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Arenal Hot Springs Guide: 12 Hot Springs In La Fortuna Costa Rica

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About the Arenal Hot Springs .

What do you do at the Arenal Hot Springs?

Baldi Hot Springs .
EcoTermales Hot Springs .
Tabacon Hot Springs .
Springs Resort Hot Springs .
Paradise Hot Springs .
Titioku Hot Springs .
Los Lagos Hot Springs.
Kalambu Hot Springs.
Los Laureles Hot Springs.
Termalitas del Arenal Hot Springs.
Termo Arenal Hot Springs.

Rio Chollin Hot Springs (Mini-Tabacon)

About the Arenal Hot Springs.
Baldi Hot Springs.
EcoTermales Hot Springs.
Tabacon Hot Springs.
Springs Resort Hot Springs.
Paradise Hot Springs.
Titoku Hot Springs.
Los Lagos Hot Springs.
Kalambu Hot Springs.
Los Laureles Hot Springs.
Termalitas del Arenal Hot Springs.
Termo Arenal Hot Springs.
Rio Chollin Hot Springs.
So, you’ve decided to take a relaxing vacation to beautiful Costa Rica.
Great.
There’s no better way to pamper yourself than by soaking in rejuvenating thermal waters direct from a volcano.
Letting go of stress and allowing your muscles to relax while resting in the steamy pools is easy.
Choosing the best Arenal hot springs, however, is easier said than done.
Costa Rica is home to five active volcanoes so it’s no surprise that volcano-fed hot springs are one of the country’s most popular attractions.
Thermal-water pools and rivers exist in various areas around Costa Rica (including the Rincon de la Vieja, Orosi, and Chirripo vicinities), but the most well known hot springs are spread out around the foothills of the Arenal Volcano, just west of the town of La Fortuna.
As one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destinations, you may already be planning to visit La Fortuna during your trip.
If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that fitting in a visit to one or more of the area’s famous hot springs properties is a quick and easy task to accomplish.

What do you do at the Arenal Hot Springs

Honestly, not much, apart from sitting in pools and/or rivers filled with thermal water, but that’s part of why they’re loved by most travelers.
Hot springs encourage complete relaxation, which may be exactly what you need after a long flight or bus ride, a strenuous hike, or a hectic day full of back-to-back adventures.
It’s important to realize that each hot springs attraction is different.
Most offer a variety of pools to wade in, each one a different temperature, and you’re welcome to hop between pools as you please.
Some properties are large and luxurious; others are small and budget-friendly.
Amenities, such as meals, towels, and access to lockers, are included at some properties and are paid for as extras at others.
A few properties have bonus features that add to the overall experience, including great customer service, swim-up bars, and in-pool waterfalls you can wade under.
Sorting through the various Arenal hot springs options, especially if you’re in search of the best Arenal hot springs, can be time consuming.
But, we can help.
Here’s what you should know about twelve Arenal hot springs options located in the La Fortuna area of Costa Rica:Baldi Hot Springs.
EcoTermales Hot Springs.
Tabacon Hot Springs.

Springs Resort Hot Springs (a.k.a.

Los Perdidos Hot Springs).
Paradise Hot Springs.
Titioku Hot Springs.
Los Lagos Hot Springs.
Kalambu Hot Springs.
Los Laureles Hot Springs.
Termalitas del Arenal Hot Springs.
Termo Arenal Hot Springs.
Rio Chollin Hot Springs (a.k.a., Mini-Tabacon).

Wondering which Arenal Hot Springs is the best to visit?

