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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...more
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| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Right next to Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, runs a river heated by magma to the temperature of bathwater where savvy tourists go to soak, swim, frolic and barbecue, all for free. It’s called Río Chollín — though some may tell you it’s called Río...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These hot springs are great and very manageable to do with children. We have three kids 3.5, almost 2, and 4 months old. We weren't sure if we would be able to view these hot springs with such small children. There is a great area...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank huckitup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t want to invest the big $ in a luxury hot springs since we didn’t thing our kids would enjoy and stay there enough time, this one is free a bit crowded and hard to find parking but does the trick

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 541gabik
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was cloudy and a bit muddy on the way to the water. Recommend water shoes. Some trash in the "Lost" like path to the warm (not hot) water pools. I might reconsider spending extra bucks to enjoy the nearby spa experience. You do get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hangkl
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to visit hot springs but didn’t want to pay the high price at the resorts. We took our kids 9 and 12 here in the middle of the day. We paid a man approximately $2 to park. We took our important belongings with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

This place was horrible. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country and push hard for people to take care of its beauty. It’s such a shame that people let beautiful places get ruined by not being respectful and taking care of it. There were beer...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

The review from the Frommer guide to Costa Rica called this a great place if you like your water “Hot, Fast, and Free.” I agree. It is worth a visit just for the experience and sight. We went in the late afternoon and there were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mattrM892ZL
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

If I could give a zero star review for this I would. This place is absolutely filthy. If you must visit then you have to wear shoes. I stood in faeces several times. The dodgy car park guy charging us (starting at $4 and then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Hutclis
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

We had a good time at the free hot springs. It is kinda weird at first to park.on the road and then to think that anyone can go down behind the yellow gate, mostly as there were guards to open the gate for trucks coming...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Dany J
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

You can easily park the car nearby. Then, you need to walk to the hot water springs and this can be a bit uncomfortable, if you walk without shoes but it is not that bad. It is however free. The hot spring is warm and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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hollyiu
May 13, 2018|
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Response from Littlebigdogmom | Reviewed this property |
Hi. It is in La Fortuna adjacent to Tabacon Hot Springs.
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Ericka R
March 23, 2018|
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Not that I could see...
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Diana G
March 16, 2018|
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Response from Littlebigdogmom | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot to do in this area. There are the Hanging Bridges, Coffee and chocolate tours, hiking in Arenal National Park,any thermal spas, horseback riding, boating on Lake Arenal, the Cloud Forest. So much!
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