Hot Springs Heaven!

When my clients go to Costa Rica, I always make sure that they know about the Arenal Volcano.  The Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world.  I love having people go out and sit in the hot springs (or hotel pool) at night with a drink and watch the volcano erupt!

The Arenal area is around three and a half hour from the San Jose airport.  I highly recommend spending at least two nights at one of the local hotels.  I have two favorite properties there: the Tabacon Lodge and The Springs.

Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort:  **tip** Try and reserve a room in building 7 if you would rather an amazing jungle view instead of a volcano view.

Can't you just picture yourself here??

“This member of The Leading Hotels of the World is  located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, introducing exemplary luxury to the pristine setting of tropical flora diversity. This three-time World Travel Awards and three- leaf Sustainable Tourism Certificate recipient features  114 spacious and elegant guestrooms. The award-winning  Grand Spa capitalizes on its choice location with signature  therapies, including Temazcal, a Native American sweat lodge ritual unique to the region. Lose yourself in the world- famous hot springs, an oasis embedded in a primary rain- forest, featuring twelve natural thermal spring pools and lagoons, waterfalls, exotic gardens and trails. Guest will also enjoy the sumptuous cuisine, fitness center, pool and  wide selection of adventure and nature tours.”


The Springs Resort and Spa:  **for reality TV lovers…. the Bachelor was filmed here!**  The 14,000 foot spa is great for people looking for a spa getaway.

“With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot  and cold springs, four unique dining experiences, and an impressive full service Spa, The Springs Resort and Spa  at Arenal promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of  quality, service and design.

This Costa Rica luxury resort perches one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometers north of the active volcano but safely outside the government declared danger zone. Our higher altitude relative to other hotels in the area allows for not only incomparable views of the Arenal volcano, the lush valley, and the surrounding towns that sparkle at night, but  also access to the area’s famous prevailing breezes. In fact, the name Arenal volcano is an indigenous word meaning “Window of the Wind”.  With an average daytime high temperature of 80 degrees F in the shade and nighttime lows averaging 70 degrees F you are sure to enjoy countless comfortable hours in your balcony hammock al fresco dining, or sipping a frothy tropical cocktail in one of our spring pools.”

Which activ Volcanos have you visited?


  1. I really enjoyed your article – but is there a way to enjoy the natural hot springs without staying at one of the resorts? Where was that waterfall spring picture taken?

    1. Veronica, you definitely can enjoy the hot springs. I would recommend pre-arranging a tour if you are heading over so that someone else has to do the driving! 🙂 This post was from 2011, but I am 99% sure that both water pictures are from Tabacon Resort and Spa.

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