Hot springs really depend on what you are looking for and how much you want to spend. Hot Springs are the only activity that do not need to be booked in advance and can be paid upon entrance, except for Tabacon which must be booked one day in advance.
Los Laureles is a local and person favourite with its three large cold pools, several smaller hot pools, waterslides, covered picnic tables and a snack shack. You can bring your own food and drinks, although beverages are no allowed in the pools. Bring a small padlock to secure your belongings in the lockers provided. We recommend going during the week as weekends tend to be very crowded.
Los Lagos is a good family option. It has two large cold pools, waterslides and numerous secluded hot pools. In addition to the pools it also offers spa facilities, a frog farm, crocodile farm and butterfly gardens. If you go to the Los Cañones office just to the left of the Los Lagos entrance and tell them you are guests of Casa de Costa Rica they will give you a special discounted rate.
$28 pp. with lunch or dinner or $15 for just the hot springs, including the discount
Eco Termales is perfect for adults because there are no waterslides or activities for kids. They limit the number of people to 100 at a time to prevent overcrowding. There are 3 time slots for passes 10-1, 1-5 and 5-9 pm.
$59/adult and $38/child (5-11 years old) with a meal, $38/adult and $24.75/child for just the hot springs including a 5% discount
Baldi is a popular option. It offers four extreme waterslides, a kids’ water area, plus multiple pool areas.
$56/adult, $28/child with lunch or dinner or $34/adult, $17/child for just the hot springs
The Springs has reduced the price of their activities and day passes as a way to get people out to their facility. However, the prices for meals and beverages are very high ($8 for a beer that sells for $1 at the liquor store in town) and they do not allow outside food or drinks. They are a lush, upscale and attentive operation and if you don’t mind the price, then you probably won’t be disappointed. The day pass includes a guided tour of their wildlife preserve that runs every hour starting at 9:45 am until 3:45 pm.
$91 pp. including lunch or dinner with 5% discount, $65 pp. 2 day pas hot springs only
Club Rio package includes two activities and one meal; $113/adult and $94/children 12 and under, including a 5% discount.
Tabacon is an upscale facility with beautiful natural pools, ponds and waterfalls.
$80.75/adult and $28.50/children (5-11) with lunch or dinner, including a 5% discount. Day pass only $60/adult and $10/children (5-11)
Free Hot Springs We do not recommend the free hot springs because there is a lot of petty theft around that area. If you do decide to use these hot springs, only take essential items and keep a close eye on your belongings.