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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...more
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| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Free. Natural hot springs/river. Chilled out and worth a visit. Unless you really want a hotel/spa experience, Rio Chollin does the job and let’s you save your money for another activity.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Lekke4
Reviewed 1 week ago

A hot-warm river behind the Tabacon thermal baths. It is free to all. Mostly young people. At night lots of time there are impromptu parties there. The hot water coming right out of the Volcano.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Dennis G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome authentic place. Hot water from the hot springs, rain from above and best you bring some drinks to enjoy. The posh people go to the expensive Tabacon Resort springs, but this place is real.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank dr_peace
Reviewed 1 October 2019 via mobile

This is an awesome river that is also a hot springs that the locals go to! We went during a rainstorm for a few hours walking up the stream and hanging out in different pools. It’s not as hot as some of the smaller hot...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank laurengnc
Reviewed 11 September 2019

Less than a kilometer from the arenal ecological reserve. You can go with the bus. Nice place and quiet tiem

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank barbierikab
Reviewed 5 September 2019

The springs are public near the Tabacon hot spring. It is very easy to find . We were there in the mid of the week so it was very quiet and not crowded. If you come at night you need a flash light it is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ornasiso
Reviewed 16 July 2019 via mobile

this place is amazing. a hot springs river with waterfalls set amongst the jungle. and free yet within minutes of the fancy places. to top it all we saw a monkey swinging high in the canopy. seems very natural.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Charles3XT
Reviewed 10 July 2019

Beautiful natural hot springs that weren't too hot. There was a cool spring that flowed into it too if you want something refreshing. Park just past the Tabacon hot springs Resort. You will see other cars pulled over on the shoulder. Pay guy 3000 colones...More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank Christen B
Reviewed 8 April 2019 via mobile

If you don't want to pay (lots of) money for a soak in a Hot Springs, this is the place to go to since it is FREE. The water is not really hot but hot enough. We saw families there put food and drinks on...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AnC178
Reviewed 21 March 2019 via mobile

Ok...it’s actually amazing. I had to go back everyday. People are there mostly in the afternoon and at night. Go early for a more secluded soak. In the afternoon the tour guides start showing up with hordes of people. If you go at night bring...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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14 May 2018|
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Response from Jaime P | Reviewed this property |
Hi. It is in La Fortuna adjacent to Tabacon Hot Springs.
Ericka R
23 March 2018|
Response from KatStam |
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17 March 2018|
Response from Jaime P | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot to do in this area. There are the Hanging Bridges, Coffee and chocolate tours, hiking in Arenal National Park,any thermal spas, horseback riding, boating on Lake Arenal, the Cloud Forest. So much!