Few countries know how to celebrate Mother’s Day like Costa Rica! Known as El Día de la Madre, Costa Rica considers it to be a national holiday. Offices and schools close to honor moms with heaps of love and pampering.
Whether you celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, or in mid-August like the Costa Rican locals, there’s always plenty of adventure to share with the moms in your life here in Costa Rica!
El Día de la Madre is more than just a national celebration in Costa Rica: it’s also a spiritual one. The holiday, always held on August 15th, coincides with the Feast of the Assumption honoring the ascension of the Virgin Mary to Heaven. The heavy Roman Catholic influence throughout the country has given extra reverence to Mother’s Day.Traditionally, mother figures are lavishly commemorated for the holiday. Gifts that are useful around the home are a traditional favorite, as are handmade cards and flowers. You can also give your mom a Costa-Rica-style gift she’d love - a deep clean of the house!
Another Costa Rican tradition for El Día de la Madre lies in the food - every celebration deserves a memorable meal! Children often treat Mom by preparing her favorite dishes from childhood: gallo pinto, vigorones, tamales, and arroz con pollo to name a few.
Some families go a different route, taking Mom out to a meal at a favorite dining spot. Give her the pick of steak or seafood at Rancho La Cascada, or order a glass of her favorite red wine to accompany tapas at Graffiti Restro.
To help your mother feel extra special, go the whole nine yards (or in this case, the whole seven courses) and book an exclusive spot at the San Lucas Treetop Dining Experience. She’ll delight in a meal in the Monteverde Cloud Forest that celebrates Costa Rican tradition with every hand-picked ingredient.
In Costa Rica, being with loved ones is imperative on Mother’s Day. House parties can go on for days, filling Mom’s natural environment with laughter, light, and love. Tables bedecked with Mom’s favorite pastries and drinks keep everyone refreshed and smiling throughout the celebrations.It’s a great time to give Mom an experience of a lifetime, and one she can share with the whole family. Enchant her senses by accompanying her on the Monteverde Coffee and Chocolate Tour complete with delicious samples. Or book a day trip out with the whole family to enjoy the paradise of Tortuga Island. Whatever way you decide to celebrate Mom, Costa Rica is rich with unforgettable opportunities!
Looking for the ultimate way to celebrate your mom or wife this Mother’s Day? A getaway package with Adventure Tours Costa Rica is sure to have her beaming. The Zen Escape package includes seven days of relaxation, pampering, and experiences around Costa Rica that will become lifelong memories. From the Swedish massage in her luxurious beach-front condo to tours of the Crocodile Mangrove and Manuel Antonio National Park, you’ll give Mom the prefect combination of relaxation and adventure.If a tropical wonderland has always been her dream vacation, give the mother in your life the full Costa Rica experience with our VIP Luxury Voyager package. During this nine-day trip, she’ll have the most fascinating adventure of her life - from catamaran tour to ziplines, spa treatment to hot springs, Sky Walk to river rafting.There’s no one like Mom, and she deserves the absolute best. This year, celebrate her Costa-Rica-style with a celebration of a lifetime.