Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs

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Gray Line Bus that we took from San Jose to Arenal

This morning we had to meet the Gray line tour bus to go to Arenal at 8:30am. They were picking us up at a different hotel so we had to get everything ready. It was a good time to get up and get going. Everything was easy to pack up since I didn't really unpack too much from yesterday. I brought one big backpack and a small side bag. My friend who dropped me off at the airport and then Atiba both commented on how little I was taking. I had been planning for weeks on what I was going to take so the transporting part wouldn't be difficult.

On the bus ride, there were people from the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Brazil and other places. The tour guide explained things in English and Spanish which was good since I realized there were some things I could pick up and understand in Spanish.

View of Arenal at first rest stop
The bus ride was 3 hours long. We stopped at one place where there were a bunch of souvenir shops and it was also a great view of Arenal. I tried to listen to the guide about the "important" tourist things in Costa Rica. But I was busy trying to take pictures through the bus window and not getting sick from the twisty roads.

For lunch we stopped at Arenal Volcano Inn and it was a delicious buffet of chicken, beef, pasta, yuca, rice, beans and plantains. I took a few more pictures of the gorgeous vegetation and we were then on our way to the HOT SPRINGS!! Unfortunately, it was cloudy and we couldn't see the top of the volcano but the Tabacon Hot Springs made up for the disappointment. These are natural hot springs but it was definitely set up as a tourist spot. There was a gift shop, lockers, towels, swim up bar and paths through the forest for different access to the hot springs.

Tabacon Hot Springs
There was even a wedding happening when we were there!

The average temperature of the hot springs was around 105 degrees fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius). It was so beautiful with all of the waterfalls, plus the temperature of the water. Since we were on the tour we were given 3 hours to wander around the hot springs and to get ready for dinner. They also had a restaurant at the hot springs that was delicious! There was a pasta bar, a wide arrangement of fruit, salads and meats. Everyone was so nice including the tour guides, the staff at the Arenal Volcano Inn and the Tabacon Hot Springs.

After dinner, Atiba and I were dropped off at the Arenal Volcano Inn since we were staying there for the night. There were only 5 other people staying in the area from a group of 30. Everyone else had a 3 hour trip back to San Jose. I was glad that we were staying put for the night. I don't think I could have handled another 3 hour bus trip in one day!

We checked into our little cottage at the Inn and went to the restaurant bar to have a drink and listen to live music. It was very relaxing....just what a vacation should be =)

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Gray Line Bus that we took from Sa…
Gray Line Bus that we took from S…
View of Arenal at first rest stop
View of Arenal at first rest stop
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
View of Arenal from first rest stop
View of Arenal from first rest stop
First rest stop
First rest stop
First rest stop
First rest stop
First rest stop and my enthused na…
First rest stop and my enthused n…
Taken through bus window, not sure…
Taken through bus window, not sur…
Plant at Arenal Volcano Inn
Plant at Arenal Volcano Inn
Tree at Arenal Volcano Inn
Tree at Arenal Volcano Inn
Atiba and I outside the restaurant…
Atiba and I outside the restauran…
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Wonderful display of dessert!Tabac…
Wonderful display of dessert!Taba…
Arenal Volcano Inn - our hotel ro…
Arenal Volcano Inn - our hotel "r…
Arenal Volcano Inn
Arenal Volcano Inn
Bus ride to Arenal
Bus ride to Arenal
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal
photo by: anlis