Arenal Hot Springs
Arenal hot springs have a long history of healing and health benefits which vary by individual springs even within a single location. As the water flows over underground rocks, the heat and speed dissolves them mixing with the water and bringing to the surface of the Earth a mineral content entirely unique from spring to spring. This mineral component along with the geothermal energy of the water shifts depending on location, and contrary to the widely held assumption, it is not the temperature of the water but this combination of minerality and geothermal energy that provides the many health benefits Costa Rica hot springs are famous for. Visitors will want to experience several of the abundant Arenal hot springs, particularly those found in La Fortuna, all within easy access east from Lake Arenal.
The variety of the Arenal hot springs also provides a wide spectrum in price. For those looking for a more basic experience to those interested in the highest luxury a spa can offer. Paradise Hot Springs, for example, have a small entrance fee and access to a selection of pools and additional services, while Tabacón hot springs provide an indulgent variety of pools both warm and cool, a thermal river, body massages above and underwater, exfoliating and volcanic mud wraps, and secluded pools with fantastic views of the Arenal volcano.
A similar experience to the Tabacón opulence at a slightly more affordable price can be found in Eco Termales where the family owned and operated hot springs maintain a low daily entrance allotment, providing a semi-private sanctuary to its daily guests. The Baldi hot springs are perfect for families and have pools that ascend in temperature as you go higher in altitude. Rio Perdido is another gorgeous option, a hotel and spa found to the west of Lake Arenal—the pools and thermal river hear originates from the MIravalles volcano. Go on a stunning hike around the Arenal Volcano and return to any of these and numerous other locations to let the hot springs soak away the tension from exerted muscles.