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Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, La Fortuna, La Fortuna

The Basics

Adventure-weary travelers flock to Tabacon Hot Springs for a welcome change of pace from endless action. Spend the day soaking in volcanically heated waters—taking breaks to swim up to the waterfront bar or fly down the thermal water slide—for a true taste ofpura vida. Though it is possible to stay at an on-site resort for unlimited hot spring access, most visitors opt for full-day or half-day passes with upgrades including meals, spa packages, and specialty experiences such as a nighttime soak under the moonlight. Many Arenal area tours, such as those from San Jose, include a visit to the hot springs as well—an ideal way to unwind after an action-packed volcano hike or rain forest tour.

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4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
$275.00 per adult
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Awesome day!!
Awesome tour! Had an amazing tour guide and the sites were incredible. The day is super long so be prepared and prepared for rain! The hikes can be physically demanding as well but would do it all over again!
cdecosta7, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

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Brittany_G, Aug 2022
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs River
David T was a great guide! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. Passionate about snakes and birds and all the great flora and fauna in the area. It poured rain the whole tour but we still had a great time and would absolutely recommend this tour and David T in particular!
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Hiking
Carrie_F, Jul 2022
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs River
Great views of volcano at hike. Hot springs afterwards felt wonderful Guide very knowledgeable. We spotted a toucan
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Amazing tour!!!!! Just book it!!
Janine_H, Mar 2022
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
This tour was nothing short of amazing!!! I booked this tour for me and my husband as a part of his birthday trip to Costa Rica. Our Driver Edgardo and our tour guide Francisco were amazing!!! We started the morning on time with pick up at our hotel in La Fortuna. Our group started with 10 people but due to people booking different tour options we mostly had 6 people in our tour group which was perfect. The transportation van was very clean and they followed mask protocols appropriately while inside of the vehicle. We arrived at Arenal Volcano to start our hike, which was amazing. Francisco was very passionate and knowledgeable about the events of The Arenal Volcano along with the wildlife in the area. He was able to identify different species of birds that we encountered as well as snakes, sloth’s and howler monkeys that we heard during the hike. We hiked around Arenal for about 2 hours. The hike is not unmanageable but it is slightly demanding in some areas due to steep inclines or stairs. We were offered walking sticks made from bamboo that helped tremendously. After our hike we enjoyed a refreshing snack of fresh watermelon and pineapple which were tasty. There was bottled water provided for us through the entire trip. Once arriving at the Fortuna waterfall, check in was easy, the trek down the 500 stairs is a bit tiring on the knees but the waterfall was well worth the walk!! It was simply beautiful! Many people swam but beware the rocks in the water are slippery. Water shoes would help. The walk up the stairs is challenging but there are many places to take breaks. After the waterfall we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the rainforest explorers ranch. Lunch was filling and delicious. We were served beverages of water, a mixed fruit juice with pineapple star fruit and passion fruit, fresh coffee that was amazing! And we had cheesecake for dessert and sampled chocolate made by Edgardo and his wife. We then took a ride to the Hanging bridges. The walk through the park is another workout but we had great views on the bridges. Francisco pointed out more wildlife and doubled as an amazing photographer during the entire trip. My Husband and I ended our evening at the Ecotermales hot springs, enjoying a buffet dinner and drinks. The pools there range in temperature but all felt great! It was an amazing was to end the day. Edgardo and is wife picked up at the end of our evening and dropped us back to our hotel. Do not let the price of this tour discourage you, it is worth every penny and you can not find better guides that are as passionate as their work than Francisco was!
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Amazing time
Kathy_T, Oct 2021
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
This was a all day tour and loved every minute of it. Hanging bridges were nice and so was the hike to get to them. Learned and saw a lot along the way. Waterfall was breath taking and don’t worry about the steps to get to them. Just take a break as needed. Volcano hike was nice it was a clear day and you could really see the volcano that day. Learned a lot about volcano history. Hot springs was very relaxing and a great way to end a great day
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Excellent!
Galina_P, Jul 2022
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs River
I loved everything about the tour. The tour guide was kind and informative. The tour was so rich in information and experience!
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Let's do it again!
Karen_R, Apr 2022
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs River
Wes and Juan were terrific guides. Knowledgeable in so many aspects of our experience while helping us appreciate the nature of this tour. The tour was challenging in some aspects but they were always helpful in assisting us to comfortably navigate to the top of the trail that we could "legally" climb to. The tour ended with a dip in the hot springs and we all enjoyed the warmth of the springs with some good spirits.
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Perfect first day in Costa Rica!
Brandi_B, Mar 2021
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
We loved, loved, LOVED this tour! Our guide, Hansel (sp?), was so attentive and full of fascinating information. He would make sure to stop every time he saw something interesting while on the rainforest hikes and set up his scope to show us what he was seeing. Lots of very cool birds to be seen. We had hoped to see a sloth and monkeys and by the end of the day, we did! We even had the chance to pet (touch) a sloth just hanging around the lunch area. The waterfall was quite brisk but gorgeous. The lunch was delicious. The Tabacon Hot Springs was the perfect way to end the day. Such an incredible resort! We would highly recommend spending a full day doing this tour!
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Great tour for the family
Teresa_L, Mar 2022
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs River
We had a great time. The shuttle picked us up promptly from our departure site. Our tour guide, Emanuel, was amazing. As we explored the nature trail around the volcano, he was very attentive and helped find interesting rocks for my daughter who has a collection. He also spotted amazing wildlife and explained the history of the volcano. The springs were a bit crowded, but the kids enjoyed it.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance includes a towel and sunscreen.

  • The number of guests is limited for a more enjoyable experience; book ahead.

  • Tabacon Grand Spa services can be booked as part of an entrance package or separately.

  • Pack or wear your swimsuit; changing areas are available on-site.

  • Though out of range for most budget travelers, Tabacon Hot Springs is a worthwhile splurge.

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How to Get There

Though it feels remote, Tabacon Hot Springs is located just off a main highway (Route 142) and is an easy drive from La Fortuna or San Jose. Many also visit as part of a day tour of the Arenal area, thanks to the location of the private rain forest reserve between Arenal Volcano and Arenal Volcano National Park.

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Trip ideas

Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park


When to Get There

Tabacon Hot Springs is open all year but is most enjoyable during the dry season from late November through mid-April. Enjoy the maximum recharge from the mineral-rich waters by visiting after an adventure-packed day.

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A Pool for All

The diversity of pools at Tabacon is one of its greatest draws. Pools range from 72–105°F (22–40°C) and offer big spaces perfect for playing and socializing as well as more secluded nooks. There is also a cool-water pool on-site.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Tabacon Hot Springs ?
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What else should I know about attractions in La Fortuna?
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As well as visiting the Tabacon Hot Springs , check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: