Liberia (canton)

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Liberia Canton
Liberia Canton
Flag of Liberia
Official seal of Liberia
Location of Liberia Canton in Guanacaste Province
Location of Liberia Canton in Guanacaste Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Guanacaste
 • Total 1,436.47 km2 (554.62 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 67,463
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)

Liberia is the first canton in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 1,436.47 km²,[1] and has a population of 67,463.[2]

Prominent geologic features of Liberia include Cerro Cacao (Cacao Mountain) and Rincón de la Vieja. The latter is the center of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The canton also includes the most visited portion of Santa Rosa National Park on its northwest border. The Río Salto delineates the southwestern border as far as the Río Tempisque, and the Tempisque forms the border on the southeast as far as the Bahía Naranjo (Orange Bay).

Besides hosting the provincial capital, Liberia Canton is the most populous of Guanacaste's nine cantons.


The canton of Liberia is subdivided into 5 distritos (districts).

District Population
Liberia 56,899
Cañas Dulces 3,491
Mayorga 1,742
Nacascolo 2,566
Curubandé 2,765


The canton was established by a legislative decree of November 4, 1862.


  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC

Coordinates: 10°38′N 85°26′W / 10.633°N 85.433°W / 10.633; -85.433