Cost Rica Hot Springs
Costa Rica is a Hot Springs Mecca
Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is emerging not just as a travel destination, but as a haven for wellness seekers. In recent years, interest in the country as a spa travel hotspot has skyrocketed. According to a recent Forbes article, the number one most researched spa destination country in 2023 was Costa Rica with an increase of 62,273% in searches . And at the heart of this wellness revolution lie the natural hot springs that really embody the essence of Costa Rica's "pura vida" philosophy.
Why Costa Rica?
What makes Costa Rica stand out? Quite a few things, actually! The natural hot springs there are some of the best. Located in the rainforests, these mineral rich thermal pool offer a unique opportunity to connect deeply with yourself and even deeper with the Earth. Literally. These springs are naturally heated from Earth’s molten core! Another big attractive element of Costa Rica’s spa culture is the commitment to sustainability. Many spa treatments often incorporate organic, locally-sourced products, creating a more intentional and holistic wellness experience for everyone.
The Hot Springs of Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano is probably the most iconic and imposing natural landmark in Costa Rica. It is located in the northern part of the country, within the Arenal Volcano National Park. This region is part of the larger Tilarán Mountain Range, and the volcano itself is approximately 90 km northwest of the capital city, San José. Arenal’s perfect conical shape and the lush rainforest surrounding it is breath taking, drawing tourists and nature enthusiasts from across the globe. As we know, volcanic regions are geothermal hotspots, and that energy creates a really beautiful thing - hot springs. Hot springs are often mineral rich waters located in some of the most beautiful places you can imagine. No wonder they draw a crowd! The region around Arenal is rich in hot springs and mineral bathing, so let’s explore!
Baldi Hot Springs
For those seeking a family-friendly hot spring experience, Baldi Hot Springs is the perfect choice. Located amid tropical gardens, Baldi features numerous thermal pools of varying temperatures, ensuring there's a perfect spot for everyone.
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
A crown jewel in Arenal's spa offerings, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is luxury seamlessly blended with nature. Imagine being enveloped by tropical gardens as you soak in thermal springs sourced from Arenal's heart. These mineral-rich waters, naturally heated by the volcano's subterranean energy, create a surreal bathing experience.
EcoTermales offers a more secluded hot spring experience. With a limited number of visitors allowed each day, this eco-friendly haven prioritizes peace and quiet. So if you love hot springs, but don’t really like sharing, this is the place for you!
Arenal Hot Springs
The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal is one of the most beautiful spa locations on earth. Don’t believe us? Check out this episode of the Bachelor and see for yourself. The resort has four all-natural hot spring pools, filled with mineral water. It’s also environmentally conscious, with its own vegetable farm and flora designed to attract birds, making it a haven for bird-watchers. This eco-friendly approach extends to other areas of operation, enhancing the resort's appeal to those conscious about their environmental footprint. The resort's open-air yoga deck offers complimentary yoga classes, providing guests with an opportunity for physical and mental wellness against a backdrop of stunning natural scenery.
The Best Time to Visit Costa Rica
The best time to experience Costa Rica's hot springs is during the dry season, from December to April. During this period, accessibility to hot springs is at its prime, and you can enjoy the springs without a torrential downpour.
However, if you want to avoid the crowds, the rainy season, from May to November, is definitely an option. During this period, the country experiences significant rainfall, especially heavy afternoon showers. The landscape is lush and green, and prices are much lower. Just keep in mind that many restaurants and resorts close during the rainy season, so while you’ll likely get the best deal, you may have to pack some PBJs.
Respecting Natural Hot Springs
While Costa Rica welcomes wellness travelers, respecting the natural hot springs is crucial. Avoid using soap or other products that can harm the delicate balance of these waters and keep noise levels down to preserve these natural sanctuaries. If you find yourself in a less commercialized hot spring in the wild, practice the "leave no trace" ethos by not disturbing the surrounding environment.
Costa Rica awaits for the wellness wanderers!
Citing our sources:
1. Kaitlyn McInnis (2023) This Year’s Most Popular International Spa Destinations Will Surprise You