Tabacon Hot Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos

#1 of 110 in Spas in Costa Rica
Must see · Hot Spring · Spa
Soak in the volcanic surroundings at Tabacon Hot Springs, a spa resort in the heart of Costa Rica's rainforest. The five-star complex provides luxurious and relaxing experiences in a natural setting, right at the base of a mighty volcano that destroyed a nearby village in the 1960s. Dormant for the last few decades, the volcano now provides a scenic backdrop for five different hot springs, with temperatures ranging between 25 C (77 F) and 50 C (122 F). Naturally heated by the volcanic soil, a thermal river flows through the resort and forms several small waterfalls and swimming pools. Browse the website for one-day passes, special packages, and onsite accommodations. Put Tabacon Hot Springs on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app.
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  • The hot springs were beautiful and was a relaxing way to end our stay. Teen boys got a little bored and the restaurant price fixe meal was just ok.  more »
  • We expected the dinner to be a buffet, but it is now set up as a menu in which you order an appetizer, enter and then get a plate with three small desserts. The hot springs were very nice, natural...  more »
  • The springs are nice, and the food was good. Once you pay the entrance fee, you can go pretty much where you want within the springs, which was nice. That being said, there were a couple of annoying things about the experience. First, parking is really chaotic. They have folks trying to direct traffic, but I ended up driving past the place and making a u-turn because I couldn't figure out where to go. Second, I felt like I got ripped off at the lunch. The lunch is included, but someone came by and asked if we would like anything else to drink, so we asked for two diet cokes. At the end of our lunch, the server dropped off a bill for $10: $5 per each bottle of diet coke. I guess shame on me for not asking if it was included and how much extra it would be, but it really felt like they were taking advantage of people who were too ignorant to ask. Just for comparison, I stopped at a little place on the way to La Fortuna and got two meals and two bottles of water for about the same price. I get that those are nit-picky things, but it's also a very pricey place. I probably wouldn't go back if I was ever in this part of Costa Rica again.
  • Magical place. Nicely manicured gardens. A wonderful river of hot springs with areas to explore and soak. Food at restaurant is the best in the area. The other local hot springs don't come close.

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