Looking for the best hotels in La Fortuna with hot springs?

Located in the Northern Highlands of Costa Rica, La Fortuna is a popular tourist destination that’s known for its adventure activities and amazing hot springs. 

The town of La Fortuna sits at the base of the Arenal volcano, which was active until a few years ago. Although it’s now dormant, the geothermal activity means that there are quite a few natural hot springs in the area. 

Panoramic view of the famous Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Relaxing in hot springs after a day of exploring is one of the top things to do in La Fortuna and is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Fortunately, many accommodations in the area boast their own hot springs on the property, and some even offer day passes for non-hotel guests as well.  

From luxury resorts to affordable family-friendly accommodations and budget-friendly options, we’ve rounded up some of the best options for different price ranges.

Here are some of the best hotels in La Fortuna with hot springs that will make your stay even more enjoyable!

The Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano area is the youngest and most active volcano in Costa Rica. It was considered dormant until it erupted in 1968, destroying the town of La Fortuna. 

The town has since rebuilt and the area became popular with tourists, who came to see the active volcano with its mini eruptions and bright red activity at night. 

In 2010, the eruptions suddenly stopped, but scientists say the volcano is not dormant, just sleeping. This means the surrounding area is still geothermally active, resulting in plenty of incredible hot springs to enjoy. 

Map of Hot Springs in La Fortuna

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Best Hotels in La Fortuna with Hot Springs

Some of the hotels listed below allow non-guests to use the hot springs on a day pass. This is great if you are not staying at the hotel and want to take advantage of their hot springs.

On the other hand, if you are staying at that hotel, keep in mind that the hot springs may be more crowded and busier than other hotels that keep their hot springs private for guests.

We’ve noted which ones allow the public to use their hot springs, in case that makes a difference in where you choose to stay.

Luxury Hotels in La Fortuna with Hot Springs

Tabacón Thermal Resort

Best for luxury
⭐ 100% Natural hot springs
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

Tabacón is one of the first hot springs hotels built in La Fortuna, and one of the most popular. 

Unlike some other hotels in the area that use pumps or systems to heat and circulate the water, the hot springs here are 100% natural. 

There are five different springs on the property, with temperatures ranging from 72°F to 105°F (22° – 40°C). Warm waterfalls, hot pools and sitting areas are all built to blend in with the natural environment, and the views of the Arenal Volcano are stunning. 

water cascading down tiers creating little waterfalls at Tabacon - one of the best hotels in La fortuna with hot springs

There’s also a swim-up bar and a waterslide, as well as two restaurants on-site. 

There are different accommodation options available, from basic rooms to larger suites which are perfect for families, and access to the hot springs is included in the room rate. 

The resort also offers spa treatments and massages, and there are walking trails and gorgeous gardens throughout the property.  

Tabacón also allows non-hotel guests access to the hot springs for a day pass, but it is one of the more expensive options in the area. Day passes are available from 10 am – 10 pm and include either lunch or dinner. Rates start at $ 80 USD for adults, $38 USD for children.

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Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal 

Best for luxury with a great view
⭐ 28 different pools
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

Offering stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the lush rainforest, the Springs Resort and Spa is another popular choice in La Fortuna. This luxury resort is rated as one of the best in the country and was even featured on an episode of The Bachelor. 

Springs Resort has 28 different hot spring pools, which are divided into two areas and connected by a short trail. There are both chlorinated and natural pools, with temperatures ranging from 83°F to 104°F (28° – 40°C). Some of the pools overlook the Arenal River, while others offer views of the volcano.

green palm trees surround a hot spring pool in the springs resort & spa in la fortuna Costa Rica

Accommodation options range from basic rooms to more spacious suites and villas, each with its own terrace or balcony to enjoy views of the volcano. The rooms are gorgeously decorated and feature hammocks, rocking chairs, minibars and jacuzzi tubs, as well as flat-screen TVs, various streaming services and excellent Wi-Fi. 

The resort also offers other amenities, including a full-service spa, multiple restaurants and bars, and a wildlife sanctuary. There’s also a fully-equipped fitness center, although there are so many activities to do in La Fortuna that you might not need additional workouts! 

Guests can also take advantage of the on-site Club Rio Adventure Centre, located right on the Arenal River, below the resort. Here you’ll find different adventure activities that are perfect for all ages, including river tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing and nature tours. 

Day Passes are available for $85 US per person, which is good for 2 days and includes access to the hot springs, pools, bars and restaurants, but it does not include access to the Club Rio Adventure Centre – that’s for hotel guests only. Day Passes are valid from 8 am until 10 pm.  

