Visitors this week are having a hard time finding last-minute accommodations as both foreigners & residents alike feel that the best place to ring in the New Year is at the beach!
Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular destinations and full of sun-seeking vacationers ready to partake in the special activities planned for the 30th & 31st. Many are looking forward to dining out at one of the various local restaurants offering special dinner menus for these dates, while others are planning small get-togethers in area houses, pools, or beaches with friends and family members.
Community concerts have been scheduled in downtown Quepos on both nights, and there is always a firework show late on the 31st that seems to draw out the entire town. Live drum bands and dancing in the streets is a favorite all-night event for many.
For the more traditional Costa Ricans, there are certain superstitions that should be carried out on New Year’s Eve.
As in other countries around the world, everyone stays up until midnight and celebrates the change of the New Year by hugging those near you and calling loved ones who may be far away. It is not unusual for the phone lines in this small country to become inundated from so many calls trying to go through and temporarily shut down!
Close to midnight, it is customary in many families to gather together and have every-one eat 12 grapes while naming 12 wishes for the New Year. Another superstition is that you will have more of what you have in your hands as the clock strikes twelve, making it important for many to be holding large bills of money as they ring in the New Year.
Wherever you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year, we wish you the best & it is our sincere hope to have you visit us again!
Happy New Year
from the Staff at Tulemar Vacation Homes
in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica