Costa Rica Hot Springs

The Pura Vida country of Costa Rica has hundreds of volcanoes scattered all throughout its terrain, some of which remain slightly active. This actually works out in your favor as it is the source of these amazing natural mineral waters in lush rainforest settings. We can’t wait to introduce you to these Costa Rica Hot Springs.

These hundreds of hot springs that you’ll find in Costa Rica, are also comfortable soaking tubs. That’s because the volcanoes have heated the ground beneath these springs, making the water naturally warm. And, there are plenty of these that are also perfect for a Costa Rica with kids itinerary.

Several luxury resorts have popped up around many of these, while there are still plenty of hot springs that you can enjoy hiking to. Check out some of the most luxurious and secluded hot spring locations in Costa Rica. Be sure to fit one or two of these into your Costa Rica travel plans, easily doable with 10 days in Costa Rica.

Arenal volcano is the center of our favorite 10 day Costa Rica itineraries.

Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the areas in Costa Rica best known for its soothing hot springs. Several resorts in the Arenal area specialize in offering special mineral water soaking experiences to their guests. When you stay on site, your hot springs entry is included. But even when you don’t stay on site you can purchase a day pass.

Resort and Privately Owned Costa Rica Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs is one of the most popular thermal wonders in Costa Rica, so be prepared for lots of people during peak season. Yet here you will find 25 natural spring pools, all different shapes, and sizes, along with differences in temperatures.

So, if your family is a lot like Goldilocks, don’t worry, there are plenty of pools to choose from. Passes for non-hotel guests are pretty affordable, so don’t hesitate.

Borinquen Mountain Resort

If you are a family that enjoys doing several adventurous activities, this option is for you. Situated on the slopes of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the Borinquen Mountain Resort offers so much for its guests.

From horseback riding, white water rafting, zip-lining, and adventure tours including waterfall tours, they’ve got just about everything on your trip covered. Guests who stay here will also enjoy their hot springs that are on the property.

Eco Termales Hot Springs

The EcoTermales Hot Springs is privately owned by a family operation that invites only a limited number of visitors at a time. They have located nearby the La Fortuna area and are surrounded by an abundant rainforest setting. With fewer people around and more peace and quiet, these thermal springs make a suitable romantic atmosphere

costa rica hot springs
The rainforest of Costa Rica is peppered with hot springs.

Rio Perdido Hotel and Thermal River

The hot springs that you find at the Rio Perdido Hotel and Thermal River are heated by the Miravalles Volcano. There you can treat yourself to several massage treatments, and also their mud body painting treatment, which uses mineral-rich soil found in the river. You can find these springs located in, Bagaces, that is situated in the Guanacaste area.

The Springs Resort and Spa

If prices aren’t standing in your way and you enjoy a spa treatment with plenty of pampering, The Springs Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious resort stays in the La Fortuna area. This resort is broken up into two sections, Perdido Springs and La Lagunas.

The former has mazes and beautiful garden trails, accompanied by springs, while La Lagunas is made up of 8 different hot springs that have varying temperatures.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is exceptionally special, being one of the only hot springs that are considered all-natural. That’s because there are no heaters or pumps present and no altering of the pools. For a quieter and adult-only area, the Shangri La Gardens are just the place.

The surrounding vegetation and trickling springs provide a romantic and relaxing ambiance while bathing in these warm waters.

Titoku Hot Springs

Although not very large, the Titoku Hot Springs offers an area of beautiful scenery and fewer people. There are 8 different pools that all differ in size and temperature. If you’re not a hotel guest, you can pick up an all-day pass at Arenal Kioro.

Vandara Hot Springs

The Vandara Hot Springs are also part of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where it has a man-made pool in which thermal waters pour down into.

How about a mineral bath with other spa treatments as you bathe these waters? This destination too, has plenty of activities that it offers, including zip-lining and horseback riding.

costa rica waterfalls
The lush rainforests of Costa Rica are filled with both natural hot springs, as well as stunning waterfalls.

Public Costa Rica Hot Springs

Rio Celeste

Located in the lush green forests of Tenorio National Park, the Rio Celeste and its hot springs are not too far off away from one of Costa Rica’s gorgeous waterfalls. The color of the water is incredible, while the surroundings of the river only complement its beauty.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to submerge in the waters here. But there is a swimming hole available just outside the park. The park has both cold and hot springs for you to explore.

Tabacon River

Are you looking for a place to dip that’s not crowded with people and won’t cost you anything? Just ways downriver from the Tabacon Grand Spa Resort, you can enjoy the warm and steamy Tabacon River without any of the hassles. It’s also extremely accessible with no one that will bother you.

Rio Agua Caliente

Another hot spring that you’ll enjoy is the Rio Agua Caliente, that’s nearby the Arenal Observatory Lodge. This is one that hikers can appreciate more, as it’s off the beaten path a smidge. This hot spring is not only free, but it has a more natural feel to it, without any resorts and hotels nearby.

To find it, head on over a bit upstream from the bridge and just before the lodge. Some visitors have said that these springs have cooled down over the years because of the changing conditions.

Rio Negro Hot Springs

The Rio Negro Hot Springs are also situated by Rincon de la Vieja National Park, but also don’t cost anything. They are heated by the Rincon de la Vieja volcano, which happens to be the largest one in the Guanacaste region.

There are 10 natural springs that you’ll come to by crossing hanging bridges. But you’ll enjoy the beauty of the area, and also knowing it’s a less visited area.

Views of Playa Flamingo Costa Rica from Playa Potrero.

Where Else in Costa Rica is Not to Be Missed

Costa Rica has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Be sure to plan enough time for rain forests, cloud forests, hot springs and beaches too!

Tips for Costa Rica Hot Springs

Note that at night some of hot springs at resorts can become a bit of a party. Families would be best served to soak in the waters during the day rather than at night.

These are among the best hot springs that are hidden away in Costa Rica. Before this article, were you aware of so many springs in this country? If you’ve visited Costa Rica before and bathed in a particular hot spring, which one did you visit and how was it? Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!

Costa Rica Hot Springs

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