Tabacón Hot Springs picture
Courtesy Visit Costa Rica

Key Info

Near La Fortuna

Price & Hours

Prices vary, see website for details
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Spas Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you trek to Arenal Volcano to witness its looming presence for yourself, save time to bathe in the Tabacón's luxurious thermal springs. With its serene flowing waterfalls, tropical foliage and mineral-rich natural springs, it's no wonder the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort costs a pretty penny. But its distinguished springs and spa treatments will leave you swooning. Visitors call it relaxing and beautiful, with great facilities. A handy tip from past travelers: Bring water shoes to protect your feet as you walk from one pool to another.

The springs are 97 percent rainwater and 3 percent magma. And next to the thermal baths, you'll find Tabacón's top-notch Grand Spa, which boasts volcanic mud wraps, coconut and coffee exfoliations and meditation trails. Though past guests bemoaned the presence of tourist bus crowds, many still said this is a "must-do," especially if you're looking for a relaxing afternoon.

You can reach the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort by car from La Fortuna at the base of Arenal Volcano National Park. A day pass to the hot springs with one meal provided costs $85 per adult. Prices increase during peak season. Reservations should be made months in advance, particularly if you're planning to visit during peak tourist season. To save some coin, consider purchasing a morning or night pass, which start at $70. For more information, check out Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort's official website.

See all Hotels in Costa Rica »

More Best Things To Do in Costa Rica

Nicoya Peninsula
Arenal Volcano
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 15
#1 Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula's sparkling 80-mile shoreline boasts beach-centric towns with cream-colored shores and dense forests. Half of the peninsula is found in theGuanacasteprovince, while the other half sits in the Puntarenas province. Nosara Beach's powdery sands line the Nicoya Peninsula's western edge. You'll also find fishing and cattle-ranching communities east

Read more
Matteo Colombo/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Costa Rica »

Explore More of Costa Rica

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019