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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

I read reviews before we went to Costa Rica so I knew it would be busy on the weekend, so I had this on my itinerary for Monday. We happened to drive by on the weekend so I had my wife and cousin hop out...More

Thank NomadTeej
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is something magical about parking and taking a quick jaunt off the side of the road to encounter an amazing and totally free geothermally heated river. It is an easy trek, and the surroundings are gorgeous. We generally ended our days of trekking around...More

1  Thank kristinrye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You park on the road outside of Tabacon Spa, which seems kind of sketchy, especially because a man will approach and say he will watch the car and show you where to go. However, it ended up working out beautifully. We gave him a small...More

Thank Meghan K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with a few friends and their young kids (5 and under) at the end of May and had a great time. If you are an overly cautious person, I wouldn't bring your kids. It's not dangerous, but you will have to climb over...More

Thank bcorr92
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to go to if you want to experience the hot springs in a natural setting. It's right near the Tabacon thermal resort, you can find the natural springs easily on google maps too. There is tons of free parking along...More

1  Thank alex s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was happy when my GF said she'd rather do this than go to an overpriced hot springs resort. I'd say this delivered! It's super easy to get to. We went around noon and it wasn't busy at all. Obvious reason would be that the...More

Thank Eric K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do it like a locals do... the most natural way is possible do it. Go at sunset toime bring some lights "candles" beers, just the basics and experience how the day goes in the night and the darkness covers the jungle, fireflies will show there...More

Thank BrayanMurillo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our cars and parked near Tabacon. A bridge is there, small parking lot. We walked down under bridge and walked into rushing water of the hot river. Super awesome, and free. Little "pools" all around for sitting. Little bit of trash around from...More

Thank tandmgroup
Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

Easy to get there, its on the road to arenal. You can easy park there before the bridge. We walked below before the bridge at the yellow gate, but its easier to walk over the road/bridge first to go down on the other side. Its...More

Thank Ilse v
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

So yeah. This place was kinda sketch - under a bridge. Lots of garbage. But it was so worth it. The water was so beautiful and if you go down away from the crowds it's so secluded and beautiful. Be careful walking because the ground...More

Thank Mirandaisgreat
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Derek S
What is the walk down to the hot springs like? My mother has a bad knee and I'm trying to find a hot spring she can get to.
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Meganaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
It's steep and slippery, there is a small wall you have to climb over as well.
where is it located?
December 31, 2016|
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Response from Michiganaki | Reviewed this property |
It's right across the road from Tabacon Resort. You can park at Tabacon (costs $2) and walk down to the river.
Are there other free hot springs in the arenal, Guanacaste or Monteverde area? Thank you!
October 27, 2016|
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Response from CalderonPR | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. Most of them are in the ground of private hotels. But why would you want others? These are really nice and free.