Thanksgiving in Costa Rica

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How about Thanksgiving dinner in Costa Rica for something different on the day’s menu this year?

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica? What a splendid idea!

It’s hard to find a more quintessentially American family holiday than Thanksgiving; still, same old- same old can become tedious, despite the importance of tradition. Why not do something different for Thanksgiving this year, and spend the time with your family in Costa Rica? That’s right: Keep the family part, but shake up the day’s doing!

If the thought of another Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and nonstop football leaves you longing for an alternative, traveling to Costa Rica for the holiday could put a whole new spin on things, while still leaving you to enjoy that all-important family time.

Because of Costa Rica’s large North American ex-pat population, you can get a Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings pretty easily. If you happen to be staying in a family suite at Croc’s Resort, you’ll have everything you need in the unit’s kitchen.  Turkeys, pumpkin pies, cranberries, and even green bean casserole ingredients are available at either Mas x Menos or Automercado, both just a short, convenient distance from the hotel.

If you don’t want to cook, Croc’s is, of course, all-inclusive and has four on-site specialty restaurants to choose from in addition to the daily buffets. There are dozens of more dining venues in Jaco Beach that will likely cater to the North American visitor’s craving for a great Turkey Day dinner. Of course, you can always go a step further and also change up your T-Day menu options with fresh seafood, Japanese, fine French cuisine, or Italian.

Because Thanksgiving comes around at the tail end of the green season, everything is still lushly green, the rivers are high, the waves are good, and the sunsets are partly cloudy, which makes them extra spectacular.

Rather than watch football all that Thursday afternoon, you and the gang could ride trails, cross rivers, and swim at the base of a waterfall after an ATV or horseback riding tour. You could go hiking through the rainforest or catch the rapids during a day of white water river rafting. Surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, sun-bathing, and spa afternoons are also other great alternatives.

Of course, if a beer and the football game are what you crave, you can always pull up a  barstool at Liquidity and enjoy the game there among your fellow North American vacationers; there’s sure to be some good-natured rivalry and a tremendous amount of camaraderie to boot.

Playa Jacó stretches for miles, enticing the inner beachcomber out for a new take on the traditional post-Thanksgiving walk. Instead of bundling up with down jackets, scarves, hats, and mittens, you can stroll barefoot along the sand, while basking in the sunlit warmth. Plus, there’s nearly always a señor nearby offering horseback riding on the beach.

Finally, at Croc’s Resort and Casino, there are a number of fun activities to enjoy throughout the day, and after dinner and drinks, you can also head for the casino to try your luck at roulette or 21.

Start planning your new Thanksgiving tradition now, while there’s still time. You’ll never feel the same about Turkey Day again.






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