Liberia is a city in Guanacaste, Costa Rica located roughly four hours from San José. Over 35,000 people live in the city. Though small by North American standards, it is quite large in comparison to its Guanacastecan neighbors to the southeast, Santa Cruz, and Nicoya. The city center features a modern-style church, as many Costa Rican towns do, facing a plaza surrounded by locally-owned shops and restaurants. Liberia is also home to an expo that takes place in the month July, celebrating the Annexation of Guanacaste on July 25, 1824.
Tourists may find their way to Liberia en route to such beaches as Playa del Coco, Playa Hermosa, or the Papagayo peninsula, though most will only grab a bite to eat at one of the American fast food restaurants in the food mall located at the city's main crossroads and continue on their way. Others may prefer the 24-hour Subway sandwich shop located just down the road. A recently opened close by attraction by the name of Africa Mia offers an African safari.
The Daniel Oduber International Airport is located 4 miles south from the city, following the road to Nicoya. This is the second international airport in the country, after the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, and serves cities like Toronto, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Newark, London, and Minneapolis.
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park is located just to the northwest of Liberia. Located along the park's many kilometers of hiking trails are such volcanic wonders as hot springs and bubbling clay pots as well as numerous waterfalls and rivers.