Costa Rica is a pioneer in ecotourism, a place where the meaning of the adage "take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints" is not just practiced; it's a lifestyle. The country means "rich coast," thanks to the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea that hug it. It is the most visited country in Central America, making the best of its sites proof that ecotourism is the way to go.

Costa Rica knows how to please tourists as they are home to lush nature parks and protected areas. The Ticos are proud of their tropical destinations rich in biodiversity, perfect for those who want to log off and appreciate the gift of nature.


Planning A Trip To Costa Rica's Hot Springs

Before embarking on a worthwhile and nature-centric journey into Costa Rica, here are some reminders for hassle-free travel.

  • Travelers need to present a valid visa, plus proof of onward or return ticket. There's a currency restriction of $10,000 for entry and exit.
  • International travelers are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test, and there's no quarantine upon arrival.
  • Tourists vaccinated against COVID-19 need to process their QR codes for establishments that require them.
  • Tourists must accomplish a health pass within 72 hours before arrival. Regularly check travel advisories.

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Costa Rica's Best Hot Springs To Visit

Why not start the journey to this Latin American country by making a splash into its hot springs for curious travelers? Aside from relaxation, spending time in a hot spring is good for the health, especially for a skin detox. That and a scenic view make for a fun-filled vacation. Take a dip; the water is always fine.

Travelers should not miss the majestic Arenal. The volcano is an attraction on its own, but the springs it hosts are highly recommended. The Tenorio and Miravalles Volcanoes are not to be overlooked, too, with the former boasting thermal springs, geysers, rivers, lagoons, and waterfalls. At the same time, the latter is proud of its remote attractions, perfect for some 'me time.'

The Springs Resort And Spa

This Arenal destination has three mineral hot springs with scenic rainforest patches. Imagine submerged in the spring while enjoying the views of the volcano. It's a perfect spa day.

  • The Las Lagunas Pools is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and it has 12 pools with waterfalls, eight of which are fed by hot mineral springs.
  • The Perdido Springs is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and has pools with temperatures ranging from 91˚F to 104˚F.
  • The Club Rio Springs is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the resort highly recommends this place. The pools border the river, so it's a perfect spot for sightseeing.

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Another known Arenal spot, this resort has the country's largest network of natural thermal mineral springs. Their thermal waterfalls are a must-try as they are also hydrotherapy, a perfect way to cap the day off after drinking in the sights and sounds of the region.

  • A day pass with either lunch or dinner runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $89 for adults and $39 for kids.
  • A morning pass (with lunch) runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $75 for adults and $30 for kids.
  • A night pass (with dinner) runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $75 for adults and $30 for kids.
  • Why not stay for the whole day? A full-day pass with lunch and dinner will let guests enjoy the tropical gardens and spring from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It costs $110 for adults and $42 for kids.

Eco Termales Hot Springs

Dubbed as Arenal's "only truly natural hot springs," Eco Termales boasts of its thermal springs with unmatched views of the volcano. Here, guests can try pools with temperatures ranging from 90°F to 106° F, plus hydro-massage to boot.

  • Guests can visit it by batch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • The entrance fee costs $44 and $72 for a stay with lunch or dinner option.

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Titoku Hot Springs

For couples who want an intimate hot springs experience, Titoku has them covered. The serenity that this destination offers is perfect for those who truly want a quiet time.

  • It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Guests can enjoy a total of eight springs with cascades, all surrounded by lush gardens.

Paradise Hot Springs

This resort means business when it comes to rest and relaxation. It has eight pure mineral and thermal springs that the Arenal heats.

From a Jacuzzi experience to a hydro-massage, guests can do nothing but unwind and experience the health benefits of the springs. Day passes range from $28 to $153 for adults and $16 to $26 for children.

Rio Perdido

Located in Guanacaste, this resort's springs are heated by the Miravalles. Its 160-foot thermal spring is unique because there's a cold water setting upstream, thanks to the river's cool flow.

Here, tourists can enjoy a day off while being surrounded by forest views. A day pass will let guests access the river, pools, trails, and bridges. They can also try a volcanic mud treatment.

Borinquen Mountain Resort

Nestled in the Rincon de la Vieja mountain range, Borinquen offers an authentic rainforest getaway. It has hot spring-fed pools, volcanic mud treatment, and a natural steam-room working together to give guests a memorable experience.

Imagine a day of hiking and ending it with a dip into a hot spring while being hugged by the welcoming breeze. Stop the imagination and start the journey.

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Costa Rica is filled with surprises, especially for nature lovers who want to have authentic rainforest experiences. Thanks to hot springs resorts that dot the country, tourists can always cap their days off with a relaxing dip, wherever they are in this tropical destination.

Costa Rica is all about rejuvenation, and with the help of Mother Nature, it's two times better.

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