Liberia — Attractions
The natural beauty and fascinating tribal history and culture of Liberia are its main draws, although Monrovia itself is fast becoming a fun beach destination for crowd-fee vacations. Excursions of the interior of the country are possible, although tourist infrastructure and transportation outside the capital is minimal at best.
National Museum of Liberia
Although this museum is a shadow of its former self due to the civil war, it’s still well worth a visit for its collection of traditional carved and painted masks. Tribal musical instruments are also featured, along with a few unique art pieces.
Address: city center, Monrovia
Waterside Market, Monrovia
This typical Liberian market is great fun for visitors, with hundreds of stalls selling everything from housewares to spices, fresh food and handicrafts to the country’s gorgeous, colorful textiles. It’s also a prime people-watching spot.
Address: Water Street, city center, Monrovia
Careysburg is the closest thing to an historic town in Liberia for its pretty, Southern US-style architecture as a result of an influx of freed slaves from America. Founded in 1856 and named after the first Baptist missionary, the township is just 15 miles from Monrovia and an active farming community.
Address: near Monrovia
Blo Degbo Rock
This fascinating natural rock formation resides in Paynesville, a short drive from Monrovia. Uncannily reminiscent of a human face, Blo Degbo is surrounded by a number of other unusual rock formations, the results of erosion over the millennia.
Address: Paynesville, near Monrovia
The first point of arrival for the freed slaves who founded the Republic of Liberia from the US, Providence Island is one of the country’s most important historic and cultural sites. Most of the country's cultural events are held here in memorandum of its significance to the nation.
Address: offshore from Monrovia, Liberia
Liberia is a good fishing destination, with Lake Piso and the Saint Paul and Mesurado rivers well-known for their many varieties of fish. Sport fishing offshore from Monrovia and Robertsport are popular, and the lakeshore is home to many traditional fishing villages.
The port city of Buchanan lies at the mouth of the St John River some 70 miles from Monrovia and is Liberia’s second-biggest conurbation. Largely isolated from the civil war conflict, it’s an interesting city to visit and has an un-adopted beach with rough seas and good surf breaks.
Address: coastal Liberia
The Nimba mountain range is shared with neighboring Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire, with the mountains just across the Liberian border protected by UNESCO. Mount Wuteve, part of the range, is the highest point in Liberia at 4,500 ft above sea level, although it’s the scene of iron ore mining, somewhat spoiling its beauty and preventing it from being a designated world heritage site. Nevertheless, the area is spectacular and of interest to visitors for its diverse topography.
Address: Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea border, Liberia