Boyero Monument Atenas

Welcome to Our Costa Rica Central Valley Insider Guide

Welcome to Our Central Valley Insider Guide
AARP named Costa Rica one of the best places to retire abroad. And no wonder! It’s a beautiful country with gorgeous mountains and tropical weather.

But what, exactly, makes Atenas so great? Here’s a quick glimpse in the Costa Rica Insider Guide at what the town has to offer:


  • “Best Climate in the World” (town slogan)
  • Temperature averaging in the 80 degrees during the day
  • Dips into the 60s at night
  • Two Seasons: rainy (May to November) and dry (December to April)

Central Valley Landscape:

  • Rainforests are close by
  • Lush Areas of Grass and Gardens
  • Pacific Beaches are less than an hour away
  • Mountains and Active Volcanoes are an easy day trip
  • Atenas is home to the El Toledo Organic Coffee Farm


  • In the Central Valley
  • Centrally located – 45 minutes from the Capital of San Jose and 45 – 55 minutes to the Pacific Coast Beaches. It is easy to take a side trip to Nicaragua and Guatemala to the North, and South to Panama
  • 30 minutes from the Juan Santamaria (SJO) International airport


  • 5,000 in the city; 17,000 including suburbs
  • Good mix of Costa Ricans and expats
  • Expats are primarily from the US, Canada, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands


  • Primarily Spanish
  • Many also speak English

Leisure Activities:

  • Festivals and Parades
  • Sightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Zip-lining
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Golf
  • Fishing

Atenas also offers a small town feel that natives, expats, and tourists have come to love.

That’s just a quick look at the town of Atenas. Keep checking back to learn more about each of these, as well as recommended attractions in the Central Valley, the best restaurants, special deals, and more!

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