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Nayara Springs & Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

Also worth mentioning are Nayara Springs, voted best hotel spa by Condé Nast Traveller, and Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort.

These are two of the most luxurious hotels and spas in La Fortuna and I’ve only heard fantastic things about them, but unfortunately for me, they are adults-only.

While this is probably a big plus for some people, if you’re travelling with kids, these hotels aren’t an option. However, if you’re looking for an adults-only getaway, these hotels might be a great choice!

Mid-Range Hotels in La Fortuna with Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa 

Best for families
⭐ 25 different pools
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

Baldi Hot Springs Resort is one of the largest hot spring resorts in Costa Rica, and in fact, boasts that they’re the largest hot springs in the world. The resort is a popular choice with families, both for its attractive price as well as the dedicated kids’ play area. 

The resort has 25 different hot spring pools, each with varying temperatures ranging from 93°F to 152°F (34°C to 66°C)! A concrete path connects the different pools and the temperature increases with each pool. 

people swimming in a hot spring pool with waterfall and rocks in the background
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For the kids, there’s a dedicated kids’ play area with water slides and warm, but not hot, water. Younger kids can enjoy the splash area and older kids will love the water slides. 

The resort has four bars, including some swim-up pool bars and four restaurants on-site, which serve a variety of cuisine, including vegan and organic options. 

Different room options are available, including standard rooms, family suites or the deluxe room with a view of Arenal Volcano. All rooms have a terrace or balcony and include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a mini-bar. 

Day passes are available from 9 am – 10 pm, and rates start at $44 USD for adults or $31 USD for children aged 5-11. Children under 5 are free. Meal options can be included, however, it’s important to note that snacks and other food are not allowed to be brought into the resort. 

Baldi Hot Springs definitely has more of a resort feel rather than a relaxing and peaceful experience, but it’s a good choice if you’re looking to experience the hot springs with young kids or larger groups.

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Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Best for less crowded experience
⭐ 8 different pools
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

The Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa boasts a fabulous location with fantastic views of the volcano. And while it’s one of the smaller hot springs in La Fortuna, it offers a more relaxing and intimate experience. 

The hotel has a free-form pool and hot springs on-site, but guests are also welcome to access the nearby Titokú Hot Springs. 

Here you’ll find 8 cascading hot spring pools of varying temperatures, with the hottest temperatures at the top. The pools are of different sizes and can accommodate between 6 to 20 people, depending on the pool. 

hot springs at arenal kioro hotel la fortuna Costa Rica
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The hotel also features a spa, a full-service bar and two restaurants, as well as a gym and business center. 

Accommodations at Hotel Arenal Kioro include suites for both couples and families, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors opening onto two terraces with uninterrupted volcano views.

Rooms are spacious and decorated with artwork by local Costa Rican artists, and include a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and a mini-bar. There’s also a coffee maker, although you might want to skip having coffee in the room and taste the excellent, fresh Costa Rican coffee at breakfast instead.  

Day Passes are available from 10 am to 8 pm and rates start at $33 USD or can include a meal for $52 USD. Children aged 4 – 11 years are half-price, and children under 4 are free.  

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Arenal Manoa Resort 

Best for private hot springs
⭐ 2 hot spring pools
✖️ Not open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

Located 10 minutes’ drive from both the town of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Manoa Resort is a beautiful hotel surrounded by extensive gardens. 

The resort features two hot spring pools and a jacuzzi. The larger pool is perfect for adults, and the shallower one is perfect for kids. There’s also a swim-up bar offering lunch, snacks and drinks. The main pool has a ramp, making it accessible for all. 

two beds in hotel room with glass door to patio in la fortuna Costa Rica
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Rooms at Arenal Manoa are large and beautifully decorated, with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, a coffee maker and a mini fridge. The suites are set amid the gardens of the property and feature private terraces with panoramic views of the volcano. 

The on-site restaurant serves international dishes as well as traditional Costa Rican specialties. There’s also an oven-fired pizza restaurant, or food and snacks are available from the swim-up bars. 

Day passes are not available. Arenal Manoa is one of the few hotels in La Fortuna where the hot springs are private for their guests. 

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Paradise Hot Springs

Best value for money
⭐ 8 hot spring pools
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

Another great choice for accommodation in La Fortuna is Paradise Hot Springs. While it’s considered a mid-range hotel, prices are on the lower end and it’s incredible value for the price. 