Though the article below aims to introduce you to all 12 hot springs that exist in and around La Fortuna / Arenal, we compare and contrast each of the 12 in our related blog post:Best Hot Springs In Arenal: We Compare All 12 La Fortuna Hot Springs!Baldi Hot Springs.
The information below is an excerpt from our review of the Baldi Hot Springs.
To learn more about the Baldi Hot Springs, including their location, accessibility, hours, price range, size/design, popularity, atmosphere, pools/rivers, towels/lockers, dining opportunities, accommodation/parking offerings, and reservation requirements, as well as who should/shouldn’t visit the Baldi Hot Springs and the rating we give the property overall, please see our related blog post:.
Baldi Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs GuideThe Baldi Hot Springs are one of the most visited hot springs properties in La Fortuna.
As one of the first hot springs attractions that was built in town, they’re well known to locals and return travelers.
They’re also easy to spot along the main road that skirts around the Arenal Volcano (Road 142) thanks to the property’s large, showy, roofed entrance.
Beyond the entrance, there’s plenty that draws visitors in, including 25 thermal-water pools, a sauna/steam room, a Jacuzzi, restaurants, bars, and an interactive kids’ play zone.
This is one of the largest and most developed hot springs attractions in Costa Rica, not to mention the one with the most animated vibe.
Part of the appeal of the Baldi Hot Springs is that it’s a place where you can kick back and relax in therapeutic thermal water while conversing with friends or loved ones.
If you’re looking for small, quiet, natural-feeling pools you can hole up in for a few hours, Baldi may not be the place for you.
This being said, though the Baldi Hot Springs is loved in part for its lively ambiance that caters to social groups, it still provides several calm and intimate-feeling areas that offer pockets of privacy and encourage peaceful relaxation.
As you might expect, since the Baldi Hot Springs delivers a multitude of experiences, it attracts all kinds of travelers.
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Click here to access the FREE Baldi hot springs discounts!EcoTermales Hot Springs.
The information below is an excerpt from our review of the EcoTermales Hot Springs.
To learn more about the EcoTermales Hot Springs, including their location, accessibility, hours, price range, size/design, popularity, atmosphere, pools/rivers, towels/lockers, dining opportunities, accommodation/parking offerings, and reservation requirements, as well as who should/shouldn’t visit the EcoTermales Hot Springs and the rating we give the property overall, please see our related blog post:.

EcoTermales Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs GuideSince 2002

the EcoTermales Hot Springs have been helping La Fortuna locals and visitors reap the rejuvenating rewards of thermal-water soaks.
When Ricky and I first started living in La Fortuna, this property was one of only three operating hot springs attractions in town, its only major competitors being the luxe Tabacon Hot Springs (which was significantly more expensive) and the large Baldi Hot Springs (which rivaled EcoTermales in price).
Everyone looking to relax at a small hot springs property that wouldn’t dent the wallet ended up at the EcoTermales Hot Springs.
Us included.
Now that the Arenal area offers several hot springs attractions that vary in quality and cost, visitors can be more particular about choosing the type of hot springs experience they want to have and sticking to their hot springs budget.
If you’re looking for a lively and social space where you can kick back and relax in therapeutic thermal water while conversing with friends or loved ones, EcoTermales may not be the place for you.
Part of the appeal of the EcoTermales Hot Springs is that it offers a small property with quiet, natural-feeling pools you can hole up in for a few hours.
Though a few other (less expensive) hot springs options in La Fortuna provide the same, the EcoTermales Hot Springs, who have managed to maintain much of their initial monopoly despite the development of competing sites (and arguably inflated rates), remain a popular choice.
Don’t miss our discounts for the EcoTermales Hot Springs:.

Click here to access the FREE EcoTermales hot springs discounts!Tabacon Hot Springs

