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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to visit hot springs but didn’t want to pay the high price at the resorts. We took our kids 9 and 12 here in the middle of the day. We paid a man approximately $2 to park. We took our important belongings with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 06staceyd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was horrible. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country and push hard for people to take care of its beauty. It’s such a shame that people let beautiful places get ruined by not being respectful and taking care of it. There were beer...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank david_t_wavell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The review from the Frommer guide to Costa Rica called this a great place if you like your water “Hot, Fast, and Free.” I agree. It is worth a visit just for the experience and sight. We went in the late afternoon and there were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mattrM892ZL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If I could give a zero star review for this I would. This place is absolutely filthy. If you must visit then you have to wear shoes. I stood in faeces several times. The dodgy car park guy charging us (starting at $4 and then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Hutclis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good time at the free hot springs. It is kinda weird at first to park.on the road and then to think that anyone can go down behind the yellow gate, mostly as there were guards to open the gate for trucks coming...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Dany J
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

You can easily park the car nearby. Then, you need to walk to the hot water springs and this can be a bit uncomfortable, if you walk without shoes but it is not that bad. It is however free. The hot spring is warm and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank justice1985
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We visited the hot springs everyday during our two-week stay in La Fortuna. Whether you go upstream and explore less crowded spaces or stay with the crowds, there is enough space for everyone to enjoy the amazing experience and stay as long as you like....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jfreid99
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Best price for the most amazing experience. Never put my foot in a WARM/HOT river! Unbelievable! My kids were in awe, NOTHING like you have ever experienced!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HanniaNYC
Reviewed September 3, 2018

This was one of the few free activities that attracted us in Costa Rica. We arrived early (10am) and paid the guy arranging the cars 2000 colones. Which was worth it just to get cleared advice on how to make our way to the river...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul D
Reviewed August 24, 2018

We brought a waterproof back pack and brought our stuff with us. Go past the yellow gate over the bridge, there is a better way to enter on the left.. We biked, so we didn't have to park. We wore water shoes. We watched the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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May 13, 2018|
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Response from Littlebigdogmom | Reviewed this property |
Hi. It is in La Fortuna adjacent to Tabacon Hot Springs.
Ericka R
March 23, 2018|
Response from KatStam |
Not that I could see...
Diana G
March 16, 2018|
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!