Welcome to my retirement hometown! A beautiful, tranquil little coffee-farming town in the Central Valley, 45 minutes west of the San Jose Airport in Alajuela or about an hour from downtown San Jose and an hour+ to the beach. Here is the latest video on Atenas el mejor clima del mundo or “Atenas, the Best Weather in the World: “

That’s the CATUCA view (like chamber of commerce, Cámara de Turismo y Comercio de Atenas) and there is a lesser commercial site called Cluster Atenas with other information + every real estate company here has a page on Atenas and there is even a Wikipedia Page on Atenas, for just the facts.  🙂

But the best photos are . . .

My Photos of Atenas

  1. General Shots of Atenas
  2. Public Art & Graffiti in Atenas
  3. Home Business Signs in Atenas
  4. My Rent House in Roca Verde, Atenas
  5. My Home Garden in Roca Verde, Atenas   (Flowers)
  6. Birds in My Roca Verde Garden
  7. Butterflies in My Roca Verde Garden
  8. Other Wildlife in My Roca Verde Garden
  9. My 1st 4 Months Apartment, Atenas (including birds & other wildlife there)
  10. Walking in Atenas  (Flowers)
  11. Walking Calle nueva in Atenas  (old gravel road, woods, farms)
  12. Walking Bosque Municipal Atenas  (a forest on edge of town for nature)
    1. From Calle Barroeta
    2. From My Roca Verde Terrace
    3. From Hill Above My House
    4. From Hacienda La Jacaranda Apts. 
  14. People, Fiestas & Arts  (several sub-galleries of parades, fiestas, etc.)
  15. AND, on the Blog page SEARCH box type in Atenas for all posts on Atenas.
Aerial view of Central Atenas from a Sansa flight returning from Tambor. CLICK TO ENLARGE  —  See “Vistas from Hill Above My House” for similar view of Roca Verde

My Blog Posts On Atenas

Also go to my Blog page and the  Category Search of Atenas for all my posts on Atenas listed chronologically from the most recent post. Many posts! And somewhere in the early posts of 2014 you will read some of my reasons for choosing Atenas, part gut feeling, part luck, part weather, part location, part God’s will (I prayed), and part from the relocation tour observations. But for whatever reason, I’m glad to be here!   🙂

Keel-billed Toucan on my terrace in Atenas, Costa Rica













See post My Windows – My World.   I love nature!

¡Pura Vida!

2 Replies to “Atenas”

  1. Charlie – My name is Phillip Carlson. I was given your URL by Steve Lucas. I am a retired German / Spanish teacher living with my wife in Houston, Texas. My wife and I are Christians. I am building a website whose purpose is to provide retiring / retired Americans living on a modest budget (usually Social Security benefits) and struggling to deal with the high cost of living here with information about Atenas and Grecia in Costa Rica and Cuenca, Ecuador and Boquete, Panama. I have found a few free use pictures of Atenas and Grecia via Wikipedia, but I need better pictures for the website. Would you consider allowing me to use some of your photos to show my website visitors just how beautiful Atenas and Grecia are?

    1. Phillip, I am honored to have you use any of my photos from my Gallery at

      There are 15 of these top-level galleries with Atenas in two of them: The “People, Fiestas” gallery is mostly about Atenas while under “Places and Things” Gallery is a Sub-gallery labeled “Atenas” with everything else about Atenas – a lot of photos.

      The only thing I have on Grecia is a trip gallery:

      Just photos of the metal church.

      If you have trouble downloading, let me know. Their standard galleries have protections against downloading which I have tried to change on everything. You can download a whole gallery at once which means they will email you a zipped file. Or you can download an individual photo immediately using the down arrow in the left column info or right-click the enlarged image.

      My blog will be a good resource for your clients who love nature. It is at

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