School children will get time off at start of July

Beware, parents, the mid-year vacation is coming.

Costa Rican public schools will be in recess from July 2 to July 13 this year, and a number of organizations and agencies are planning workshops and other activities for the youngsters.

Among these is the Fundación Pro Zoológicos which is working in conjunction with the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar in north San José. The workshops, which also will be held at the park’s Centro de Conservación de Santa Ana are from July 1 to July 15 to take advantage of the weekends. More information is available on the Web site,

This also is a good time for tourism, as many families leave town. Operators of tourism facilities look upon the midyear vacation as one of the major money-making periods, although not as lucrative as the country’s high season from December to March.

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