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Casa S. y S. Guidebook

Deivy & Sofia
Deivy & Sofia
Z nami od 2017
Deivy & Sofia

Casa S. y S. Guidebook

Food Scene
Phenomenal wood oven pizza with micro local brewery beers. Some servers are fully bilingual (Spanish/English) & most are fluent in English. Solid all around restaurant. Please note that they are closed on Mondays. Many people, Costa Ricans and expats alike travel to go eat there from pueblos around even the city of SJ! We go as a family every second month and I tend to stop by for a quick bite and try the odd new microbrewery. But don't tell Sofía ha ha!
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Pizzería La Finca
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Phenomenal wood oven pizza with micro local brewery beers. Some servers are fully bilingual (Spanish/English) & most are fluent in English. Solid all around restaurant. Please note that they are closed on Mondays. Many people, Costa Ricans and expats alike travel to go eat there from pueblos around even the city of SJ! We go as a family every second month and I tend to stop by for a quick bite and try the odd new microbrewery. But don't tell Sofía ha ha!
Nice little café owned by a German lady. Very friendly staff, decent English and varied options with professional presentation. Clean and well run establishment.
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El Balcon del Cafe
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Nice little café owned by a German lady. Very friendly staff, decent English and varied options with professional presentation. Clean and well run establishment.
Bilingual staff (Spanish/English) and oh so friendly! On the way to the house, recently acquired by a polish lady. Vegetarian options, desserts..., brunches on Sundays from 9h to 11h which we often attend.
Kays Postres, Café & Restaurante
Bilingual staff (Spanish/English) and oh so friendly! On the way to the house, recently acquired by a polish lady. Vegetarian options, desserts..., brunches on Sundays from 9h to 11h which we often attend.
Our friend Laurence opened up her place with some typical French touches like breads and croissants baked fresh every day of the week only. Pick you ingredients and enjoy pastas, sandwiches or salads. I don't mind the almond milk frappés myself!
Restautant Cafe AL GUSTO
Our friend Laurence opened up her place with some typical French touches like breads and croissants baked fresh every day of the week only. Pick you ingredients and enjoy pastas, sandwiches or salads. I don't mind the almond milk frappés myself!
Ask for the daily special and there is always a vegetarian option! Comida casera, young and friendly owners. I stop there for a mochafrio more often than not and Sofia makes excuses to go buy brownies... and she thinks I don't know...
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Ask for the daily special and there is always a vegetarian option! Comida casera, young and friendly owners. I stop there for a mochafrio more often than not and Sofia makes excuses to go buy brownies... and she thinks I don't know...
Now, our #1 place! First full on vegan restaurant here in Atenas! We go support them often, friendly staff & management. Just outside of town. Food is just divine, you can walk around the nice gardens and go for a full meal or just some du jour desserts or entrées. I mean, they have stone plates too... cool cool place!
Restaurante Almendra
Now, our #1 place! First full on vegan restaurant here in Atenas! We go support them often, friendly staff & management. Just outside of town. Food is just divine, you can walk around the nice gardens and go for a full meal or just some du jour desserts or entrées. I mean, they have stone plates too... cool cool place!
Central, good service, vegetarian options and oh so cool desserts!
Donde Bocha Antojería
Central, good service, vegetarian options and oh so cool desserts!
Parrillada Androvetto has the best 'veggie plate' a la plancha where all your vegetables of choice are sautéed and we love it. It's right off downtown Atenas, pretty Tico style but very friendly staff and owner.
Parrillada Androvetto
Parrillada Androvetto has the best 'veggie plate' a la plancha where all your vegetables of choice are sautéed and we love it. It's right off downtown Atenas, pretty Tico style but very friendly staff and owner.
Parks & Nature
ZooAve & Restaurante Café David is a hidden gem a little over half hour from Atenas. The restaurant/café is part of an animal refuge where you can see all kinds of wildlife from small rodents to panthers, monkeys, sloths, toucans etc. All animals were rescued in some way and are integrated back into the wild over time. Be ready to fight for your food if the peacocks have not been fed that morning... and yes there is an almost 2-meter long lizard roaming free and eating all the flowers around... Do note that most monies made from little shops etc. goes to help animals. Highly recommended place!
