Published on February 27th, 2012 | by csaylor0
Costa Rica Calendar of Events for March 2012
March’s predictable long sunny days evoke an annual surge of outdoor festivals, concerts and more. Even the quetzals and whales get excited about the heat wave, which corresponds with their mating season. Below is a list of the top activities to enjoy in Costa Rica this month, including dates, times and of course, which Nature Air flights will get you there in time to enjoy the festivities! With daily flights to all corners of the country, you could easily see and do everything on our list of Costa Rica activities! From rock concerts to oxcart celebrations and open-air markets, Nature Air will get you there.
What to do and see in Costa Rica this March 2012
- Feb. 23 – March 4: 2-week-long party in Liberia – la ciudad blanca
Until March 4, travelers can experience some of that signature Costa Rican fun during Liberia’s Fiestas Cívicas. From bullfights and horse parades to carnival rides and traditional food stands, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Nature Air has three daily flights to Liberia from San Jose, each with a flying time of 45 minutes (compared with a 4.5 hour drive) and starting at $103 USD per passenger.
- March 1 – 4: SEE OUR SEA Festival in Playas del Coco
Designed to bring awareness to Costa Rica’s oceans and to raise funds for Misión Tiburón, a non-profit whose goal it is to tag all of Bat Islands’ bull sharks, SEE OUR SEA events include beach cleanups; informational sessions on sharks, first aid and ocean diving; a live painting show with artist Carlos Hiller; documentaries presented by the International Film Festival; and concerts held right on the sand. For more information, visit www.seeoursea.org. From Liberia, a main destination point for Nature Air via San José, Playas del Coco is a scenic, 25-minute drive.
- March 13: Day of the Oxcart Driver in San José
Held in Escazú, a San José suburb, the Day of the Oxcart Driver features parades with displays of traditionally-painted oxcarts from days gone by. The hub and main departure point for Nature Air is at San José’s Tobias Bolaños International Airport, located just 15 minutes from Escazú. Best place to stay: Escazu Luxury Hotel Alta & La Luz Restaurant
- March 15 – 25: International Art Festival in San José
With more than 2,000 artists representing 28 countries, this year’s International Art Festival is sure to appease art-lovers of all kinds and is set to take place in open spaces throughout the San José region. Some 320 shows (including theatre, dance, music and circus performances; parades; puppets; and storytellers) are expected to grace local parks, museums and galleries, and a highlight to the 10-day event are (free) concerts with Calle 13, Alan Parsons and Pedro Aznar. For more information, visit www.festivaldelasartes.go.cr. San José is the hub and main departure city for Nature Air.
- March 16: Calle 13 Concert (Puerto Rico) at 9 p.m. in La Sabana Park, San Jose, Costa Rica
- March 24: Pedro Aznar Concert (Argentina) 10 p.m. in La Sabana Park, San Jose, Costa Rica
- March 25: Alan Parsons Live Project (England) 7 p.m. in La Sabana Park, San Jose, Costa Rica
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- March 19: capital city celebrates patron saint day
To celebrate St. Joseph, the patron saint of Costa Rica’s capital city of San José, March 19 will be a day filled with festivals, bullfights, delicious local eats and Catholic masses. San José is the hub and main departure city for Nature Air.
- March 24 – 25: Festival Imperial in Alajuela
Back for the first time in four years is Festival Imperial: a music fest that hosts rock and pop bands from around the globe at Alajuela’s main racetrack, Autódromo La Guácima. The lineup for this year’s concert includes Maroon 5, LMFAO, Flaming Lips, Moby and Bjork. For more information, visit www.esoficial.com.
- All March: whale watching and the quetzal nesting season
The month of March is a great time for nature lovers to spot migrating whales coming down from the Northern Hemisphere to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, and to see the colorful quetzal nesting in Monteverde, Cerro de la Muerte and five national parks. To watch the whales, Nature Air offers flights to a number of great spots on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, including Manuel Antonio, (Manuel Antonio vacation rentals), Drake Bay and Puerto Jiménez. To indulge that inner-birdwatcher, take a flight to Arenal and then a taxi-boat-taxi ride to the Monteverde rainforests.