Liberia

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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.

Where to stay in Liberia

Las Espuelas Hotel
Las Espuelas Hotel
3 out of 5
Liberia, Liberia, Guanacaste
The price is CA $80 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Liberia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (611 reviews)
"This is a modest hotel that is well kept and well managed. The staff are gracious and helpful. It was the last leg of our 3 weeks in Costa Rica - close to Liberia airport - and convenient to local stores and restaurants. The grounds are spacious and beautifully maintained."

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2022

Las Espuelas Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Guanacaste Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Guanacaste Airport
3.5 out of 5
Ruta #21 Frente Al, Aeropuerto Internacional, Liberia
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $152 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Liberia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"The room was very spacious and clean. The restaurant food was good. This is the perfect place to stay before your early morning flight."

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Guanacaste Airport
Hotel Boyeros
Hotel Boyeros
3 out of 5
Entrance to town, Between 2nd and 4th Avenues, Liberia
The price is CA $100 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Liberia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (512 reviews)
"Lovely pool and kind staff."

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2022

Hotel Boyeros
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Casa Luna Liberiana
Casa Luna Liberiana
Liberia, Guanacaste
The price is CA $71 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this vacation home in Liberia. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Liberia Parque Central and Church of La Ermita La Agonia are ...
Casa Luna Liberiana
Marina Papagayo Suites
Marina Papagayo Suites
3.5 out of 5
Marina Centre, Peninsula Papagayo, Nacascolo, 50104
The price is CA $180 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Papagayo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Marina Papagayo and Playa Culebra are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Beautiful place and surroundings!"

Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2022

Marina Papagayo Suites
Bahia Pez Vela Resort
Bahia Pez Vela Resort
3.5 out of 5
Playa del Coco, Sardinal, Guanacaste, 99999
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in El Ocotal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"clean, friendly and helpful staff, beautiful"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2022

Bahia Pez Vela Resort
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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