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Suggestions - Based in Atenas

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Suggestions - Based in Atenas

My husband and I (early 60's) have rented a home in Atenas for 8 days in late Mar. (Tues. - Wed.). We are now planning our itinerary and wondering if we are trying to do too much. We'd like to spend some time in Atenas (market day on Fri.!) and enjoy the home. We're also thinking of going to Jaco and surrounding areas for day trips. Maybe Sun./Mon. nights we would visit Monteverde and stay there 2 nights. Is this too far away?

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Atenas is a pretty town in the mountains. It is not touristy, but it has a large base of expats who live there. You will enjoy relaxing in your home there. It's fun to drive down to Jaco walk around the town, shop and eat at restaurants. Jaco is just a surf town and not picturesque, but we like visiting for day trips. A nice trip from Atenas would be a drive up to Poas to see the volcano (early), then stop somewhere for lunch. We like to stop at Colberts restaurant, not to far from there, for French food. Usually we're the only ones there. Instead of taking the trek to Monteverde, you might want to drive to Villa Blanca for a cloud forest experience. That's another pretty drive. Vista del Valle hotel, not too far from Atenas, has Jazz lunches on many Sunday afternoons. Their restauant is excellent with a beautiful view.

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Interesting info Shooie! I think I'm gonna explore a couple of your suggestions. I enjoy spending time in Atenas and have been looking for a couple of day trips myself. The Jazz lunch sounds particularly interesting.

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Thanks so much for your suggestions, Shooie123! It looks like we'll now plan day trips to Jaco, Poas and La Pas Waterfall Gardens - and maybe an overnight trip to Villablanca Cloud Forest Resort. Then . . . just enjoying Atenas.

There's just so much to enjoy in Costa Rica, it's hard to not overdo. Looks like we'll just have to come back again!

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