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Liberia
Travel Guide

Liberia featuring interior views, religious aspects and a church or cathedral

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.

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
3.5 out of 5
Ruta #21 Frente Al, Aeropuerto Internacional, Liberia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $127 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Hidden Garden Art Gallery and within 9 mi (15 km) of Liberia Parque Central and Church of La Ermita ...
4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)
"good"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
3 out of 5
175 Mts - West Of Main Entrance, Liberia, Guanacaste
The price is CA $106 per night from May 24 to May 24
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 Rincón de la Vieja Volcano ...
3.6/5Good! (893 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
Hotel del Rio
Hotel del Rio
2.5 out of 5
400 meters from route 1 and, 700 meters from the main bus stations, Liberia, Guanacaste
The price is CA $40 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated in Liberia, this hotel is 22.7 mi (36.5 km) from Coco Beach.
4/5Very Good! (58 reviews)
"O"

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Hotel del Rio
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Hermosa Casa Equipada, Para 15 Personas. A 5 Minutos de Playa Conchal
Hermosa Casa Equipada, Para 15 Personas. A 5 Minutos de Playa Conchal
Liberia, Guanacaste
Situated in Liberia, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Liberia Parque Central. Africa Mia and Rincón de la Vieja ...
Hermosa Casa Equipada, Para 15 Personas. A 5 Minutos de Playa Conchal
Las Torres 02 - Studio Unit Close To Beach and Restaurants
Las Torres 02 - Studio Unit Close To Beach and Restaurants
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 Rincón de la Vieja ...
Las Torres 02 - Studio Unit Close To Beach and Restaurants
Apartamentos Massai
Apartamentos Massai
3 out of 5
Flamingo Highroad, 100 mts before Potrero Crossroad, Playa Flamingo
The price is CA $65 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potrero Bay, Flamingo Beach, and Playa Brasilito. Conchal Beach and Penca Beach are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (12 reviews)
"It was a nice place. Nothing unique. Comfortable and clean. Basic."

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2021

Apartamentos Massai
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.

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Reviews of Liberia

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
16
5 - Excellent 14.678899082568808%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.44954128440367%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 44.95412844036697%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9174311926605505%
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3/5 - Okay

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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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