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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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Amazing and relaxing after a long hike on top of the Volcano! At night, with flash lights and a few drinks!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing and relaxing after a long hike on top of the Volcano! At night, with flash lights and a few drinks!

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East Hampton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A great, fun place to visit. The water is warm/hot and was strong. I went there with an 8 year old child and held onto him as the water is strong in certain areas. Bring a flashlight if you will be there around or after dusk. Parking is $2 USD and worth every penny. Parking on the road is more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Awesome experience- my friends who have also been to Baldi liked this place better. Lots of people in busy hours (6-8 and weekends) but almost all are ticos. Respect their space and you will be welcomed as well 😊

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Derby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The hot springs are a great way to relax! Loved the natural surroundings and it was free! Don't go on the weekend as it is very crowded. Wouldn't recommend at night either. The path down can be slippery.

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Bakersfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Ok I'm really cheap but these were wonderful. Unless you have 5 star taste, don't waste your money PAYING to do these hot springs. Just park near the yellow fence and walk down. Don't forget hiking shoes,,,,this is the NATURAL way to do Costa Rica. That said, fellow travelers we met on a trek said to turn right at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good free spa. Same water instead of paying 35 $. Take shoes for water on your feet as it is a lot of rocks in the water.

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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Go here with friends. We went at night and took drinks and candles. This was the most memorable thing I did. Plan to stay a couple hours. Don't take anything you don't want to get wet. Wear water shoes if you have them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

parking for the free springs is free and there was a parking guard when we went. walk down the path and take the plunge. If you are game enough there is even a water slide under the road. You wont get road rash ...well I didn't!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Super cute hidden gem! Just a couple things to know before you go: there's no place to leave belongings safely so bring as little as possible. Secondly, there is a second trail leading down to the water that makes it easier to access. After leaving the parking area across from Tabacon and walking away from Tabacon, walk across the bridge... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It's just a short distance from free parking - then you sit in a raging river that's warmer than a bathtub. Almost surreal. We didn't stay long - but for free - it's worth it!

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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
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos

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