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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.

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.

**the property is not child-proofed. As such, we regret that we cannot accept reservations that include children under 10 years of age**

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.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, swedish, polish, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

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 Atenas

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: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • 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
  • 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
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • 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
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private cook, Massage are by prior arrangement and at an additional fee.


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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: March 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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Such a wonderful experience --

  • 5 of 5

This is exactly what you hope for when you visit a country for the first time. Casa Colibri is beautiful home and Charlie is a wonderful host. The weather was perfect (as advertised), and the house suited our needs to a tee. I don't think there's anything better than leaving snowy, frozen North America and spending time in sunny, dry Costa Rica, where the people are friendly, and the views are stunning. There's a large ex-pat community, so wherever you go in town, you can find someone to talk to.

Other reviewers have done an excellent job describing the house and area, so I won't repeat it here. Just know that I agree wholeheartedly that it's a spectacular place, with an informative, pleasant host.

Book it. Book it now!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys. Atenas is a hidden gem, especially for the friendly townspeople. They don't treat you with deference, they don't treat you with tolerance and they certainly don't treat you like a tourist. They treat you just like they treat each other. And thanks for treating our maintenance staff so well. They really enjoyed interacting with you all. Hope to see you back soon.
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  • 4 of 5

Charles was an amazing host. Told us everything we needed to know and more. Very clean and absolutely beautiful home!!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a great location!!

  • 5 of 5

We (two couples) spent 5 nights in this wonderful home. This mountain top paradise truly had everything we needed. Unlike others we have stayed in, this one was completely set up with everything we needed. The infinity pool was everything it was advertised as!

It is the small things that make a difference! Salt and pepper, laundry facility, coffee filters to go with the coffee maker, lots of towels, etc. We had just moved from a VRBO rental on the Caribbean side that had none of those mentioned items and cost us 3 times more.....

The owner/host (Charlie) was absolutely amazing! From the initial phone calls till we left, Charlie made us feel he was honored to have us in his home.

We had a small issue with the hot water and he immediately (within 10 minutes) had a very nice handyman at the house resolving the issue. Charlie made every effort to ensure we were happy and comfortable. All 4 of us unanimously agreed that we would come back and stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, peaceful, great location and view

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here. The house was clean, the view from the top deck was spectacular and the pool was a delight.

Would gladly return here.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Mountainside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just left this tropical mountain paradise and miss it already. You will wake up each morning to the sounds of birds chirping which will draw you to the balcony to take full advantage of the sights and sounds that surround this property. There are a couple large trees in the back that attract a variety of birds so this is truly a bird lover’s paradise. Imagine my excitement to see a toucan fly by!!! Some mornings you will find cattle grazing on the mountainside. We considered ourselves very lucky if we were able to see any animals or critters native to Costa Rica. In fact, I was bummed that I was not able to see any Scorpions. (which, by the way, are of the non-venomous variety here) I did, however see an Iguana sun bathing on the rooftop living la Pura Vida! What a beautiful sight. I read in a previous review where someone was put off by geckos? Having lived in Japan and Hawaii, geckos in the home were not uncommon. Mosquitos love me so the first time I heard a gecko, I was relieved and felt at ease. Thanks to the gecko who happened to visit during our stay, mosquitos - which I find more of a nuisance - were not a problem for me.

The pool is perfect, both warm and inviting any time of day. This is a true lap pool and my husband took full advantage by swimming laps each morning while I lounged around in the afternoons with the available floaters. Clean and clear, there was only one day where one of the volcanos was very active and the volcanic ash did affect the water’s clarity. It wasn’t that serious though, knowing the reason for it, but Charlie did send someone over to clean it.

A cell phone is provided with the property in case you need to contact the owners or you can use WhatsApp. Casa Colibri is conveniently located close to town and centrally located to many attractions. Charlie and Gloria were very helpful in offering advice and helping us figure out what we might want to see and do during our stay there. If you’re there on a Friday, I would recommend the Farmers Market in town. Oh, how I miss the fresh and tasty fruit.

We loved Costa Rica and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We look forward to coming back and when we do, we hope to stay at Casa Colibri.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 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 Postres
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!




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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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