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Casa Colibri de Atenas is conveniently located 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport (SJO), 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 above Atenas. At our altitude of 2,800', we have very few mosquitoes.

The space

You will not be disappointed with a stay at Casa Colibri. Casa Colibri is located in Atenas, 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria (SJO) International Airport. Our 2-story, 2bedroom, 2.5 bath Balinese style home is the perfect place for 2 couples or a family of 4 to enjoy. The upstairs bedroom has a queen size bed and a single bed. The downstairs bedroom has 2 single beds which can be converted to a king size bed. Whether you are interested in simply sitting by the lap pool with a good book while sipping on your Pina Colada, or in using the home as a base camp while exploring nearby rain/cloud forests, volcanoes or any of the world class beaches, this is the place to stay.

Atenas is well-known for having the best climate in the world (Nat'l Geographic). While Atenas proper can get a bit warm, at Casa Colibri's altitude, you'll find both humidity and mosquitoes in short supply.

As of this writing, Atenas has reported zero cases of Zika.

The undisrupted balance of nature allows natural predators (gekkos, iguanas, oppossums, etc) to dispatch most of the few pests that live at this altitude [2,800'], including most mosquitoes.


The owners live year round in another home in the neighborhood (Pica Flora).

Costa Rica has the lowest crime rate in Central America (about the same capital crime rate as Boston). Atenas has one of the lowest crime rates in Costa Rica and Pica Flora has the lowest crime rate in Atenas. Still, there is an automatic security gate and friendly, engaged neighbors for added safety.

Guest access

Entire house with enclosed yard and pool.

Interaction with guests

We monitor email so if you have any problems or need any tips, we are happy to drop by and help. We also have (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), as do most Costa Ricans (Ticos). We also make a cheap cell phone available to you during your stay.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

Please observe quiet hours after 9pm. You'll find you'll be getting up with the sun just like the Ticos so 9pm isn't as early as it seems.

All trash must be bagged. City will not pick up loose trash.

Please lock all doors when you are absent.


4 nights minimum stay

7 Reviews

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Leah User Profile
May 2017
Make sure to print out all the list of ideas that Charlie gives you as the tips were invaluable. The house was exactly as the pictures and the pool was wonderful.

Gina User Profile
March 2017
Our stay was wonderful! As soon as we got into town Charlie met us at the house and was kind enough to show us around the town and take us to the supermarket. The house is beautiful and very kept up. It was hard to want to leave to do anything but we did take him up on some recommendations as we traveled to Manuel Antonio, El Toledo Coffee tour and to one of the restaurants he suggested. Definitely look forward to coming back again!

Rob User Profile
May 2013
Gloria and Charlie were excellent host who made sure we were well taken care of and well informed. The house was just as we expected which made the trip even better. The location, view and privacy set the tone for the entire trip. It also served as a central base location to the many areas we traveled within Costa Rica. Definitely a place for romance and relaxation.
Charlie/Gloria User Profile
Response from Charlie/Gloria:
Rob, Thanks for the nice comments. Looking forward to your return and hearing about your new adventures!
May 2013

Paul User Profile
December 2016
Wonderful modern residence with fantastic mountain & valley views, all in a small upscale neighbourhood. We particularly appreciated the quietness and just minutes from Atenas - a little picturesque town and its friendly people. We will definitely return during our cold winter months in Niagara, Canada, eh!

Ruth.Sanssouci@Hotmail.Com User Profile
January 2014
Notre séjour à Casa Colibri fut absolument merveilleux. La maison est superbe et confortable avec tout ce dont nous avons besoin. La piscine est géniale et la vue incroyable!!! Cette maison est paisible et permet de bien profiter de la vie! Charlie est très gentil et accueillant. Possible d'y être sans voiture car un taxi au village ne coute presque rien... entre 1500 et 2000 colons. Beau village, gens très gentils... Nous étions en famille avec de jeunes enfants et tout le monde a adoré leur séjour à Casa Colibri

Adeline User Profile
June 2017
Nous avons été très bien accueilli par Charlie. Il a été un hôte au top en se rendant disponible et en nous proposant des activités à faire dans le coin. Sa villa est magnifique et offre très bien située. Parfaite pour les familles ou les couples comme le mien. Elle a à été au delà de nos espérances. Nous remet ions encore Charlie pour son hospitalité. Pure Vida !

Florence User Profile
August 2013
Très belle maison, excellent rapport qualité/prix! Quartier tranquille et proche de la ville en auto.

Atenas, Costa RicaJoined in August 2011
Charlie/Gloria User Profile

My wife Gloria (originally from San Diego, CA) and I have lived on three continents ~ 27 years in Okinawa, Japan, 2 years in Paris, France and now we currently reside in Atenas, Costa Rica.

We have one daughter and two boys, all living and working in different cities (Singapore, Tokyo and San Diego).

We love to travel and love to meet other global citizens. English is our first language, but we speak functional Japanese and Spanish, and very basic French.

We love music, and have an eclectic taste in music. Anything from classic opera to alternative world beats. We cannot function without music! At the same time, we love to listen to the sounds of nature. The birds singing in the morning or the waves crashing on a beach are music to our ears.

We use AirBnB for 90% of my accommodation requirements whenever we travel. It's definitely better than staying in a hotel.

We have one listing on AirBnB for a vacation rental in the central valley of Costa Rica. We hope to one day welcome you to Costa Rica during your next Central American vacation.

Gloria and Charlie

Languages: English, Español, 日本語
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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