Like Arenal Kioro, Paradise only has 8 pools, but the pools here vary in size and one includes submerged lounging beds. The magnesium-rich water is great for relaxing and cleansing the skin. 

water flowing over a rock wall into a hot spring pool at paradise hot spring in la fortuna Costa Rica
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Temperatures of the pools range from 95° – 104°F (35° – 40°C), and there’s also a cooler pool at 27°F (81°F), which is designed to provide a quick cool down for the body. Each pool provides hydromassage through jets or waterfalls, which are great to work out the kinks in your muscles after a day of adventure activities in La Fortuna. 

The hotel also features a spa offering body treatments, a swim-up bar and an on-site restaurant which is open to the public for lunch and dinner. 

Accommodations options include rooms and suites, as well as two villas, which have a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano. Room rates include breakfast and entrance to the hot springs an hour earlier than the public. 

Day Passes are available from 11 am to 9 pm, and start at $38 USD / $16 USD for children without a meal, but options to include lunch or dinner is also available.  

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Budget Hotels in La Fortuna with Hot Springs

Volcano Lodge, Hotel & Thermal Experience

Best for exclusivity
⭐ 2 hot spring pools
✖️ Not open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

The Volcano Lodge Hotel is a great option for budget-conscious families looking for an affordable place to stay while still enjoying the hot springs that La Fortuna has to offer. Just a few miles outside of La Fortuna at the base of Arenal Volcano, this resort is a smaller resort, with only 64 rooms, giving it a more intimate and authentic feel. 

There are two cold water swimming pools and two hot springs on-site. Each of the hot springs has cascading falls and secluded pools with varying temperatures. One is close to the cold water pool, for a refreshing dip after a soak in the hot springs and the other has a swim-up bar, lighting and music in the evening. There are also 2 hot spring-fed jacuzzis. 

rocks surround a hot spring pool. palm trees surround the pool and arenal volcano in the backgrounds
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In addition to the hot springs, the hotel also features a lounge, billiard room, reading room, kids playground and hiking trail on the property. There’s also a bar and restaurant, offering local Costa Rican food made with locally sourced ingredients. 

Every room at the hotel has a private terrace with fantastic views of Arenal Volcano. The rooms are rustic, yet clean and modern, and furnished with handcrafted Costa Rican wood furniture. Superior thermal rooms and junior suites boast their own private hot springs plunge pool. 

The Volcano Lodge is one of the few hotels in La Fortuna with hot springs that are private for their guests. Day passes are not available, however, the hot springs are also open to guests from San Bosco Inn. 

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San Bosco Inn

Best for budget travellers
⭐ Right in the town of La Fortuna
✔️ Kids allowed

San Bosco Inn is the most budget-friendly option for those looking for a hotel with hot springs. Located in the town of La Fortuna, San Bosco Inn is within easy walking distance to the main square in La Fortuna and there are numerous restaurants nearby.

While the hotel does not have hot springs on-site, room rates include a pass to the hot springs at Volcano Lodge, mentioned above. These hot springs are not open to the public but are only available for guests of either Volcano Lodge Hotel or San Bosco Inn. 

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Los Lagos Hotel

Best for families on a budget
⭐ 4 hot spring pools
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

Los Lagos Hotel is one of the less expensive hot springs in La Fortuna and a popular choice with local Costa Rican families. And with stunning volcano views and plenty of kid-friendly activities, it’s a great choice for active families.

The hotel offers 4 hot spring pools and 3 cold pools. All are natural, with no chlorine or added chemicals. 

hot spring pool with ladder entering the pool, rock walls surrounding the pool and the volcano in the background
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In addition to the hot springs, the hotel also has two cold water slides, a large swimming pool and two pools specifically for kids. One pool is perfect for little ones, with a waterfall flowing from a fake volcano, and the other pool is great for older children with a water slide. 

In addition to the hot springs and pools, Los Lagos also has walking trails, horse stables, a health spa, and a frog and butterfly exhibit. 

The on-site restaurant serves up typical Costa Rican food, as well as international dishes. There is also a swim-up bar, serving a variety of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Accommodation options range include standard or superior rooms, as well as villas, which include a full kitchen. All rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV and a minibar, and breakfast is included with the standard or superior room option. 

Day Passes are available, although not advertised on their website. Prices start at $16 for the hot springs only, options are available to include lunch or dinner. 

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Los Laureles 

Best for camping
⭐ 7 hot spring pools
✔️ Open to the public
✔️ Kids allowed

The smallest hot springs in La Fortuna, Los Laureles is very basic and doesn’t have the amenities of the larger resorts, but it’s a great option for those who want to experience the hot springs on a budget.

