|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
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*: https://www.iamat.org/country/costa-rica/risk/zika-virus
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.
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
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.
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.
We loved staying at this beautiful home. It was everything that was promised and more! It was myself and my husband (we stayed in the upstairs master bedroom with the balcony overlooking the pool and the mountains). And our 13 year old daughter, who stayed downstairs in the other bedroom. We all loved it.
We did a lot of relaxing. We read, we watched movies (netflix came in great on my husband's computer) I swam laps in the refreshing pool every morning, we got to know the neighborhood iquanas, and enjoyed the sun setting each night. We went on little day trips to Sarchi (art colony), to Grecia waterfalls, to the Atenas farmers market on Friday, to the Toledo Coffee Plantation. We spent six wonderful days there. We could have spent more. Thank you so much.
We spent 7 nights here as a part of our Costa Rica trip in early December. We greatly enjoyed our trip overall, and Atenas was in fact a very good launch point to explore from. The house was nice, in a beautiful location, and Charlie was very responsive to questions. That said, a couple points left us disappointed as a family of 4 with kiddos aged 9 and 7:
1) The second bedroom is isolated from the rest of the house. That is, while the bedroom is part of the main house structure, but entry is only available from the outside. The doors to it are keyed where the only way to open the door is to insert and turn a key to unlock and open. Exiting the house to go to the second bedroom is accomplished by turning a key to unlock a sliding door, going outside, then using a key to unlock the bedroom door. That meant that if our kids needed us in the night we would have had to (a) leave doors to the main part of the house and/or their bedroom unlocked, (b) lock the kids in at night and expect them to bang or scream so we could come if necessary or (c) give them keys and expect them to unlock doors in the night to make their way in. For most of our stay the gate to the main road next to the house was not working and remained fully open day and night. We decided to put one kid on the second bed in the master and the other kid on the downstairs couch. For many travelers this is likely not an issue at all, but for a family with younger kids it would have been nice to know.
2) We had hot water issues throughout our trip. We took 1/3 hot showers, 1/3 lukewarm to cool showers and 1/3 cold showers with no heat at all. It is a solar system with a propane backup however obviously something wasn't working right. We tried to make use of the outdoor jacuzzi once with a cool result and took a hot bath one night. Those choices ensured there was no hot water in the house the following 12+ hours. We reported the issue but were not sure how unusual this is during the rainy season. A first world problem to be sure, but a bummer to not enjoy the Jacuzzi and bath tub, as well as start our days with cold showers.
We enjoyed the trip overall. The house was nice and our kids loved using the pool. The layout of the house was also conducive to fun family game nights in the dining/living room. I'm sure our hot water and ant issues were temporary and a result of unfortunate timing on our part. If the layout works for a given family/travelers then we could recommend it.
Very comfortable and charming home with all the amenities. Being located in Atenas is a real benefit not only from the standpoint that the town is charming and offers a good number of restaurants and sightseeing opportunities, but is conveniently located to other attractions within Costa Rica (Poas and Arenal volcanos, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, central and southern Pacific coast towns, etc.).
Charlie and Gloria were perfect hosts and attentive to our needs during our stay. Highly recommend this location and this property.
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.
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.
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!
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.