Restaurante Café David
ZooAve & Restaurante Café David is a hidden gem a little over half hour from Atenas. The restaurant/café is part of an animal refuge where you can see all kinds of wildlife from small rodents to panthers, monkeys, sloths, toucans etc. All animals were rescued in some way and are integrated back into the wild over time. Be ready to fight for your food if the peacocks have not been fed that morning... and yes there is an almost 2-meter long lizard roaming free and eating all the flowers around... Do note that most monies made from little shops etc. goes to help animals. Highly recommended place!
This is a great one day outing. The Poás Volcano, is an active 2,708-metre stratovolcano in central Costa Rica and is located within Poas Volcano National Park. It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April, 2017 when visitors and residents were evacuated... it was a minute scare you could say, some ashes tossed around and a greyer sky for a few days. You want to take off early morning and stop half way up to give the car a breather and grab a meal and a beverage. Located at about 60km/37miles from Atenas.
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Poás Volcano
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This is a great one day outing. The Poás Volcano, is an active 2,708-metre stratovolcano in central Costa Rica and is located within Poas Volcano National Park. It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April, 2017 when visitors and residents were evacuated... it was a minute scare you could say, some ashes tossed around and a greyer sky for a few days. You want to take off early morning and stop half way up to give the car a breather and grab a meal and a beverage. Located at about 60km/37miles from Atenas.
Malakita Falls are quite the spectacle, you can find a Facebook page under the same name so you can see more photos. It is conveniently within 30 minutes from Casa S.y S. and our little guy Krystophe just lovvvvves it and gets fired up every time. 20 meter fall with transparent water where you can hike the sides and even behind it and jump in! Pretty neat, romantic and a bit of a secret spot!!! Good for couples and groups, they have a small restaurant, you can bring your lunches as they provide tables too. They have pools and hanging out areas, 3000CRC gets you in!
Verde Malakita
Malakita Falls are quite the spectacle, you can find a Facebook page under the same name so you can see more photos. It is conveniently within 30 minutes from Casa S.y S. and our little guy Krystophe just lovvvvves it and gets fired up every time. 20 meter fall with transparent water where you can hike the sides and even behind it and jump in! Pretty neat, romantic and a bit of a secret spot!!! Good for couples and groups, they have a small restaurant, you can bring your lunches as they provide tables too. They have pools and hanging out areas, 3000CRC gets you in!
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.
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La Paz Waterfall
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.
I think this might be our favorite place to go in the summer (Jan. to March) otherwise the water levels are too much. The water comes from a constant aquifer with unreal flow even in the middle of summer heat (4 months with 0 precipitation and 30 degree weather). It is truly amazing and there are so many pools and some natural tobogganing on the rocks are you kidding me! You can also just hike along the river of pure mountain spring water. Many locals go and bring a bbq (parrilla) and tourist bring some lunches etc. Great place to have a hoot and medidate too. Ancient sites there, cool rocks and minerals and yes, gold... Gotta look for that one though! Every year people find some...
Minas del Aguacate
I think this might be our favorite place to go in the summer (Jan. to March) otherwise the water levels are too much. The water comes from a constant aquifer with unreal flow even in the middle of summer heat (4 months with 0 precipitation and 30 degree weather). It is truly amazing and there are so many pools and some natural tobogganing on the rocks are you kidding me! You can also just hike along the river of pure mountain spring water. Many locals go and bring a bbq (parrilla) and tourist bring some lunches etc. Great place to have a hoot and medidate too. Ancient sites there, cool rocks and minerals and yes, gold... Gotta look for that one though! Every year people find some...
You could say we like waterfalls! This one is not even 20km from our complex. Easy day trip, bring some grub, a hoot and some water shoes!
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Los Chorros Municipal Recreative Park
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You could say we like waterfalls! This one is not even 20km from our complex. Easy day trip, bring some grub, a hoot and some water shoes!
Essentials
I never thought I would put romance & a grocery store together but La Coope, as people call it here, has it. You can go there to buy some essentials but end up having a nice 'chorreado' café by the creek and listen to the howler monkeys in the trees above... They have a small cafeteria with good wifi and the variety of products is the best around Atenas. It is right behind La Bomba/gasolinera (gas station). We go there almost everyday.
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Supermercado Coopeatenas
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I never thought I would put romance & a grocery store together but La Coope, as people call it here, has it. You can go there to buy some essentials but end up having a nice 'chorreado' café by the creek and listen to the howler monkeys in the trees above... They have a small cafeteria with good wifi and the variety of products is the best around Atenas. It is right behind La Bomba/gasolinera (gas station). We go there almost everyday.
