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Rio Chollin

| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose
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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 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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| 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

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this by reading the forums. It is a great alternative to the fancy hot springs in the area. It's free, it's busy and very comfortable.I would go back again.

Thank Laurenlyh
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were the only non tourists there. It’s right near Tabacon hotel and thermal hot springs. We had our driver drop us off and come back from us. The water was quite warm and plenty of spots to hang out and relax even when crowded....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a great experience. It was a busy day so there were many Tico families there spending the day. Parking along the side of the road is a little challenging, and of course there was a “helpful” man there helping us park and...More

Thank OSUBuckeyetraveler
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Surrounded by resorts costing $40+ for a day pass, this place is truly a not so well hidden gem. We went in March 2018 and had a blast! Driving past all those fancy smancy resorts, we parked on the side of the road manned by...More

Thank MadelineH00
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We were looking forward to soaking in hot water after a day on horseback. We'd heard good things about the thermal springs like Baldi and Tabacon, but were afraid of crowds and weren't excited about manmade pools (we have those at home). We decided to...More

1  Thank Littlebigdogmom
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Came here after hiking the Cerro Chato and it felt amazing! There were not many spots to the left under the bridge so we sat under the waterfall to the right for a bit and then the bathtub opened up just above the waterfall area....More

Thank Valori H
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

First, let me start by saying that this is definitely a don’t-miss destination on a trip to Arenal. We spent an hour here and had a wonderfully relaxing time. Go early-we went at 9 am and Had great street parking. We brought a backpack so...More

1  Thank Rssslwebb
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

great experience for the evening ,night or early morning if you are up to it...you may need a flash light to walk out at night.The water has no sulphur smell because the river is heated under the vulcano

1  Thank Antonio M
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

We went to the springs in the dark- definitely need a flashlight. While we were there some guys (from a company? Not sure..) were pouring out free drinks and doing mud masks to everyone. Springs feel great and overall very fun and positive atmosphere. current...More

2  Thank Sarah F
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Ericka R
23 March 2018|
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Not that I could see...
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Diana G
16 March 2018|
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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!
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Derek S
7 March 2017|
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Response from Meganaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
It's steep and slippery, there is a small wall you have to climb over as well.
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