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Does Atenas have the best climate in the world?

Atenas Best Climate in the world
Atenas is advertised everywhere as having the best climate in the world.

Who would not like to live in the best climate in the world? We all do of course! When you drive through Atenas, a small town in the Alajuela province, you will see signs everywhere that promotes “Visite Atenas – El mejor clima del mundo…”

That means Visit Atenas the Best Climate in the World.

Some argue that the Canary Islands have the best climate in the world. My two sisters live in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and I can assure you that we have better weather in Escazu – Costa Rica. That is where I live.

Insider Monkey has Las Palmas also in 1st place for the best climate in the world out of 21 cities. Atenas and Costa Rica are not even mentioned.

Atenas best climate advertising on bus
You will see the best climate advertised everywhere in Atenas.

International Living puts Ecuador first, as the Land of Eternal Spring. I wouldn’t know, I’ve never been there. IL puts Panama 2nd. I wouldn’t live in that heat if you’d pay me to do so.

The Huffington Post puts Costa Rica 1st, Cyprus 2nd, Greece 3rd and Malta 4th. Those last 3 are all Mediterranean countries and the article is based on a survey by members of InterNations.

It’s hard to figure it out and to my opinion, it is a very personal opinion where to find the best climate in the world. That is the reason you should do your own due diligence, which just now started by reading this article.

Watch the amazing sunsets in Atenas
The climate is always good in Atenas, so you can enjoy the sunsets from your terrace

The best climate in the world

The story is that National Geographic said at one time that Costa Rica has the best climate in the world. The only online reference that I can find about this fact is that Lonely Planet says that Atenas is best known as the most pleasant climate in the world, at least according to a 1994 issue of National Geographic.

Cold and rainy

Quite a few years ago, when agents would list property all over the valley because traffic permitted it, I had this client. He wanted to see a property I had listed in Coronado. Coronado is known by the locals as area with the lowest temperature and the highest average rainfall in the Central Valley. The weather in Atenas is is much difference, as it is warmer and has less rainfall, check it out for yourself.

This client was originally from Chicago and though the weather in Coronado perfect. He lives until this day in Coronado, many years later.

Restaurante the best climate
Atenas even has a restaurant with the name “the best climate” in Spanish

What am I trying to say?

Indeed, Atenas probably has the best climate in the world for those who live there. If you like warm weather and sunshine, you’ll love it there. You can wear flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt year-around when you live in Atenas. And the beauty of it is that nobody will even give you a second look, unless you’re really beautiful.

Atenas real estate

Before 2006, there was very little growth in the Atenas real estate market. Highway 27 didn’t exist and to go from San Jose to Atenas was a 45 – 60 minute drive. In 2007 and 2008, there was a tremendous growth of retirees buying and building property in Atenas. Once highway 27 was inaugurated, Atenas really opened up.


Now, do not try to even compare Atenas with cities like Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota or Naples in Florida. It’s not that you’ll find those local restaurants packed with retirees. Thinking that you’ll find thousands of retirees in Atenas is a mistake.

Accepted by the locals

There are maybe a few hundred retirees who now live in Atenas, the best climate in the world. Most came from the U.S. but you will find Canadians, Germans, Dutch, Belgian, French and other nationalities. The great part of living in Atenas is that the locals are totally used to the foreigners around them. The locals have accepted the retirees as their neighbors.

Buses to the best climate
All buses from San Jose to Atenas carry the advertisement about the best climate

Location, location, location

Apart from being the best climate in the world, Atenas offers an incredible location. Atenas is very accessible as it is located in the middle between San Jose and the beaches. The driving time to San Jose and the Central Pacific beach areas is about the same: 1 hour. Atenas is only 20 minutes to get to the airport Juan Santa Maria, in case you need to travel internationally. Alajuela, the capital city of the province is 20 minutes and the drive to Grecia is about the same.

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Are you ready to check it out? Contact us now. We might not promise the best climate in the world, but you will probably like it anyway.

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Ivo Henfling

Ivo Henfling started the American European Real Estate Network Costa Rica in 1996 and has grown it into the largest Costa Rica MLS with thousands of up to date property listings for sale and for rent. Ivo has written hundreds of articles about real estate and living in Costa Rica for The Tico Times and other online informational sites.

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2 thoughts on “Does Atenas have the best climate in the world?”

  • Paul Hargraves

    1 April, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Congrats, Ivo; another insightful and very useful blog.
    Several years ago I spent an afternoon examining everything I could find on National Geographic’s website and magazines. Nowhere could I find the quote attributed to the Society on Atenas weather. As amenable as it might be, there is no validity in the claim. It reminds me of the modus operandi of two well-known public figures, Josef Goebbels and Donald Trump (to paraphrase): If you repeat something often enough, people will accept it as the truth.
    The attractiveness of weather (and more importantly, climate) is surely an individual preference.

    • Ivo Henfling

      1 April, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Paul, for your comment. Apparently, Atenas weather is attractive enough so that many expats love to live there.


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