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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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

A great chance to experience a hot spring on a tight budget. Parking is easily located outside the Tabacon Hot Springs and we went there just before sunset. We left no valuables in our car (we also left the empty glove box open!) and enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I hate to rate this a 1, as the experience itself is unique, however our window to the rental car was busted and our passports, cash, credit cards, etc. were stolen, since we parked on the street, and it left us with a sour taste...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Hot spring and really warm and wonderful for little kids and people of old age both. One problem which may make many people, not like the hot spring is the pollution with the empty bottles and plastic floating down the spring.

Thank Greenpizzakid
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Terry and I just finished the "Volcano Extreme Hike" when we were dropped off here with our group. This thermal river that the locals use wasn't something we had on our itinerary as we had already booked the Tabacon (right next to this, but around...More

2  Thank Desiree A
Reviewed 29 September 2017

This place was awesome. The locals go here since it is free and they make a day of it brining picnics and even bbq. Since I was traveling by myself I made sure I had a water proof pouch with all my valuables and only...More

2  Thank smeissne
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

So glad I did this. If you are prissy, skip it! If you want to get away from resort life, this is amazing! Theft is common (like at any tourist place anywhere in the world) so don't be an idiot - leave nothing in your...More

1  Thank ShawnaCanuck
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Just AMAZING. It is free, beautiful and relaxing. It can be busy but is still worth the dip. The river is rocky wear water shoes and the current can be strong near the tiny waterfalls but it is the most relaxed I have ever been.

Thank Nathan S
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Close to wellness center Tabacon you can just go for free to the hotspring Rio cholin. We really enjoyed it. Wear watershoes....flipflops can be lost easily as my wife noticed!

Thank Jos S
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice. Lots of people. Went at night and someone came with disco lights and boombox which was disappointing. During the day it was less crowded.

Thank lileta
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

People: this is a sketchy place. It's weird that Tabaconcito or Chollin or Free Hot Springs or whatever it's called is a top -10 activity in the Arenal area, I mean, you have to go through a hole in a fence to get inside. There...More

1  Thank Nats B
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Derek S
7 March 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.
1 January 2017|
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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.
27 October 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.