Arenal Things to Do

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    Tabacon Hot Springs

    by grets Written Aug 20, 2004

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    Very touristy, but worth a visit all the same.

    Tabacon is a colonial style resort hotel, spa and restaurant built around the Tabacon Hot Springs.

    The pools are fed by a magma-boiled underground river, and there are many small pools where you can escape the crowds. It has been kept mostly natural up-stream, and I would recommend sandals for walking as the paths are uneven and the bottom of some of the pools is quite rough.

    Five large pools, with tiled slides, a hot waterfall which you can sit underneath, and swim-up bar where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail. The water ranges in temperature from 27 to 39 degrees C, and from personal experience I would recommend not going in the hottest one if you are sunburnt!

    A very busy restaurant, lockers and showers complete the picture. You can pay extra to enjoy a massage or mud pack.

    According to vulcanoligts, there is a risk of future hot avalances, such as the one in 1975.

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    Volcano, of course

    by yelli Written Aug 3, 2004

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    The main draw of this part of the country is the very active volcano. You can see chunks of glowing rock tumbling down the slope about every night. During the day, you'll just hear a rumbling and see some dust fall. One thing I didnt expect to hear is that lava doesnt really come out of this volcano, just the rocks and lots of smoke and dust. From La Fortuna, the volcano and the mountains beside it are impressive backdrops. Make sure that you'll be in the town in the morning, especially if you're there during the green season, because it can cloud over in the afternoon.

    Arenal and smoke from the lake
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    Hanging Bridges

    by doogienj Written May 22, 2004

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    The hanging bridges is a series of bridges that are suspended in the rain forest of area or vegetation or creeks. Some of the bridges are 80 meters long, and a good 30-40 meters above the ground.

    The bridges are connected with a walking trail which is narrow enought that you cannot walk next to each other. Being in the rain forest and hearing everthing was pretty amazing. I did not really see too many animals. If you do this, make sure to do it with a guide, wear proper hiking shoes, and bring water to drink, as it's pretty hot and extremely humid.

    I made a big mistake and did this walk alone, and in my boat shoes. If I would to it again, it would do it with a group and guide. I have a huge snake fobia. And I thought every sound, branch and root was one of the 136 species of snakes.

    I almost ran the last 1/2 to get out, and was very happy to see my car. And I didn't see any snakes:)

    Hanging Bridge
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    Tabacon Hot Springs

    by doogienj Written May 3, 2004

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    If you visit Arenal, you must go to the Tabacon hot springs. The admission is free if you stay at the Tabacon restort. It's open from 8M-10P. The first two hours each day is only for resort guest.

    The springs has a main pool which is very warm with a wicked fast water slide, and a swim-up bar and tables.

    The hot springs consists of a series of waterfalls and pools that are natrually heated by the volcano. The best one might be on the other side of the bridge right across the dressing rooms.

    On the grounds you will also find a gift store, restaurant for lunch and dinner, and a full service spa. Yoga classes are also offered.

    Hot springs waterfall
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  • Thermal springs complex

    by Spudzinabag Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    The Tabacon hot springs complex is set in lush gardens at the foot of Arenal Vlocano. The springs are fed by several naturally magma heated mountain streams. You can take a dip in several natural and man made jacuzzis and streams. Temperatures vary, the warmest of streams about 40 degrees. Afterwards unwind with a massage or rehydrate/dehydrate at one of the poolside bars

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    The sounds are unbelievable

    by Matt420 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    This is a waterfall located at the Mt. Arenal Observitory Hotel. With only about a 20 minute hike from the main lobby through the rain forest and down a single lane train, you will end up at a beautiful waterfall. The sound of the water is LOUD which makes it even more enjoyable. Along the trail, we were able to see a couple of monkeys and a lot of tropical birds.

    Rainforest Waterfall
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    German Bakery

    by GracesTrips Written Dec 28, 2014

    Odd to find a German Bakery in Costa Rica. So, we had a look. Ordered a pastry and went on our way.

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    Hot Springs

    by amybrooke Written Mar 12, 2006

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    This for me was better at night. I went during both day and night, but thought it was more enjoyable at night with the volcano erupting in the pretty red.

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    Horse Ride

    by amybrooke Written Mar 12, 2006

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    We took a horse ride up to Lake Fortuna to see the waterfalls. This is a picture of two locals we passed on the way up.

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    Roman Catholic Church

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 28, 2004

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    About 15 minutes away from the Eco-Lodge is the town of Tilaran. This beautiful church is located right in the center of the town, in the town square.

    Catholic Church, Tilaran, Costa Rica
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    How can plants grow this big!?

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 5, 2004

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    So much of what we saw here amazed us! It was incredible to see many of our houseplants living in their natural environment, and to realize how big they can really get, given the perfect conditions.

    Huge Plants in the Rainforest, Costa Rica
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