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Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Atenas, Costa Rica

Atenas, Costa Rica, is a popular place for North American and European retirees due to its pleasant climate, scenic beauty, and welcoming community. It is commonly regarded as having the “best climate in the world” due to its consistent temperature and humidity levels throughout the year. The town is situated on the western edge of the Central Valley (Valle Central), 25 kilometers (15.53 miles) southwest of the provincial capitol city of Alajuela, 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) away from Juan Santamaria International Airport, and 35 kilometers (21.75 miles) from the national capitol city of San José.

The area features a range of altitudes, beginning at 300 meters above sea level in the Balsa and Rio Grande areas and ascending to 1,200 meters above sea level in the San Isidro area. This broad spectrum of elevations creates two distinct and well-defined climatic subregions within the greater Atenas area.

The town is enveloped by mountains and coffee plantations and is located in a prosperous agricultural region that hosts a weekly farmer’s market on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. The town center features a church and a park lined with palm trees. The town has an abundant supply of amenities including a community health center, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, tennis court, fitness center, swimming pools, parks, banks, shops, bed-and-breakfasts, and restaurants in the village.

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Atenas Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Savanah

Atenas is commonly regarded as having the “best climate in the world” due to its consistent temperature and humidity levels throughout the year. The temperature typically ranges from 19 °C at night (66 °F) to 34 °C during the day (93 °F), resulting in an average yearly temperature of 26 °C (79 °F).

Atenas Weather

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Atenas, CR
6:53 am
weather icon 21°C | °F
L: 20° H: 25°
clear sky
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:18 am
Sunset: 6:00 pm

At a Glance

Population: 7,546 (2021 Census data)

Official Website: atenasmuni.go.cr

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Barrio Jesús, Barrio Mercedes, Escobal, Estanquillos, Hacienda Atenas, Lomas Al Paraiso, Los Angeles, Pica Flora, Rio Grande, Roca Verde, Sabana Larga, San Isidro, Santa Eulalia, Vista Atenas 

Largest Regional City: Alajuela

Vibe: mountain, agricultural, locals town

Nearest International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport – 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) – approx. 30 minutes without heavy traffic

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