(2021) Baldi Hot Springs Review: La Fortuna Hot Springs Guide

Last updated on April 22nd, 2021 at 03:56 pm EST

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Continue reading below to read about our visits to Costa Rica’s Baldi Hot Springs.

Overall Baldi Hot Springs quality: 7/10
Best feature(s) that influenced our rating (see below for our full review): Large space/quantity of pools; fun/social vibe that’s great for groups; decent variety of restaurant/bar options

This article offers our review of the Baldi Hot Springs. Don’t miss all of the hot springs reviews we include in our La Fortuna Hot Springs Guide:


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An overview of the Baldi Hot Springs in La Fortuna Costa Rica

The Baldi Hot Springs are one of the most visited hot springs properties in La Fortuna. As one of the first hot springs attractions that was built in town, they’re well known to locals and return travelers. They’re also easy to spot along the main road that skirts around the Arenal Volcano (Road 142) thanks to the property’s large, showy, roofed entrance. Beyond the entrance, there’s plenty that draws visitors in, including 25 thermal-water pools, a sauna/steam room, a jacuzzi, restaurants, bars, and an interactive kids’ play zone. This is one of the largest and most developed hot springs attractions in Costa Rica, not to mention the one with the most animated vibe.

Part of the appeal of the Baldi Hot Springs is that it’s a place where you can kick back and relax in therapeutic thermal water while conversing with friends or loved ones. If you’re looking for small, quiet, natural-feeling pools you can hole up in for a few hours, Baldi may not be the place for you. This being said, though the Baldi Hot Springs is loved in part for its lively ambiance that caters to social groups, it still provides several calm and intimate-feeling areas that offer pockets of privacy and encourage peaceful relaxation. As you might expect, since the Baldi Hot Springs delivers a multitude of experiences, it attracts all kinds of travelers.

Who should (and who shouldn’t) visit the Baldi Hot Springs

Consider choosing the Baldi Hot Springs if you’re traveling as part of a group, such as a family group, a friend group, a school group, or a sports team. Not only does the property offer plenty of space to spread out in, it also appeases social groups with a few lively pool/bar areas and giant waterslides. The interactive kids’ play zone (called “Baldi Kids”) is great for families with young children.

Due to the property’s size (see the “size and design” section below for details), the Baldi Hot Springs are also recommended to travelers who plan to visit Costa Rica during the busiest times of year, including the Christmas/New Year holidays and Semana Santa (Easter), when several people (locals and foreigners alike) opt to visit hot springs. The sheer number and size of pools at the Baldi Hot Springs helps the place feel less busy than it is.

If you wish to stay at a La Fortuna hotel that has hot springs on-site, you can choose the Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa, the resident hotel of the Baldi Hot Springs. It’s important to note, however, that the Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa’s on-site hot springs and cold-water pools are accessible to the public via the purchase of a hot springs pass; they are not reserved for hotel guests. If you’d prefer to stay at a La Fortuna hotel that limits hot springs access to hotel guests only, it would be best to choose a different hotel.

Learn what to expect from Costa Rica’s La Fortuna Hot Springs according to which hot springs attraction you plan to visit

Want to know what kind of thermal water experience you’ll have before you decide which hot springs in La Fortuna is the best to visit? We’ve got you covered. Not only have we personally experienced 12 different hot springs attractions in Costa Rica’s La Fortuna area alone, we’ve written a review of each La Fortuna hot springs property to help you decide for yourself which is most deserving of your time and money. Below is our review of the Baldi Hot Springs attraction which documents the following:

  • Location: Where you’ll find the hot springs property, complete with the hot springs’ physical address and a map
  • Hours: When you can visit the hot springs property during the day and throughout the week
  • Price range: A range of prices you can expect to pay for a hot springs pass with or without a meal included (prices are subject to change without notice)
  • Reservations: A confirmation of whether advance reservations are required to acquire a hot springs pass
  • Size and design: Whether you can expect to enjoy and explore a small, medium, or large hot springs property
  • Popularity: Whether you can expect to be joined by crowds at the hot springs
  • Pools and rivers: What you can expect to find at the hot springs in terms of thermal-water pools and rivers
  • Additional on-site features: What else you can expect to find at the hot springs in addition to thermal-water pools/rivers
  • Atmosphere: What type of ambiance you can expect to find at the hot springs
  • Dining: Whether you can expect to eat and/or drink on-site at the hot springs
  • Accommodations: Whether the hot springs property offers a hotel on-site
  • Towels and lockers: Whether you can expect to receive and/or pay for towels and lockers at the hot springs
  • Parking: Whether you can expect to find parking at the hot springs
  • 4×4 vehicle required: Whether a 4×4 vehicle is required to reach the hot springs
  • Alternative hot springs names: Other names for the hot springs property that locals, GPS navigational systems, and maps may cite

Our La Fortuna Hot Springs rating system

We also rate Costa Rica’s La Fortuna hot springs according to a 1-10 scale (1 being the worst and 10 being the best). If you’re short on time, visit each hot springs review page on our blog (we’ve written one review for each hot springs property in La Fortuna; see the top of this article for links to each review) and look for the scale to quickly identify how we rate the hot springs.

The scales look like this:

The above image depicts the lowest rating (the overall hot springs quality is 1 out of 10)

and this:

The above image depicts the highest rating (the overall hot springs quality is 10 out of 10)

To learn which rating we gave the Baldi Hot Springs, please see the rating provided at the top of this article.

Baldi Hot Springs photo gallery

We took the below photos during our most recent visit to the Baldi Hot Springs. Click on any photo below to view a larger version.

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