FROM THE AIRPORT Monrovia Robertsfield International Airport (Airport code – ROB) is 58km east of Monrovia. A taxi costs $40, cash only in US$.
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A safe bet is Royal Grand Hotel (Tubman Boulevard, Sinkor, 888777888, royal-grandhotel.com).
Or head 30km out of the city to Libassa Ecolodge, Beach and Lagoon Resort (888555563, libassa.com), in a tropical palm tree forest next to the sea.
Mamba Point Hotel Restaurant (UN drive, Mamba Point, 06544544, mambapointhotel.biz) serves a variety of international dishes, while Anglers Bar & Grill (off Camp Johnson Road, 777223223, Facebook.com/anglersbarandgrill) on the beachfront serves American buffets, beef and burgers.
Visit Waterside Market (Water Street, city centre) for textiles, arts and crafts, or the craft street markets (UN Drive, Mamba Point), where informal vendors ply their trade on the pavements. Remember to hone your bartering skills, as no prices are cast in stone.
The Liberia National Museum (Broad Street, 77232682) for some insight into Liberian culture, and Providence Island (across the Gabriel Tucker bridge) is the landing spot of freed African slaves from the US.
Half an hour’s drive west of the capital’s Chocolate City suburb, you will discover the small town of Careysburg, founded by freed slaves in the mid-1880s. Explore fascinating churches, American architecture and the charming Wulki and Quelu farms.