• Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
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Find your bliss with a classic Costa Rican experience that combines a seismic dose of adventure and relaxation! On this full-day trip from San Jose, visit the very active Arenal Volcano and explore its base with a guided nature hike. Then, unwind with a soak in a variety of geothermal pools at the luxurious Tabacón hot springs. The tour also includes a stop at the artisan town of Sarchí, plus delicious lunch and dinner.


  • Day trip from San Jose to Arenal Volcano and the Tabacón hot springs
  • Shop for locally made wood and leather crafts in the town of Sarchí
  • Enjoy views of Arenal while you eat lunch in La Fortuna
  • Look for lava, take photos of the volcano and admire Lake Arenal at Arenal 1968
  • Try out all the thermal pools, from warm to hot to really hot, at Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort
  • Lunch and dinner included
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people

What You Can Expect

Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

Enjoy the naturally heated pools at the hot springs!

Discover why so many visitors flock to Arenal to relax and soak up the majestic scenery. Your full-day tour begins with early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel in a comfortable minivan. After a 35-minute drive, stop briefly in the artisan town of Sarchí, where craftspeople have been making traditional, brightly-painted wooden oxcarts for generations. 

Continue on another 2.5 hours to the town of La Fortuna, where you’ll enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch at a local restaurant with stellar views of the nearby Arenal Volcano. Next, get ready for adventure as you head to Arenal Volcano National Park for a hike around the base of the volcanic cone. You’ll trek along a trail system known as Mirador Arenal 1968, named for the last year that the volcano experienced a major eruption. 

Arenal is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere and emits a steady stream of smoke and lava from its sputtering crater. Rest assured that trails are carefully screened for visitor safety. Throughout your hike, take in different perspectives of the majestic peak and learn about the area’s geologic history. 

Next, it’s time to unwind at the renowned Tabacón hot springs and resort. Spend the afternoon soaking in natural thermal pools that range from 77 to 102°F (25 to 38°C). You’ll find small secluded pools and larger lagoons with cascading waterfalls, all surrounded by lush tropical scenery. Enjoy about 3.5 hours of leisure time at the spa.

When it’s time for dinner, enjoy a tasty buffet dinner at the resort and soak up the romantic atmosphere of steam rising from the pools and views of the nearby volcano under a starry sky. Sit back and relax into your newfound bliss on the return drive to San Jose, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Estellaleigh F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Not the greatest tour to take if seeing a volcano is important. The lookout point not close to the volcano and the day that we were there visibility was cloud covered. But Tubacon Hot Springs was a home run. Absolutely pristine and beautiful, highly professional staff, next time I will stay at the resort for a day or two to completely enjoy the experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Max guide and Ricardo driver were great and very personable. The timing for each stop on the tour was enough for each destination. The lunch and dinner were better than I expected. Don't forget your bathing suit and bring flip flops or water shoes for the hot springs since some of the pools have uneven ground. Towels and locker rentals are included at the hot springs. A piece of advice though about the hotel pickups, ask in advance for the name of your guide and driver since the Hotel Aurola pick up point had multiple tour companies picking up guests at the same time.

Joanna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour exceeded our expectations despite the overcast day preventing good views of Arenal. Our guide, Hugo, was knowledgeable, humorous and patient. He dealt skillfully with the various personalities on the tour—an impressive feat! The hot springs at Tabacon were breathtaking. All in all a very good value


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I read all the other reviews before signing up and they were all right on. Pick up at the hotel was on time, long drive to volcano but so worth it. Then to Tabacon Springs which was the most beautiful place Ive been...even Hawaii. Food was great, above expectations. Guide was great. Just be prepared for a long day and many hours on a bus, but worth it.

Cheston R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour was great. Arsenal volcano was incredible to see with the perfect volcano shape. Tabacon springs was so relaxing. It was nice relaxing in the hot springs, surrounded by nature. Both lunch and dinner were excellent: very high quality and tasty. I really enjoyed this excursion, and highly recommend it.

Tamela L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was excellent! I highly recommend it. The food was great that was served for all meals. The tour guides where very professional and knowledgable about all things Costa Rica. Tobacan Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano where amazing. We had 30 minutes to go shopping, but I wish that could've lasted longer. Overall, it was perfect!

Briana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The views the host and the excursion was so wonderful and I'm VERY PICKY ! I highly recommended!

Briana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was amazing our host was amazing the food was amazing I highly recommend !!! PURA ViDA !

Haynes M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This is the 4th time I've been on this tour i do it mainly for the Hot Springs at the Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, the rest of the trip is nice and after a day of sightseeing and relaxing in the Hot Springs and a large Buffet Dinner it's nice not to have to do anything but rest in the tour bus back to your hotel - Both the tour guide Marcos and the driver Jose were profession, fun and safe

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