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 this spectacular 12m-high, 15m-wide waterfall, which you’ll be able to hear as soon a…
Top Choice Cafe in Liberia


There’s a great mellow vibe at this alfresco bar, tucked into a big tree-shaded yard at the end of a dead-end street. It’s part cafe and part gallery, with wind chimes in the air, African masks on the walls and a me…
Costa Rican in Liberia

Los Comales

This convivial, popular local spot is run by a women’s collective. Come for traditional Guanacaste fare, such as arroz de mais (chicken and corn). Lunchtime is crowded which means slow service.
Organic in Liberia

Café Liberia

This beautifully restored colonial-era building has heavy wooden furniture and frescoed ceilings, creating a romantic ambience for rich coffee and gourmet fare. Simple food is taken to new levels: ceviche (seafood m…
Pizza in Liberia

Pizza Pronto

This very cute, old-world pizzeria, where the wood is stacked next to the smoking courtyard oven, keeps it romantic and simple – just pizza, pasta and salads. The pizzas are delish, ranging from the recommended vege…
Church in Liberia

La Agonía

With whitewashed walls and twin pillars flanking the front door, La Agonía typifies the Spanish colonial architecture that earned Liberia its nickname, the White City. This is the city’s oldest church, built in 1825…
Museum in Abangares

Ecomuseo de las Minas de Abangares

It’s not often you see the terms ‘eco’ and ‘mining’ so close together. Set on 38 hectares, this little museum has exhibits of photographs and models depicting the old mining practices of the area. A good system of t…
Zoo 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…
Costa Rican in Cañas

Rincón Corobicí

A great lunch stop, this attractive Swiss-run restaurant is 4km north of Cañas on the banks of the Río Corobicí. A terrace provides river and garden views, and a short trail follows the riverbank, where you can take…
National Park in Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio

Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio

The heavenly blue river, waterfalls and lagoons of Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio are among the most spectacular natural phenomena in Costa Rica, which is probably why the park is known to locals simply as Río Celes…