Rio Negro Hot Springs
Rio Negro Hot Springs
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • David M
    Trafford, Alabama7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day excursion
    Selected this outing based on reviews found on the web. Did not disappoint. Had a rental car so drove ourselves. Great roads until close to the site (rough potholes after that) hence the 4 star rating. Need to figure out offline navigation or get cell coverage beforehand. Cost of entry was $32 each for adults. Very nice set up. Hot pools were primitive but great. 11 to rotate among, all with different temps. Included a waterfalls area that had pools we could swim in.
    Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed Rio Negro Hot springs surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
    Written 7 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Prematma
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Un tico y una gringo tours are exceptional
    I went solo just alone with Paulino driving and awaiting my alone trip for 2 hours.. This place is soul medicine and so healing 💕..a perfect way to end my trip in this magnificent Pura Vida land. Paulino and his family are magical kind beings. Please friends experience this special high quality small business UN tico y una Gringa tours
    Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed the pools surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
    Written 7 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Ryguy
    Fernie, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jungle Paradise
    We went to the hot springs after a hike around Ricón de la Vieja National Park. In my opinion, a visit to the hot springs is essential. The location is incredibly beautiful, the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the walkways, change rooms etc are kept very clean. There are numerous hot pools, all at slightly different temperatures to suit everyone. I highly recommend covering yourself in the volcanic mud and washing off in the cool creek (showers available if the creek is too cold). Don't forget to tip the staff member who's handing out the mud and cleaning up after everyone.
    Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed the pools surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
    Written 31 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 November 2023
  • PMDMA
    Ottawa, Canada129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural Spa
    This was a wonderful day trip. We stayed in Papagayo, but our group of 4 rented a car for a few days, so we drove here. We did the 35 USD admission price and reserved online the night prior. When anyone arrives, there is security at the parks entrance. If you have a reservation, show it to the officer working the gate, then you do not pay admission. It is pretty cheap, but not necessary when you reserve in advance. When you get to the hotel, stay left until you see the open air desk. There are water machines, change rooms and washrooms here. Very clean and available. Once you get your bracelet you go another 6 km or so to the hot springs. Follow the signs for entrance and do not try to take a short cut over the first bridge, it is meant for one way traffic leaving. ….. now if you decide you want to do the mud treatment, which I recommend for the experience, just go to the staff member . You must be dry and then they give you a bowl of mud to spread on which is done in the same area you got it. That way you don’t make a mess everywhere. Once it dried for us, we washed it off in the creek. Our skin actually felt amazing then we sat in most of the hot spring tubs, taking our time and enjoying the relaxation. We did leave a tip as the employee never stopped cleaning, organizing, giving information or providing mud. It seems the tours move quickly as we saw several arrive after us and leave before us. If you can do it yourself, I recommend it, but of course that isn’t always an option. There are some pipes running through the area, but look at it for what it is. Costa Rica is harnessing natural energy to provide power in an environmental way, tapping into these geothermal energy sources. When you are enjoying nature, just know these pipes are preserving it. There are change rooms when you arrive, there are washrooms, towels provided and a hiking trail across for the parking lot. The trail goes to waterfalls you can swim in. We swam in the 3rd waterfall, however, I feel the second would have been better. I guess all I can say is for 35 USD, you get scenery, volcanic mud, natural hot springs, waterfalls and an incredible way to spend a day in Costa Rica.
    Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed the waterfalls, the hot springs and the volcanic mud. We appreciate your visit to Rincon de la Vieja.
    Written 31 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
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4.5
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Jess C
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wasn’t worth $35 each. The hot springs were warm but waters were stagnant waters. The pools didn’t seems to be clean. Very cloudy and dirty. We got tons of bug bites and ticks! My husband and I pulled he ticks off of our bodies when we got home. . Gross!! 🤮 The road was terrible to get to. The front office workers didn’t like when you cracked jokes. They seem to be over the tourist people.
Next time I will be paying money to a resort hot springs facility. I rather pay more money for a nicer facility.
Written 18 March 2024
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Kisha
Stamford, CT3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I should’ve read these reviews before going. I honestly don’t understand the high ones. This has an exorbitant fee coupled with an entry fee to the area to enter small pools that though warm to hot had the whiff of something hot water was piped into and not natural. I’ll have to visit something better to replace this memory. I would recommend skipping this one.
Written 13 March 2024
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PMDMA
Ottawa, Canada129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a wonderful day trip. We stayed in Papagayo, but our group of 4 rented a car for a few days, so we drove here. We did the 35 USD admission price and reserved online the night prior. When anyone arrives, there is security at the parks entrance. If you have a reservation, show it to the officer working the gate, then you do not pay admission. It is pretty cheap, but not necessary when you reserve in advance. When you get to the hotel, stay left until you see the open air desk. There are water machines, change rooms and washrooms here. Very clean and available. Once you get your bracelet you go another 6 km or so to the hot springs. Follow the signs for entrance and do not try to take a short cut over the first bridge, it is meant for one way traffic leaving. ….. now if you decide you want to do the mud treatment, which I recommend for the experience, just go to the staff member . You must be dry and then they give you a bowl of mud to spread on which is done in the same area you got it. That way you don’t make a mess everywhere. Once it dried for us, we washed it off in the creek. Our skin actually felt amazing then we sat in most of the hot spring tubs, taking our time and enjoying the relaxation. We did leave a tip as the employee never stopped cleaning, organizing, giving information or providing mud. It seems the tours move quickly as we saw several arrive after us and leave before us. If you can do it yourself, I recommend it, but of course that isn’t always an option. There are some pipes running through the area, but look at it for what it is. Costa Rica is harnessing natural energy to provide power in an environmental way, tapping into these geothermal energy sources. When you are enjoying nature, just know these pipes are preserving it. There are change rooms when you arrive, there are washrooms, towels provided and a hiking trail across for the parking lot. The trail goes to waterfalls you can swim in. We swam in the 3rd waterfall, however, I feel the second would have been better. I guess all I can say is for 35 USD, you get scenery, volcanic mud, natural hot springs, waterfalls and an incredible way to spend a day in Costa Rica.
Written 2 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed the waterfalls, the hot springs and the volcanic mud. We appreciate your visit to Rincon de la Vieja.
Written 31 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

