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

Last updated on April 22nd, 2021 at 03:55 pm EST

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We’ve experienced all 12 hot springs in La Fortuna Costa Rica!
Continue reading below to read about our visits to Costa Rica’s Springs Resort Hot Springs.

Overall Springs Resort Hot Springs quality: 9/10
Best feature(s) that influenced our rating (see below for our full review): “Wow” factor; quantity of space/pools and nooks that offer privacy; variety of on-site activities; great value for a high-quality/luxurious hot springs experience

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


Get the Costa Rica info you need by browsing our article’s TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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

If you’ve been researching La Fortuna hot springs options for a while, chances are you’ve already come across the Springs Resort Hot Springs (sometimes cited as the “Los Perdidos Hot Springs”). Not only are the Springs Resort Hot Springs the largest and one of the most well-known hot springs attractions in the Arenal area, they also provide one of the best (if not the best, depending on who you ask) hot springs experiences you can have in Costa Rica. Though the resort sits a 10-to-15-minute drive away from all of the other hot spring sites you could choose to visit, there’s plenty to lure you to the property, including 25 thermal-water pools, a Jacuzzi, restaurants, bars, and an outdoor center that runs a few on-site adventure tours. If you have several wants on your hot springs checklist, including peaceful, lagoon-like hot springs; delicious food and drinks; a beautiful and clean property that delivers comfort and class; the option to participate in on-site tours and activities; and great value for your money, look no further than the Springs Resort Hot Springs.

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

The Springs Resort Hot Springs offers something for everyone. Regardless of whether you’re looking for indulgence, extravagance, comfort, calm, or fun, you’ll find it at this property. If you’re traveling as part of a group, such as a family group, a friend group, a school group, or a sports team, you’ll love that the Springs Resort Hot Springs offer plenty of space to spread out in. If you’re looking to be active or socialize, you’ll love that the property has a lively pool/bar area (at the Cascadas Calientes), a waterslide (at the Los Perdidos Hot Springs), and an on-site activity center. If you plan to visit with a significant other, and especially if you’re on your honeymoon, you’ll particularly love the romantic ambiance that wafts around the place, most notably during the evening when it’s easy to relax in your own pocket of one of many quiet, lagoon-like pools.

Due to the property’s size (see the “size and design” section below for details), the Springs Resort 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 Springs Resort Hot Springs helps the place feel less busy than it is.

If your budget is tight, it would be best to choose a different hot springs attraction. Though day passes (which are full-day/evening passes) for the Springs Resort Hot Springs provide great value, there’s no denying the fact that they’re some of the most expensive hot springs passes around. If you can afford the splurge, great! If you can’t, consider visiting one of La Fortuna’s many other (less expensive) hot spring sites instead. To read the reviews we wrote for other hot springs attractions in the Arenal area, don’t miss the links at the top of this article.

If you wish to stay at a La Fortuna hotel that has hot springs on-site, you can choose the Springs Resort & Spa, the resident hotel of the Springs Resort Hot Springs. It’s important to note, however, that the Springs Resort & 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 Springs Resort 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 Springs Resort Hot Springs, please see the rating provided at the top of this article.

Springs Resort Hot Springs photo gallery

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

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