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Free Natural Hot Springs

Address: La Fortuna San Carlos, 8 miles from La Fortuna , towards tabacon hot springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 8807 4954
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or the Free hot springs. This...
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
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.
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New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We contemplated going to one of the hot spring resorts. Gald we didn't! The water is a good temperature and the natural setting is very nice. To top it off there's even a slippery slide under the road. Crocs or something similar to protect your feet would be a good idea.

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Raymond, Maine, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of locals spending time with their families. If you poke around the river you can find a spot of your own. Be sure to wear your shoes while hiking along the side if the bank the ants are fierce. It was warm and relaxing and the price right worth the time to check out

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Go natural, go free. I went to the hot springs on a tour, on a Friday night. It was very crowded in the main pool, and too dark to do much exploring (although candles and fireflies provided some light). I would have preferred to go during the day, but if you are in your 20's (I'm not), then you may... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We visited the springs with a tour group to find it completley PACKED with other tour groups. There was hardly any room to even move around.

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New England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Traveling with 6 of my family members we had to cut some costs,So we sought out to find the free hot springs where the locals go.Easy,pass through the gate across the street from the tabacon springs....past the tabacon hotel.Lovely,friendly people.Families with kids of all ages.

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Roseville, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I know most locals would most likely like to keep their little secret from us visitors but I loved this place. It is easily accessible, water is hot naturally, it is big enough for you to have privacy and it is free. Having paid money the day before for hot springs that was not even real hot spring, I was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

These were the best springs. Everyone loved this river. The gentle rapids were the best. Wear river shoes if your feet are sensitive to walking in a river with rocks.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We enjoyed the free hot springs and I would recommend them, even if you're staying at a hotel with springs. Wear shoes since you're walking in a river and there are rocks and pebbles. We brought minimal things in a plastic bag and hung it on a tree. There were some local children there but the current moves quickly and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This was my second trip to Costa Rica. On my first trip, I went to Tabacon. Don't get me wrong, Tabacon is "nice".. but it's fantasy land, artificial "nice" at a fairly high price. What I really liked about the natural hot springs is that it's an authentic, local experience. The fact that it's free is icing on the cake!... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

After debating which "resort" to go to and after hiking at Arenal NP, it was totally cool to be driving along the road where we spotted swimmers clambering the hillside....being curious we pulled over, parked, changed in the car and clambered down the hill. Not sure of what was below, we left the camera hidden in the car and only... More 

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