Cheap Flights to Liberia
Music, laughter and a friendly vibe characterize the pace of many of Liberia's cities, where a laid-back atmosphere pairs with lovely beaches and lush rain forest to provide visitors with an essential West African experience. The beaches of Robertsport beckon visitors to sleep on the sand in tent camps run by the U.N. or enjoy the excellent surfing in the area's legendary waves. Roberts International Airport (ROB) acts as a gateway to this adventure vacation, with convenient flights to Liberia from Europe, North Africa and Kenya.
Flights to Roberts International Airport
Roberts International Airport (ROB) is 35 miles outside the capital of Monrovia. The airport is served by Ethiopia Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Brussels Airlines and British Airways, all featuring regular flights to Liberia on certain weekdays. Two terminals serve commercial passengers and provide basic services. Public transportation is not as prevalent here; there are no regular bus lines outside of Monrovia, but visitors can charter a private taxi to drive them into the city for under $5.
Attractions in Liberia
The intriguingly named Monkey Island is about an hour from the airport and features six islands with bands of chimpanzees living on them. Park rangers care for the chimps, and visitors are allowed to accompany them on their daily routine of feeding and caring for the different groups. U.N. military troops patrol many of the roads in Liberia, ensuring the safety of those traveling on major roads. In spite of this, visitors should exercise caution when venturing out into the rain forests and only visit areas with a seasoned guide. The Blo Degbo area near Paynesville, which features interesting rock formations and thick jungle, is a popular choice with visitors.
Colorful and often chaotic markets, such as the Waterside Market in Monrovia, are a fun place to purchase uniquely Liberian handicrafts, meet new people and try street food. Liberia is home to talented woodcarvers and artisans, whose artistry is displayed to best effect in stands along the waterfront. Printed cloth, statues, masks or carved chess sets make beautiful mementos of a visit. Monrovia is surrounded by pretty beaches, with Thinkers Beach and the area around Hotel Africa set up with basic services and safety in mind.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Liberia
Temperatures remain in the 80s year-round. Liberia's rainy season runs from May through October. Travel on unpaved roads could become hazardous as thick mud could easily entrap a vehicle, so sticking to paved roads or using a chartered taxi or local guide is the best way to travel around the countryside during the rainy season. Liberia has access to delicious seafood and its cuisine is characterized by dishes that include baked or fried fish. The popular African dish, fu-fu, is also a staple of Liberian cuisine. This doughy confection is made with cassava or potato and is paired with delicious, gravy-like sauces. Prices for a meal are extremely affordable, with a couple easily paying $6 for two large plates of food. During Liberia's dry season, music festivals flourish in the larger cities.
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