The information below is an excerpt from our review of the Tabacon Hot Springs.
To learn more about the Tabacon Hot Springs, including their location, accessibility, hours, price range, size/design, popularity, atmosphere, pools/rivers, towels/lockers, dining opportunities, accommodation/parking offerings, and reservation requirements, as well as who should/shouldn’t visit the Tabacon Hot Springs and the rating we give the property overall, please see our related blog post:.
Tabacon Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs GuideIf you’ve already conducted a bit of research on hot springs options in La Fortuna, you’ve no doubt already heard of the Tabacon Hot Springs.
They’re easily one of the most well-known and well-loved hot springs attractions in all of Costa Rica.
They also come with one of the highest price tags for hot springs passes, which may have you asking yourself: “What’s so great about the Tabacon Hot Springs?” and “Are they worth the added expense?”Before we get to our review of the Tabacon Hot Springs below, we’ll start by clarifying some misinformation.
Through several sources are quick to (erroneously) state that the attraction is Arenal’s only natural hot springs, the more accurate statement is: the Tabacon Hot Springs are the only hot springs attraction in the Arenal area that has a non-pumped (i.e., free-flowing) hot spring river.
Like most other hot springs attractions in La Fortuna, the Tabacon Hot Springs also has man-made hot spring pools.
To confirm, all hot springs attractions in La Fortuna are “natural” in the sense that they deliver mineral-rich thermal water that comes from the Arenal Volcano.
Some hot springs in La Fortuna pump that water up from the ground into pools.
Hot spring pools at inexpensive attractions often resemble swimming pools and hot spring pools at more expensive attractions tend to look like elegant lagoons.
A few hot springs attractions around Arenal have a series of connected pools you can soak in where thermal water flows freely from one pool to the next.
The Tabacon Hot Springs is one such attraction.
What makes the Tabacon Hot Springs unique, however, is that its thermal water reaches the property from above the ground (via a mountain-fed river) as opposed to below the ground (via a pump that taps into an underground spring).
It’s important to reiterate that the non-pumped (i.e., free-flowing) hot spring river at the Tabacon Hot Springs is just that: a river.
Though the shape of its in-river pools were created in part with concrete, the majority of the river isn’t artificial.
It’s edged by slippery rocks, it has a stony bottom that can sometimes feel slimy (use of water shoes is recommended), and it’s full of fast-moving water.
If you’d prefer to visit an attraction with hot springs that are easy to slip into, relax in, and climb out of, you may want to rethink spending extra money on Tabacon.
If you’re in search of a paradisaical hot springs experience that invites you to be at one with nature, the raw oasis you’ll find at the Tabacon Hot Springs is unmatched elsewhere in the region.
Springs Resort Hot Springs.
The information below is an excerpt from our review of the Springs Resort Hot Springs.
To learn more about the Springs Resort Hot Springs, including their location, accessibility, hours, price range, size/design, popularity, atmosphere, pools/rivers, towels/lockers, dining opportunities, accommodation/parking offerings, and reservation requirements, as well as who should/shouldn’t visit the Springs Resort Hot Springs and the rating we give the property overall, please see our related blog post:.
Springs Resort Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs GuideIf you’ve been researching La Fortuna hot springs options for a while, chances are you’ve already come across the Springs Resort Hot Springs (sometimes cited as the “Los Perdidos Hot Springs”).
Not only are the Springs Resort Hot Springs the largest and one of the most well-known hot springs attractions in the Arenal area, they also provide one of the best (if not the best, depending on who you ask) hot springs experiences you can have in Costa Rica.
Though the resort sits a 10-to-15-minute drive away from all of the other hot spring sites you could choose to visit, there’s plenty to lure you to the property, including 25 thermal-water pools, a Jacuzzi, restaurants, bars, and an outdoor center that runs a few on-site adventure tours.
If you have several wants on your hot springs checklist, including peaceful, lagoon-like hot springs; delicious food and drinks; a beautiful and clean property that delivers comfort and class; the option to participate in on-site tours and activities; and great value for your money, look no further than the Springs Resort Hot Springs.
Don’t miss our discounts for the Springs Resort Hot Springs:.
Click here to access the FREE Springs Resort hot springs discounts!Paradise Hot Springs.
The information below is an excerpt from our review of the Paradise Hot Springs.
To learn more about the Paradise Hot Springs, including their location, accessibility, hours, price range, size/design, popularity, atmosphere, pools/rivers, towels/lockers, dining opportunities, accommodation/parking offerings, and reservation requirements, as well as who should/shouldn’t visit the Paradise Hot Springs and the rating we give the property overall, please see our related blog post:.

Paradise Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs GuideLiving in La Fortuna

