Liberia Travel Guide

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    sunset at the hotel beach
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    howler monkey seen from hotel beach
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Liberia Things to Do

  • Eco Tour

    There are many different eco tours that you can take. I highly recommend Vargas Tours. They picked us up at the hotel lobby at 7:30 in the morning and we began our trip to Miravallas volcano. Our guide Carlos had plenty to tell us about Costa Rica. It took about 1.5 hours to get to the base camp. As we approached the rainforest you could see the...

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  • House hunting

    The local government in Liberia has protected several of its historical houses and buildings. You can recognize these by a plaque on the side of the building that says "Casa Historica, Calle Real", or something similar depending on what street you're on. The owners of these houses are prohibited from modifying or changing any part of the structure...

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  • Nightlife in Liberia Costa Rica

    Living in Liberia used to mean subsisting on a diet of rice and beans, local beer and the greasy aroma emitted from Kuru on a Friday night. These days, more and more bars are opening up to supply the more discerning end of the market. An influx of young professionals, students and tourists have allowed for a burgeoning nightlife for those of a more...

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  • Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja by...

    North of LIberia about 15 miles on Hwy 1, there's a turn-off onto a dirt road that leads up the volcano into Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. During the dry season on the Pacific side of the volcano, the dry forest mixes with the tropical vegetation and monkeys retreat into the canopy of groves of trees that line the many small creeks. Parque...

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  • Boat Tour

    We took a four hour tour from out hotel. It was so nice. After we were out for a while they took us by a smaller boat to our own little island with waterfalls for a picnic.

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  • Enjoy the town and churches

    There are a few churches in the town. The are each beautiful and spiritual. I suggest going around town by foot and checking them out.

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  • Enjoy the town and churches

    There are a few churches in the town. The are each beautiful and spiritual. I suggest going around town by foot and checking them out.

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  • Sunset Cruise

    We took a sunset boat cruise with Cesar. This included a going into a mangrove forest, stopping at a secluded beach with a cool cave and lookout, swimming at the beach where the Four Seasons is located, playing with a pod of dolphins and watching the sunset over the Pacific. It was an awesome tour and we paid only about $15 per person. We saw other...

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  • Coco Beach Shopping

    Touristy little fishing village that offers many shops of general tourist interest. Wooden items, textiles, jewelery, photo albums and many postcards. Beach is not spectacular, but it is close to the Allegro Papagayo and you can go by boat and come back by van (with Cesar) so that it is a more interesting trip. The post office is also located here...

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Liberia Restaurants

  • Amazing Cafe

    Incredible coffee, the breakfast are amazing and they also serve lunch. The price are great and the food in delicious.The coffee come from they ouwn field and the staff is very friendly.If you are looking for a place on your way from/to the airport, you have to stop there.Everything is home made and very fresh. Desayuno de la casa (ciabatta bread,...

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  • Resort Specialty Restaurant

    The restaurant has a formal air conditioned restaurant that you can eat at 2 times during your stay. The service is wonderful and the food is amazing. Plus it is nice to not sweat while eating! The Red Snapper was AWESOME!!

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  • Don't miss Tacos Cantarannas

    We had a day to spend in Liberia before catching a flight home the next morning and were looking for a little local flavor. We definitely found it at Tacos Cantarannas! It is located on the highway between Liberia airport and the town of Liberia, roughly 4km from the airport. It was a little bit hard to find, but look for the Derby sign and you're...

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  • Sit back and relax

    The food isn't spectacular but is still good. What makes this place great is the ability to hang out on a covered outdoor patio letting the breeze cool you off while watching kids play in the park, couples walking, and talking to anyone that walks by about their hometown.

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  • Huge portions

    At this place you get big servings for a good price. The interior isn't that great, but the food is good, especcially if you are on a budget. It was great ot eat here after weeks of cheap rice, beans and meat. I had a curry-chicken with rice and it was great and spicy.

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  • Fear the 24-hour stand...

