Monkey Island


This small archipelago is home to chimpanzees that were evacuated from a hepatitis research lab during the war. Enquire in town about the most up-to-date options for viewing the island and chimps from a canoe (US$5 to US$10) – it can be hit or miss, but there will usually be someone around who can take you.

Don't get too close; these chimps know how to throw mangoes.

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1. Firestone Rubber Plantation


This is the world's largest rubber plantation, which is leased from the government on a controversial 99-year plan. You can view how rubber is processed …

2. Thinker's Beach

13.1 MILES

This popular beach gets crowded on weekends and is known as the party beach. It's about 17km south of Monrovia.

3. Silver Beach

14.24 MILES

This pretty beach is fun and relatively easy to get to, plus it's home to the best beach snack joint in the area. It's located about 15km southeast of…

4. Executive Mansion

28.63 MILES

This sprawling, eight-storey semicircular structure is the Liberian president's home and holds the offices of the executive staff and other political…

5. Providence Island

29.32 MILES

There isn't much to mark the spot where freed American slaves first disembarked, but the government is planning to turn Providence Island into a…

6. Liberia National Museum

29.39 MILES

The museum's collection was depleted during the war years, but renovations (always ongoing) have created space for photo and art exhibitions as well as…

7. EJ Roye building

29.42 MILES

Once the most important structure in the capital, this 10-storey building fell into ruin during the Liberian coup. Attempts to rebuild have, so far, not…