Tourist Attraction Review: EcoTermales


Hello! Two posts ago I wrote a review of Los Lagos hot springs just outside of La Fortuna, so I thought that I’d add another review of a different hot springs in the same area. We went to EcoTermales right around the same time, so although it was admittedly a few months ago, I’m pretty sure you’d have a similar experience today or any other day.

We went on a Thursday afternoon with my family when they were visiting. I think that the timing was the key, and that made all the difference. You generally have to call and reserve a place at EcoTermales so that things don’t get too crowded. I suppose you can just show up and try your luck and if they don’t let you in, Baldí is literally across the street (and yes, I know what literally means…it’s literally across the street). Places like Baldí are actually the reason we wanted to try EcoTermales, though, since the couple of times I’d been to Baldí it was always quite crowded, and the scene was always a bit noisier and touristy, which isn’t as conducive for relaxation.


Angela, Costa Rica Outsider’s resident Hot Springs Model.

EcoTermales is a nice contrast to that, though. You reserve a 4-hour spot for your group. There are 3 “shifts” per day, so we chose the second one, from 1-5 pm. The cost is a bit higher than other hot springs, but there are “discounts” for residents or citizens of Costa Rica. That’s good for us, but it’s hard not to interpret that as price gouging for foreigners, including my family, so that was a bit of a bummer. But there aren’t as many extra small costs as in other places, since EcoTermales includes a locker and towel with your entry.

When we got there, there were very few people in the pools,maybe a dozen at most. There are fewer pools here than at Los Lagos and other hot springs, and it’s quite tiny in comparison with some of the giant ones, but since there are drastically fewer people, that’s not really an issue. The temperatures in the pools are good, although perhaps a bit too hot in some of them if you’re looking to sit for more than a few minutes without harming your future chances of procreation.


Even Baby Will enjoyed it! (That’s his enjoyment face.) Here he’s with his grandma and his aunt Di.

We didn’t stay for dinner since the timing was weird, but we had heard that the food was good. The drinks that my family tried were good, although quickly drunk. Right near the end of our time there was a rainstorm, but at that point we’d already left the pools. That’s too bad, since rainstorms in hot springs can be an excellent experience. It’s the closest thing we have here to riding out a snow storm while sitting in a hot tub.

All in all, we’d definitely go back, and we’d probably try the food if possible, since so many places in nearby La Fortuna are getting to be really overpriced anyhow.

What about you? Have you been to this place or any other hot springs in La Fortuna or other parts of Costa Rica? How were your experiences?

Thanks for reading!


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