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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
$265.00 per adult
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Amazing time
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
Kathy_T, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

star-5
Long day but well worth the 13 hour...
marshall p, Nov 2017
Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs from San José
Long day but well worth the 13 hour day. Excellent dinner at Tabacon. Guide was very knowledgeable and easily conversed in both English and Spanish. Hot Springs very enjoyable.
star-5
The guys at Rainforest Explorers are...
Alicia W, Jun 2016
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
The guys at Rainforest Explorers are the best! They were very professional, knowledgable, safe, and made sure that we saw, experienced, and got perfect pictures on our tour.
star-4
Very nice hike. Wilber was a very...
Jennifer e, Feb 2017
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Natural Hot Springs River
Very nice hike. Wilber was a very informative knowledgeable guide! I would have enjoyed the trip to the hot springs more if it had not been at night . The hike down into the springs was a little tricky in the dark. Overall the excursion was a good value!
star-5
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!
star-4
Upside Hot Springs, Downside Volcano
Joseph_K, Mar 2020
Arenal Volcano With Tabacón Hot Springs From San José
At the end of the day, we are rating this 4-stars because we had a fabulous, awesome time at the Tobocan Hot Springs - the highlight of the day. Gorgeous scenery. The springs are wonderful and relaxing. The spa is extremely affordable, especially relative to prices back home in the USA. We had plenty of time to enjoy the springs for a good 3 hours. Dinner was authentic, delicious. The drinks were memorable, served in fruit. Wonderful! The timing at the Volcano observation "deck" was lack luster. It was short. Like 15 minutes short, at most, perhaps. Now, I'll admit with reading so many different options, I thought we'd experience more "AT" the volcano - there is an Arenal National Park. We didn't get near the national park; I had no idea it was an observation area. Maybe that's on me, ok. However, this seemed rushed. Maybe it was because we had an Hour for lunch - too much time. Maybe it's because we stopped to see "World Largest Ox Cart" in Sarchi (unplanned?, or at least not expected on the itinerary). The tour guide was nice. Could easily understand him. We stopped at a souvenir shop "off the beaten path," as the expression goes and found a couple good deals. Know that after shopping in/around San Jose Costa Rica, found the exact items we wanted to take home for a much more economical deal.
star-5
La Fortuna One day tour
nicky178, Dec 2019
Tabacon Hot Springs Admission Ticket
We booked this tour through Viator and the local agent was Inversiones El Paraiso Tico . It was an excellent tour and there were 5 of us participating. Our guide was Rafi (Raphael) who was incredibly knowledgeable about EVERYTHING, history, wildlife, fauna etc. There wasn't one question he couldn't answer for us. He was so friendly and personable and the same goes for Enrique, the driver and part owner. They were both so considerate of my parents who are in their mid 80's. Lovely chaps. We were served delicious fruit en route and given bottles of water. The van was absolutely spotless . The tour also included a fantastic lunch at a local restaurant the staff couldn't be more friendlier and accommodating. This company can also book other excursions and trips throughout the region. Highly recommended.
star-5
The best tour
Richie C, Jul 2018
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
RainForest explorers went above and beyond for our 4-in-one tour! We went in the rain forest where Jason, our guide, did such an awesome job stopping and spotting animals. Our driver, Edgar (The BEST), was our feet and was always very kind transporting us to the next location. La Fortuna waterfall was amazing, and we had the chance to swim. Moving on to our lunch in la finca. It was amazing! Food was delicious! Best meal we had the entire time in Costa Rica! We even had the opportunity to see some animals who were nearby the finca. I highly recommend RainForest Explorers to anyone thinking of doing tours. Our guide and driver were both very knowledgable and awesome. They were both very hardworking men! They are amazing! I am recommending them to my family and friends.
star-5
Don’t waste your time
ScorpioWande, Jul 2018
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
Don’t waste your time looking for a value trip or another company. Rainforest Expedititons was timely and awesome. Our tour guide Francisco really took care of my “older” mother who needed assistance walking and slowed down our trip. We went to the waterfall- wear water shoes that have straps. Leave flip flops at home. We saw a tourists lose his shoe to the fast moving waters. Can’t compete with Mother Nature. All of our meals were incredible and included and we loved being chauffeured around to each activity. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, for 6 of us it put a dent in the wallet, but so worth it. We loved Francisco and the driver and showed our appreciation through a generous tip to both.

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

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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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