Tourists are attracted by Liberia primarily with its virgin rainforests with valuable tree species, as well as the beautiful sea coast. Unfortunately, many Liberian beaches are neglected due to poorly developed infrastructure, but there are still places where you can have a good rest by the ocean (Bernard Beach, Shuge Beach, Caesar Beach, etc.).
Geography of Liberia
Liberia lies in the western part of the African continent. It borders with countries such as Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. There is access to the Atlantic Ocean, the length of the coastline is 580 km. The coastal regions are characterized by a flat relief, only in the east there are low mountains, the highest point is Mount Wuteve, 1780 meters high.
The area of Liberia is 111,369 km. sq., occupies the 103rd place in the world by area.
The official currency is the Liberian dollar (LRD).
The official language is English.
Visa to Liberia
Almost all foreign citizens who are going to visit Liberia need to obtain a visa. For its registration, it is necessary to present a passport valid for at least 6 months, an international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever, two photographs, as well as two copies of the completed application form. The cost of a single entry tourist visa is $30, and a multiple entry visa is $60.
Weather in Liberia
The country has an equatorial and humid climate. The temperature is approximately the same all year round and rarely drops below +24 C. The amount of precipitation depends on the region of the country, up to 5000 mm of precipitation falls on the coast per year, and up to 2000 mm in the interior of Liberia. It rains mostly from May to October. The best time to travel to Liberia is in November-April when the rainfall is minimal.
Currency exchange in Liberia
As of October 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 71.5 LRD. The official currency is the Liberian dollar. You can pay for goods and services in US dollars, since the Liberian dollar is pegged to the US dollar. The use of credit cards and traveler’s checks in Liberia is not possible.
120V/60Hz (European type sockets).
Most of the population of Liberia are adherents of traditional African beliefs (45% of the population). About 40% of the country’s inhabitants are Christians and 20% are Muslims.
The crime rate in the country is relatively high. Particular care should be taken when shopping, so as not to become a victim of robbery.
It is advisable to take first aid supplies with you, and especially disinfectants. There is a risk of infection with various infectious diseases (yellow fever, hepatitis, diarrhea, etc.) in the country. It is highly recommended to drink only bottled water.