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Address: | Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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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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Very nice for the family!

A good place to hang out and spend some time relaxing. There are a lot of people around and parking can be tricky but it's well worth it. It's like sitting in a jacuzzi but with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Toledo, Ohio
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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good place to hang out and spend some time relaxing. There are a lot of people around and parking can be tricky but it's well worth it. It's like sitting in a jacuzzi but with the currents of a river. Keep a sharp eye on your things though as there are some questionable people hanging around. All in all,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously the good part of this hit spring is that it is free. You can take a taxi from La Fortuna and you'll be there in 15 mins. But on the down side, being free means loads of people go. We opted to go at night thinking it was going to be less crowded, but that was not the case.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's free, close to town, and the water is hot, pure and clean. There were tourists and local families just having a good time, and some were having a picnic. Park on the side of the road and give "attendant" a tip to take care of your car. If you're going from La Fortuna need to pass Tabacon Thermals and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely bring a flashlight and bug spray if you go at night like we did. It was cool, but we didn't explore much since it was dark. Glad we didn't pay the $70/person for the Tabacon night pass. We're easy going. This was good enough for us to relax and experience the hot springs.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this. You walk down some broken up steps to the river, under the bridge of the main road, then under a little arch and you are in the main area. People just walk up the riverbed, most of which is between about 10" and 2 ft deep, and sit down wherever they want to. The river is warm.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just left the free hot sprins and were very impressed. Beautiful natural setting, river in a rain forest with hot water that created many mini pools and waterfalls. Just pick the spot and enjoy. We got a great massage sitting under one of the rapids, hard to believe its free. Hope big hotels wont shut this down!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I planned on visiting the free hot springs but thought it wouldn't happen considering we didn't have a car. We were skeptical about taking a cab and having to get one to pick us up. We ended up here by booking a tour that ended at this hot spring. It was dark and scary yet awesome! It's free so why... More 

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Reviewed March 24, 2017

After the tour to the volcano or after a walking or justto relax this is the best option. Just 2 USD (1000 Colones) to arrive from La fortuna to Tabacon this hot springs are for FREE the best place to spend 1-2 hours. Bring your own food and take a pic nic there

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Reviewed March 24, 2017

We had a large family group travelling in Costa Rica. Our age range was 13 yrs old to 75 yrs old. This place was awesome and fun for everyone! We went mid-day after hiking the hanging bridges. Hit the spot!

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Reviewed March 23, 2017

We went here after an all-day hike up Cerro Chato. The water is hot tub temperature, but in a river format. Really relaxing and free! If you go at night, be sure to bring a flashlight for the path leading from the road to the river. This is a must-do!

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