Visit Atenas Festival of Life Mar 9th-11th-2018

Visit Atenas Festival of Life Mar 9th-11th-2018.

The first Annual Festival of Life /Fiesta de Vida will be held at the Atenas Parque Central March 9th- 11th. The Festival will take place at Central Park starting at noon on Friday, March 9th. There will be many booths set up with community organizations sharing their services. There will also be entertainment (music, concerts and dance) through-out the week-end, and so much more! Each night the Festival will end with music provided by Baile Con DJ from 8 PM – 10:00 PM. For all the daily details, check out this Facebook page for Festival of Life/Fiesta de Vida

On Sunday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM the Food Festival will take place benefiting the Hogar de Vida Children’s home in Atenas. Entrance tickets to the International Food Festival will be 3,000 Colones to the public and all proceeds benefit the Hogar de Vida Children’s home in Atenas. This is where you will get to taste samples of International foods. Come and taste other foods from around the world, help the kids, and have fun!

Then from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, live in concert, the FLASHBACK Band will play. There will be a raffle to benefit other local organizations such as the Red Cross, Animales Atenas, Angel Tree, Swim for Life, and the Hogar de Vida children’s home and more. Other concerts will follow through-out the day and evening until the end of the first Festival of Life at 10:00 PM. Plan to come to Parque Central next week-end and enjoy the food, fun, music and lots more!

Amazing Costa Rica Zip Line Tour at Adventure Park

Amazing Costa Rica Zip Line Tour at Adventure Park.

Amazing Costa Rica Zip-Line Tour at Adventure Park - Puntarenas

Get ready for an amazing adventure. With the assistance of the professional Adventure Park guides, you are going to experience one of the greatest thrills of your visit to this Costa Rica zip-line tour in Puntarenas. You will feel your adrenaline soar as you zoom across 25 zip line platforms over 11 waterfalls, two rappelling, and one suspended bridge. And you will also get an opportunity to swim in one of the waterfalls natural pools during this exciting tour.

The unique safe-braking system, invented and developed at the Adventure Park for your zip-line tour, provides you with a highly secure ride with extreme comfort at the same time. This allows you to get a bird’s eye view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Costa Rica mountains during your adventure!
This has been our favorite zip-line tour. After your day of thrills through the jungle and rainforest, they also serve a very nice Costa Rican typical lunch or dinner (depending on the time of your tour). This is a spectacular outing, but getting there by car is a challenge. Even with a GPS in your car it is not an easy place to find Adventure Park – Puntarenas. See their website below for detailed directions and phone help. They also will offer to pick you up at a Jaco hotel and other places if you do not choose to drive there…which is a great idea! They also offer a fee-based service to have a driver pick you up at your location, if you have a large enough group.

GPS coordinates Adventure Park ; Hotel Vista Golfo, please type:
N 10 – 07.859
W 84 – 43.544

Costa Rica’s “Must-See” Attraction – LaPaz Waterfall Gardens

Costa Rica’s “Must-See” Attraction – LaPaz Waterfall Gardens.

Costa Rica's Must-See_Attraction - LaPaz Waterfall Gardens

LaPaz Waterfall Gardens and Peace Lodge is a “must-see” attraction when you are in the Central Valley of Costa Rica! This day trip is an excellent easy one-day outing. The drive to the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens takes you on narrow roads that wind through a landscape of fertile coffee plantations, farms and dark forests. The original attraction here consists of a series of trails through primary and secondary lush tropical rainforests where there are five beautiful waterfalls alongside the La Paz River. In addition to the trails, there is an orchid garden, a hummingbird garden, and a huge Butterfly Observatory garden.
Before or after you have walked the trails at the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens, you want to make sure you stop by the Butterfly Observatory and hummingbird gardens. A visit to the Butterfly Observatory at the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens is sure to bring smiles. Here you will have the feeling as if you are part of nature without feeling that you are intruders. Since the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens are located in the rainforest, visitors are able to enjoy their interaction with the butterflies, even when the weather is not cooperating. On-site guides will walk you through the observatory, pointing out eggs, caterpillars and the camouflaged chrysalises.

Also on the property are a large variety of birds, monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs and jaguars. Our favorite area is the Bird Aviary because you can get up-close photos of many birds…and if you choose you can get your photo taken with a Toucan perched on your arm. At LaPaz Waterfall Gardens, you are guaranteed to see all that and more. Many of our guests say this has been their favorite attraction…and you can easily spend a whole day here. They do have a restaurant that serves a large buffet with quite a varied menu to please just about everyone. Open daily 8 am – 5 pm.
Reservations Telephone 506-2482-2720

LaPaz Waterfall Gardens
LaPaz Waterfall Gardens

FLASHBACK Band is Back in Atenas, Let’s Party!

FLASHBACK Band is Back in Atenas, Let’s Party!

