Being a volcanic region in Central America, Costa Rica has many hot spring venues that offer day spa facilities and venues where tourists have to pay to enjoy the natural hot springs.
There is a secret place in Costa Rica where you can enjoy free hot springs. The best free hot springs are found in the Arenal Volcano national park where you can relax in the warm hot spring water. The exact location is opposite the Tabacon springs, in fact you can park at Tabacon springs or along the side of the road and walk down to the river where you can relax in hot volcanic spring water for free. However pay attention if you are visiting the hot springs in the late afternoon/evening where you need to ensure that your belongings are secure and that you take enough candles/torches to illuminate your way. It is a draw card for many people such as backpackers and families so it can be busy. Don’t worry though as you can walk up stream and find your own space to relax in hot spring water for free.
How to get to the free hot springs in Costa Rica? Well the entrance is just past Tabacon Hotel on the way out of town. You can park on the side of the road and there will be a small parking lot on the right if you are facing away from Hotel and town.
If you still have trouble locating the river with the hot spring water then ask a local, just about all locals in the region will be able to point you in the right direction. There are many guided touring groups that visit this free hot springs at the end of their tours, so keep that in mind if you don’t have car or don;t want to book a taxi to this place. It might just be worth booking a Arenal volcano day trip tour and hanging out for the hot springs part in the afternoon. But check with the tour company before you book any tour.