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LiberiaCosta Rica

Explore quaint churches and museums to get a sense of Costa Rican life or head out to the national park to see volcanoes, tropical forests and mud pits.

Liberia is a colonial city situated between a volcanic national park and a coast lined with pristine beaches. The municipality gives an insight into the local culture with its churches and museums. Explore the charming city center on foot before taking trips to the otherworldly environs of the park.

Learn about the country’s cowboy heritage at the Sabanero Museum. Browse its collection of authentic lassos, saddles and other rancher items. The cowboy life is still one of the most common ways to make a living in the Guanacaste province.

Visit the oldest church in the city, the Iglesia de la Agonia. This religious site, which dates back to 1825, has a colonial-style design and an art gallery.

Dine at of the “sodas”, which are small restaurants serving local cuisine. Dishes from this area generally feature rice and beans, paired with fruit juices.

Many travelers use Liberia as a base to see Rincon de la Vieja National Park, a large region of eerie terrain. See the bubbling mud baths, gas-oozing craters and hot springs that make this park so fascinating. Gaze up at the main volcano and its nine craters before delving deep into the dry tropical forest.

Liberia is also famous for its proximity to some of the country’s most scenic beaches. Take a bus to the small beach towns of Coco Beach and Hermosa Bay Beach, which are about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) west of Liberia.

Liberia International Airport is 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of the city. Take a bus to the city center and explore on foot. San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, is 168.3 miles (271 kilometers) southeast of Liberia.

Stay in Liberia for a slice of Guanacaste culture before hiking through the rainforest and volcanic terrain of the national park.

Top Hotels in Liberia

Las Espuelas Hotel
Las Espuelas Hotel
3 out of 5
Liberia, Liberia, Guanacaste
The price is CA $85 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Liberia Parque Central and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Africa Mia and Ponderosa ...

3.9/5Good! (531 reviews)

"Este es un hotel clásico de la zona que se ha ido renovando con el tiempo. Cuenta con los servicios básicos, habitaciones limpias y zonas de recreación muy bien cuidadas."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

Las Espuelas Hotel
Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
3 out of 5
175 Mts - West Of Main Entrance, Liberia, Guanacaste
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $100 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Situated in Liberia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Ponderosa Adventure Park are ...

3.6/5Good! (860 reviews)

"Follows all the covid guidelines, super clean. Pretty good for its price."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2020

Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
3.5 out of 5
Ruta #21 Frente Al, Aeropuerto Internacional, Liberia, Guanacaste
The price is CA $105 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Hidden Garden Art Gallery and within 9 miles (15 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Church of La ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating, The room was adequate, clean and nice."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Liberia

Hermosa Casa Equipada, Para 15 Personas. A 5 Minutos de Playa Conchal
Hermosa Casa Equipada, Para 15 Personas. A 5 Minutos de Playa Conchal
600 metros al este de la Plaza de, Deportes de Huacas, Santa Cruz. finca Va, Liberia, Guanacaste

Situated in Liberia, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Ponderosa Adventure ...

Hermosa Casa Equipada, Para 15 Personas. A 5 Minutos de Playa Conchal
Casa El Poblado Liberia
Casa El Poblado Liberia
Condominio Parque del Encino, 314, Liberia, Guanacaste

Situated in Liberia, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Liberia Parque Central and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Africa Mia and ...

Casa El Poblado Liberia
Apartment With Pool View
Apartment With Pool View
3 out of 5
The Cove 5 300 meters from main gate in, Playa Ocotal, Liberia, Guanacaste

Situated in Liberia, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Ponderosa Adventure ...

Apartment With Pool View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Liberia

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
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Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

4.5/5(53 reviews)

See crater-filled mountains and hot sulfurous mud pits edged by lush tropical forest in this park filled with tropical plants and animals.

Coco Beach
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Coco Beach

4/5(127 reviews)

Explore the depths of the ocean with your snorkel and fly through the treetops of the jungle on a zip line in this picturesque beach town.

Flamingo Beach
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Flamingo Beach

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Sunbathe on the soft sand, snorkel in the clear ocean water and spy turtles, crocodiles and monkeys at a marine park at this scenic beach.

Top things to do in Liberia

Volcano Adventure Combo Zipline Tubing Horseback Hot Springs
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Volcano Adventure Combo Zipline Tubing Horseback Hot Springs

CA $158
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Costa Rican Nature Tour with Blue River & Hot Springs
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Full-Day Costa Rican Nature Tour with Blue River & Hot Springs

CA $165
Per adult
Bebedero River Safari, Llano Cortés Waterfalls & Liberia
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Bebedero River Safari, Llano Cortés Waterfalls & Liberia

CA $135
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth & Llanos de Cortez Waterfall Tour
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Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth & Llanos de Cortez Waterfall Tour

CA $159
Per adult
Volcano Hike, Waterfall & Hot Springs on Rincon de la Vieja
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Volcano Hike, Waterfall & Hot Springs on Rincon de la Vieja

CA $172
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Direct Shared Shuttle from Nosara to Monteverde
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Direct Shared Shuttle from Nosara to Monteverde

CA $73
Per adult

Reviews of Liberia

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
16
5 - Excellent 14.678899082568808%
4 - Good
43
4 - Good 39.44954128440367%
3 - Okay
49
3 - Okay 44.95412844036697%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.9174311926605505%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

Overall we had an amazing 2 months touring around Costa Rica!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

Nothing special about this place other than it's convenient.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

Busy. Driving in the city is interesting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 23, 2019

Didn’t see any of Liberia. Just the airport

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 22, 2019

Just a stop over. Didn't explore the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 16, 2019

Beautiful place

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