Costa Rica

Tabacon Hot Springs

You simply must experience Tabacon Hot Springs. It is one of the most beautiful places you'll ever see. With views of Arenal Volcano, acres of tropical gardens, a great climate, and the soothing water of the river, most people consider this to be Paradise on Earth. Tabacon is incredible!

The Tabacon River begins inside Arenal Volcano. The magma heats the water to 101 degrees, which then flows through the base of the volcano down about 3/4 mile to Tabacon Hot Springs. From here the river splits into several smaller rivers, joining with cool water from a different river to make dozens of pools of varying temperatures, shapes and sizes. These rivers meander through acres of verdant tropical gardens, which creates a magical atmosphere.


  • Large, expansive property
  • Many different pools of varying temperature
  • Pools set within incredible tropical gardens
  • Relaxing atmosphere


  • More expensive
  • Can be crowded
  • Popular with tour bus groups
  • Average buffet meal

At the main part of the springs is this spectacular waterfall, where you can sit under the falls and let the hot water massage your neck and shoulders. Soak in the large main pool with a swim-up bar, or choose a number of other smaller pools with built-in lounges, little waterfalls, and cozy tubs hidden in the gardens. Surprisingly, there are very few mosquitos and insects! Kids and adults alike will love the small waterslide. The restaurant overlooks the main pool and falls, with views of the volcano.

Iskandria Spa offers massages, mud facials, aromatherapy, and many other services in a private section of the hot springs.

Hundreds of people visit Tabacon every day, yet due to the property's size and design, it is possible to find secluded pools to hide away in. You really need to spend a couple nights in the Arenal Volcano area to properly experience Tabacon Hot Springs. You will probably want to come back each night you are there. The best time to visit the hot springs is mid-afternoon to evening. The temperature is cool, the water is hot, and the lava flow is best seen at night!

Grand Spa

The Grand Spa at Tabacon features open-air bungalows. Single or couple treatments are available with many hydrotherapy options. A three unit Temazcal is led by a shaman trained expert with two daily sessions available. From traditional body massages to exfoliations with coffee or coconut and wraps using local volcanic mud, choices are plentiful. Tabacon also offers Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodhara or outdoor Watsu underwater massages. The Grand Spa has long been recognized as a leading spa of the World.

The gardens within Tabacon Hot Springs are well worth mention. Pathways and bridges wind through tropical plants set amidst warm water thermal pools. There is a delightful blend of manicured design with hidden intimate treasures. Picturesque settings abound. Star of Africa, Lantana, Shrimp plants and other exotic plants dot the landscape. There are also trails on the property, if you wish to explore the surrounding rainforest.


Ave del Paraiso is a large buffet style restaurant located within the hot springs offering an assortment of items to suit many palettes. There are hot entree items as well as a dessert bar.


The Arenal wet bar is ideally located at the end of a large pool near the main entry. There is a festive atmosphere with party music, volleyball net and waterslide. There is also a small, thatched bar at the far end of the hot springs where you can order refreshments, then sit in nearby hot springs pools.

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