In the north-west of Costa Rica, Liberia caters to all interests and passions, particularly those in ecotourism, water sports, adventure and relaxation. Against a backdrop of towering volcanoes and precious tropical rainforests, Liberia City thrills visitors with dazzling bars, restaurants, museums, theatres and shopping facilities.
- Round trip airfare to Liberia (via Toronto)
- 7 nights all-inclusive hotel
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
Air, 7 nights all-inclusive resort and transfers
Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton:
Aug 26-Nov 24: $1099-$1249 + $430 tax (Villas Playa Samara; 3-star)
Aug 19-Nov 24: $1299-$1499 + $420 tax (Azura Beach Resort Samara; 4-star) Adults Only!
If there is a forced overnight in either direction and a hotel is required, it would be an additional expense.
Costa Rica is a true vacation paradise, offering practically everything a visitor would like, with such a diversity of natural resources and a very well developed eco-tourism. There are secluded white sand beaches with great surf and amazing scuba diving. There are active volcanoes and towering rain forests. Getting around is easy via rental car, plane, or public bus, and the warm and friendly people make travel relatively safe and fun.
Most mountain ranges are volcanic, and some are quite accessible to visitors. In the province of Cartago, for example, you will find the Irazu volcano, which erupted in the early sixties. The Poas volcano has one of the largest active craters in the world. And, the Arenal volcano treats thousands of visitors each year to a constant stream of red, hot lava rocks tumbling down its slopes.
Because Costa Rica is located so close to the equator, the climate pretty much remains tropical year round. A factor to consider here though is the varying elevation and rainfall. Climate wise, the seasons are divided into two periods. The dry season, or summer, is from December to May. The green season, or winter, is the period from May to November, where in many locations it rains constantly.
The location that receives the most rain is the Caribbean slopes of the Central Cordillera Mountains. The humidity is also higher on the Caribbean side than on the Pacific side. The average annual temperature on the coastal lowlands is around 31C, 21C inland, and below 10C on the summits of the highest mountains.
Banks & Money
The local currency is Colon, named after Columbus. The currency is inflating at a rapid pace and forged bills are quite common. It is recommended to simply carry US Dollars in small denomination since tourism areas have prices marked in Dollars.
Banks are easy to find but always accompanied by long delays. Us Dollar traveller’s checks can be changed at the bank or in hotels. You can find ATMs in most places, particularly in San Jose, that dispense US Dollars and Colones. Major credit cards are accepted in major tourist places but not in more rural areas.