I remember when the Paradise Hot Springs opened its doors in 2011.
At the time, the property seemed to promise a different kind of hot springs experience, or at least that was the buzz going around town.
It had only four major hot springs properties to compete with in the area–the Baldi, EcoTermales, Tabacon, and Springs Resort Hot Springs–and it was unique.
It was a small and quiet place to enjoy soaking in some thermal-water pools void of the popularity of the Baldi and EcoTermales, and without the cost (and subsequent luxurious touches) of Tabacon and the Springs Resort.
It was the Goldilocks in La Fortuna’s tale of touristic hot spring offerings: it was just right.
Fast-forward to the La Fortuna of today, home to at least 12 independent hot springs sites, and you may have guessed that the Paradise Hot Springs now competes with several other hot spring properties for visitors.
A few other hot springs properties provide a similar experience to the Paradise Hot Springs by catering to travelers who can’t afford to visit the best hot springs in town but who don’t want to settle for the worst hot springs either.
If you’re looking for a decent middle-of-the-road option that provides a hot springs experience that’s considered average for La Fortuna, though the Paradise Hot Springs isn’t your only option, it’s one worth considering.
Don’t miss our discounts for the Paradise Hot Springs:.
Click here to access the FREE Paradise hot springs discounts!Titioku Hot Springs.
The Titoku Hot Springs are a bit unique in that they’re considered the off-site hot springs of Arenal Kioro, a resort-quality hotel in the La Fortuna region.
Despite being used almost entirely by hotel guests, the Titoku Hot Springs are open to the public.
Choose to go and you’ll find yourself enjoying one of the Arenal area’s smallest, quietest, and most colorful hot springs properties.
Los Lagos Hot Springs.
The information below is an excerpt from our review of the Los Lagos Hot Springs.
To learn more about the Los Lagos Hot Springs, including their location, accessibility, hours, price range, size/design, popularity, atmosphere, pools/rivers, towels/lockers, dining opportunities, accommodation/parking offerings, and reservation requirements, as well as who should/shouldn’t visit the Los Lagos Hot Springs and the rating we give the property overall, please see our related blog post:.
Los Lagos Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs GuideThe Los Lagos Hot Springs are one of La Fortuna’s most popular hot springs properties, no doubt in part due to the attraction’s affordable hot springs pass.
Though the Los Lagos Hot Springs aren’t the least expensive hot springs property in La Fortuna, the hot springs pass at Los Lagos buys access to a collection of hot springs and cold-water pools adorned with small waterfalls and waterslides, plus free entrance to a few on-site wildlife exhibits.
If you’re looking for good value (and not much else), the Los Lagos Hot Springs provides it.
Kalambu Hot Springs.
If you’re looking to get more than just relaxation out of a hot springs visit, the Kalambu Hot Springs may be the place for you.
This water park (complete with hot springs) opened in 2014 and redefined what a hot springs experience around La Fortuna can be, throwing adrenaline and fun into the mix.
Great for adults and children, there is a lot to thrill you here, including giant, curvy waterslides; raft-run waterslides; and a splash pad with a dump bucket and kiddie slides; plus a handful of tropical-feeling pools to remind you that the Kalambu Hot Springs is technically an Arenal Hot Springs property.
Los Laureles Hot Springs.
Whenever Ricky and I host Costa Rican family or friends in La Fortuna, we usually end up at the unpretentious Los Laureles Hot Springs.
Locals (us included) love its affordable pricing, laid-back vibe, and on-site ranchos that that provide clean spots for picnicking.
By no means is the Los Laureles Hot Springs a luxurious or romantic hot springs attraction, but if all you and your travel companions want is an inexpensive and comfortable place to spread out in and a variety of hot spring pools to soak in, this place should do the trick.
Waterslides and on-site sports facilities (a soccer field, a basketball court, and a beach volleyball court) keep kids and active adults happy.
Termalitas del Arenal Hot Springs.
If you research La Fortuna’s various hot springs attractions, especially budget-friendly, economy attractions, .

You’re bound to come across the Termalitas del Arenal Hot Springs

In our opinion, this Arenal Hot Springs option, which has one of the cheapest hot springs passes you can buy, is the lower-quality version of the Los Laureles Hot Springs; It strives to provide a place where you can swim, relax, and picnic, though the quality of its facilities and pools isn’t great.
One thing that the Termalitas del Arenal Hot Springs has that the Los Laureles Hot Springs does not is a dense-feeling property full of tall palms.
This helps deliver an experience that feels like you’re soaking in (man-made) pools among a forest.
Termo Arenal Hot Springs.
The Termo Arenal Hot Springs are the latest Arenal Hot Springs property to open in La Fortuna.
They’re also the least expensive hot springs pass you can buy in the region right now, and the old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here.
In terms of overall quality (cleanliness, pool/property design, and privacy included), .

The Termo Arenal Hot Springs rank at the bottom of the list

To be fair, the property isn’t yet finished, so perhaps future developments will shape it up a bit.
For the time being, we’d only recommend choosing the Termo Arenal Hot Springs if its price tag is the maximum amount you can afford.
Rio Chollin Hot Springs (Mini-Tabacon).
To learn more about the Rio Chollin Hot Springs, please see our related blog post:.
Local Free Hot Springs In La Fortuna / ArenalIn a league of its own is the Rio Chollin Hot Springs, which isn’t an official hot springs attraction, rather an extension of the free-flowing hot spring river that runs throughout the property of the Tabacon Hot Springs.
The publicly accessible section of the river, which falls outside the private property of Tabacon, is what’s known as Rio Chollin and nicknamed Tabaconcito, mini-Tabacon, and Arenal’s free hot springs.
Though the Rio Chollin Hot Springs don’t offer the same kind of hot springs experience that other hot springs in La Fortuna do (safety, for example, is sacrificed here), .

They’re worth mentioning as they’re technically an Arenal Hot Springs option

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