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Rio Chollin

| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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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 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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| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The natural hot springs are awesome!! You pay $4 to park (and they watch your car during the day anyways to prevent theft). You walk under the bridge and find a spot, there were a lot of ppl, but there is enough space that you...More

Thank Christina3737
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’d put this under “you get what you pay for”. The river is nice and definitely warm with some pools to sit in. However you need to walk through a graffiti filled tunnel strewn the bottles, dirty diapers, and other garbage about. This was some...More

Thank Mark L
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

we followed Trip Advisors directions and it was just as described. It was free! A river with pools of hot water and cool springs as well. Sooo beautiful! Iguanas romped around as we soaked!

1  Thank Denise R
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

We were going to go to Ecotermales ($40/each without a meal) but as we didn't have a ton of free time it seemed like too much money for an hour visit. I am SO GLAD my husband convinced me to try the free hot springs....More

1  Thank MSURed
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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Would definitely recommend visiting the free hot springs! We were happy to pay a local $5 for help parking and watching our vehicle. The entrance is by the yellow gate near tabacon resort, not hard to find. The springs are warm and relaxing but I...More

1  Thank Mark K
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

Visited at night with my tour group...it is free to enter and you can bring your own food and drink. Very dark so some people had brought lanterns to light it up..headtorches are also a good shout. Not many dry places to store things so...More

Thank Beaumont_14
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

The free hot springs are very basic: there is no space to change clothes or store your bag. You need to pay attention on your belongings. It is right next to the road and has two parts: upstream and downstream. The upstream part is more...More

2  Thank Peter V
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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Hot river is magical and warm. Negatives: sand goes everywhere. Positives: it feels good Tip: bring candles and stay past sunset. 5 stars. Will come back.

1  Thank AvgJoe2135
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

To me, this was one of the more magical places we went. It amazed me that I was soaking in a hot river while sitting among the jungle trees. So much better than the commercial hot springs that I have been to before. We just...More

1  Thank sandmama2
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We found this by reading the forums. It is a great alternative to the fancy hot springs in the area. It's free, it's busy and very comfortable.I would go back again.

Thank Laurenlyh
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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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Response from KatStam |
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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