Costa Rica’s northwest is the sunniest and driest part of the country and Liberia is the main center of this region known as Guanacaste.
The area is famous for cattle ranchers and cattle breeding that continues to thrive to this day. The vast grasslands – dotted with iconic Guanacaste trees – provide a very different look to Costa Rica vacations. There are medium and large hotels, haciendas and even alpine cabins that, on a clear day, offer views of the Pacific, the Caribbean and Lake Nicaragua, the largest body of fresh water in Central America.
Also close to Liberia is the renowned Rincón de La Vieja National Park, home to an active volcano. Here there are numerous hiking trails that feature waterfalls and opportunities to swim, such as the 25-meter high Oropendola waterfall and La Victoria, which reaches a height of 35 meters and empties into the Colorado River.
Other activities include zip lines, mountain biking and relaxing in natural hot springs and "mud pools" found in this geologically active region.
For those longing for “la playa,” Liberia is also very close to some of the most beautiful beaches in Guanacaste. Some offer seclusion but others feature water activities, restaurants, hotels and bars to enjoy with family and friends.