Want to find out more information about Atenas, Costa Rica?
As with anything in life, the best way to find out about Atenas is to visit in person. However, before you visit there are many resources for quality information on our charming country town – a favorite place for international retirement.
The best source of information about Atenas is the Atenas Today e-magazine. Now in its eighth year, the online monthly community publication has grown to have more than 600 readers both in Atenas, Costa Rica and out of the area. Published on the 23rd of every month, Atenas Today presents a community calendar, information about events in and around Atenas, regular columnists, a gallery of works by local artists, and some local advertising.
“Atenas Today is a wonderful source of positive information about the Atenas community,” commented Costa Rica realtor Dennis Easters with Pure Life Development of Atenas. “It is an important resource for our community because it provides quality information about what is happening in our town, as well as resources such as local blogs about living in Atenas and Costa Rica.”
Atenas Today is a labor of love by Atenas resident Marietta Arce. Originally started in March 2007 by former Atenas homeowner, Fred MacDonald, Arce took it over in April 2011 when MacDonald returned to the USA. It is a non-paid hobby that has become a huge community commitment. Costa Rican 100% and raised in New York, Arce moved back to her homeland of Costa Rica 16 years ago with her husband and family; they have lived in Atenas for 13 years and Arce has been extremely involved with community organizations in town all of these years.
“Atenas Today is a vehicle to feel happy about Atenas. It is a good place for people to get a feel about the community. The columnists and artists are all Atenas residents,” said Arce. “We live here so let’s make the best of our time and make the best of our community.”
You can subscribe to receive the monthly Atenas Today e-magazine by emailing editor Marietta Arce at
. Subscribers also receive the Atenas Yellow Pages each month. Back issues are available on Arce’s personal website. There also is an Atenas Today Facebook page that publishes news between issues, happenings in town, events, and nationwide information of interest to people in Atenas.
Online radio station Radio Atenas lets you tune into the pulse of Atenas with music and news. The 24-hour station is online only for the moment – on the air since September 2014 – but they are hoping to get a community FM station in the future. You can download free apps for your mobile phone on the Radio Atenas website and take Radio Atenas with you wherever you go.
The station’s programming is mostly in Spanish, except for Atenas resident Marietta Arce’s show on Fridays at 1:00 pm in English. She presents theme shows with music and community news and events. Arce has a Spanish-language talk show on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. about current events in Costa Rica, culture, traditions, how-to’s, and interviews with community figures. The station also accepts advertising.
Other information sources about Atenas, Costa Rica
The Atenas, Costa Rica realtors Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez-Porras of Pure Life Development of Atenas, specialize in Atenas homes for sale and Costa Rica vacation rentals. Originally from Florida, Easters knows first-hand what it is like to relocate to live in Costa Rica. Gonzalez-Porras is Costa Rican born and raised and has worked in real estate for 10 years.
Article by Shannon Farley
Costa Rica Realtors Chamber
Tours in Costa Rica
Pure Life Development of Atenas is a full service tour company. We feature full vacation packages and day trips for the family. Our tour director Nelson Conejo is very experienced and provides a personal service and attention to detail second to none in Costa Rica. Please write Nelson or give him a call to arrange your next Costa Rican vacation at (506)2446-0447 or
Retirement Living in Atenas
Interview with Pure Life Development co-founder and certified realtor Dennis Easters, about Costa Rica ranked by AARP as "one of the best places to retire abroad".