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Best Climate In The World, Beautiful Views, 15 min. Walk to Town Square

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, swedish, polish, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

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.


Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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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average rating of 4.847826 based on 46 reviews

Beautiful home, Very centrally located

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with another couple spent 8 days in Casa Colibri. For a long overdue retreat from our hectic work lives, this place was perfect for us. It proved very suited for two couples as we each had our own bedrooms and bath. The house turned out to be as beautiful as the pictures on the website. The views were breathtaking by day and at night we could actually see the stars in the sky and also enjoyed the twinkling city lights down in the valley below. The sound of the birds in the morning were so therapeutic that my wife posted them online for her friends to hear. The high altitude really made the weather ideal and comfortable. I for one do not like summer heat and even during the warmest time of day the ceiling fans made me feel cool and very comfortable. No AC was necessary.

We took day trips to Monteverde Cloud Forest and Jaco beach (only an hour drive away) where we ziplined and rode ATV’s. We were very pleased with the central location of the property. It was our first time in CR so we had many questions leading up to our stay. Charlie, the owner was extremely helpful in answering every question we had in detail. Whenever my wife and I travel, I get appointed as the designated trip coordinator and Charlie made my job much easier with all the info he provided. He even explained how to obtain a Costa Rican phone no at the airport that would work on our US iPhones. During the taxi ride to the house, he was in contact with us by phone to be sure our driver got us to our destination and to be sure he was present to greet us timely when we arrived.

This was our first experience renting a VRBO house in another country outside the US. We found it to be very clean and well-kept and stocked with all the basic kitchen utensils and other essentials throughout the house. We were particularly thankful for the blender in the kitchen since we use that to make our breakfast drinks and it saved us from having to pack that item which we always need to when staying in a hotel. During our stay, Charlie was attentive and quick to respond with any question or need that came up.

We have also been researching future retirement locations and heard that Atenas CR had been rated at the top of AARP’s list as Best Places to Retire abroad. I would say it lived up to expectations for all the reasons they mentioned. We found the local residents truly welcoming and friendly.

We would definitely choose to stay at this property again in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian, Thanks for the nice words. The people of Atenas really are amazing in that they don't try to be friendly and welcoming; it's just in their DNA! We hope to see you again soon. Maybe as a resident! Happy travels, Charlie and Gloria
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Beautiful property with privileged location

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at Casa Colibrí, Charles was very friendly and helpful, he answered all our questions and gave us great advise to ensure our visit was one to remember.

The property has a great pool, cool and refreshing while the sun is up and warm during the nights. It has a very well equipped kitchen and laundry room, plenty of towels and pool inflatables are also available. You'll be very pleased with the views of the nearby mountains and a large tree in the backyard.

The house offers privacy and a unique decoration, you'll enjoy every minute of your stay in this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

Had all the amenities necessary. Beautiful, clean pool and the view was absolutely gorgeous.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we imagined and more.

  • 5 of 5

The view, location, proximity to town all combined with the property to make a great vacation. The hosts were great. Provided us with as much useful information as we asked for.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Safe location and good communication through booking. Property wasn't clean upon arrival.

  • 3 of 5

Safe location with gated entry in a nice community. Property shows very well in pictures, but was moderately unkept and unclean upon arrival (coffee grounds in the coffee maker, full trash can in kitchen, dirty kitchen, wet laundry in the washer, someone's shirt on dryer, kids pool toys laying about).

Overall Atenas is a nice area and even though Charlie had to leave the country last minute, he had his neighbor fill in and show us around. Charlie was accommodating when we informed him of the broken hottub.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Capacitor went out on jacuzzi jets. Electrician came in and fixed it next day. Sorry I had to leave town for a family crisis and wasn't able to do a walk around inspection before your arrival, as I usually do.
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Absolutely amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and surroundings. Well located . Great host.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
Kay's Gringo Postrest
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Dona Ana
Car: 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
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
Apr 15 2017 - Aug 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Green Season
Aug 13 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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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