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Address: | Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or...

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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We were a family of 4 with 2 kids ages 8 and 10. We didn't want to pay the big price tag for the thermal hot springs in the area since we didn't want to spend much time there... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

We were a family of 4 with 2 kids ages 8 and 10. We didn't want to pay the big price tag for the thermal hot springs in the area since we didn't want to spend much time there. This was a unique experience to feel the naturally warm thermal water for free. We stayed about an hour, the kids... More 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We saw all these people walked in and out of this area on the side of the road and decided to check it out. It is the natural hot spring fed by the volcano. We didn't stay at the high end resort so it was really cool to still be able to experience it.

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CA
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

As we found out on our trip, Costa Rica has not very many free things to offer. Hot springs are nice, but we did not see ourselves spending more than an hour soaking in warm water, so why pay a big fee? We visited on a Sunday morning and many local people were there as well. You park just below... More 

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1 Thank KaliCA
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

It's nice to visit the fancy springs with hotels but it feels more like a US water park than the real deal. I loved the natural springs much more. Park on the road and meander down you'll see everyone in the springs just below the road. Various temperature of pools to check out in a natural setting. Learned also of... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

You will see everyone parked along the road, although the way we went, through the tunnel in the picture, may have not been the easiest route. I would continue down the road (away from the lodge, on the other side of the road), for a bit to find a better entrance. The pools were kinda crowded in late afternoon, and... More 

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2 Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The springs themselves are difficult if not a little dangerous to get to, but they provide a relaxing setting at the end of a long hike, and are fish/creepy-crawly/bug free to sit in and enjoy.

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Thank William T
Bradford, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Can't beat "free", right? The natural setting is very nice, and the water *appears* nice, but I was warned that there is no health controls. STRONGLY recommend you avoid getting any water in your mouth and don't go in if you have any open cuts, etc. There is garbage around, though not a great deal. Beer cans & the like.... More 

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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing experience for someone who had never been in a hotspring. I recommend going at day time because it gets a little sketchy in the dark as there are no lights, only the moon.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We went at about 10 am, and this was much, much nicer than we expected. The tiny “pools” with small but strong whitewater flowing into them made it more like a jacuzzi than a thermal pool. And there were areas of peaceful water as well. It was plenty warm, probably 98F/37C, and I was even tempted not only to skip... More 

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We went here around 7am in the morning and had the entire area to ourselves for almost an hour. The spot was safe and secure as there were security guards guarding the parking area. We loved the natural beauty and landscape of the spring and are glad we made the stop! I would highly recommend this natural spring!

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