Liberia, the capital of the Guanacaste province, is a growing business center and also the point of departure for many attractive destinations.
Including Flamingo Beach, Tamarindo Beach, Playa Grande Beach, Playa Negra Beach, the Papagayo Gulf; and the Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Rosa National Parks.
Liberia from Guanacaste is growing at a fast pace and has witnessed some considerable development during the past few years.
With that said, the town’s old white adobe houses (the reason why it is also known as the White City) with red tile roofs; and the traditional Sabaneros (cowboys) running the narrow streets of the town in their horses, are reminiscent of the colonial past of Liberia.
Apart from tourism, the local economy is also based on cattle and agriculture, and the many farms and ranches surrounding the city are dedicated to these activities.
Getting to Liberia
Since the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (the second largest in the country) is located here, you should take a direct flight to Liberia or a charter flight at either Juan Santamaria Airport (Alajuela) or at the Tobias Bolaños Airport (Pavas) via NatureAir or Sansa.
If you are taking a domestic flight, it should take you about 45 minutes to arrive in Liberia.
If you’re driving, take the Pan-American Highway and follow the signs to Cañas and from there to Liberia.
Buses are leaving from downtown San Jose (Calle 24, Ave 5/7) every hour from 6 am to 8 pm every day. The trip on the road should take about 5 to 6 hours.
What to Do in Liberia
If you want to know the locals, you can head to the central plaza, which is located two blocks away from the Church, as this is the social hub of the city.
Cheap accommodation is available all over town and its outskirts, though you might prefer to stay at a mountain lodge or at the beach and visit Liberia as a day trip.
When it comes to the local nightlife, there are Discos and Bars which are mainly filled with locals, so this is another great way of meeting some Costa Ricans.
An interesting place to visit during an afternoon (only open from 2 to 3 pm daily) while in Liberia is the Nuestro Señor de La Agonia Hermitage, an adobe church which dates back to 1865 and is still in good shape.
It holds an important significance for the city of Liberia, both architectural and historical.
Rincon De La Vieja National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park: it is located just sixteen miles from Liberia, and there are two entrances, one is the Las Pailas entrance, which can be accessed through the small town of Curubandé.
And the other one is the Santa Maria entrance, which can be accessed through the small town of San Jorge.
There is a lot to be explored here, including Geysers, Fumaroles, Volcanic Craters, a Lake and various Waterfalls.
A popular way of watching what Liberia and its surroundings have to offer is to take an airplane ride, which you can arrange at the local airport.
The route is quite flexible and it will allow you take pictures of different volcanoes, the Santa Elena National Park, Lake Arenal and the basin of the Tempisque River.
There is also a private reserve populated by herbivore species such as Ostriches, Zebras, Giraffes, Dromedaries, Bongos, Elands, Warthogs, Watusis, Peacocks, Monkeys, Gemsboks, Antelopes and White Tailed Deer.
There are safari-style tours available and the place is located just a few minutes from the city.
Important Numbers and Websites for Liberia:
- Municipalidad: http://www.muniliberia.go.cr/
- Liberia Hospital: 2399-0399
- Buses: 2222-1650