Liberia, Costa Rica Vacations
Hotels in Liberia
Our Opinion of Liberia
Costa Rica means "rich coast" and a more suitable title would be hard to find, particularly as it relates to the country's excessive wealth and abundance in natural beauty. Bordered on its eastern coast by the sparkling sapphire seas and natural coral reefs of the Caribbean and on the west by the vast, calm waters of the Pacific, the entire country is blessed with vast network of beaches and coves.
The diverse landscape of this coastal paradise is something to behold and experience. Thrill-seeking nature buffs revel in Liberia's excursions to towering volcanoes and tropical rainforests. Bountiful beaches and breathtaking tropics surround the swinging, cultural city of San José. It would be impossible to list all of the many natural riches that bless this country. Most noteworthy is the Parque Nacional Arenal, anchored by a superb, classic-looking cone shaped volcano which remains active. From the Mirador observation point you can experience the powerful strength of this mighty crater as the earth rumbles under foot and you observe great surges of lava flowing from its peak.
A rather compact country, approximately the size of Nova Scotia, Costa Rica's impressive natural wonders are easily accessed from the hotel area. Indulge in the Tabacon Hot Springs, marvel at the Poas Volcano or get lost in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Gulf of Papagayo is home to many of the province's finest beaches including Playas del Coco; this was one of the first tourist areas of Guanacaste province and as a result, many bars, cafes and restaurants maintain a true Costa Rican feel to them. This area also remains a relatively busy fishing port, which contributes to its authentic feel. Other beaches are Playa Hermosa, "beautiful beach", stretching 1.5 km and well shaded, it's sheltered by a bay and the water is quite calm; Playa Panama, is a secluded cove surrounded by shade-giving trees; Playa Flamingo is a long ribbon of white sand beach; Playa Tamarindo is a perennial mecca for surfers.
Things to know about Liberia, Costa Rica Vacations
Activities & SportsCosta Rica is an ecotourism heaven, making it one of the best places to experience the tropics with minimal impact. It's also mostly coastline, which means great surfing, beaches galore and a climate build for laziness. Enjoy watersports, hiking, golfing, horseback riding, river rafting, bird watching, canopy tours and sport fishing. Trek through the rainforest, try zip-line rides, or visit natural hot springs.
Dining & NightlifeCosta Rica isn't known for its cuisine but as it is a major producer and exporter of beef, San José has plenty of steakhouses. For cheap eats you can try small restaurants known as sodas, which are the equivalent of diners. In the resort areas there aren't too many options outside of hotel restaurants. In San José a wide range of bars and discos can be found in the area referred to as Gringo Gulch. A few blocks uphill from the Gulch lies the charming Barrio Amon area. This neighborhood is home to several restaurants and drinking spots such as Cafe Mundo, where you can to have a drink and relax in the shade of towering trees that make you feel as if you are far from the city.
ShoppingCosta Rica features a wide range of stores offering merchandise made locally or imported from other Latin American countries. Most prices are fixed, and bargaining is recommended only with street vendors or in market places. Some of the best buys are coffee, handcrafted items made of wood or leather. Replicas of oxcarts, the national symbol of Costa Rica, are popular souvenirs - hand painted and in a variety of sizes and colors - as are replicas of Pre-Colombian gold artifacts.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes.
Calgary: Approximately 8 hours.
Vancouver: Approximately 7 hours.
Language: Spanish with some English spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: The Colon. US dollars are widely accepted. ATM's are not easy to find and the Cirrus system is not compatible everywhere.
Climate: The country's climate varies depending upon elevation, location, and season with a little change in temperature from month to month. While the coastal plains are tropical, the mountain regions tend to be cool, and the Central Plateau has a spring-like climate year round An average rainfall of nine days per month from May to November.
Electricity: 110 Volt.
Documents: Canadian citizens require a passport that is valid until 30 days after their scheduled return. For all other nationalities, consult your consulate or Costa Rican Tourist Board for details
Note: Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in US dollars. This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight. The departure tax is $27.40 US per person (subject to change). Note only US Cash or equivalent Costa Rican Colon are accepted.
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