Best Climate In The World With Magnificent Mountain Views

Best Climate In The World With Magnificent Mountain Views

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Property Details

Updated: Sep 14, 2014
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 in Atenas, where we have fabulous weather all year long. 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, 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 a house alarm 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
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

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

Speaks: english

Reviews

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Atenas Alajuela Province
Sterling Heights, Michigan
5

An amazing country and an amazing house!

  • 5 of 5
The house was excellent. It has excellent views with a open floor plan. The use of a variety of materials to give it a local flare was absolutely beautiful. It is in a great area in the hills in a private area yet minutes from Atenas. The weather showed rain everyday prior to our arrival and it did rain for about an hour but never hindered our plans. Because of its location in the hills of Atenas we left the sliding doors open throughout the day and night and never had any bug issues. I had some concerns about not having air conditioning but the temperatures were not a problem, Atenas has the same temperature both in the winter and summer. (75 degrees).
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Lewisville, TX and UK!
5

A true breath of fresh air!

  • 5 of 5
From the minute we first corresponded with Charlie and Gloria, we were impressed. They are the sweetest owners who, without being at all intrusive, go out of their way to make sure you have all you need....from being escorted to the house if you happen to have driven around Atenas several times looking for the right lane (!), to giving helpful information for the best places to visit dependent on your length of stay (sadly we were only there for 4 nights) to lending their personal GPS. The house is beautiful - an 'indoor-outdoor' house as our children nicknamed it. The décor is tasteful, the beds very comfortable. The pool was a great attraction as it is a good size and very inviting, as was the outdoor, private hot tub. The views from the balcony are out of this world...whatever time of day you gaze out. It is really stunning and we wanted to bottle the air and capture the scenery to bring home to Dallas!
We had great fun driving on the mountain road as around each the bend, the panorama just seems to get better and better. We would recommend the Crocodile Man Tours. The staff are friendly and professional. We had great fun going up the Tarcoles River in search of crocodiles (and finding plenty!) as well as taking a day tour on ATV's into the mountainous jungle, swimming in a waterfall and eating at a real 'rainforest cafe'.

In Atenas, we ate at La Trilla (yummy and nice environment), Il Trocha (absolutely delicious fish and steak), La Cafeteria (tasty breakfasts and lunches) and La Casita del Café, which is up the mountain road heading towards Tarcoles / Jaco. The view from this 'overhanging' café is incredible!

Many, many thanks to Charlie and Gloria for a fabulous few days. We do hope we can return - we've already recommended your house to friends!
Best wishes,
Roger, Lucy, Dylan and Phoebe Samways
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Atenas Alajuela Province
5

Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5
We were extremely happy with the house, its style, the quality of the furniture and overall atmosphere. It didn't feel like a vacation rental at all because of its homy feel. In the evenings it would be quiet and peaceful, watching the sunsets was amazing and swimming in the big pool was unforgettable. We also enjoyed being surrounded by all the birds. For the owner he was very nice and extremely helpful, he recommended lots of places to visit and we really appreciated it.
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Louisiana,United States
5

Beautiful Property to spend a relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5
This Atenas property is simply stunning as it follows the Bali concept with several sets of sliding doors to merge the house with the outside world and provide amazing views of the mountains from both the ground floor and the balcony on the second floor. The house feels perfectly safe and secluded yet is in a gated community with two other houses. The owners were quick to respond to all our questions as we planned our trip to Costa Rica and would give us their take on things to do and see in the area, as they have resided there for a couple years. Upon arrival (our plane was an hour and half late in landing) we were promptly greeted by Charlie and given a quick tour of the property. He then graciously drove us into town to the supermarket for groceries and assisted us with our purchases of local products. We spent eight lovely nights here alternating day trips to area attractions such as Poas Volcano , Arenal Hanging Bridges, and Manuel Antonio with Walter, a local tour driver,(who himself was a valuable asset) with peaceful days of relaxing and grilling on the beautiful patio, swimming in the crystal clear pool, and hiking along the local road admiring the lush scenery. We were serenaded by a host of beautiful birds including the toucans who sat in the huge backyard tree and watched us swim. The house really has two master suites so is perfect for two couples. The four of us had an peaceful vacation and highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway. Thanks Charlie and Gloria for sharing this lovely piece of paradise!
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Angela and David,
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Colibri de Atenas. It's always a pleasure to read reviews from customers that truly make the most of their stay in our lovely town of Atenas, but also venture out to explore other parts of Costa Rica.
Thank you for the wonderful review and a special thanks for bringing down the gift package of Cajun spices. I (Gloria) love all of it! I use the "Slap ya Mama" spices on everything!
Charlie and I hope to be able to host you and your family again someday.
Warm regards and Pura Vida!
Gloria and Charlie McDermott
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Manteno, IL
5

Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5
This house is amazing. We would rent again in a minute. There are no negatives. Charlie, the owner, was quick to respond to our needs. He went out of his way to show us around town. The view from the house is amazing. The pool is really special. We had an excellent meal at La Trocha. We travelled to Sarchi, Jaco and visited the Basilica in Cartago. Do not miss the farmers market on Friday. Atenas is a great town with great weather!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Best Climate In The World With Magnificent Mountain Views
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Portland, Oregon
5

The complete vacation get away

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for ten days during the "green" season, it was great to get back to the house mid afternoon and enjoy some downtime while mother nature did her thing to keep everything watered.

Atenas is a great place to use a base as you bounce around different parts of the country, just be prepared to do a fair bit of driving to see everything.

The house is very well equipped and the pictures are accurate, you won't be disappointed upon arrival. We cooked daily as the restaurants in Costa Rica leave a bit to be desired, having a complete kitchen sure came in handy. Decent BBQ too!!

The one thing that really stood out for us was Charlie was always available to answer any questions about Costa Rica and really bent over backwards to help us throughout our stay. Do heed his warning re. swimming in the Pacific, it can be dangerous.

I would highly recommend renting this home, in hindsight we should have stayed longer than the 10 days allotted for our vacation. On behalf of Ashley, Erica, and myself Thank you!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : Hwy 3 at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Dona Ana at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Don Tadeo at 1.25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Kay's Gringo Postrest at 1.1 Miles 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!

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Rainy Season
Sep 16 2014 - Nov 17 2014
3 night minimum stay
$97
$658
$2,795
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2014 - Dec 18 2014
5 night minimum stay
$125
$847
$3,595
 
 
High Season '15
Dec 19 2014 - May 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
$150
$1,036
$3,990
 
 
Green Season '15
May 19 2015 - Sep 14 2015
5 night minimum stay
$125
$847
$3,300
 
 
Rainy Season '15
Sep 15 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
$97
$658
$2,795
 
 
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$200
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,036
 

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

Amenities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone ...
  • Living Room
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Iron & Board

Kitchen

  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...

Entertainment

  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books
  • Games

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding

Local Services & Businesses

  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • tennis
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • basketball court

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 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

Bedrooms

  • 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.

Outside

  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Private cook, Massage are by prior arrangement and at an additional fee.
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