El Choyin
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About
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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RGH
Los Angeles, CA187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We went early morning around 8 am on a Wednesday to beat the crowds; there were still several people but far less than evenings. Paid for parking "guards." We walked up the river past a pipe across the river to a more secluded area. We did so -- and were warned nicely by the resort guards on the shore to not go further -- but hen sat and had a peaceful, secluded, and FREE hot springs experience. Sat and chatted and enjoyed. It was terrific!
Written 27 April 2024
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Traveltoendofearth
United States53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is the free hot springs that we had heard about and wanted to check out for ourselves. Put “El Choyin” on Google Maps; it is very close to the Tabacon hot springs. As you approach your destination, you will see one or two folks in orange vests lead you to park nearby. You can either park there and give them a tip - they started off at $10 and went down to $5 or if you don’t want to do that since they are apparently not official parking attendants, you could drive up a little beyond the Choyin hot spring sign and park and walk maybe half a minute to the hot springs. We got there around 8am and it was easy to find a spot to park. A few tips
- It’s free and the water is just perfect!
- Wear water shoes / something with a good grip
- Bring a few $$ in case you have to park nearby and need to pay for parking (unofficial attendant)
- Keep your phone & keys in a waterproof bag; there is no place to keep your stuff - it’s a natural hot spring after all
- Wear your bathing suit & carry a towel; there are no facilities or bathrooms
- Go early, we spent an hour there and it got packed by the time we were leaving

Enjoy!
Written 5 April 2024
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Charlene C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very nice place to visit, this is must in a fortuna, no schedule, free entrance fee, very nice forest and river. go for it.
Written 14 January 2024
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María Inés M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
There are several breakfast options for all tastes
The beach is not the most beautiful although it is not bad but there are other very nice ones nearby
A really pleasure time !
Written 13 November 2023
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Kim Z
United States3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
this is just a free river next to Tabacon, but I'd not visit it for more than an hour, not many things to do..
Written 26 August 2023
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Stephskie2005
East Molesey, UK578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
These natural hot (free!) springs were recommended to us by a local and it made for such a lovely afternoon/evening. You can get an Uber to drop you off nearby and then it's a short careful stroll down to the springs. We took a big ice cooler box with drinks and even candles for when it got dark - perched up on the rocks which was dreamy and then head torches for the walk back up! The water was nice and warm - hotter than I expected and it varied in depth/speed depending on whereabouts you were, there were also lots of perfectly formed rock formations which made for individual little 'pools' or headrests! Perfect for achy muscles after lots of walks/hikes in La Fortuna! If I am ever back in the area I'd definitely head here to spend a few hours relaxing again.
Written 22 July 2023
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Teresa
Kewanee, IL15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Great way to spend a few hours. The water is naturally warm and soothing to muscle aches. You park on the side of the road outside of Tabacon Springs Resort. There is a parking guy that asked for money. I can’t remember how much he asked for but I told him I only had $2 and he said that was ok. The entrance on the right side of the road was blocked off so I crossed the street to the other entrance.
Written 18 June 2023
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yyesiamtrish2
Victoria, Canada1,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We went at night with a group of 14 and a local’s help. I have to say, it’s one of the most magical experiences I’ve had, but not sure we could ever recreate it without a local’s help. That night, the parking was crazy, but this was all arranged for us. We all had our bathing suits and water shoes on (you MUST wear these for comfort) and a big cooler of beer. To reach it, it’s down a steep hill, there is a rope to help guide you down, but this is not a lit path, so a headlamp was super helpful. As you descend down this short hill, you can see all the pools and all lit by candlelight. Amazing. Somehow our local guide had secured a pool area for our group too, and had somehow raced ahead to light a circle of candles around this pool too, and this is what we saw, as we made our way down the hill. Beautiful. It’s still very dark down there, and can be unsafe if you aren’t wearing shoes and have your own light source. It’s all rock as you make your way through the river to your spot. We could see circles of candles down the river as far as you could see, and we would see processions of people still coming down the hill with their candles already lit. Sitting there in the dark in warm water, sipping a beer, surrounded by candles. Pure magic.
Written 11 March 2023
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3waytieforlast
Portland, OR405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
gorgeous, lush, jungle setting with idyllic thermal stream coursing along; water temperature tepid at best....
Written 15 February 2023
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Chollin is located just after Tabacon (if you come from La Fortuna). We went very early (8 am we were there) and made the right decision by doing that. Not only don't you have to pay the (small) parking fee, but ,mostly we were totally alone! Later a few people came in, but not closely to the same numbers as in the evening. The river is very chill and a perfect temperature. There are beautiful trees around! This was a great stop for 1-1.5 hours.
Written 8 February 2023
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