by Aaditee Kulkarni Updated on 13 Oct 2018
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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.
Let's explore 15 best things to do in Liberia:
1. Visit the Museo de Guanacaste
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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.
2. Offer prayers at Church of La Ermita La Agonia
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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. The church supposedly dates back to 1865 and is highly regarded as an important historical relic of Guanacaste. At present, the church functions as a museum and is a peaceful visit for anybody planning a trip here.
3. Hangout at the Parque Central
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Parque Central, also known as Mario Cañas Ruiz Park, is a small green oasis that functions as a great place to hang out. It is 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.
4. Click pictures with the Sabanero Statue
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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.
5. Tour the Coffee farms
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Coffee farms dot the city of Liberia and visiting them is an experience you should not miss. A tour of the farm will let you know about the history of the crop and the traditional ways it is cultivated. You will also get a hands-on experience of the farm life. Besides, a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee will instantly rejuvenate you.
6. Enjoy the Local Delicacies at Copa De Oro
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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.
7. Admire Wildlife at Africa Safari Adventure Park
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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 just 11 kilometers from the city center. 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 main waterfall attractions in the area.
8. Check out the exhibits at the Hidden Art Gallery
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The Hidden Art Gallery is located at a distance of just around 17 kilometers and can be easily reached within 15-20 minutes, driving a car. 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.
9. Visit the Rincon De La Vieja National Park
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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. It is located at a distance of about 24 kilometers from central Liberia. Along with diverse flora and fauna, this rich natural treasure also boasts 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.
10. Visit the Miravalles Volcano
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The Miravalles Volcano is a prime attraction in Liberia as it is 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. Stroll along the beautiful Beach of Playa Hermosa
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The lovely beach of Playa Hermosa is located about 34 kilometers away from Liberia. It is one of the best beaches that can be conveniently reached from the city. Its soft white sand and turquoise sea water make for a postcard perfect picture. On a hot sunny day, you may take a cool swim in the pristine waters and indulge in a variety of water sports.
12. Relax at the Playa Del Coco
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An hour away from the main section of Liberia is the beautiful beach of Guanacaste, the Playa Del Coco. It is one of the best nearby beaches, located at a distance of about 36 kilometers. The name of the beach is derived from the color of the sand- a rich cocoa brown. Visit this secluded beach to relax and enjoy with your friends or family. November and December are peak seasons when people from all over the world visit the beach.
13. Step into the wild at Palo Verde National Park
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The Palo Verde National Park is situated at a distance of about 50 kilometers and it will take you about an hour to reach from the city center. The park spans around 49,000 acres of land and sports rich flora and fauna. It was established in 1990. This unique habitat is home to a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for bird watchers.
14. Go Rafting in the Tenori River
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Travel 50 kilometer southeast of Liberia, and you will arrive in Las Cañas - the starting point of a thrilling white water rafting tour. Fueled with adrenaline, this is a must-do for all the adventure lovers. Rafting through the Tenori River will allow you to experience the exciting class III and IV rapids along with a breathtaking class V 12-foot fall.
15. 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. It is worth traveling about 75 kilometers to see these tiny creatures making their way towards the sea. 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.
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.