The Best Travel Guide to Liberia, Costa Rica
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Do & See
With its historic buildings and a growing cultural scene, Liberia boasts a lot of opportunities to learn about its rich history and culture – start your stroll at Calle Real, Liberia's oldest street, to see where it all began, and where renovation and expansion are already planned ahead. The town makes for an excellent launch pad for exploring the nature and beaches nearby (and farther afield), as well as getting around the impressive province of Guancaste for a deep dive into the diversity of Costa Rica and its unfathomably beautiful nature.

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Only 15 miles northeast of Liberia, this national park boasts an ecological diversity that spreads over more than 34,000 acres with two volcanoes, 32 rivers and streams, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna. While guided hiking and horseback riding trails will allow you to come closest to Costa Rica's impressive wildlife, you can also take a day-long hiking trip to the top of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano and witness its activity, as well as take in the great views of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Lago de Nicaragua.
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Santa Rosa National Park

Santa Rosa National Park northwest of Liberia is one of the oldest natural reserves in Costa Rica, founded in 1971 to protect the natural habitat: the savannas, deciduous forest, marshlands, and mangrove woodlands. Nestled in the Gulf of Papagayo, and reaching far into the ocean's depth, the park and its beaches are great for watching sea turtles coming ashore, while the inland boasts a whole different variety of flora and fauna, such as Bignoniaceae trees and howler monkeys.
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Gulf of Papagayo Beaches

The gulf and its coastline are a major tourist magnet, and thanks to its splendid beaches, Guancaste province is an excellent choice for waterside pursuits. Playa Panamá is one of the most attractive beaches in Guanacaste province, perfect for enjoying a swim as well as beautiful views over the ocean – take a walk along the shore, and savour drinks and treats only a stone's through away. Playas del Coco is laid-back during the day but vigorous at night, so a great night out after a chilled day of sunbathing can best be enjoyed here – do also try out some of the water sports practiced here. Playa Hermosa is a grey-sand beach perched between two mountains and, in fact, seldom as crowded as its neighbors – head here for having a calm day in tranquil surroundings.
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