Costa Rica

Baldi Hot Springs – La Fortuna

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Since we’ve been in Costa Rica there’s really been only one thing I’ve wanted to do – visit Baldi Hot Springs!

Two of my students, Ariela and Jose, arranged that we spend the day at Baldi Hot Spring in Guanacaste. It’s about a three hour drive by car (a little bit more if you get stuck behind some slow drivers). But the long drive is well worth it.

Baldi Hotsprings sits just below Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Arenal Volcano view from Baldi Hot Springs
Hidden behind the cloud is Arenal Volcano.

About Baldi Hot Springs

It’s one of the world’s largest hot spring resort with over 25 different pools of thermal water, rich with minerals and healing properties. There’s also a kids area and 4 adult water slides to enjoy. Along with the thermal pools, there’s a gift shop, snack bars, and restaurants. Everything you need is right there.

Healing water at Baldi Hot Springs

The day was pretty overcast, but honestly it was the perfect for hotsprings. The cool temperatures really just allowed us to enjoy the pools more (so if you’re ever worried about the weather, don’t).

You have to stay hydrated though; the pools can get crazy hot and you don’t want to ruin your day with a headache.

Luckily there’s a bar near every pool. Along with pools, they even have a outdoor sauna and giant Jacuzzi. I was in heaven.

Thermal pools at Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs thermal pool
You can see the steam rising off the top of the waterfall.

The Cost

The entry price varies depending on where you purchase your tickets and what is included. If you’re looking to spend the night at the hotel, the price is $150, and this would include breakfast. If you’re looking for a day pass with a buffet lunch the price is around $45.

This was by far one of my best days in Costa Rica! I would recommend getting there early though, the crowds really start to come in the late afternoon and early evening.

Click here to get more information on Baldi Hot Springs.

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