Liberia travel guide

Liberia Tourism | Liberia Guide

You're Going to Love Liberia

Lush green landscapes, top surfing spots, and diverse wildlife are just some of the reasons why Liberia is now one of the top destinations in West Africa.

The local culture mixes American influences with its African heritage, making the country desirable for travelers looking for authenticity and cultural diversity.

What to do in Liberia

1. Visit Sapo National Park

Sapo National Park is not only the most famous in Liberia, but it's also the home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.

2. Uncover Local History at Monrovia

Liberia's largest city and capital, Monrovia stands as a witness to the different periods of the country's history. Whether visiting museums or noticing the different styles of architecture, there are plenty of ways to uncover local history.

3. Go Surfing at Robertsport

Experienced and beginner surfers can try out one of Liberia's top surf spots in Robertsport. For those who are not a fan of the sport, hike along the shores and admire the views.

4. Experience Beach Life in Buchanan

About 3h by car from Monrovia, the seaside city of Buchanan allows travelers to experience what beach life is like in Liberia. Expect secluded beaches, palm trees, and stretches of golden sand lined with lush green landscapes.

5. Visit an Abandoned Hotel

Hotel Ducor, once the most prominent accommodation in Monrovia, is now one of the most photographed ruins in the city and has become a peculiar tourist attraction.

When to visit Liberia

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High tourism season is from October to January, when prices are higher and accommodation is practically fully booked.

The dry season, from December to July, brings milder temperatures. Surfers should plan their trips around May or June for a chance to catch better waves.

How to Get to Liberia

Entry requirements

Nationals from most countries will need a visa to enter Liberia, which can be easily obtained at the local embassy.

A certificate for yellow fever vaccination is mandatory.


All international flights land at the Roberts International Airport in Roberts, a city about 35 km (22 mi) from Monrovia.

Passengers should account for at least one layover in Brussels, Casablanca, or Nairobi.

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Where to stay in Liberia

Daily rates are usually high in hotels in the main cities. Most accommodations outside the big cities are eco-tourism resorts or smaller guesthouses, especially in surfing areas like Robertsport.

Where to stay in popular areas of Liberia

How to Get Around Liberia

Public Transportation

In major cities in Liberia, public transportation is a mix of taxis and "pen-pens" (motorcycle taxis).

A short-distance ride in a taxi, within the same city, costs approximately 1.00-1.50 LRD (5-7 USD).


Bush taxis are the locals' favorite mode of transportation for long distances within Liberia. They're safer and more reliable, with regular daily connections from Monrovia to Buchanan, Sanniquellie, Gbarnga, and Ganta.

What are known as buses in Liberia are actually minivans. They also travel on most of the main routes, but are far more crowded than bush taxis and not as safe.


If planning to travel only within the capital city, ask the hotel to assist with car rental. They usually have their own local connections and arrange for the whole process.

For inland destinations and to travel along the coast, it's advised to rent a car with a driver and a travel guide. Some passengers prefer to arrange all this through a pre-booked all-inclusive tour.

The Cost of Living in Liberia

Both the US Dollar and the Liberian Dollar are accepted as currency in Liberia, and most prices will be listed in both of them. It's advisable to exchange money before arriving in the country. Cash is the preferred method of payment. However, ATMs are only available in the capital city. In other destinations outside Monrovia, look for a money exchange company like Western Union if low on cash. A couple of days' worth of groceries can cost approximately 4,227 LRD (20 USD) and a cheap meal at a restaurant is about 2,113 LRD (10 USD).