Last Updated: Nov 29, 2014
Bubbling cauldrons of natural minerals revitalize your skin to that silky smooth texture and replenish your energy after a day of hiking, zip lining and exploring the wilds of Costa Rica. With over 200 volcanic formations, Costa Rica is a literal hotbed of relaxing mud baths, mineral pools, and thermal hot springs. The country’s hot springs are usually found within a few miles of an active volcano. Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja and the Miravalles Volcano are among the country’s most popular destinations for thermal soaks, boasting highly-rated hot springs, mud baths and spa facilities.
Resorts throughout Costa Rica have harnessed the restorative powers of volcanic hot springs, rerouting waters into luxurious facilities. Hot spring retreats boast lush grounds, landscaped gardens and pampering day spas. Visitors can enjoy mineral soaks in secluded pools of varying temperatures.
Arenal features more than ten different hot springs resorts. Each resort offers a different experience – Tabacon has a world famous thermal river, The Springs has thermal water highly concentrated with minerals, Baldi has more than 25 different pools and Ecotermales has hot springs hidden among the rainforest.
Hot springs form near active volcanoes in underground water tables close to lava and hot rocks. This spring water travels through the ground, often absorbing minerals before bursting to the surface. Homeopathy and traditional medicine suggest that soaking in minerals like bicarbonates, sodium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur can increase circulation and reduce high blood pressure, hypertension and skin infections , – plus the thermal waters feel really good.
Natural hot springs, or warm thermal pools located adjacent to cool-water rivers, are an option for adventurous travelers and hikers. Generally located within national parks or private reserves, these pools are rustic and offer few amenities. Most notable are those in Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Tenorio Volcano National Park. Miravalles Volcano offers fantastic mud baths, promising a natural salve for both skin and the soul. Horseback rides and hikes can be arranged to these secluded locations.