Costa Rica is located in Central America and is one of the top tourist destinations for it’s good weather, fresh fruit, exotic animals, warm beaches and breathtaking landscapes. Costa Rica, translated from Spanish, literally means “rich coast”.
Located on the Central Valley’s western edge, Atenas is a slice of quintessential small town Costa Rica. With just 5,000 inhabitants (17,000 including the suburbs), Atenas is famous for having one of the best climates in the world, according to National Geographic. The words “El Mejor Clima del Mundo” are emblazoned on every Atenas bus; a valid claim as daily temperatures hover around 80 degrees and dip into the 60’s at night.
Philia is located in Atenas, Costa Rica only 30 minutes from Costa Rica largest airport Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) close to the capital San Jose.
Despite the fact that Costa Rica is a small country three times smaller than California and its population is less than 5 million people, it offers many direct and affordable flights:
Atlanta – Delta
Dallas – American Airlines
Fort Lauderdale – Spirit, JetBlue
Houston – United, Southwest Airlines
Los Angeles – Delta, Alaska Airlines
Miami – American Airlines
New York City – United
Orlando – JetBlue
Toronto – Air Canada, WestJet
London, UK – British Airways
Madrid, Spain – Iberia
Paris, France – Air France
Because Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the climate is tropical year round. However, the country has many microclimates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and by the geography of each particular region. Atenas, where the Philia retreat center is located, is considered to have the best climate in the world.
A wide range of fruits and vegetables grows in Costa Rica, like papaya, mango, pineapple, watermelon, guava, passion fruit, avocados, coconuts and more! Costa Rica is the second largest exporter of bananas in the world after Ecuador.
Sustainable and Peaceful
Costa Rica is known for its progressive environmental policies, being the only country to meet all five UNDP criteria established to measure environmental sustainability. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.
The local language is Spanish. Costa Ricans refer to themsleves as “Ticos” (males) and “Ticas” (females). Foreigners are often called “Gringos” (males) and “Gringas” (females).
Flora and Fauna
While Costa Rica takes up only 0.03% of the world’s land space, it possesses 4% of all known living species of flora and fauna and is one of the top 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.
The sea has always a comfortable temperature between 74 degree fahrenheit to 86 (23 to 30 Celsius). Every retreat we will bring guests to the beautiful beach called Playa Blanca (sometimes called Punta Leona) that is one of the prettiest we’ve seen in Costa Rica, a true white sand oasis near Jaco.
Only 23 minutes from Philia located in La Garita, you can find a animal rescue center like no other on over 50 acres. Founded in the late 1980’s, Zoo Ave’s mission is to rehabilitate and care for Costa Rica’s injured, orphaned and mistreated wildlife. More of a wildlife refuge than a zoo, the park does not purchase animals; the Costa Rican government, rescue organizations and individuals have donated every Zoo Ave resident.
Only 18 minutes from Philia, Toledo coffee is a project that features coffee production in harmony with the environment.
Here on the farm, they use natural resources to produce our organic coffee in a way that minimizes the impact on nature! To be able to reach this objective it is necessary to make a lot of changes to a typical coffee plantation. First of all, an organic coffee plantation requires a different way of living and thinking about life. They cannot think that the most important thing is the money, because our health, our future, and the environment are priceless! They avoid using chemicals and damaging the environment in a way that could harm our health and put our future at risk.
Costa Rica has nearly 200 volcanic formations. The volcanic springs are heated underground and offer the opportunity to relax and renew. Some of the benefits of hot springs include relief of stress, mental fatigue and anxiety, boosting blood circulation, help with sleep, healing skin problems and more.