Welcome to Liberia City
With over 45,000 inhabitants, Liberia is a typical, small-sized colonial town of the great Guanacaste plains, with wide roads and old adobe buildings. The province of Guanacaste traditionally relied on beef cattle ranching to sustain its economy and heritage. Today, due to the international drop in demand for beef and thanks to an irrigation program from nearby Lake Arenal, more land is used for growing rice, trees, cotton, and sugarcane, or it has naturally reverted back to dry forest. However, Guanacaste maintains its cowboy, country style. The most important days of the year in Guanacaste are celebrated with horse parades and bullfights where bulls are ridden but never killed.
Liberia, traditionally called Ciudad Blanca, capital city of the Guanacaste region. With an international airport, it is the gateway to many stunning locations: sunny Guanacaste beaches, such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, and Conchal, and beautiful national parks and volcanoes, such as Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Palo Verde, Marino Las Baulas, and Santa Rosa. Liberia is the preferred city to fly into to reach the luxurious resorts along the coast, and go surfing at Witch’s Rock, one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica (and possibly the world). Most tourists are passing through rather than staying, which may be why Liberia is a perfect spot to experience a traditional Costa Rican town and practice Spanish with the friendly locals.
The Central Park is always buzzing with activity, especially in the evenings when it cools down and people take a stroll through the park with their family and friends, perhaps sitting on one of the many park benches to enjoy live music or people-watching. It is warm year-round, with an average of 26-28 degrees Celsius except in the summer dry months of December to May when temperatures can reach up to 36 degrees. For those who still have energy after a day of hiking a volcano or tanning at a beach, the warm nights are alive with dancing and cold beers at many local bars and restaurants.