With its colonial homes and rural cowboy culture, the sleepy town of Liberia is a great gateway to Costa Rica’s natural treasures and dreamy Pacific coast. Stray west to sunny surf towns, bay-bound beaches and a picturesque peninsula that welcomes exotic species and sea turtles to its shores. Thrill-seekers, venture out to the nearby national park for towering volcanoes and steamy springs.

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Use Liberia as your starting point to explore the Guanacaste province. For beaches near Liberia, Costa Rica, try Samara Beach or Conchal Beach and spots around Tamarindo. Go hiking in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park or Santa Rosa National Park. Stay in all-inclusive resorts or hotels near Liberia, on the best beaches of Guanacaste.

LIBERIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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Language

Spanish

What to eat

Keep it fresh on the Pacific coast with tropical fruit like papaya, pipa fria (a chilled green coconut you drink from), tiradito (thinly slice raw seafood) and granizado (colourful, crushed ice).

What to bring back

Costa Rican cowboy hats, organic and eco-friendly beauty products and a bottle of Cacique, the country’s sugar cane liqueur.

Fun Fact

Liberia is not only your shortcut to Guanacaste’s beaches, but also, to the province’s rich culture and cattle ranching past. Experience both in July with Día de Guanacaste, a celebration of Guanacaste’s annexation from Nicaragua to Costa Rica in 1824, or in February with the Fiestas Civicas. Expect bullfights, rodeos, parades and traditional music at both festivities.

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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