Choosing the perfect vacation spot gets more difficult the older you get. When you are young, you have simpler tastes and desires, and this can often make vacation much easier. However, the older we get, the more our tastes change, and we have to think harder about where we want to visit. And, if you want to go somewhere with a difference this year, we reckon you could do a lot worse than checking out Liberia.
The West African country, which sits at the base of the North Atlantic Ocean is a place full of proud cultural heritage. After a tumultuous history, Liberia is on the up once more and has started to slowly transform into one of the most popular destination hotspots for tourists. So, let’s explore the magic behind it, and figure out what it is that makes Liberia the go-to choice for so many these days.
It’s got a great capital
Monrovia is the capital of Liberia, and one of the most appealing capital cities in Africa. Among the highlights of Monrovia include stunning beaches, such as Silver Beach. You might also consider checking out the awe-inspiring Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve. This is one of the areas of supreme natural beauty in the country and a must-visit for any tourist. And, when you’ve had your fill of nature, pop along the Liberian National Museum, and learn about the important history of this country.
Liberia is still in the process of rebuilding itself, and understanding that tourism is a crucial part of the process. Because of this, the country has begun to invest in new infrastructure, most notably hotels and resorts. These are designed to attract more tourism, and give visitors a more memorable and luxurious experience. There’s a long way to go before Liberia fully nails it, but the quality hotels and resorts are certainly making it more appealing.
The most appealing thing about taking a vacation to somewhere brand new is the unique experiences you can have when you’re here. Liberia certainly offers tourists plenty of unique experiences, and you can really mix with the locals. For instance, if you want to have some traditional Liberian food, you could take one of Pandora Hodge’s cooking classes, which she hosts in her back garden! Get to know Chiquita Johnson, the country’s only tour operator, and find out what she can offer you. Getting to know her on a first name basis is a great way to unlock more opportunities.
If you want to make the most of the stunning surroundings, we suggest a trip to Libassa Ecolodge, which backs onto a gorgeous tropical rainforest. If you’re in Africa, you have to be experiencing the natural beauty as often as you can. The Ecolodge is the perfect base from which to enjoy your exploration of the rainforest. There is even a wildlife sanctuary close by, which is well worth a visit as well.
So, those are just some of the reasons why Liberia has become the fun and hip tourist destination it has. Since George Weah took over as President in January of this year, there has been a renewed optimism in the nation. Though they have a long way to go to put the past behind them, Liberia is making good progress, and it’s the perfect time to discover this African gem.