Costa Rica is an ideal destination for the travelers who are looking to warm themselves in thermal waters heated by active volcanoes. With its large number of volcanoes, Costa Rica has a lot of thermal hot springs that are different in their environment, temperature, shape and size. As there are many hot springs in Costa Rica, travelers should plan where they would go before start traveling. Travelers who want to enjoy expensive luxurious resort like experience, they won’t have to think very hard. But those who want to stay close to the nature, they will have to search properly as most of those types of hot springs are privately owned or in areas which are considered as protected. You need to get an invitation or at least a prior permission to go there as owners or authorities don’t prefer their use if you don’t have invitation. The area around the Arenal Volcano, one of the country’s top tourist destination, offers more than a dozen bathing facilities and many o those feature amenities like water sliders, swim-up bars and tropical cocktails. In the Guanacaste region, you will also find many other places to visit to see hot springs such as Miravalles and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes. In this place one of the popular activity is to take bath in volcanic mud. Some of the hot springs are luxurious and elegant and allow its guests to enjoy unwinding in a private heated nook or drinking some delicious drinks in wet bar. Some hot springs offers more enjoyable activities such as those feature water slides as well as deep pools. There are some hot springs which you can visit only in day time and some are incorporated into hotels that allow guests round-the-clock access. Whatever your pleasure, here goes some of the best hot springs in Costa Rica:
Arenal Springs Resort & Spa:
In this resort and spa you will enjoy one of the best four star hot springs resort experience in Costa Rica. Hot springs of this resort are hundred percent natural and rich in mineral salts and ions such as Magnesium, Calcium and Chlorine as they come from the underground sources of Arenal Volcano. Hot springs are designed in way the will make you feel you are in natural thermal river in the middle of the rainforest. Thermal water is naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano and its underground rivers and the waters don’t need any pumping or drilling rather can reach the pools with the force of gravity.
Baldi Hot Springs:
Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa is nestled at the base of the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica. In Arenal Volcano area, it provides the most expansive hot springs facility. In this hotel property, you will find 25 thermo mineral hot water pools which are flowing from the base of the volcano naturally. The property area has several walking paths which are winding between pools. Those pools are different in size and temperature. All the pools are designed in way that preserves the natural beauty of the area and offers amazing volcanic views on clear days. Though it is considered as one of the popular hot springs in the area, in the high seasons, it becomes a little congested. It has more than 25 hot springs fed pools which are different in their sizes, shapes and temperatures.
Eco Termales Hot Springs:
If you want to enjoy watching the hot springs from a close view, you will find Eco Termales perfect. This hotel provides an intimate alternative to the large hot springs resorts at Arenal Volcano. It provides a couple pools and a small spring, limiting the number of guests to 100 at a time. In La Fortuna, is the only hot spring property where the water naturally springs up right on site. It maintains maintain high standards of maintenance and cleanliness by draining and scrubbing each pool daily, and let nature fill it back up again just in time.
Rio Perdido is set behind Bagaces. In the Miravalles Volcano, Bagaces is a little mountain town. If you stay at this resort, you will get the opportunity to watch naturally flowing hot springs and also amazing natural landscape. You will see warm green water surrounded by rock formations and wonderful dry forest.
Tabacon Grand Thermal Spa Resort:
Tabacon Grand Thermal Spa Resort is nestled amidst a rainforest near the base of the Arenal Volcano. It is and amazing place to unwind. It is one of the most famous hot spring resort in Central America. This resort is better known for their hot springs and it offers a five star resorts experience. In Arenal Region it was one of the first hot springs resorts that provides high quality of standard services. Dozens of bathing areas are created from its two natural rivers. It also have some places providing complete privacy and also has secret bars to unwind. There is also a swim-up bar serves delicious cocktails and you will also find a water-slide.
The Springs Resort & Spa:
Nestled back from the Arenal Volcano, the Springs Resort is an amazing hotel. Its has some of the amazing hot springs in its sprawling grounds. This resort has a dozen pools some of which have swim-up bars and there are also some water slides. The combination of hot springs and wildlife preserve make this resort the best hot springs value and the one of the best place for family getaway in Arenal, La Fortuna.