Costa Rica’s original cross-roads, Liberia dates back to its founding by monks in 1769 as Ermita Guanacaste, at the intersection of roads connecting Nicoya, Bagaces, and Rivas (Nicaragua).  Costa Rica’s second most populous city and home to the Daniel Oduber International Airport, the primary international portal to the sun and sand destinations of Guanacaste, Liberia, took its present name in 1851 to celebrate the collapse of the Central American Republic and its inclusion within the expanded boundaries of Costa Rica.


Known colloquially as the White City for the prevalence of colonial style architecture, the conservative bastion of the cattle baron era is today a bustling center of trade, commerce and transportation.  A transit point more than a destination itself, Liberia boasts a multitude of hotels of all stripes and many ecotourism, National Park, and beach destinations all within an hour’s drive in all directions.  .

Check out the Liberia Civic Festival in late February and early March and the bacchanalian San Juan and Independence Festivals in June.  The Sabaneros Museum features the region’s cowboy heritage, but a simple stroll around town itself is like a journey back into Guanacaste’s nineteenth century colonial frontier.



Hotel la Plazuela



Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel Santa Ana
Hotel Boyeros
Best Western las Espuelas


Barra Honda


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