Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfall in Bagaces

Llanos de Cortés

If you have time to visit only one waterfall in Costa Rica, make it Llanos de Cortés. Scramble down a short, steep trail to reach the spectacular 12m-high, 15m-wide waterfall, which you’ll hear before you see. The f…
Top Choice Cafe in Liberia

Mariajuana

It's moved across town, but its dreamcatchers, African masks and cat-themed art are still all the rage. Sip a regional Guanaca beer (made with local honey for a sweet finish) while swinging under the giant mango tre…
Top Choice Costa Rican in Liberia

Region 5

'Costa Rican by birth, Guanacasteco, thank god!' boasts this steakhouse, named for the province and set in the historic home of beloved Liberian doctor Enrique Briceño. Lunches feature Nicoyan treats including chorr…
National Park in InterAmericana Norte

Parque Nacional Palo Verde

At the head of the Golfo de Nicoya, the 184 sq km Parque Nacional Palo Verde is a wetland sanctuary in Costa Rica’s driest province. The park’s shallow, permanent lagoons are focal points for wildlife, including the…
Animal Sanctuary in Cañas

Las Pumas

This wild animal shelter was started in the 1960s by the late Lilly Hagnauer, a Swiss environmentalist. It’s the largest shelter of its kind in Latin America, housing big cats including pumas, jaguars, ocelots, jagu…
Fusion in Liberia

Café Liberia

This beautifully restored colonial-era building has heavy wooden furniture and frescoed ceilings, creating a romantic ambience for enjoying rich coffee and gourmet fare. French chef Sebastian and his Tica wife Lijia…
Park in InterAmericana Norte

Santa Rosa Sector

Santa Rosa is the southern sector of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste. Some 30km of hiking trails weave through this tropical dry forest, offering fantastic vistas of the Cordillera de Guanacaste and the Valle Na…
National Park in InterAmericana Norte

Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja

Given its proximity to Liberia, this park (141 sq km) feels surprisingly uncrowded and remote. Named after the steamy main attraction – the active Volcán Rincón de la Vieja (1895m) – the park includes several other …
Museum in Sector Santa Rosa

La Casona

La Casona is the main edifice of the old Hacienda Santa Rosa. The battle of 1856 was fought around this building. There are wonderful displays detailing (in English and Spanish) the old gold-rush route, William Walk…
Church in Cañas

Iglesia de Cañas

An unexpected architectural landmark in this otherwise innocuous town, this Catholic church was designed by famed local painter Otto Apuy. The church (and its 30m belfry) is covered from top to bottom in psychedelic…