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U.S. Thanksgiving Costa Rica Celebrations

Costa Rica ThanksgivingThis upcoming week marks the celebration of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and the celebrations are not just limited to the United States. With a large ex-pat community now calling Costa Rica home, the turkey and all the fixings are being prepared to allow ex-pats a home away from home celebration.

Many restaurants in the Escazu region of Costa Rica, home to a large number of ex-pats and located just outside of San Jose will be offering turkey and all the trimmings. The Beacon Escazu hotel’s fine dining restaurant will serve well known starts such as a Waldorf salad and pumpkin soup. Main courses will of course include turkey with stuffing of course. Inclusive of gravies, sweet potatoes and corn bread, no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without traditional apple or pumpkin pie.

Traditionally known for the largest Thanksgiving spread is the Marriott Costa Rica Hotel in San Antonio de Belen, located just northwest of San Jose. This hotel puts on a buffet spread that is guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds. In addition to turkey, a variety of salads including a maple nut carrot salad and a bourbon gravy will be featured along side of the traditional turkey bird. With a large selection of soups, salads and side dishes, this spread has something for everyone. In addition to turkey, rib eye roast and pork leg will also be served for those who don’t fancy turkey.

Historic Beginnings of Thanksgiving

Celebrated the fourth Thursday of the month of November, Thanksgiving was established in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the day a national holiday of thanksgiving. Modern Thanksgiving traces its origin back to 1621 with celebrations by the Pilgrims. The Plymouth settlers held a harvest celebration after their successful growing season, which focused on thanksgiving for their bounty and religious reflection. The holiday has continued as a civil tradition.

No Thanksgiving celebration would be complete in Costa Rica without that Tico influence. When you think that you cannot eat any more, Costa Rica offers a variety of adventures to help burn those turkey calories. A walk through the rainforest or on the beach is a great way to help reduce the effects of  this wonderful celebration. For the more ambitious a zip line adventure or canopy tour may just be just the thing…. but remember try not to loose your lunch!


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for the wonders received throughout the year. In Costa Rica  and where you celebrate it is also a chance to forget about calories and diets. It’s a time for buffet waistbands to be tested! Happy Costa Rica Tico Thanksgiving!


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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  1. Costa Rica Caribbean coast appears to remain a separate and distant, almost as if the two countries in one.

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