EAT, DRINK, DANCE and ENJOY Classic ROCK ‘N’ ROLL to the sounds of Atenas’s infamous FLASHBACK Band! 5PM to 8 PM this coming Saturday Feb 24th at the Balneario el Cerro. Onsite paid parking of 3m Costa Rica colones, FREE PARKING on the street in front of the entrance. Please bring a flashlight to assist you in the parking and walkway areas.

Visit Our Atenas Friday Farmers Market!

Visit Our Atenas Friday Farmers Market!

A visit to our famous Atenas Friday Farmers Market is a treat for the eyes and your taste buds! Every Friday morning from 6:00 AM until about noon, you can come and spend a fun hour or two. At the Atenas Farmers Market you are going to find a huge selection of locally grown vegetables and a wide assortment of fresh fruits. You will also find a variety of baked goods, many plants and flowers, herbs (fresh and dried), cheeses, and farm fresh eggs, meats including shrimp, fish, beef, chicken, pork and home-made sausages! You will also find local cultural items for sale including bags of locally grown El Toledo Coffee as well as many local artisans displaying their wares. Also available are two small lunch counters where you can enjoy a typical Costa Rica breakfast. Or if you work up a thirst, you can sit and sip on fresh brewed Costa Rican coffee! A visit to the Atenas Friday Farmers Market is a fun way to spend an hour. And all your purchases will probably save you some money too!

The Atenas Friday Farmers Market is located just off the radial that connects Atenas to Highway 27 (the main highway that connects San Jose to the Central Pacific Coast beaches). You can also hop aboard the FREE shuttle bus that departs every hour for the five minute ride to and from the Market from the center of Atenas. Be sure to visit our local Atenas Friday Farmers Market…you will be so glad you did1

Atenas Residents Celebrate Costa Rica Independence Day! – News –

Atenas Residents Celebrate Costa Rica Independence Day! – News –


Last Friday a group of about 50 Atenas residents, all members of the Atenas Men’s Club, boarded a bus to participate in a celebration of Costa Rica’s Independence Day. We took a ride through beautiful rolling hills to Rancho Montecito near the town of Balsa. The owner of Rancho Montecito, Debbie Conway, one of the club’s members, met us at the entrance and gave a wonderful entertaining tour of her cattle Ranch and farm. We learned all about how she was a city slicker from Miami who arrived some 16 years ago and purchased 260 acres of land and planted 10,000 fruit trees. However when it came time for her to sell the fruit, not many buyers wanted what she had to sell. So then she made a decision to become a cattle rancher. It took her and her crew of ranch hands several years and lots of hard work to learn the business, but she now has a very successful cattle ranch.

Men’s Club member Tony Phillips and wife Rosemary, along with host Debbie, planned a fun-filled afternoon at the Ranch to celebrate Costa Rica’s Independence Day. We arrived at Rancho Montecito, beautiful 6 Bedroom, 4 bath unique Farmhouse. It is also a Vacation Rental for guests to come and enjoy a spacious outdoor experience off the tourist grid. The Ranch was beautifully decorated with piñatas, lovely fresh flower table decorations, life-size cowboy stand-ups of rancher Ben Cartwright and son Hoss from the Bonanza TV series. A delicious lunch of enchiladas, rice, salads, and a wonderful Flan completed the Fiesta meal. After the meal, we were entertained by a local Dance group, saw roping demonstrations by the local ranch hands, and listened to the music of a five piece Mariachi band who entertained us with some very lively music for almost two hours. The dance group and ropers even tried to teach some of the guests how to do their fancy moves. There were prizes for the best dancers and for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. A great time of food and fun was had by all in attendance! We also joined in singing the Costa Rica National Anthem after we learned some of the history of how it became the National Anthem. At the end of the entertainment we sang Happy Birthday to Debbie and were able to share in eating the beautiful birthday cake that Tony and Rosemary had brought for the special occasion! Now that’s how to celebrate Independence Day in Costa Rica!

To join the Atenas Men’s Club (both men and women can join) email List, so you can attend the next planned event, you can contact Tony Phillips at his email address

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El Toledo Organic Coffee Tour

El Toledo Organic Coffee Tour

Many of our vacation rental guests at Villa Doughty have spent an afternoon at the small El Toledo Organic Coffee Farm in Atenas. Most of our guests say it is a must see attraction if you are staying in Atenas. The coffee tour, given by the owner’s son, Gabriel Calderon Vargas, “is real, unaffected, un-commercial, informative, and inspirational and gives you a great perspective on what organic farming is all about”. For those who want to learn about organic farming this is a phenomenal tour. Depending on what time your tour is you will always enjoy samples of their three coffee beans and you may also enjoy a lunch. Check their calendar for availability on dates and times. $20 per person for the 2 1/2 hour coffee tour. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Click on the link above to enjoy the short video created by Peter Greenberg: “Go Local and Organic to Taste Some of Costa Rica’s Best Coffee”

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