Hot springs

Costa Rica hot springs

Tabacón Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano

Tabacon Hot Springs is the biggest commercial hot springs near Arenal Volcano, catering to more than a thousand tourists a day.

Tabacon Hot Springs is the biggest commercial hot springs near Arenal Volcano, catering to more than a thousand tourists a day.

The Tabacón River originates in Arenal volcano, coming to the surface with bubbling clear water in several places. A dozen commercial pools use the hot spring water to provide entertainment for tourists. The most famous of these is probably the Tabacón Resort, but there are other smaller options that are highly appreciated by Serendipity’s clients for being a lot less crowded.

Serendipity will visit the Arenal area, and hot springs, but we are resistant to sleeping in hotels around the base of the volcano, mainly because it is a “touristy” area that tend to get crowded in high season, and there are other hotels more conveniently located to where our activities take place.

Other Costa Rica hot spring locations

Borinquen hot springs has mud bath treatments.

Borinquen hot springs has mud bath treatments.

There are many other commercial hot springs around Costa Rica too, both near active and dormant volcanoes. Springs create tourism centers in Cartago, Rincon de La Vieja, and even near San Jose and Manuel Antonio.

The most famous springs are related to health spas like El Tucano on Platanar volcano, or Borinquen Resort on Rincon de la Vieja volcano, with mud baths, massage, yoga, and lots of relaxing enterprises.

Serendipity's favorite hot springs in the jungle.

Serendipity’s favorite hot springs in the jungle.

One of Serendipity’s favorite is primarily a “locals” favorite, but the natural setting makes up for the swim-up bar. The hot springs is on the side of an inactive volcano. We like to arrive before nightfall, descend the long trail next to the river to the baths, and leave after dark. The change in the forest — the sounds of the critters — is amazing.