applies when someone manages to make a profit in business, referring to the increase in sales in stores during the month for the holiday.

Also, most public institutions, such as banks, ministries, schools, as well as embassies will be closed on Monday. No employee is forced to work on Monday, but if the worker and boss agree, the employee must receive an extra day's salary if they have to work on the holiday, according to the Ministry of Labor.

The holiday is an opportunity for expat mothers to celebrate mother's day twice.

A.M. Costa Rica created a short list of places to make Sunday all that more special to the mother in your life. Remember to follow the sanitary guidelines to avoid getting infected by covid-19, such as: wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, constant hand-washing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Don’t forget to take into account the driving restrictions as part of your plans for the weekend.

Serenades for Moms

Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José will host a concert by opera singers Los Tenores during the weekend. The theater will have two performances per day, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The ticket price is between $35 to $57 pp, depending on the location of the seat. Tickets can be purchased online on the E-ticket site.

Eugene O'Neill Theater in downtown San José, will showcase a classical music concert of the opera group from the National University on Saturday at 6 p.m. The ticket price is $7 pp, on sale at the theater box office. For more information call 8455-6666.

National Theater in downtown San José will feature the National Symphony Orchestra performing a classic music concert on Friday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Ticket prices between $11 to $30 pp and are available at the theater box office.

Tropical music dance at the Conference Center in Barreal, Heredia Province. The Mexican orchestra Sonora Santanera will help your mom dance the night away on Saturday at 5 p.m. The entry price is $73 pp and can be purchased online at E-ticket site.

Theater plays

Grafica Genesis Theater and Art Gallery presents the dance show, "The clogs go towards their good habits." The show features the Spanish Nomad Dance Company with choreography by the Spanish artist Daniel Abreu. The show is on Saturday, beginning at 7 pm. Entrance $10 pp. Call for reservations at 8835-3697.

National Theater Company will be presenting the play “El Crimen Nuestro” at the La Aduana Theater in downtown San José. Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5 pm. The price is $12 pp and can be purchased on the Melico Salazar theater site. For more information call 2257-8305.

Outdoor activities

Los Sueńos Resort & Marina invites you to take a one-day tour to visit their restaurant's boulevard located in Herradura Beach, Puntarenas Province. Two of the restaurants, Dolce Vita and Lanterna, are offering on Saturday and Sunday special Mothers Day menu for lunch or dinner, which includes appetizers, main dish and dessert. The dish price depends on the menu. For reservations call 2630-4050.

Ponderosa Adventure Park located in Liberia Canton, Guanacaste Province, is offering a day tour including: a park safari tour, waterfall visit, horseback riding, canopy and kayak. The full tour rate is $49 pp. For reservations call 2288-1000.

Sky Adventures Parks are located in Monte Verde, Puntarenas Province, Arenal in Alajuela, Vandará and Conchal in Guanacaste Province. They offer one-day tours such as hot springs, zip lines, water slides, horseback riding. For more information call 2479-4100.

Parque Viva Entertainment Center  in La Guacima, Alajuela Province, is offering a Mountain Bike Tour on Saturday and Sunday. Each cyclist must bring their mountain bike and safety devices. Tickets cost about $4 pp.

Costa Rica Paradise tour agency offers a one-day whale watching tour at Marino Ballena National Park in Osa Canton, Puntarenas Province. The tour is on Sunday, leaving from San José at 3 a.m. The price is $70 pp which includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, and the boat whale watching tour with a professional guide. To make reservations call 8717-4439.

The Simón Bolívar Zoo weekend, in downtown San José opens at 9 a.m. The place is home to more than 70 species of animals and a large number of tropical plants. Entrance costs about $7 pp at the zoo box office.

The Santa Ana Conservation Center located in Santa Ana city, San José Province, is open at 9 a.m. The place has animal farms, trails and tropical gardens. The entry costs about $7 pp and can be purchased at the zoo's box office.

The Lankester Botanical Gardens is a set of gardens located in Dulce Nombre Canton, Cartago Province, and open at 8:30 a.m. The cover price is about $10 pp  at the box office. Reserve a spot by calling the number 2511-7949.


The European Film Festival continues at Magaly Theater. This weekend they are presenting the films "Out-mastered," a German comedy-drama starring Oliver Masucci; "Another Round," a Denmark comedy-drama starring Mads Mikkelsen; and "Charlatan," a Czech-Irish drama starring Ivan Trojan. Movie tickets are about $5 pp.

The International Film Festival continues with a program of independent films from 34 countries in 18 different languages. Tickets are free. A total of 20 movie theaters will be screening the selected films all across the country. Visit the festival's website to acquire tickets to watch the film and reserve a seat.

At local movie theaters, the new film playing is “Free Guy,” a science fiction action comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds.

More films in theaters are "Suicide Squad 2," "Jungle Cruise," "Space Jam," "Black Pink," "The Boss Baby 2," and "F9: The Fast Saga."

Most of the movie theaters are requesting the ticket to be purchased online, such as CCM Cinemas, Cinepolis and CineMark

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