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Free Natural Hot Springs

La Fortuna San Carlos, 8 miles from La Fortuna , towards tabacon hot springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Owner description: If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or the Free hot springs. This is perfect if you are travelling on a shoestring... more » Owner description: If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or the Free hot springs. This is perfect if you are travelling on a shoestring budget as it is FREE! To get there go to the yellow gate next to Tabacon Springs. You can park on the road shoulder and you will definitely see it. Walk down the path behind the gate and in a very short walk you will arrive at a bubbling hot creek. You can go 24 hrs a day but keep your items in your site. Leave your valuables at the hotel and just bring a towel and prepare to relax. « less
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San Diego
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We really enjoyed these natural hot springs. There were a couple of locals who gave us not so friendly looks but besides that it was great. Park right off the road just past Tabacon resort by the yellow gate, leave your stuff in the car and walk down. It is a little tricky so bring a flash light if you're... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was one of our favorite experiences in Costa Rica. You can pay a lot of money to go to the resorts, but if you're willing to travel outside of touristville, it's a great chance to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica. There's one spot in the springs where two streams merge. The stream on the left is hot... More

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Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Yes, it can get crowded and you, of course, have to be careful with your footing and your belongings (esp. at night) but it is gorgeous, warm, and magical. Mornings and afternoons you may have it mostly to yourself. I wish I was there right now!

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Free free free free, natural and amazing. You absolutely can't beat it. No reason to bring any valuables, just come out and enjoy. Just be careful of the currents and slippery rocks

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great hot springs, We found a little local spot to enter the SPRINGS. beautiful, nice spent the late afternoon there, can't tell you where it is LOCAL SECRET!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was worried this would be janky or sketchy; not at all, especially in the day time; at night a little hard to see where you are going ; beautiful, natural - in my opinion better than the landscaped hot springs; this is the real stream going through the jungle, easily accessable from the road. Took the family here; they... More

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Based on some reviews posted here, I was very leery of the free hot springs. I'm glad I didn't pay attention. The entrance was completely apparent from the road, marked by a large yellow gate. The walk into the water was a little tricky and you definitely needed water shoes, but once you got into the river and found a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This place was even more beautiful than I thought it would be. Steam rising from the rivers, hot water flowing over smooth, dark rocks, with small cascading waterfalls, and thick trees surrounding everything. We spent about two hours here, in the early afternoon, and it was great. For about $8 you can take a cab from central La Fortuna to... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

These hot springs were great! We arrived as evening was setting in - still enough light to see where we were going, but the ambiance of the nightfall approaching. We went on a Monday and there were a fair number of people there, but not overcrowded. There are different areas with different strength of current, little waterfalls, etc. As night... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

My partner and I visited the free natural hot springs on our last day in Arenal before checking out of of our hotel. Because it was quite early, there was only another couple there. We really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

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