Free Natural Hot Spring in La Fortuna

On a budget? Try the free natural hot spring in La Fortuna. It's easy to make time to relax in a tropical rainforest. 

With several active volcanos spread throughout Costa Rica, volcanic hot springs are a popular choice. Most of them are located in La Fortuna and offer luxury experiences like thermal pools, waterfalls, slides, restaurants, saunas and spas. However these options aren't wallet friendly and can cost you up to $150. 

If you're looking for an inexpensive option, try the free local hot spring beside Tabacon Resort. From La Fortuna, you can take a 15 minute taxi ride to the entrance Tabacon Resort. Cross the road through the yellow gate and head under the concrete bridge to get the the thermal pools. Take you time and adventure around to find the different pools and waterfalls. 


How we did it? 

We tagged along with a local who showed us the best spots in the hot springs. We went at night, which is why we don't have any pictures of it.

This is actually one of my favourite memories because there were fireflies zooming around, you could look up to stargaze or just close your eyes and listen to the natural sounds of the tropical jungle. It was quite surreal. 


Things to remember:

  • You're in a river, so there's going to be rocks. Try to bring appropriate footwear or you'll be stuck walking on rocks. It's honestly not that fun. There was a lot of regret that day. 
  • If you're going at night, bring some type of lighting equipment like flashlights, headlamps or candles. You're pretty much walking in darkness. 
  • Try not to stay in the hot pools for too long. Switch to the cooler pools every so often to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Happy adventuring! 

Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall

Located in Arenal, La Fortuna waterfall lies at the base of the dormant Cerro Chato volcano. The 70 metre waterfall is surrounded by a lush green jungle where you can hear the sounds of tropical animals in their habitat. For any adventure seekers, you can visit La Fortuna Waterfall and Cerro Chato in one day. But it definitely takes a lot of stamina, especially in the rain. 

Let's get started! 

Since the entrance is accessible by road, we took a taxi to La Fortuna waterfall. When you get there you'll have to pay a US$10 fee to get in, but you're free to stay until it closes. Luckily, the trail to the bottom of the falls is pretty well laid out so you won't get lost. I noticed that some parts can get slippery, so be careful on your hike. 

You'll pretty much be heading down stairs until you reach the bottom. From here, you can check out the falls or head over to the water hole to go swimming. It takes about a 10 minutes to hike down and 20 minutes to hike back up.

Stretch out those legs because they're definitely going to be getting a workout!

 Happy Adventuring! 

Free Local Water Hole with Rope Swing in La Fortuna

Free Local Water Hole with Rope Swing in La Fortuna

After my unfortunate event, we decided to forgo the zip-lining adventure for a cheaper alternative. There's a free local waterhole about a kilometre south of La Fortuna called El Salto (the jump). It's downstream from the La Fortuna Waterfall and just a few hundred metres from the road. 

To get there, we took a taxi (for a cheap fee) and walked back to town afterwards. They drop you off before a bridge. Just walk down the left side of the bridge. There should already be a trail leading to El Salto. You can jump off rocks, go swimming or just hang around the river. If you're feeling adventurous, try the rope swing!