Liberia


Capital of Guanacaste Province Liberia, is sometimes referred to as the White City because early adobe houses got a coating of the area's abundant lime. Some old houses have the unusual architectural feature of two doors on their northeast corners, offering views of the rising sun and twilight and giving long hours of natural daylight inside.

An information center at El Sabanero Museum: Casa de la Cultura, is in a house with these puertas del sol (comer doors). Signs direct you to the 150-year-old building 3 blocks from the park, open 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m., closed Sunday. A small museum contains memorabilia related to the cowboy (or sabanero) and early life in this "Wild West" region. Friendly staff members have photos of most area hotels and lodges and can make reservations. Telephone/fax is (506) 666-1606.

Liberia, located 154 miles (248 km) northwest of San Jose, is a commercial center and transportation hub. Scheduled national and international flights and charters land at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport about 11 miles (17 km) west of town. The main road west is a principal gateway to the Nicoya Peninsula, beach resorts, and northern Pacific coast.
The Inter-American continues north to the Nicaraguan border, 48 miles (77 km) away. Wherever you are headed, fill up with gasoline here.

Liberia can be a base for day trips to several national parks and reserves, including Rincon de la Vieja, Santa Rosa, Palo Verde, and Lomas Barbudal, as well as beaches such as Ocotal, Hermosa, Coco, and Tamarindo.

Getting There

By bus: From San Jose, Puntarenas, Nicoya, and some beach sites.

By car: Liberia is four hours from San Jose on the Inter-American Highway.

By air: Domestic flights, both SANSA and NaturalAir, international charters, and LACSA serve Liberia.

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