15 Best Things To Do in Liberia
An essential guide to the very best things to do in and around Liberia.
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Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province in the country of Costa Rica, located 215 km to the northwest of the capital city San Jose. It is replete with tourist attractions that attract people from all over the world to visit Costa Rica. The region has an unparalleled store of tourist points of interest, from volcanic peaks to sandy beaches, rainforests, and waterfalls. Activities including adventures like safaris and river rafting. With there are plenty of places to visit in Liberia, other must-do experience is to explore the local culture. Liberia offers a comprehensive cultural getaway for anyone planning to visit the country.
Here's the list of 15 best things to do in Liberia:
1. Visit the Rincon De La Vieja National Park
An hour's journey from Liberia in Costa Rica will take you to one of the most beautiful ecological parks in the country- the Rincon De La Vieja National Park. The diverse flora and fauna in this rich natural treasure also boast the presence of hot springs and waterfalls, freshwater lagoons and boiling mud pits. Beautiful winding trails and a number of perfect picnic spots promise a day of languor. As a spot for hiking, swimming, and birdwatching, the park attracts tourists from all over the globe.
2. Check out the exhibits at the Hidden Art Gallery
The Hidden Art Gallery in Liberia is the only one that has a permanent display of famous artwork and remarkable underwater images by resident-artist Carlos Hiller. More than 50 artists can display their paintings, sculptures and other art forms across 15 rooms and 3000 square feet of the art gallery. This is a great place to check out emerging artists while on tour.
3. Offer prayers at Church of La Ermita La Agonia
This is a beautiful church that occupies a special place in the history of the country. The architecture of the interiors bares a distinct mark of the country’s colonial past. At present, the church functions as a museum and is a peaceful visit for anybody planning a trip here.
4. Hangout at the Parque Central
This is a small park that functions as a great place to hang out, located in Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción Di Maria. This is the spot from where you can spot the Nicaraguan grackle if you visit in the right season. Keep your distance as you watch these tone-deaf birds munch on parrot eggs.
5. Visit the Museo de Guanacaste
This building, located in the old parts of Liberia was not a museum from its conception. It served as the headquarters of the Plaza that had an armory. It served as a criminal housing center while also providing accommodation to military regiments and government officials when required. The architecture of the building, therefore, is borrowed from the military. Today, however, with the building turned into a museum, the structure is symbolic of the idea of the abolition of the army.
6. Visit Galeria 1824 Gallery
This is a quaint little art gallery located within the El Punto Hotel in Liberia. It boasts of a display of a range of modern art and craft work and crafted jewelry by both recognized and emerging artists. A must visit for art lovers who love to check out local art whenever they go to visit a particular area.
7. Relax at the Playa Del Coco
An hour away from the main section of Liberia is the beautiful beach of Guanacaste, the Playa Del Coco. The name of the beach is derived from the color of the sand- a rich cocoa brown. Visit this secluded beach to kick back and enjoy with your friends or family. November and December are peak seasons when people from all over the world visit the beach.
8. Click pictures with the Sabanero Statue
A prominent landmark in the city, the Sabanero statue stands right in the middle of the street, in the heart of Liberia. The appeal of the steely-eyed figure is further enhanced by a dramatic poem written by Rodolfo Salazar Solorzano. Indeed, this is a must while loitering in the streets of Liberia.
9. Take the Africa safari tour
Africa is rightly regarded as the richest house of wildlife on the earth with its dense jungles and fierce animals, but Costa Rica in South America provides an exciting version of it. Indulge your adventurous spirit in Liberia by embarking on a safari in the Africa Safari Adventure Park located here, via a safari vehicle or a cart. On the Safari tour, you will be exposed to a one on one connection with the tropical forest and its giraffes, zebras and wild boars. If you are keener on nature, you could opt for the waterfall your which will take you around the main waterfall attractions in the area.
10. Visit the Miravelles volcano
The Miravelles volcano is a prime attraction in Liberia as an active volcano in the country. From the foothills of the volcanic peak where the geysers are travel horseback to reach the nearby forest. This followed by a 40-minute hike will take you to the waterfalls and the enthralling rainforest. Relax in the nearby hot spring and enjoy your day hiking around the volcanic rocks.
11. Go for an Early Bird Watching Tour
An extension of the wildlife adventures and perhaps a more peaceful version of it is the act of bird watching in Costa Rica. Make sure you carry binoculars and set out early in the morning to treat your eyes to beautiful rare species like the Crested Caracara, Laughing Falcon, Cattle Egret, Squirrel Cuckoo among others.
12. Enjoy RCR Rafting Guanacaste
RCR is a company based in Canada, Guanacaste that guides tourists in adventurous water-based activities like rafting, tubing, and others. Rafting tours are not intrinsically dangerous. You can choose your plan according to your level of expertise. The Cucaracho river is for a little-advanced people, and the Tenorio river rafting tour is for full-blown rafting experts. There is something for everyone in the field of rafting in Liberia.
13. Be a part of the Turtle Nesting Night Tour
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The Playa Grande beach is not grand merely as a great surfing destination but also as the beach is the home of nesting turtles. This is not a scene that is common- rare species of turtles like leatherbacks, hawksbills, loggerheads and green sea turtles can be seen on the beach after dark. Nearby hotels do not turn on lights in the evening that may fall on the beach to make sure that they are not disturbed.
14. Enjoy surfing at the Mal Pais Surf Camp
This is actually a hotel in Costa Rica that offers fantastic facilities as one of the top surfing destinations in Costa Rica. Spread over 10 acres, there are miles of the shoreline within the hotel boundary reserved for surfing. Lovely gardens and luxurious villas and rooms are added perks that come with the arrangement.
15. Enjoy the Local delicacies at Copa De Oro
No tour of any country can be completed without sampling the local cuisine and food habits of the place you visit. In Liberia, Costa Rica, the Copa De Oro is the perfect place for families to eat out. The best seafood dishes are available here in the center of the city and promises the best treats for your tongue, with accompanying beverages and drinks. Specialty dishes like the arrows Copa de Oro and the Casados should also be tasted.
Liberia in Costa Rica has a lot of activities for everyone and offers terrific experiences that will create memories for a lifetime. You must consider this as your next holiday destination for once in a lifetime experience.