Samara, Costa Rica hosts an amazing Christmas Fiesta with carnival and rodeo every year Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve. Tico’s come from all over Guanacaste to be part of this annual celebration on the beach.
We went to opening night of the rodeo and sat high in the stands. For 4,000 colones (about $7.50US) several hundred people filled the arena. The Cowboys, cheered by their fans, were introduced as they pulled the name of their bull out of a hat.
8 seconds of the cowboy on the bull or less and then the real show begins! (No offense to the talented athletes riding the Bulls intended!!) A bunch of men jump in the arena to encourage the bull back into the pen. They never succeed and then the Cowboys ride in and lasso the bull. These skilled horsemen where the highlight of the show. How can they ride so fast while at the same time lasso the bull by the neck so accurately?
Outside the arena the carnival delights with bright lights, rides, a DJ and salsa dancing and lots of food and beer. And, notable to me, somehow a banos vendor puts in flush toilets and charges 500c for their use. Far nicer than porto-poddies…but where do they flush…?
Every night the rodeo draws crowds. During the day the beach is the place to be. Families, honeymooners and mostly Costa Rican’s are swimming, surfing, building sand castles and sun bathing. This is a great vacation spot for Christmas week.
Anticipation for New Year’s Eve on the beach was high. Many of our new friends here told us about the Bon fires and fireworks. The local hotels and restaurants hold parties and sponsor these fireworks. We walked along the beach like kids, holding hands and delighted with the romance of the evening. The sky was clear, stars brilliant in the new moon sky and the beach lined with the glow of the restaurant lights. Several bonfires were lit along the beach with young people laughing, talking and closing out 2016 In Costa Rica.
We walked home to our deck on the hill to bring in the New Year. The fireworks started about 9pm and went on and on to midnight! It was a magical evening for us. Sitting on our deck was like being in a planetarium. The stars were awe inspiring and the fireworks show was beautiful.
Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you the desires of your heart.