Atenas is a nice town with many amenities. The casita is located in a nice gated community a couple miles from downtown Atenas - because of some big hills it was a bit too much of a distance for me to walk, but it was definitely doable for those slightly more ambitious than me. The hosts were friendly and helpful, we appreciated their advice. We were using the casita as a home base for exploring the Central Valley, and it worked great for our needs. The home was comfortable, with all the amenities we wanted/needed and had some nice added touches - like beach chairs, cooler, nice decorations, etc. The well groomed, well behaved dogs and cat were an added bonus for us (Cheetah may be the friendliest cat I've ever met), but do be aware that they are around if pets aren't your thing.
The view of the jungle was a lot of fun and made a great ambiance and the weather, although cloudy and wet while we were there, truly lived up to the "best climate in the world" hype. This was not a fancy place, but exactly what we wanted and at a very fair price. We would stay here again. Thanks for sharing your cool casita.
Cam, Diane, and Jocelyn are excellent hosts. The casita is perfectly supplied, nothing has been overlooked. With a late evening arrival due to air travel complications, we were pleasantly surprised to find orange juice, cinnamon rolls and coffee already in the kitchen for the next morning. The kitchen is more than adequately supplied should you decide to prepare some of your own meals. You can literally just bring your clothes and prepare to enjoy Costa Rica. Excellent base point to explore many areas of Costa Rica's Western Central Valley as well as proximity to SJO and the Central Pacific beaches. Atenas is noted as one of the "best climates on earth". Neither heating nor air-conditioning is required. Beautiful vista of the valley below as well as being at the edge of the jungle. Wildlife at your doorstep, with a covered deck to observe the jungle below. The road to the property is paved right to the driveway entrance and is only minutes from Atenas Centro. Great place for a week-end, a week, or even month-long stays.
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The casita is in near perfect condition, well-furnished and includes everything necessary for a trouble-free stay. More importantly, the hosts, Diane and Cameron, were friendly and did not hesitate to answer any questions we had relative to our stay in the Atenas.
We believe this is the best place to stay in Atenas! The casita is on two floors, each with a deck that overlooks a beautiful valley behind the house. The kitchen is large and well supplied, the bedroom downstairs is comfortable and well equipped and the living/dining area spans in and out of the house- eating our meals on the upper deck was a delight. The house is bright, cheerful and decorated artistically with pottery and paintings that reflect Costa Rica. We walked to town, about 3 miles, most days, enjoying the fabulous views to distant mountains in all directions- the walk is mostly downhill, through quiet areas, but keep in mind that the first 15 minutes is up four short, but steep hills—we even got to like those! And the little town of Atenas has everything you need, including some good restaurants, several supermarkets and free lending libraries . Atenas also makes an ideal base to explore other parts of Costa Rica. ( We used the bus system most of the time, which is amazingly inexpensive).
Our hosts could not have been kinder or more helpful. They made our stay even more enjoyable and helped us figure out numerous mysteries relating to using banks, lining up taxis etc.
Renting this casita was a wonderful experience for us- we give it our highest recommendation.
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