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“Relaxing but kitschy”

Termales Los Laureles
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Palo Alto, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Relaxing but kitschy”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

A very tico place. Great price and relaxing, super-hot pools with one large cooler pool. Picnic table areas are a nice home base, bring snacks and beverages to keep you going.

Compared to the fancy hot springs in the area, this one can look a little campy. Think kids' water park with some grown up hot tubs on the side. A great value - stay as long as you want for $10. Depending what level of indulgence you're looking for, this can be a very nice hot spring option. Don't expect spa treatments or a lavish setting.

Visited June 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“No rip off here”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Why anyone would spend $30 to $55 per person to go to one of the rip off thermal springs in the Arenal area of Costa Rica is beyond me. Termales Los Laureles is directly across the street from
Los Lagos and it's $10 per person for the entire day. You have to look real carefully because there is no sign visible from the road. We were so turned off by the big names that we almost skipped thermal springs altogether. This place offered many, many pools ranging in temperature from very cool to 111F. The were several picnic pavilions where you're invited to bring your own meals. They were equipped with faucets and power outlets. We saw a couple of families with their rice cookers! The place was immaculate with very nice landscaping, clean bathrooms and showers. I believe the locals know about it because we seemed to be the only tourists and there wasn't one tour bus in sight. Everyone was very friendly and the staff was very helpful. We had heard that there was no place to purchase anything but we found a concession stand with burgers, fries, etc. We wish we had found this place sooner we would have gone back more than once.

Visited May 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
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“Go here if you can!”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

If you go at night take a night light, had such a fun night here with friends, watching the stars and it's all free.

Visited May 2012
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Mesa, Arizona
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“Crowded, but economical...too hot for hot springs!”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

There were upwards of a billion people it seemed back in that day in July of 2011 when my new bride and I went there. Nice, simple place, but dang...much too hot to be in hot springs. Only go when the weather is cool...and that doesn't happen that much in San Carlos. Not a good place to go for a romantic hot springs visit. A great place to go if you have kids. But again, too hot for hot springs.

Visited July 2011
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Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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“Campy family oriented springs”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

This place was campy but very family oriented. It was a fraction of the price of the others. On a weekday it was very empty and still had the great volcano view. Perfect for a picnic or for a family with younger children.

Visited February 2012
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