Nestled in the lush mountains of Costa Rica's Central Valley, Casa de Bell is an unforgettable vacation rental property located in the quaint village of Atenas, along the historic road to Jaco Beach, just 26 miles west of the capitol city of San Jose.
With its mango, coffee and sugar cane plantations, the fertile Central Valley is home to two of Costa Rica's six active volcanos: Irazú, the largest and highest in the country, and Poás, whose ash and shadow are responsible for the country's most delicious coffee. Perched atop a breathtaking bluff in the heart of the Roca Verde gated community, Casa de Bell offers 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Central Valley, while being less than an hour away from both the beach and the buzzing metropolis of San Jose.
Casa de Bell is only a ten-minute walk from the bustling farmers' markets, boutiques, gardens and cafés of Aténas. With less than 5,000 year-round inhabitants, the town of Atenas (Spanish for "Athens") provides a calm, peaceful, pastoral ambiance--the quintessential slice of Costa Rican life. Atenas is globally recognized for having one of the best climates in the world. The words "el mejor clima del mundo" are emblazened on every local bus--a valid claim, as daily temeratures hover around 80 degress, dipping into the 60s at night. The temperate climate and friendly atmosphere of Atenas attract those in search of tranqil, small-town life.
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Both apartments have same specs above. Upper and Lower, Independent from each other. You can rent either or both. We continue improving landscaping, and just added automatic gate entry.
After a little rocky start at the apartment (broken internet router and a horrible smell) we had a great stay at Casa de Bell. We loved the fact that it very light and that we had a whole view of the valley. In fact, if you walk around the balcony, it provides almost a 360 degree view.
At this time of the year (late December and January) it is a bit windy so if you don't like wind, I would pick the lower apartment. Both apartments are identical so it is a matter of taste whether you like more view, more wind (when it is blowing), more light, few stairs, next to the pool, etc.
The bed is extremely comfortable and the woman who cleans makes the place sparkle (she comes in once a week but with the wind and for only about $10 we had her clean another day a week). There is also a TV which we watched infrequently (unless you like news there isn't much to watch) but the internet connection was excellent so we were able to download movies, etc. I was also working while I was there so good internet was critical for me.
It is a great location but be prepared - walking into town can be a challenge unless you are physically fit. Or are prepared to get fit. You are obviously at the top of a ridge so it is a long way down (hence the great view) and a long way up. But taxi's are very inexpensive $3-$5 to and from town.
Overall a great experience. A few short comings that may get corrected (there was no workable grill for instance) but we will definitely be back.
gorgeous home, perfect place and awesome vistas! if you are looking at staying in San Jose you wont go wrong staying here. the place is absolutely gorgeous and well kept. Pete, the property manager, was pleasant and easy to get a hold of for anything. I would highly recommend staying here!
This is an awesome place to finish your CR trip or to spend a few days traveling the Central Valley. It's very new and built with class, there are great views on the valley, the kitchen is very equipped compared to other places in CR and the car is parked just outside and on the same level so loading/unloading it is very easy. It's not too spacey for a 4 member family like us but its still OK.
Pete the property manager is very helpful with tips on local stores etc.
I wouldn't recommend it as 1st place in CR if you're coming trans Atlantic since its little too far from the airport (30 mins plus) and check in process can also be time consuming since you have to set an appointment with Pete, however if you arrive from the US then its fine.