1.5 Million Expected To Travel To Costa Rica Beaches and Resorts During Semana Santa
- by crv.staff
- 3:26 PM UTC
Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is always a busy travel period in Costa Rica since it is the week leading up to Easter Sunday and that coincides with Spring Break for many. Our friends at Insidecostarica.com published an article earlier this week about travel options for those expected to travel to Costa Rica during this period:
Some 1.5 million people are expected to take to the roads beginning this week to visit the beaches and mountain resorts for Semana Santa. The subdirector of Tránsito, Huanelgue Gutiérrez, says his police unit is ready for the massive movement that although officially begins on Saturday, April 4, the massive exodus begins of Wednesday the 8th.
San Jose typically becomes a ghost town during Semana Santa. However, this year Gutiérrez is predicting that many will stay closer to home and the movement of traffic during Semana Santa in San Jose and the Central Valley will be different that in the past years, mainly due to the economic situation.
Bus operators are all set for the massive moving of people. Destinations like Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limon are the favourite for many.
Transportes Alfaro, who provides regular service between San Jose and Guanacaste will have some 40 buses daily operating from 5:30am to 8pm, leaving every 15 minutes, depending on the demand. Jorge Alfaro said that Wednesday will be heaviest day, as the majority of travellers will be making their way out of San Jose, followed by Thursday.
Like many bus operators, Alfaro will not provide service on Good Friday.
Alfaro added that many of their destinations have already been reserved. People who haven’t purchased their bus tickets for Semana Santa may be disappointed. Bus fares from San Jose to Nicoya now runs ¢3.130, the same to Santa Cruz, the fare to Tamarindo, a popular spot for many, costs ¢3.265.
Travel to Jaco, perhaps the most favourite destination because of its proximity to San Jose, will be made easier as the bus operator of the route will add more buses and additional times. Buses will be leaving San Jose at 6am, 7am, 9am, 11am, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm, twice the number of departures. The cost is ¢1.830.
Travel to Puntarenas is every hour beginning at 4:30am and with service until 10pm. Roy Vargas, manager of the Puntarenas bus route operator, said that they will have 50 units available during the Semana Santa, when normal for the route is 32.
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