    Just a block to the west of the main square, there is a 24-hour open air joint with chickens always rotating on the grill.BEWARE! We asked the guy working there, a self-proclaimed Texas A&M grad, what their special was. After a five minute wait, he brought us menus and told us that the burritos were the best. Uh, NO! They were small, nasty and...

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Liberia Nightlife

  • by Spudzinabag Updated Feb 17, 2004

    If you are looking for vibrant nightlife, forego the relatively lifeless city center and grab a taxi and head for Kuru, just outside town on the airport road. The barn-like, dancehall offers Salsa, Merengue, a lively atmosphere, cheap beers and friendly locals.

    There are a few other bars/clubs adjacent

    Dress Code: Casual

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Liberia Transportation

  • Bus to Granada

    Granada is a popular and somewhat easy overnight trip that can be done from Liberia. Ticabus is the only company offering a bus from Liberia to Granada, as TransNica goes only to Managua.Tickets are purchased at the bus depot on the northwest side of town. It's fairly easy to walk to. The ticket office is at an unmarked window on the left as you...

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  • Beware the car rental comapanies

    We flew into Liberia and rented a car to drive to our rental in Tamarindo. I reserved a car with Thrifty online before we left and was quoted a price with taxes and fees included. I got to the rental counter at about 8pm and was informed that the Collision damage waiver and Liability insurance were mandatory. My credit card provides coverage for...

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  • thrifty car rental

    It was so easy to get from the Liberia airport to the Thrifty car rental office. There was a car waiting for us at the airport and a driver with our name on a sign. From the rental office, they gave us a map to our hotel (Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa). With things so spread out in this area of Costa Rica, a rental car was a must. I had...

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Liberia Shopping

  • Wood Handicrafts

    Another popular item was the wood handicrafts available. They make nice gifts for people back home (at least those that don't like coffee). The woods they use are in many lovely colours including red, yellow and purple. They use these woods to make all kinds of items. Some can be found for very small amount of money (less than $5 USD for little...

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  • Photo albums made of local materials

    At many of the shops in the Pacific Northwest we saw beautiful photo albums made of local materials including leaves, seed pods, sticks, rocks and shells. There are several different styles and sizes so if you don't see what you want at the first store don't settle, because there is sure to be more. At the resort these were more expensive and the...

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Liberia Warnings and Dangers

  • Vehicle Break in and Theft!

    Parked our rental car in an open lot, right across from the center square at noon May 5 2004.Wwe went in to the Bank ,1 block away. There were police on the next corner 50 meters away. Checked the vehicle after 10 minutes and did not notice anything. Went back to the bank and came back to the car 10 minutes later and drove away. Later we discovered...

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  • No booze on Good Friday!

    As we arrived in Liberia, we found that alcohol sales were illegal the Thursday before and Good Friday. I had to drive a fella I didn't know to the ouskirts of town to buy a bunch of beer. That may not have been my brightest idea, but it worked out fine.

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Liberia Off The Beaten Path

  • Resort Private beach club

    The resort owns a small private beach club about a 10 minute boat ride from the black sand beach where the resort is located. This beach is nice and has very clear water were you can watch the fish and rays and sharks swim near your feet. Just don't get too close! They have a snack bar there and it is included in the package. There are 4 trips a...

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  • Resort Hike

    The Allegro Papagayo Resort has a hike on the property. This path is clearly marked if you want to go on your own or every day at 10 am (except Sunday I think) they have a guided tour. The heat is extreme later in the day and the animals are less active so I would advise going early (like around 8 am). It will take about 2 hours out and back at a...

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  • Liberia kinda sucks

    Liberia kinda sucks. Costa Rica has tons of gorgeous places to be, I wouldn't waste much time in Liberia. Sure there are some great spots within an hour or so of Liberia, but I found transportation to be way higher in Liberia to these spots in comparison to the rest of the country. 100$ basically to get anywhere. Spend your time on the beach or in...

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  • Feed the monkeys

    We were lucky enough to get a chance to feed the monkeys near the resort gate. The guard gave us some bananas and we put them down and the bold white face monkey that was with the troupe that was there for a few days came and took them. It was so neat to see them up close.

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