Tabacón Hot Springs#10 in Best Things To Do in Costa Rica
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.
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#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 the Guanacaste province, 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 of the rustic coastline. After a significant rise in tourism that began in the 1970s, an influx of restaurants and hotels have enticed visitors to the peninsula's sandy coast.
Recent travelers highlight Nosara Beach's gorgeous sunsets, colorful fish and turquoise waters as ideal for surfers and beach lovers alike. But be warned: shade is minimal (and it gets hot!) and the undertow can be challenging; sunset walks on the beach are highly encouraged. Other hot spots include Mal País and Montezuma, a charming coastal town that boasts affordable hotel accommodations and untamed splendors, like magnificent waterfalls and gentle cerulean waves.
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