The 27 Best Hotels Near the Liberia Costa Rica Airport

If you are looking for the very best hotels near the Liberia Costa Rica Airport, you have come to the right place.

Liberia International Airport is located in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica near the Nicaragua border. This is one of two international airports in the country.

There are several excellent hotel and vacation rental options close to the airport. You can take your pick between beachfront places, hotels with a free airport shuttle, all-inclusive resort options, and more!

We have stayed in hotels near Liberia International Airport several times and know the best hotels, areas to avoid, and what to look for when booking a place. 

So, let’s get to finding you the very best accommodation option for when you are flying in or out of Liberia International Airport!

Hotels Very Close to the Airport

There is only one hotel located directly across the street from the airport. I think more places will be built within the next few years as Liberia Airport grows in popularity, but for now, this is your best option.

Vacation Rental Close to Liberia Airport

Casa Dabriel

100 Acre Farm

Hotels within a 20 Minute Drive

playa panama costa rica hotel

Within 20 minutes of Liberia Airport, it is possible to get to the beach town of Playa Hermosa or the small beach area near Playa Panama. 

Both of these areas are great options for nice coastal views and a variety of accommodation price points.

Alternatively, it is possible to get to downtown Liberia within 20 minutes. However, we think staying at the beach is much more enjoyable than staying in the city of Liberia. 

The beach area hotels we suggest are:

High End

Secrets Papagayo – An adults-only resort with tons of amenities. Secrets has locations throughout the world and is a popular all-inclusive resort option for honeymoons.

El Mangroove – The property has two restaurants, spa, beach access, a beautiful pool, and more! Also, the grounds here are beautiful. You will feel so secluded in luxury.

Hotel Bosque del MarThis is our more high-end hotel choice in Hermosa. It is located directly on the beach, there is a nice pool on the property, the rooms and staff are excellent. 

Mid-Range

Villa del SuenoThis is a good place to stay with a nice garden property close to the beach. There is a nice pool on the property and breakfast is included. 

Hotel El VeleroLocated directly on the beach, this is the perfect place for relaxing with an ocean view. There is a pool and restaurant on the property. 

Villas Sol Resort – Located in Playa Hermosa, this all-inclusive resort is great for those of you looking for an all-inclusive stay next to the beach without the high price tag.

Papagayo Golden PalmsThe nice garden property that backs up to the beach is the real draw here. The rooms are clean and nice and there is a pool on site. 

Vacation Rental Properties

Sol y Mar Condo 4C– Three bedroom condo that sleeps 6 guests. This is a ground level condo with large balcony area and outdoor grill. All condos have pool access and are directly on the beach. 

Sol y Mar Condo #2 – A 3 bedroom 3 bath condo that has everything you would need for a comfortable stay. 

Sol y Mar Condo #3 – 3 bedroom/ 3 bath condo on the beach in Playa Hermosa. 

Villas

Casa Picapiedra – A 4 bedroom villa that can sleep up to 8 guests. There is a nice infinity pool with coastal views. 

Casa Manana – A 4 bedroom villa that can sleep 8 guests. There is a nice outdoor area with pool and grill. 

Check out our guide to Playa Hermosa for more details on visiting this town including restaurant and fun activity suggestions

Hotels within a 30-Minute Drive

The 27 Best Hotels Near the Liberia Costa Rica Airport
copyright of Four Seasons Resort/ Horan, Christian

Within 30 minutes of the airport you can get to Playas del Coco or the Papagayo Peninsula.

Papagayo is great if you are looking for an exclusive luxury resort stay with some of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica. 

Playas del Coco is a good option if you would like a beach town with nightlife, good restaurants, and fun activities nearby. 

Papagayo Resorts

Andaz Papagayo – The Andaz by Hyatt is a luxury hotel at its finest. Everything here feels perfect.

Andaz is great because it offers an upscale experience for couples or families. For example, there is a swimming pool reserved just for adults as well as one for families. Also, it is possible to stay here as an all-inclusive resort or to opt for a lower-cost option in which meals are not included.

The Four Seasons – This is often considered the most luxurious of resorts in Costa Rica. In fact, many famous faces have stayed here in the past including the Kardashians, Beyonce & Jay Z, and Justin Bieber. 

The property has four restaurants, four pools, two private beaches, and more!

Check out our guide to Papagayo Peninsula for more details on visiting this town including restaurant and fun activity suggestions

Playas del Coco Hotels

Hotel M&M Beach Hotel-Located across from the beach. Breakfast is included and there is a kitchen that all the guests can use. There isn’t air conditioning, but they have plenty of fans in every room.

Hotel La Puerta del Sol– Located 300 meters from the beach. There is also a pool and bar on-site. 