bluefevah
Innisfil, Canada82 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Disaqpointed is the best word I can use. Felt like a tourist trap....35 US per person and 29 per kid? I thought that was insane considering I drove myself there. Would have been 130 US just to get into the park park for the 4 of us. Add to that the locals gouging you another set fee just to access the area by closed gate....didn't seem worth it to me for what it was.
My suggestion is to go to rio Celeste and access their hot springs.
Written 1 February 2024
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Mark W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great place. Friendly staff and more to do than the National Park. Bring a lunch and spend the whole day going back and forth between the waterfalls and the thermal baths.
Written 29 January 2024
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Thank you for your comments. We qre glad to know that you had a fun time at Rio Negro Hot Springs.
Written 31 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ryguy
Fernie, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We went to the hot springs after a hike around Ricón de la Vieja National Park. In my opinion, a visit to the hot springs is essential. The location is incredibly beautiful, the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the walkways, change rooms etc are kept very clean.

There are numerous hot pools, all at slightly different temperatures to suit everyone. I highly recommend covering yourself in the volcanic mud and washing off in the cool creek (showers available if the creek is too cold). Don't forget to tip the staff member who's handing out the mud and cleaning up after everyone.
Written 3 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed the pools surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
Written 31 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Prematma
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I went solo just alone with Paulino driving and awaiting my alone trip for 2 hours..
This place is soul medicine and so healing 💕..a perfect way to end my trip in this magnificent Pura Vida land.
Paulino and his family are magical kind beings.
Please friends experience this special high quality small business
UN tico y una Gringa tours
Written 22 August 2023
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Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed the pools surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
Written 7 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

D J
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Hot springs, waterfalls and mud. Great for all day and see more or just a couple of hours for hot springs.
Written 19 July 2023
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Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed the pools surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
Written 7 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

David M
Trafford, AL7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Selected this outing based on reviews found on the web. Did not disappoint. Had a rental car so drove ourselves. Great roads until close to the site (rough potholes after that) hence the 4 star rating. Need to figure out offline navigation or get cell coverage beforehand. Cost of entry was $32 each for adults. Very nice set up. Hot pools were primitive but great. 11 to rotate among, all with different temps. Included a waterfalls area that had pools we could swim in.
Written 16 May 2023
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Thank you for your visit to Rio Negro Hot Springs. We are glad that you enjoyed Rio Negro Hot springs surrounded by the tropical forest. Pura vida!
Written 7 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Wrldadvent
Toronto, Canada423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
After hiking for the past few days, a late afternoon spa day was in order, and the mineral baths and slathering of mud felt devine. My husband and I spent an hour there, perfectly arriving our timing around 4PM when the tour buses were leaving. No longer crowded and a lovely experience.
Written 27 January 2023
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We are glad that you enjoyed your day at Rio Negro Hot springs. Thank you for your visit and we hope to see you again in the near future.
Written 7 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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