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Car Hire from Liberia Airport

Car Hire from Liberia Airport

Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica’s northern regions. It is home to a beautiful stretch of coastline and, inland, some incredible national parks which include the Corcovado National Park and the Tortuguero National Park, a turtle nesting site. Hiring a car from Liberia Airport is a great way to get around and see more of the country.

Where to hire a car at Liberia Airport

There are three car hire companies operating at Liberia Airport. Avis, Budget and Economy all have offices located in the small airport arrivals hall.

Petrol Stations near Liberia Airport

If your car rental agreement has a full to full fuel policy you will be required to refuel the car close to the drop off point prior to returning it. The closest petrol station to Liberia Airport is a Servicentro garage in the area of Sardinal. It’s a 20 minute drive from the airport on route 151.

Driving around Liberia Airport

Route 21 runs past Liberia Airport and has connections to Liberia to the east and Santa Cruz to the south. Once in Liberia you can pick up route 1 which goes all the way from Cuajiniquil in the north to San Jose in the middle of the country.

Roads around Costa Rica are blessed with beautiful scenery. Roads in cities and towns are likely to be well maintained. However, as you venture out into the countryside, you’ll come across poorer road conditions. As the country is mountainous, there are lots of winding single lane roads. If you get caught behind a large vehicle, this can add significant time to your journey so factor this in when planning.

In the rainy season, poorly surfaced roads can become even more difficult to navigate. A 4x4 vehicle is useful at this time of year.

Signposting on well-trodden tourist routes is good but if you’re venturing off the beaten track it can become non-existent so using a GPS system is a good idea.

Getting to your destination

When you hire a car from Liberia Airport, there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:


Liberia is a small university city with a laid back atmosphere and a centre of historic buildings. From Liberia, visitors are within easy reach of the impressive Rincon de la Vieja National Park and a range of adventure tours. The local area boasts yet more natural attractions including the Llanos del Cortez waterfall and a volcanic mud spring spa.

It takes just 15 minutes to get to Liberia city from Liberia Airport, taking route 21 east. The city is laid out on a simple grid system with numbered roads so it’s easy to find your way. Liberia is a small city and all of its main attractions can be found on foot.

Playa Grande

The Costa Rican region of Guanacaste is blessed with some beautiful beaches, Playa Grande is just one of them. The beach is popular with surfers and visitors who want to explore the local wildlife. The beach is part of Baulas National Marine Park and offers a retreat for leatherback sea turtles and a great selection of flora and fauna in its mangrove forests.

Driving from Liberia Airport to Playa Grande will take you just over an hour. Drivers should take route 21 south before picking up the 155. Roads along the route are generally well-maintained and there is plenty of parking available at the beach.

Playa Samara

The beautiful bay of Playa Samara has calm waters and an incredible beach backed by coconut palms. It’s a popular tourist spot and offers lots of facilities. Visitors can go horse-riding, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking during the day and choose from a range of dining and entertainment options during the evening.

Playa Samara is an hour and 50 minutes’ drive from Liberia Airport, taking route 21 south and then picking up the 150. All hotels and resorts will have a car park and visitors will find plenty of street parking options close to the beach.

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