Hotel M&M Garden HouseLocated in the center of Playas del Coco, this hotel has private rooms as well as shared dorms. There is a pool for guests to use on-site.

Toucan House– Rooms are air-conditioned and there is a shared kitchen for guests to use. 

Playas del Coco Vacation Rental Properties

If you would like your own space with a bit more privacy and a kitchen during your stay, we suggest:

Condos

Ocean View Condo – A two bedroom condo that can sleep four guests. This place is located above the town and has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. There is a private plunge pool as well as the condo complex amenities which include; fitness center, tennis courts, and pools. 

Pacifico Luxury Condo – A three bedroom condo that can sleep up to six guests. The condo complex features multiple pools, a jacuzzi, and BBQ area.

Villas

Ocean View House – A two-bedroom house that can sleep five guests. this place has an infinity pool with Pacific coast views and an outdoor BBQ. This would be a great place for a family or two couples. 

Villa Tatiana – One of the most modern and large villas in the area. This house can sleep 14 guests in five bedrooms. This would be a great place for several friends or an extended family.

Al Garete – This is a beachfront house with a private pool that can sleep up to 13 guests in five bedrooms. 

Check out our guide to Playas del Coco for more details on visiting this town including restaurant and fun activity suggestions

Should I Spend the Night in Liberia? 

playa hermosa pool

The airport is called Liberia International Airport, but it is technically on the outskirts of the city. Downtown Liberia is not a place you really need to spend much time in. It is generally safe and fine, but there is not a whole lot to do.

When looking for hotels near the Liberia Costa Rica Airport, you are better off staying on the road near the airport or at one of the nearby beach towns. 

The only time I suggest staying in downtown Liberia is if your flight gets in late at night and then next day you plan to head north towards Rincon de la Vieja, Nicaragua border, or if you need to go on the main highway to La Fortuna, Rio Celeste, or Monteverde.

Staying in Liberia will make it easy for you to hit the road the next morning to get to any of those places. 

How Far is Liberia From the Airport? 

The drive from Liberia Airport to the center of the city of Liberia will take about 15 to 20 minutes. It is about 8.4 miles (13.5km). 

Typically the traffic isn’t too bad on the road from the airport to Liberia, but within the city, the traffic can be worse. The city is set up in grid-like blocks with many one-way roads. 

Check out our guide to renting a car from Liberia Airport for more info

Hotels in Downtown Liberia

Casa Tucán Villa Gabriela

Hostel Dodero

Hotel Villa Hermosa

How Far Are Resorts From Liberia Airport?

playa hermosa hotel

The nearest resorts that we recommended are El Mangroove and Secrets Papagayo. These resorts are both located near Playa Panama and will take about 20 minutes to drive to. 

They are both approximately 12 miles (a little over 19 km) away from the airport.

Alternatively, you can go to the resorts on the Papagayo Peninsula which will take about 30 minutes to get to. 

Other Liberia Airport Hotel Tips

Hotels Near Liberia Costa Rica Airport

– If you plan to stay in one of the beach towns near the airport, I suggest spending at least 3 nights here if you can. This is such a nice area to enjoy the beach and coastal views. Plus, the Guanacaste Province is a great jumping-off point to so many fun day trips. 

– If you are planning to rent a car from the Liberia Airport, we suggest our favorite Costa Rica rental car company Adobe. They have given us a 10% discount plus other great perks to pass on to you.

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– If you are not renting a car and will need a taxi to or from the airport, we suggest our family of favorite Costa Rica legal taxi drivers. They are based in the Liberia Airport and will take great care of you. You can get a price quote for your drive with them here.

– Keep in mind that the sun sets between 5:15pm and 5:45pm all year round. I’m saying this in case you are landing after dark, renting a car and are concerned about driving. In my opinion, if you plan to drive to a hotel in the Playa Hermosa area, you shouldn’t have any trouble driving in the evening. It is a pretty easy drive. Some of the roads are curvy, but they are paved and well-maintained. 

– The traffic is typically not too bad around here, but the main road to the airport is one lane in each direction. If you get stuck behind an accident or road work, it can take longer to drive here than expected. 

– Liberia Airport is often also referred to as Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport. The airport code is LIR. Check out our guide to Liberia International Airport for all the details on landing, border control, ground transportation, etc.

– If you are wondering if Liberia or San Jose airport is better for your vacation, check out our guide to choosing which Costa Rica Airport is best for you.

Conclusion: Best Hotels Near Liberia Costa Rica Airport

In conclusion, your hotel options next to the Liberia International Airport are very limited. However, within 20 minutes you can be on a beautiful beach in the perfect hotel based on your budget and interest.

If you have any questions about finding the best hotel near the Liberia Costa Rica Airport, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comment section below. We are always happy to help you out!

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