Shopping
Escazu offers several higher end malls. You can shop 'til you drop there that is for sure! You can enjoy quite the seizable food court with great variety. Movie theatres, playground for kids (Ticos love kids) and lots of cool stores with a Latin vibe. Easy to get there from Atenas, fairly close (35km/22miles) but just be mindful of time of day/dates as traffic can get heavy.
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Viajes Colón Multiplaza Escazu
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Escazu offers several higher end malls. You can shop 'til you drop there that is for sure! You can enjoy quite the seizable food court with great variety. Movie theatres, playground for kids (Ticos love kids) and lots of cool stores with a Latin vibe. Easy to get there from Atenas, fairly close (35km/22miles) but just be mindful of time of day/dates as traffic can get heavy.
Visit the Hong Kong of Costa Rica. Started as a small place and has grown into a full on luxury and lifestyle center. Upper scale restaurants, cafés, an IMAX complex and a hotel. There is some specialty stores & medical services as well. The place is great too for a date night as it is usually lively and there is always something to do. Good parking, close to Atenas (35km/22miles) easy to get there just be mindful of time of day/dates as traffic can get heavy.
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Avenida Escazu
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Visit the Hong Kong of Costa Rica. Started as a small place and has grown into a full on luxury and lifestyle center. Upper scale restaurants, cafés, an IMAX complex and a hotel. There is some specialty stores & medical services as well. The place is great too for a date night as it is usually lively and there is always something to do. Good parking, close to Atenas (35km/22miles) easy to get there just be mindful of time of day/dates as traffic can get heavy.
If you want some shopping close to the airport look no further. It has a decent food court, movies, lots of stores and you can spend some time there easily.
City Mall - Entrada Oeste
If you want some shopping close to the airport look no further. It has a decent food court, movies, lots of stores and you can spend some time there easily.
Sightseeing
The view is something else. Coincidentally, it is behind our mountain and the views of the other side are simply mega! We used to go every second Sunday.
This restaurant is located on the old road and has stunning views on clear days. You can eat facing the scenery. The restaurant is somewhat perched on the mountain flank which gives it its charm. The perfect place to go for a quick out of town restaurant outing!
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La Casita del Café
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This restaurant is located on the old road and has stunning views on clear days. You can eat facing the scenery. The restaurant is somewhat perched on the mountain flank which gives it its charm. The perfect place to go for a quick out of town restaurant outing!
We used to go every Sunday to brunch and take in the views. It's worth just going for the joy ride and maybe have a drink at the bar. I would stay there:)
Barons Resort
We used to go every Sunday to brunch and take in the views. It's worth just going for the joy ride and maybe have a drink at the bar. I would stay there:)
Arts & Culture
Juan Carlos has the best souvenir shop around and if you tell him that you are staying at Casa S.&S. and that Dave sent you, you will get an extra discount on top of the cheaper prices he has. I would buy there as opposed to the airport, Jaco etc. He has pieces of arts too in the thousands down to the keychain, coasters, wine holders you name it! He also features his Trilogy coffee and has few options to eat. Very nice find and awesome service. Juan Carlos does speak some English as well! Pura Vida place for sure!
Souvenir Molas y Café
Juan Carlos has the best souvenir shop around and if you tell him that you are staying at Casa S.&S. and that Dave sent you, you will get an extra discount on top of the cheaper prices he has. I would buy there as opposed to the airport, Jaco etc. He has pieces of arts too in the thousands down to the keychain, coasters, wine holders you name it! He also features his Trilogy coffee and has few options to eat. Very nice find and awesome service. Juan Carlos does speak some English as well! Pura Vida place for sure!
Everything Else
We try never to miss one. From 5a.m. to 12h. You can buy some coco water and have a typical breakfast (gallo pinto) while shopping for the best fresh produce around (mostly all organic & locally grown). Some other vendors as well and ample parking space. You can buy beautiful flowers, plants, munchies, wine, some crafts etc. Every week brings a little something different. Highly recommended!
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Feria del Agricultor de Atenas
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We try never to miss one. From 5a.m. to 12h. You can buy some coco water and have a typical breakfast (gallo pinto) while shopping for the best fresh produce around (mostly all organic & locally grown). Some other vendors as well and ample parking space. You can buy beautiful flowers, plants, munchies, wine, some crafts etc. Every week brings a little something different. Highly recommended!