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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Atenas, Costa Rica your home away from home

This is the capital of the Atenas province of the Republic of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is said to be Spanish for ‘rich coast’ and Atenas is certainly well-endowed when it comes to tourist attractions. It boasts vivid landscapes painted green by swathes of coffee plantations and patches of forest with pale blue hills undulating in the distance. And when they go into the city, visitors will find that Atenas is far from lacking in well-stocked stores and shopping malls. The beach is less than an hour away. Small wonder many foreigners have decided to make this locale their home. But for those simply on holiday there are a number of options as regards a holiday home; rural houses, opulent villas, large country houses, all boasting spectacular views and neat compounds.

Things to do on holiday to Atenas, Costa Rica

Ambling through the Atenas countryside admiring the green carpets of fertile farms while drinking of the excellent warm clime is in itself an excellent way of spending a day here. The place is a vibrant agricultural commune and produces plenty of coffee and fruits. Visitors will fall in love with the simplicity of Atenas life where the people hold on to strong traditions and everyone knows everyone by name. Locals benefit from fresh food items sold in the market and visitors can try out the locally-made cheese among other kinds of fresh produce.

Visitors should also make a point of visiting the town as there is plenty to see and do there as well. The park in the heart of the city is a brilliant place to unwind and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature. While relaxing there visitors have the chance of spotting the odd green parrot or toucan. Avid shoppers can check out what there is to buy in the fashionable malls and have a meal in the tiny local cafes for their troubles.

Places to visit on holiday to Atenas, Costa Rica

The city of Alajuela, of which Atenas is a part, is replete with natural reserves. One of the more intriguing of these is the Poás Volcano National Park which, as the name suggests, contains an active volcano. There is plenty of evidence of this activity in hot springs and geysers around the craters and periodic emissions of sulphuric gas. But one of the inactive craters holds a breathtaking lake surrounded by lush greenery.

Weather in Atenas, Costa Rica

According to the locals, Atenas has the best climate in the world and on visiting this resort, few holidaymakers will argue with that statement. It is nice and warm, and not uncomfortably so, throughout the year. Every month, temperature averages of around 27°C are recorded. In March and April these temperatures rise slightly, but other than that the weather is fairly predictable. September and October sees Atenas receive plenty of rainfall; over 250mm.

Travel to Atenas, Costa Rica

Those travelling to Atenas will most likely use the Juan Santamaria International Airport which is just over half an hour from the resort. It welcomes traffic from all over the world, being the main airport serving San Jose, the country’s capital.

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                                                                                                      living on a cloud

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                                                                                                      "I have the difficult task of explaining what it feels to live on a cloud, literally, because the clouds swiftly surround this piece of land from time to time for just a few moments and you exist for a small time with the sky. The rolling hills that extend into the horizon from the property's backyard spoil your appetite to taste other adventures Costa Rica has to offer...why visit a cloud forest when you live in one? And, the beauty of this home absolutely ruins your patience to stay in any other vacation home less exceptional than this house. This house sits furthest out on the best slice of land in the community so no other rooftop adulterates the view of the magnificent Atenas mountains. You feel like you are the only person in the world with the safe satisfaction of a small, friendly community of home-owners right behind you. The decor of the house is minimal and craftful and every turn offers another opportunity to enjoy the goodness of life. And that's all before leaving the house! The drive from Atenas to San Jose offers panoramic views of Costa Rica Pura Vida and you find yourself downtown in less than an hour. The drive to the Pacific side (Jaco/Manuel Antonio) provides equally impressive views ending in beautiful beaches and national parks less than 90 minutes away. Local fruit and vegetable stands abound in either direction, so there is always a chance to buy the best avocados on your way to and from home. The location of this house gives you the best chance to experience Costa Rica's coasts, volcanos, and local life and still be home to grill yourself a nice steak and take in the gorgeous city lights from a far, far distance. The stars and moon at night, are of course unparallel. I should stop here for fear of seeming unauthentic, but it's all true. Come experience it for yourself. You'll leave a different person." Thanks so much for opening up this sweet serenity to my family Diana, and best of luck with future renters.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2010
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2009