A few weeks ago it was Semana Santa here in Costa Rica, which basically means Holy Week, so the entire country takes off to celebrate. It’s pretty much a week l0ng party and the beaches of Gunacaste fill up and get extremely crowded. The people that live here year round get a little annoyed by the crowds and so they stock up and just try to stay home. Our kids were out this week for Spring Break so we actually went took a little trip to Granada, Nicaragua for a few days. We missed the traffic jams and crowds but came back and hosted an Easter Celebration up at out house for all our friends.
Colored Eggs , Finding Jelly Beans and Water Balloons
Celebrating Easter in Costa Rica, like most holidays is always a little different and non-traditional. There wasn’t going to be a Sunday ham and there wasn’t going to be anyone dressed in their Sunday best either. Unless you mean their best Sunday swimsuit. The Easter bunny wasn’t going to be visiting the kids this year, but we still tried to make it fun as fun as possible, minus the hidden Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, peeps and toys.
There wasn’t a whole lot of Easter Candy in the stores here, no $1 bin or aisles filled with plastic eggs, jelly beans and Easter baskets, but I did find some Easter candy at the Auto Mercado. However, a package of 12 little chocolate marshmallow bunnies was $6,00!! They do have jelly beans here, but I paid almost $3,00 for a small bag. The Auto Mercado also had white eggs (the eggs in Costa Rica are usually brown) so the kids were able to do the traditional dying of some eggs, in bikini’s of course!
Instead of a grand easter egg hunt we had a water balloon toss for the kids, except the balloons would drop and wouldn’t pop! The kids had to really throw them for them to break open on the ground. We did end up hiding some lollipops, Nerds and some plastic eggs (which a friend’s Mom brought from the States) with hard candies in them for the kids to find. It’s hot here, so hiding chocolate would have just melted.
Bee’s Knees Cocktails
The Bees Knees Cocktail, this little gem I found on the fabulous website Savvy Sassy Moms 😉 and an article called Kicking Easter brunch up a Notch. It’s a Rum based drink, and now that is something we have plenty of here in Costa Rica. In fact we picked up 4 bottles of Flor De Cana at the duty free shop at the Costa Rica / Nicaragua border just a few days before.
Costa Rica Friends
We have met a variety of awesome people in Costa Rica. Some of these people are like us, expats from the States or Canada looking for a different way of life or just an awesome experience living in Costa Rica and some others have lived here for a very long time. Most of these kids go to school with Hudson and McKenna. No matter how they got here or why they are here, its fun getting to know these people and making new friends. They also make living in a lot of Costa Rica fun.
Even though this wasn’t your typical Easter, I think it’s safe to say we still had a damn good time and definitely one we’ll never forget.