Nicoya lifts law that bans sales of alcohol during Holy Week


The short article below is courtesy of If those that are in Costa Rica for vacation during Semana Santa (Holy Week or Easter Week), beware that on thursday and Friday, you will not be able to purchase alcohol in Costa Rica unless the Municipality lefts the ban on sales in their district.

This law only hurts the established stores, restaurants and bars that work all early to stay in business for the holidays in which sales can help in profits for the year.

Contact your Municipalities to left this ban and be in the forefront like Nicoya!

March 21st, 2013 ( After changes in

the law, municipalities now have the power to decide for themselves whether to enforce the traditional “dry law” that prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages during certain days of Holy Week.  In the past, the dry law would have been in effect from next Wednesday until midnight on Friday.

As a result, the Municipality of Nicoya has decided that it will not enforce a dry law this year.

Mayor Marco Antonio Jimenez said the decision was made in order to avoid the illegal sale of alcohol during Holy Week.  Jimenez added that the lifting of the prohibition was a sign of confidence in the residents of Nicoya that they could celebrate in moderation.

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