Los Laureles has 7 hot spring pools and 2 cold water pools, all of which are natural with no chemicals added. Temperatures range from 77° – 113°F (25° to 45°C).

There is a restaurant on-site, or, unlike most of the other hot springs in La Fortuna, you can bring your own food and snacks in. 

While Los Laureles doesn’t have hotel accommodations, cabins and camping are available. Camping rates do not include access to the hot springs, but at only $ 3.60 USD for the night, it’s a fantastic deal! Cabin rates are $36 USD per adult, and children are half-price. 

Day passes to the hot springs are the least expensive in La Fortuna and prices start at $9 USD, for adults and any children aged 3 or older.

More information can be found on their website.

Other Hot Springs in La Fortuna 

While there are plenty of hotels in La Fortuna with hot springs on their property, there are also some other hot springs in the area that are worth mentioning. 

Eco Termales 

Eco Termales is said to be the only truly natural hot springs in La Fortuna. And the water isn’t just warm, it’s magnesium-rich, which is great for relaxing the muscles. 

There are 6 heated pools, plus a freshwater pool which are sectioned into different areas. Ecotermales only offers the hot springs experience, not accommodations.

Day passes start at $62 for adults and $40 for kids. They are available in two time-slots; daytime from 10 am to 4 pm or evening from 5 to 10 pm. 

Termalitas del Arenal

Termalitas del Arenal is a great inexpensive family-friendly hot springs experience. There are pools of different sizes and temperatures, as well as cold water pools, a slide, a wet bar and a restaurant, although you are welcome to bring in your own food.

Day passes are $10 USD for hot springs only, or $15 USD including lunch. 

Kalambu Hot Springs 

Kalambu Hot Springs is a one-of-a-kind thermally heated waterpark in La Fortuna. While there are no accommodation options here, day passes are available and it’s a great spot to spend the day with kids in La Fortuna. 

There are two thermal pools on the property, both with a swim-up bar. One pool is for adults only, while the other is for families. There’s also a kids’ play area with water cannons and different platforms, as well as several huge slides  – one is a four-story 370-foot-long waterslide!  

The restaurant on site serves fresh pizza, fast food or typical Costa Rican food, as well as fresh fruit juices and frozen drinks or Costa Rican beer.

Free Hot Springs in La Fortuna

There are also free hot springs in La Fortuna! 

Located just across from the entrance to Tabacón Resort, you can take a dip in the Tabacón River, which is naturally warm from the geothermal activity.

Parking is along the side of the road, and while it’s not an official parking lot, as with many places in Costa Rica, locals will be standing there asking for a few dollars to ‘watch your car’. 

You’ll see cars lined up along the road and you’ll know you’re in the right spot.

There’s a short path on the north side of the road that leads to the river. But don’t worry about finding it, just follow the people! 

As it is free, it does get pretty busy though, so best to go early.

Getting to La Fortuna

The town of La Fortuna is about a 3-hour drive from both the San Jose and Liberia airports, the two main airports in Costa Rica. 

From San Jose: the drive from SJO to La Fortuna takes between 2.5-3 hours. Private transfers and shared shuttles are available from the airport to La Fortuna. There is also a direct bus route from San Jose to La Fortuna, which takes about 4-5 hours. 

From Liberia: La Fortuna is also about a 3-hour drive from the Liberia airport. Shared shuttle and private transfers are available. 

If you are renting a car, the roads to La Fortuna from both airports are paved, so there is no need for a 4×4. However, if you are arriving from, or continuing on to Monteverde, you may want to rent a 4×4, as the roads between the two towns are not great.  

FAQ: Hot Springs in La Fortuna

What to do in La Fortuna besides hot springs?

There are plenty of things to do in La Fortuna besides the hot springs! It’s known as the adventure capital of Costa Rica and you’ll find everything from ziplining to hiking and white water rafting to horseback riding. Here’s a full list of things to do in La Fortuna with kids

Do you have to stay in a hotel to experience the hot springs?

No, there are plenty of hot springs in La Fortuna that are available to the public. Most hotels offer day passes to experience their hot springs.  While this might seem like a good way to visit the hot springs, once you consider the day pass rate, plus the hotel rate, it often works out to be more cost-effective to stay at the hotel. 

Final Thoughts: Best Hotels in La Fortuna with Hot Springs

Thanks to the geothermal activity from Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is home to some of the best hot springs in Costa Rica. And plenty of hotels and resorts have taken advantage of this, boasting their own hot springs on their property.

No matter your budget, there are hotels in La Fortuna with hot springs that you can enjoy.  

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