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Address: | Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or...

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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A great free thing to do in Arenal

I was happy when my GF said she'd rather do this than go to an overpriced hot springs resort. I'd say this delivered! It's super easy to get to. We went around noon and it... read more

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was happy when my GF said she'd rather do this than go to an overpriced hot springs resort. I'd say this delivered! It's super easy to get to. We went around noon and it wasn't busy at all. Obvious reason would be that the water is hot and it's hot outside, so it's really not that great for cooling... More 

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Do it like a locals do... the most natural way is possible do it. Go at sunset toime bring some lights "candles" beers, just the basics and experience how the day goes in the night and the darkness covers the jungle, fireflies will show there amazing show. Keep the place clean please.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our cars and parked near Tabacon. A bridge is there, small parking lot. We walked down under bridge and walked into rushing water of the hot river. Super awesome, and free. Little "pools" all around for sitting. Little bit of trash around from picnics along shore but it was still beautiful.

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Bodegraven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to get there, its on the road to arenal. You can easy park there before the bridge. We walked below before the bridge at the yellow gate, but its easier to walk over the road/bridge first to go down on the other side. Its pure nature just lay down in the river no facilities pura vida. So watch your... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So yeah. This place was kinda sketch - under a bridge. Lots of garbage. But it was so worth it. The water was so beautiful and if you go down away from the crowds it's so secluded and beautiful. Be careful walking because the ground is unsteady and be prepared to get a lot of rocks in your bathing suit... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

A good place to hang out and spend some time relaxing. There are a lot of people around and parking can be tricky but it's well worth it. It's like sitting in a jacuzzi but with the currents of a river. Keep a sharp eye on your things though as there are some questionable people hanging around. All in all,... More 

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Obviously the good part of this hit spring is that it is free. You can take a taxi from La Fortuna and you'll be there in 15 mins. But on the down side, being free means loads of people go. We opted to go at night thinking it was going to be less crowded, but that was not the case.... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

It's free, close to town, and the water is hot, pure and clean. There were tourists and local families just having a good time, and some were having a picnic. Park on the side of the road and give "attendant" a tip to take care of your car. If you're going from La Fortuna need to pass Tabacon Thermals and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Definitely bring a flashlight and bug spray if you go at night like we did. It was cool, but we didn't explore much since it was dark. Glad we didn't pay the $70/person for the Tabacon night pass. We're easy going. This was good enough for us to relax and experience the hot springs.

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We loved this. You walk down some broken up steps to the river, under the bridge of the main road, then under a little arch and you are in the main area. People just walk up the riverbed, most of which is between about 10" and 2 ft deep, and sit down wherever they want to. The river is warm.... More 

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