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Stay if arriving late or departing early from the Liberia International Airport

Liberia is the sunny capital of Guanacaste province up in the northwest of Costa Rica. It is the perfect gateway for exploring gorgeous beaches, alluring tropical dry forests, and imposing volcanoes.

Alternatively, you can take a local or international flight to get there thanks to Daniel Oduber International Airport located in its outskirts. This airport has turned Liberia from a drowsy sabanero town into a modern tourism hub.

With a friendly population, Liberia is known locally as ‘the White City’. This name derives from its traditional whitewashed colonial houses made from white ‘bahereque’ clay (similar to adobe), a material that can be found all over the city. Liberia conserves much of its Costa Rican flavor despite its development towards tourism and is one of the oldest cities in the country, with many colonial buildings scattered throughout.

Here you can experience the genuine Guanacaste lifestyle. While in the city, the best way to see the sights is to take a stroll. You can visit the Central Plaza as well as the Agonia Church, the oldest in the city and a relic from colonial times. If you wish to learn more about the origins of sabanero (Costa Rican cowboy) culture, then you should visit the Sabanero Museum nestled within one of the oldest neighborhoods of Liberia.

Its location makes Liberia a perfect base from which to explore the rest of Guanacaste. Papagayo Gulf, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Panama are just a short drive away. Farther south you can also find Playa Flamingo and Playa Tamarindo, some rather popular destinations. Nonetheless, if you are interested in doing some inland exploration, there are several national parks close by: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Guanacaste, Barra Honda, and Palo Verde. The marvelous Santa Rosa National Park, harboring both dry forest and beach habitat, can also be visited while in Liberia.

Sunny season from November to May. Very windy on late December and January. 

Rainy season from June to October.

Usually, in the rainy season it only rains in the afternoons