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Located an 'exciting' 45 minute drive west of San Jose is the hidden town of Atenas. Touted as having one of the best climates on the globe, it's the perfect spot to really get away from it all and bask in the wonder of Costa Rica. Here's a quick hit list of things we did over a five day period. You could spend a lifetime in this country, but if your time is limited, here's a pretty good start for ya.
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707, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
Atenas (whose name means Athens, as in Greece's capitol) is actually a quaint agricultural town in the province of Alajuela, about a 45 minute drive west of San Jose. With a population of only 27,000 people, and surrounded by coffee plantations...
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Calle Abel Rodríguez, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
If this place looks like a secret foodie destinations tucked away in the jungles of Costa Rica, that's because it actually is. La Trocha del Boyero is the creation of a lovely husband and wife duo that focus on delectable dishes involving shrimp,...
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Av 6, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
Every Friday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Farmers' Market is in full swing in downtown Atenas. Featuring choice eats and treats from all the surrounding farms, it doesn't get any more 'natural' than the selections here. You'll be able to find...
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Av 3, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
We came upon this wonderful breakfast and lunch spot while visiting Costa Rica. Located in the quaint town of Atenas, and new to the scene, Natural opened in May of 2013. Their menu is pretty extensive, comes in both Spanish and English, and...
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Alajuela Province, Atenas, Costa Rica
Parque Central de Atenas is the heart of this tiny Costa Rica town. It's the perfect place to take a walk, sit and relax, read a book, or just watch the locals meander by during their daily activities. The park is surrounded by shops and eateries...
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Known by indigenous peoples as Sibú Mountain—a sacred name that means “Creator of Life and Wisdom”—Poás Volcano, which soars to 8,885 feet, cannot fail to impress. The active volcano is a perennial favorite...
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El Pelicano is a local spot recommended by some folks that live in the area. It's a lovely beachfront spot that drops 'fresh from the water' seafood on your plate, along with ice cold beer (or wine) to accompany it. The dining area is big, open...
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Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
If you happen to be in the area of the Poas Volcano and need to eat, El Sabor del la Montana has you covered. With lofty timber ceilings and huge picture windows, El Sabor has a rustic lodge-like feel that will make you feel like a true mountain...
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Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica
While Costa Rica is known for its jungles, beaches, surf towns and outdoor activities, there is also a serious glamorous side to it. Hotel Villa Caletas is a luxurious boutique hotel that is perched 1150 feet above the Central Pacific coastline....