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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...more
| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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The natural hot springs are awesome!! You pay $4 to park (and they watch your car during the day anyways to prevent theft). You walk under the bridge and find a spot, there were a lot of ppl, but there is enough space that you...More
I’d put this under “you get what you pay for”. The river is nice and definitely warm with some pools to sit in. However you need to walk through a graffiti filled tunnel strewn the bottles, dirty diapers, and other garbage about. This was some...More
We were going to go to Ecotermales ($40/each without a meal) but as we didn't have a ton of free time it seemed like too much money for an hour visit. I am SO GLAD my husband convinced me to try the free hot springs....More
Would definitely recommend visiting the free hot springs! We were happy to pay a local $5 for help parking and watching our vehicle. The entrance is by the yellow gate near tabacon resort, not hard to find. The springs are warm and relaxing but I...More
Visited at night with my tour group...it is free to enter and you can bring your own food and drink. Very dark so some people had brought lanterns to light it up..headtorches are also a good shout. Not many dry places to store things so...More
The free hot springs are very basic: there is no space to change clothes or store your bag. You need to pay attention on your belongings.
It is right next to the road and has two parts: upstream and downstream.
The upstream part is more...More
To me, this was one of the more magical places we went. It amazed me that I was soaking in a hot river while sitting among the jungle trees. So much better than the commercial hot springs that I have been to before. We just...More
Response from Littlebigdogmom | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot to do in this area. There are the Hanging Bridges, Coffee and chocolate tours, hiking in Arenal National Park,any thermal spas, horseback riding, boating on Lake Arenal, the Cloud Forest. So much!