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Best Climate In The World [Reduced Zika Risk]

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Atenas House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Private Mountainside Home Located Close To Everything!

Casa Colibri de Atenas is conveniently located 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport (SJO), 35 minutes from San Jose, 45 minutes from beaches, 1.5hrs from Poas Volcano, 2 hrs from Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, 2 hrs from Manuel Antonio, and 2.5 hrs from Monteverde Cloud Forest. We are centrally located to nearly all the best sights and activities in Costa Rica.

Our home is nestled on the Pica Flora ridge above Atenas. At our altitude of 2,800', we have very few insects. The undisrupted balance of nature allows natural predators (gekkos, iguanas, oppossums, etc) to dispatch most of the few pests that live at this altitude, including most mosquitoes.

*ZIKA Update*:

We have amazing weather year round. The rainy season is especially enjoyable with brilliant, blue sunrises and then the occasional afternoon tropical downpour. Conde Nast and National Geographic have dubbed our town as having the 'best climate in the world'.

Casa Colibri is equipped with all the amenities you'll need to make it your home away from home. WiFi, Cable TV, fully stocked kitchen with all your cooking needs. Bedroom 1 on the first floor has a king size bed, large closet space, en suite shower/toilet, and direct access to the outdoor jacuzzi. Bedroom 2 on the second floor has a queen size bed plus a single bed, large work desk, walk-in closet, luxurious en suite bathroom with double sinks, shower, and jacuzzi and a luxurious balcony overlooking the central valley and our large swimming pool.

Costa Rica has one of the lowest crime rates in Central America (equal to Boston, USA); and Atenas has one of the lowest crime rates in Costa Rica. Still, there is a security gate and friendly neighbors nearby for added security.

We have an excellent management team to provide you with tourist tips as well as handle any problems that might arise. The owners live year round 400 meters away from Casa Colibri.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016

About Charles/Gloria

Owners are Americans who have lived in Japan and Paris for 30 years before settling on Costa Rica.

Charles/Gloria purchased this house in 2013

Why Charles/Gloria chose Alajuela Province

Close to SJO airport (much appreciated after a late night arrival) yet still isolated in a safe, friendly town. Easy 5 min. drive over good roads to Supermarkets and town square. Low, low humidity. Well-built house, especially plumbing (no need for unpleasant 'waste' baskets in bathrooms...). Paved road so no dust storms to interfere with your harmony.

What makes this house unique

Automatic coded security gate, frontage is paved (no dust), true lap-pool, good plumbing, fully solar hot water and electricity (with electric company on standby for cloudy days) owners live in neighborhood year round.


based on 36 traveler reviews

Best Climate In The World [Reduced Zika Risk]
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

The house and location were as beautiful as the website photographs! The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. He gave us wonderful suggestions for dining and activities within a reasonable driving distance. We will definitely recommend this home to friends and will certainly stay here again should we return to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the house is beautiful

  • 5 of 5

It's was amazing staying at Casa Colibri. We had a great time our home away from home. It's located close to many attractions in Costa Rica. Charles was very helpful during our stay. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a place to escape the business of daily life. Casa Calibri and Atenas were perfect. The house was a perfect set up including multiple patios and a great pool. I was honestly nervous about no air conditioning (we are from Texas) but the weather was ideal and the house stayed a nice temp and it was actually cool at night.

Atenas is ideally located for quaint restaurants or day drives to beaches and mountains. We rented a car and glad we did.

I would recommend this listing to anyone and hope to visit again one day.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Pleasant Stay

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay in Atenas. The accommodations were roomy and comfortable; the pool a great joy; and the owners very kind and considerate. Highly recommend the property and location.


S & R Kennedy

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Amazing Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Charlie was an excellent host and provided plenty of detail on how to get to the property. He was watching the status of our inbound flight and picked us up some groceries since we wouldn't get to Atenas until late in the evening (best $20 I've spent after a day of travel). The house exceeded all of our expectations!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: James, Glad you guys enjoyed your time here. Hope you get a chance to come again soon! Thanks, Charlie
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  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 (17,15,11) just spent 7 days in Costa Rica. The house was fantastic and a great fit for us for the following reasons:

1. Staying in atenas is an authentic experience. When we travel to a new place, our goal is to experience the culture of the country. With this location we were able to spend time at the very comfortable house, but also walk down each day to have lunch or dinner or grocery shop in the town. Perfect!

2. The climate here is like no other I experienced. It was blue sky and perfect every day. Morning start early due to the sunrise, but my lethargic teens on vacation were happy to eat breakfast on the back porch and then roll into the pool (if we were not going on a day trip). We brought rafts which was a good move for everyone to have max comfort. There was a pump and one floating chaise already there...and we left one of ours. Also three lounge chairs beside the pool, as well as rockers and lounge chaise on the back porch which is covered by overhang of roof. Games and books for all ages.

3. The sleeping situation worked out well with parents on private second floor and 2 teens in lower room with two single beds, and other oldest teen on couch in living room. (It is a pull out, though he just used sheets and pillow on couch as is....his typical choice while on vacation). There is a third bed in upper bedroom but our kids just used it to read on. We slept with all the upper doors open which was heavenly though, yes, the birds are very happy here!! They wake up cheerful every day. At first I was shocked but it quickly became used to it- kind of like background music. We never slept with the doors shut so apparently it didn't bother us too much. The sun rises early and sets early (by 6:00 pm) so your body gets reset while here. Loved it all.

4. Location to Costa Rican hot spots is great. My family made me promise to not overbook us, so we ended up taking day trips every other day. We took three trips using Walter's taxi service: el Toledo coffe plantation (local) complete with lunch prepared by a Costa Rican family- priceless. Also, day trip to Fortuna (3 hours). This gave us a chance to see rural countryside and go zipline, volcano, and hot springs. Last, Manuel Antonio forest and amazing beach (2 1/2 hours) . Perfect choices for us. Note: owners were not in town while we were there because visiting son- but still responsive over email.

Everyone very happy with this house!! If we can come back...we will.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gretchen, Glad you and the kids enjoyed the people of Atenas as much as we do. Thanks for taking the time to write of your experiences. I'm sure future travelers will appreciate it also. Cheers, Charlie and Gloria
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Nearest Barpub
1.25 Miles
Don Tadeo
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
Kay's Gringo Postrest
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Dona Ana
Car: not necessary

Atenas is a quaint town with low humidity and cool temperatures. Its central location makes it ideal for beach/deep sea fishing activities (45 mins away) or Cloud Forest activities (zip-lining, horseback riding (45 mins away) or volcano exploring (2 hours away). Sizzle at the beach all day and then spend a cool night in Atenas!


Rates & Availability

Atenas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rainy Season
Sep 17 2016 - Nov 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Season
Nov 18 2016 - Dec 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Green Season
Apr 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rainy Season
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season '17
Dec 16 2017 - Apr 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
Green Season '15
Apr 21 2018 - Sep 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Rainy Season '15
Sep 15 2018 - Nov 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bathroom (1st Floor) - toilet
    Full bathroom ensuite 2fl bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Full bathroom ensuite 1st fl bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Poolside Shower - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 1st Fl Bedroom w/ ensuite bathroom - 1 king , King can convert to 2 Twins, private entry from outside
    2nd Fl. bedroom w/ ensuite bathroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , huge balcony
  • Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with shower and jacuzzi.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private cook, Massage are by prior arrangement and at an additional fee.

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