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Dentistry in Costa Rica; why Liberia?

Ahh, Costa Rica! The very name inspires images of tranquil beaches, lush forests, abundant wildlife and above all an exciting, exotic vacation. Costa Rica has been a favored eco-tourism destination for years; however recently a new type of tourism has developed – dental tourism!

Affordable, quality dentistry in Costa Rica!

Although dental tourism has been a popular division of medical tourism for years, the recent economic crisis and long waiting periods for service have prompted people who may never have even considered traveling to a foreign country for dentistry to explore the options. Costa Rica, with its political stability, low crime rate, ecological attractions and highly qualified professionals make it a natural choice for dental patients wanting a less-expensive option and to combine dental work with an exciting vacation in a peaceful environment.





For those needing extensive work, obtaining dental treatment at a reduced rate is generally the purpose of the visit with the vacation aspects a pleasant side-benefit that is more than paid for with the savings on the dental work. Expensive treatments such as full restorations that may cost $30,000 to $50,000 in Canada or the US may be had for $10,000 to $20,000 in Costa Rica! Even when you add the travel and accommodation for two people, the total bill may still be less than half of what the dentistry alone would cost at home. Typical dental tourism visits run from one week to two, allowing ample time for treatments as well as relaxing and sightseeing.

For those who are interested in visiting Costa Rica primarily for vacation purposes, having dental treatment done while you’re here is still immensely attractive. Simple procedures such as cleanings, fillings and extractions cost less than a pair of running shoes and a root canal goes for less than a dinner and movie in a typical North American city and can be easily organized to fit your vacation schedule.

According to the World Health Organization, Costa Rica has one of the best health care systems in the world. As in North America, dentistry in Costa Rica is tightly monitored and regulated and practitioners must be duly recognized by the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Costa Rica (Costa Rican Dental Surgeon’s College) and the Costa Rican Dental Board. Dentists providing services to tourists are also affiliated with the American Dental Association.

Liberia, Guanacaste – Small-town Atmosphere in the Heart of the Tourism Area

The Enrique Parra Dental Care clinic is conveniently located in the quiet community of Liberia, Guanacaste so your dental appointments will be unhurried and stress-free, far from the traffic, noise and rush of San Jose. Liberia is just minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport and the gateway to some of the best beaches and ecological adventures in Costa Rica.



Until now, dental tourism services in Costa Rica have been offered only by large clinics located in the capital city of San Jose, meaning patients had little choice but to brave the cacophony and chaos of a large metropolitan area to receive treatment. Furthermore, although geographically centered, the mountainous terrain isolates San Jose from the attractions that Costa Rica is best known for with the nearest beach reached only after enduring two or three hours of nerve-wracking traffic along precariously perched single-lane highways. Even the international airport, which on a map seems to be right next door to San Jose, can be an hour from the city center at peak traffic periods.

Then there’s the weather… San Jose and the Central Valley get a lot more rain and have cooler temperatures than Liberia! If you’re coming to the tropics to escape inclement weather, you sure don’t want to spend your vacation shivering in the rain... you want sun, sun, sun! You’re far more likely to have clear skies in Liberia than any where else in the country, even in the rainy season. To see the weather in Liberia right now, click on this link Current Weather in Liberia ... bet it’s sunny!




As everyone who has been to Costa Rica knows, the best beaches, adventures and tours are found in the province of Guanacaste on the Pacific coast, four to six hours’ drive from San Jose. Why waste time traveling when you can have your dental treatment in Liberia, located right in the heart of Costa Rica’s best tourism area? Have your dental work done in the morning and be on the beach for lunch! Not only does Liberia provide exceptional access to tourist attractions, its small-town atmosphere (there’s only one traffic light in town!), minimizes the stress and worry that visitors may feel when going to the dentist. Though the pace is slower, there are still ample services in Liberia, including banks, pharmacies, grocery, clothing and souvenir stores, restaurants and theaters too.