Visiting La Fortuna
In February, Matt, Skye, and I spent three weeks in Costa Rica. During our three week adventure, we spent a few days in La Fortuna. This was the worst part of our trip. It rained the entire time!
It was too foggy and cloudy to see Arenal volcano, which is the main reason we went to La Fortuna. The hotels were overpriced and lower in quality compared to the other parts of the country. Most of the hiking and outdoor activities were just not as appealing with all of the rain.
Despite this, we found a diamond in the rough weather.
On the last day of our stay, we went to Baldi Hot Springs. This was truly a paradise. La Fortuna is known for it’s hot springs. So we went to one of those travel centers to see if we could get a good deal to visit one of the resorts. When we spoke with the woman, she recommended Baldi. Although there were other resorts that were more luxurious, according to her, Baldi had the perfect combination of luxury and warm water temperatures for their hot springs. So Baldi it was! By buying through the travel center, we got $10 off each ticket.
What are hot springs?
Hot springs are a gift from nature. They are located in certain locations all over the world. In general, a hot spring is a spring of water naturally heated by the Earth’s crust. These waters are usually high in minerals and have been know for 1000’s of years for their healing effect on the body. Some even call hot springs the fountain of youth. They’ve been said to heal everything from skin disorders to arthritis. My own experience is that they detox and energize my body. They also soften my skin in ways that nothing else ever has. So I was totally looking forward to this part of our trip.
Spending the Day at Baldi
We arrived at Baldi first thing in the morning. We were planning to drive back to Ringle Resort that evening so we wanted to enjoy as much time at the hot springs as possible.
We checked in at the front desk. They gave us these sexy arm bands we had to wear the entire time.
Once we were all checked in, we went to the locker room. It has a place we could change, some lockers, and towels we could rent for a $10 deposit that was returned once you returned the towel. It was raining so we did get a couple of towels. We stuffed all of our stuff in the locker and proceeded to the hot springs.
The resort is so big that we got a little lost on our way to the hot springs section. We eventually found it with the help of some of the grounds employees. It was beautiful! And the best part was we had the hot springs to ourselves because it was so early in the morning. The heat from the springs more than made up for the light rain dripping over our heads. As soon as my toe touched the warm water, I knew I could stay there all day.
Different sections of the hot springs had different temperatures. I looked for the warmest temp which happened to be right by the bar. It was awesome!
Skye seemed to enjoy the hot springs as long as one of us held her. She did not want to get down into the water. And she didn’t want to go near any of the waterfalls. Matt, being the great hubby he is, held on to her most of the time so i could relax and soak in the minerals.
At times, the water got a little too warm for me so I climbed up on this bend behind the waterfall and felt immense gratitude for this experience. As soon as I felt up to it, I jumped in the water again.
Lunch at Baldi
After a beautiful experience in the hot springs, we went to lunch. One meal was included in our tickets. Because the resort seemed nice in every other way, we had high expectations for lunch. We were quite disappointed.
First, we were told our attire was inappropriate for lunch. Although the restaurant is right in the middle of the pool and hot springs area, Matt had to go get dressed before eating. So I sat down, and waited to be served. I watched everyone else get served around me, even people who sat down after me. I eventually had to call the server over and ask for service. He reluctantly went to get our drinks and never returned. Eventually another server greeted me and served the table. Not sure what the problem was, but even the second waiter gave sub par service.
I ordered fish for Matthew and a veggie sandwich for myself. They were out of a few things on the menu, even though lunch started only 15 minutes ago. The veggie sandwich was horrific. And the fish was the worst we had during our entire stay. The veggie sandwich was the same grilled mixed vegetables Matt had with his fish. They served it with lettuce, tomato, and pickles. It was awful. The worst veggie sandwich I ever had.
Everything was great about our Baldi experience except for the food. I sure hope they serve the guests staying at the resort better food than this.
Overall, I felt the experience was well worth the money. In total, we spent about 4 hours at the hot springs. We left a little after 1 p.m. If it wasn’t for Baldi Hot Springs, our La Fortuna and Arenal experience would have been a huge disappointment. We had a great time.
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