Christmas in Costa Rica

Finding ways to feel festive while travelling can be challenging. Especially if you are a Christmas fiend like myself.

Enjoying a Christmas Tree in Tamarindo

Enjoying a Christmas Tree in Tamarindo

I did manage to track down a little string of plastic Christmas balls in Tamarindo, and you better believe I was excited about it. The other ways I’ve been focusing on being festive is taking a moment to stop and appreciate any, and all Christmas decorations that I see throughout our travels.

Our trip to Santa Teresa was especially exciting, as we passed through so many towns, and every single house, no matter how small, had something festive outside. One of the coolest things, is that the majority of the houses display their Christmas trees outside on their porch. It certainly made it easy to be a Christmas Creeper!

I LOVE this crafty pop bottle poinsettia that I found in a little town we stopped in en route to Santa Teresa.

I LOVE this crafty pop bottle poinsettia that I found in a little town we stopped in en route to Santa Teresa.

As for actual Christmas, I am fortunate that we have a bunch of family and friends joining us in Tamarindo over the holidays. We are staying in a condo with an OVEN! A rarity here in Costa Rica. I have a huge Western/Costa Rican meal planned. Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, Plantains, Rice and Beans, Pico de Gallo, and maybe Ceviche if I can get my hands on some delicious fish.

I guess what I’ve learnt is to not only create ways to feel festive, but also open your eyes to appreciate the ways the country around you is celebrating.

Christmas I have found throughout our travels!

Christmas I have found throughout our travels!

How do you stay festive while travelling over the holidays?

Pura Vida!


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6 thoughts on “Christmas in Costa Rica

  1. Last year Warren and I went to Mount Washington for Christmas and it was nice to have all the snow and remind me of my childhood. There were also Christmas lights up in the condo we stayed at and we went and had a Christmas dinner at the pub at the hill. Not the same as home but it was something.

    I have found that this Christmas though we are both more excited for the season because we weren’t surrounded by our things last year. We have both grown to appreciate the season for what it is meant to be I think. I also have my family joining us this year so that makes it feel like Christmas too.

    Enjoying reading your adventures. Little tip…take time preparing your dinner since the stove will be new to you. And since they are rare there who knows how it might cook your food?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • That’s so true! Although I don’t have my normal Christmas swag all around me, I’m learning to appreciate the little Christmas moments that sneak into our days. Truly makes you appreciate the little things!

      Great tip on the oven!! I’m totally going to take that into consideration!

      Enjoy your Christmas family time!

      • Happy I could help. I look forward to hearing how it went. I am sure all will be great. ๐Ÿ™‚

        You enjoy your time with friends and family too.


  2. We’re not sure what we’re doing for Christmas here but we’ll be in Coco. We don’t have a tree ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but we’ll probably roll out some sort of Tico/Gringo/Chinese dinner for Christmas. Agreed, it can be hard to celebrate Christmas on travels but luckily they celebrate it like crazy here! I love how they decorated the trees at the beach, so pretty!

    • Oh ya! The trees look amazing, especially at night. We’re heading to coco for New Years, so I’ve been taking the time to look at all your posts about it!

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