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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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Description: If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or...
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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Skip the Expensive Tourist Traps. Go here instead for the real deal.

Our visit to these hot springs was one of the most magical parts of our trip. We were so up in the air about whether to visit Baldhi or Tabacon. Many friends back home had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Newport, Oregon
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Newport, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Our visit to these hot springs was one of the most magical parts of our trip. We were so up in the air about whether to visit Baldhi or Tabacon. Many friends back home had recommended the fancy resort ones, but that's not really our style. And $100/day? Give me a break. So while in the Arenal area, my boyfriend... More 

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Saratoga, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Of all the expensive places to visit in Arenal area, this is free. Park your car, walk a bit, and you have hot spring river waiting. A bit tricky to walk to the good spot up stream but you'll be rewarded.

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Hamilton, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Next to Tabacon Hot Springs resort is a one minute walk to the river. Lots of fun with both locals and tourists enjoying the free hot spring. Its actually more of a hot river than a hot spring. The river flows through at a high velocity and is almost too hot. Very enjoyable.

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Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This was an excellent end to our day of hiking. We loved the natural environment. We appreciated the folks selling coconuts after our time in the hot springs. Best to have water shoes. Best value ever!

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Right across from the Tabacon hotel. There is parking on the street for $2. U walk across passes the yellow gate and down the path into 90-100 degree water. It simply was amazing. The further upstream u go, the better, quieter it is. Bring water shoes and bug spray !

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

It's across from Tabacon Springs Resort, we paid to park ($2) as the road is very narrow and did not want to risk our car being hit, then we walked around the yellow gate and down a path to the warm river. We went late afternoon and there were lots of locals there soaking and enjoying each others company. We... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Thi sis the way to go, bring a cool and some drinks, soak in he beautiful water and watch the Tico's. Don;t bring anything of value as there isn't anywhere to put your things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Really go here when you're in la fortunate. Nothing compared to baldi (where we were the day before) but really lovely and 100% natural!

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It's free! It was relaxing and soothing. Not very crowded. Be careful as you walk across the platform as the rush of the water can get you unbalanced. Advise not drinking too much while there as the warm water seems to escalate the alcohol. The police seem to watch the drivers as they leave. The roads are dangerous to drive... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

met a few locals and they said save some colones, and we went to a hot river and pools with them. fantastic

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