Read anything about Atenas, Costa Rica and you will find that it has “The Best Climate in the World.” The motto is plastered across the backs of all buses in Atenas, on a few billboards, and even graces the name of a restaurant in town. It is quite a claim.
But is it true?
Says Dennis Easters of Pure Life Development of Atenas: “For me, Atenas has a perfect climate because we have long sunny days where the temperature rarely goes above 86-87 degrees (F), allowing you to enjoy lounging pool side. The nights in the mountains are fresh with temperatures dipping into the mid 60's, a great sleeping temperature using only a light blanket.”
“This is the sun belt of the Central Valley,” added Atenas resident Judi Purdy from Colorado.
Atenas County is located in the far western corner of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. The capital city of San Jose is less than an hour to the east, and some of the best Pacific Coast beaches are under an hour to the west. The area’s rugged terrain of mountains and valleys ranges in elevation from 2,200 to 4,000 feet above sea level.
“Atenas town enjoys a moderate climate. So, we can conclude that the climate is very warm during the day but temperatures drop significantly at night,” writes Atenas historian Eladio Valerio on his website Atenasonline.com.
According to Valerio, Costa Rica geographer Wilberth Herrera Soto, author of The Weather in Costa Rica, states that: “… in the late afternoon and evening, the climate of Atenas is excellent.”
Average daily temperatures in Atenas range from 72 to 85 F during the day, and 60 to 68 F at night. On the other hand, temperatures along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast hover in the 90s F during the day and mid to high 70s F at night. Atenas also generally enjoys six months of dry season and six months of rain.
So while Atenas’ climate may or may not be best in the world, it is perfect for its 27,000 residents. Atenas has been named a top place to retire by International Living, HelpAge International and AARP in part for its climate.
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