Trip time! Discover the local cuisine, beaches, and volcanoes in relaxing Liberia.

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.

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Dining, Beaches and Adventure

Top Hotels in Liberia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
3.5 out of 5
Ruta #21 Frente Al, Aeropuerto Internacional, Liberia, Guanacaste
$124
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
4.3/5Excellent! (1,843 reviews)

"Nothing stands out, good service, property well maintained."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport
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Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
3 out of 5
175 Mts - West Of Main Entrance, Liberia, Guanacaste
$67
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
3.5/5Good! (658 reviews)

"Hotel was ok, facilities are a little old, also there is no elevator, which makes it hard for carrying your things to your room."…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
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Hotel Boyeros
3 out of 5
Entrance to town, Between 2nd and 4th Avenues, Liberia
$67
per night
Sep 26 - Sep 27
3.7/5Good! (268 reviews)

"Nice for Liberia, which is not a tourist town. Nice pool and grounds, room very Spartan."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Hotel Boyeros

Popular things to do in Liberia

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

4.5/5 (146 Ratings)

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

Flamingo Beach
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Flamingo Beach

4.5/5 (289 Ratings)

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.

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa

4/5 (232 Ratings)

Scenic green mountains enclose this beach where scuba divers, snorkelers and surfers flock to explore the curling waves and diverse marine life.

Top activities in Liberia

Bebedero River Safari, Llano Cortés Waterfalls & Liberia
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Bebedero River Safari, Llano Cortés Waterfalls & Liberia

$102

Breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and city exploration await on this day-long tour. Seek out Costa Rica's flora and fauna as you embark on a river cruise in Palo Verde National Park and survey Llanos de Cortés Waterfall.

Private Blue River, Grand Waterfalls & Hot Springs Adventure
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Private Blue River, Grand Waterfalls & Hot Springs Adventure

$125

The 1-day Blue River & Grand Waterfalls Hot Springs Eco-adventure is guided excursion, all about experiencing awe-inspiring nature. Enter a lush rain forest, with views of the smoking volcano in Rincon de la Vieja National Park and the distant Lake Nicaragua.

Palo Verde National Park Boat Safari on Tempisque River
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Palo Verde National Park Boat Safari on Tempisque River

$95

A 2 hour boat safari on the Tempisque River bordering Palo Verde National Park viewing a vast array of wildlife such as iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys, and many species of birds.

Private Tubing Adventure Tour with Hot Springs and Much More
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Private Tubing Adventure Tour with Hot Springs and Much More

$125

The 1-Day Private Tubing Adventure Tour with Hot Springs and Much More takes place inside a lush rain forest with blue rivers beginning with views of the smoking volcano crater, inside Rincon de la Vieja National Park while tubing down a real blue river; the ultimate adrenaline-filled rush and a tour rated by several travel writers as the Costa Rica’s premier tour of its kind.

Miravalles Volcano Hiking & Hot Springs Tour
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Miravalles Volcano Hiking & Hot Springs Tour

$110

Fumaroles, craters, steam blowholes, and the famous sulfur springs, are part of this wonderful family project named as “Las Hornillas”. Managed by its own family members, this fantastic geological tour is located on Miravalles Volcano foothills, where you will live a unique experience walking into an active crater of more than 53800 sq.

Rain forest, Wild life, Waterfall and Chocolate Private Tour
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Rain forest, Wild life, Waterfall and Chocolate Private Tour

$225

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Guanacaste Dreams Vacations, 50503, Provincia de Guanacaste, PLAYAS DEL COCO, 50503, Costa Rica • Chocolate tour.