Liberia

Due to excellent facilities and its close proximity to scores of attractions, Liberia is an ideal stopover for many visitors. With the recent opening of the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, the once sleepy cowboy town of Liberia is undergoing comprehensive metamorphosis as it transitions from old colonial town to modern-day tourism hub.

Liberia
Liberia
Liberia
Liberia
Liberia
Liberia
Liberia
Liberia

Liberia's international airport, Costa Rica's second, receives flights from a number of major U.S. cities such as Miami, Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta, and it serves famed destinations on Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast and Nicoya Peninsula. Tamarindo and many other popular Beaches lie within a short traveling distance, as do a number of interesting national parks: Rincon de La Vieja, Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, Barra Honda, and Palo Verde.

Yet despite its many international flight arrivals and rapid transformation, Liberia remains a small town at heart, with a population of only 40,000. It is one of Costa Rica's oldest towns, a fact that is clearly visible in the colonial appearance of many buildings. The buildings often feature red tile roofs that sit atop whitewashed walls, and they leave no wonder as to why Liberia is also known as the "White City." Broad avenues and sensible city planning make for easy navigation to the town's attractions. The historic church of Iglesia de la Agonia, the town's oldest, is a relic from the past colonial era. Its white exterior is beautifully adorned in typical Spanish fashion, sporting twin pillars and an arched entrance. Additionally, the Sabaneros Museum (Museo de Sabaneros) pays homage to Guanacaste's cowboy roots, while the surrounding blocks makeup Liberia's oldest neighborhood. The neighborhood is comprised of old colonial style houses that were constructed over a century and a half ago, and it holds no shortage of small architectural gems.

Many ranches surround the Liberia area, and the town plays a vital role in Costa Rica's cattle industry. It provides a market for farmer's goods, both locally and through international export. With so many ranches, the town's ubiquitous cowboy culture is central to Liberia's identity. Rodeos are a timeless tradition in Guanacaste, and they are the most popular of sporting events. From all over the region, rodeos draw many locals who are intrigued by the chance to see brave cowboys hurled by infuriated bucking bulls. During Guanacaste Day on July 25th, celebrations mark the province's independence from neighboring Nicaragua, which occurred in 1812. The celebrations include an annual horse parade, bullfight, and rural fair- all making for a lively cowboy fiesta.

Throughout the year, downtown Liberia offers good food, bars, entertainment, and accommodations. There are a wide variety of lodging options to meet the needs of any budget. Hotels often fill during the dry season, so visitors are advised to make reservations several weeks in advance.

Driving to Liberia from San Jose is usually a 4.5-hour endeavor along the Inter-American Highway, a span of 145 miles (234 km). In Liberia, bus terminals are numerous, and they offer countrywide transportation throughout the workday. Car rentals are also available at the Airport.

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Moments to look forward to

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A Real Taste of Costa Rica

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Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure
Rincon de La Vieja

Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure

14 days | $$

The Ultimate Nature and Beach Honeymoon

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Vandara Nature Pass
Rincon de La Vieja

Vandara Nature Pass

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Honeymooning by The Beach

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Rincon de la Vieja National Park Guided Hike & Liberia City Tour
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de la Vieja National Park Guided Hike & Liberia City Tour

9 days | $$$

The Most Incredible Vacation Ever

We have already been recommending anywhere! Very happy with our trip and look forward to our next adventure. Katia and her team were very helpful and great to work with!!
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Vandará Explorer Pass
Rincon de La Vieja

Vandará Explorer Pass

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Breathtaking Moments to Remember

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Sensoria Land of Senses
Rincon de La Vieja

Sensoria Land of Senses

One Day Adventure Combo Guachipelin
Rincon de La Vieja

One Day Adventure Combo Guachipelin

Borinquen Adventure Day
Rincon de La Vieja

Borinquen Adventure Day

Palo Verde National Park Tour
Palo Verde

Palo Verde National Park Tour

Accommodations

Incredible Stays

Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is located in Liberia, an up-and-coming town that is part of Costa Rica's Guanacaste region. Only five minutes from the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, and close to a number of popular national parks and beaches, Liberia's location couldn't be better.

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Hampton by Hilton Guanacaste Airport

This pet-friendly hotel, located at Solarium Condominium, is surrounded by shops and dining. The beautiful beaches of Del Coco Beach, Poor Calzon Beach, and Playa Panama are all less than 30 kilometers away. Guests can explore trails and waterfalls like Catarata La Uvita and Catarata Rincón del Brujo, 20 kilometers from the hotel. A free airport shuttle is offered, making it easy for guests to get to and from Liberia International Airport.

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Hotel Santa Ana Liberia
Hotel Santa Ana Liberia
Hotel Santa Ana Liberia

Hotel Santa Ana offers guests simple and yet comfortable accommodation close to the International Airport (LIR) only about 5 minutes by car. The Santa Ana hotel is located along the road between the city of Liberia and the Airport. From both the city of Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International airport hotel Santa is ideally positioned.

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