The 8 Best Things to Do in San Carlos, Costa Rica

November 3, 2017 Yuk Petri

Discover the best top things to do in San Carlos, Costa Rica including Puentes Colgantes del Arenal, Baldi Aqua Spa, Comunidad Agroecologica Juanilama, Hiller Aviation Museum, Termales Agua hermosa, Know Costa Rica, Cultour Costa Rica, Dr Paradise Hot Springs.
Restaurants in San Carlos

1. Puentes Colgantes del Arenal

La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica +506 2479 8282
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Puentes Colgantes del Arenal

Reviewed By WillieGNYC - NYC

Beautiful, wonderful, awesome.
OK we're done here.....
This is a 2-3 kilometer walk amongst a picturesque rainforest. There are 25 steel hanging Bridges each with their own setting the highest was over 40 meters high. And the largest span was over 120 feet. This was great exercise and a really beautiful setting. prices are about $35 per couple. Bring rain gear and good heavy soled walking shoes. They do not allow sandals nor open trekking shoes.
Pura Vida

2. Baldi Aqua Spa

Del Centro De La Fortuna 4 Km | Baldi Hot Springs Hotel Resort & Spa, San Carlos 83-6151, Costa Rica +506 2479 2190
Excellent
77%
Good
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Baldi Aqua Spa

Reviewed By astwith - england

I went to have a relaxation package at the spa which sits at the top of the thermal pools. We were taken up by a driver in a buggy.
once there we were welcomed and I could feel all the stress leave me . The Massage was one of the best I have ever had and the surroundings unsurpassed . The treatment room was a large area with its own waterfall and the products were wonderful, 2 hours of heaven. You can go just to the spa with out going to the pools but you need to ring and book so they know to expect you.

3. Comunidad Agroecologica Juanilama

Juanilama, San Carlos 814401, Costa Rica
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Comunidad Agroecologica Juanilama

Our community integrates the rural life style of Juanilama with several cultural, agricultural and nature related aspects. We offer our guests the opportunity to experience the routine of an authentic rural community through different tours and activities that have been designed to show the legacy of our culture, traditions, respect for nature and the hard labor of the country. We also offer lodging and Costarican style home cooking.

Reviewed By MarkChw - Grayslake, Illinois

They do not seem to get very many tourists here. Nobody speaks English. It is off the beaten path. We decided to take a little adventure and just show up here. This was one of the best moves. This was one of the most unique, authentic, and insightful tour we have ever been on in Costa Rica. This is not a touristy activity, but rather an immersion into a different culture.
We started the day walking through their reserve, and the waterfall was really nice and refreshing (wear your bathing suit). We saw toucans and several frogs. We then toured the community. Then we had some lunch at a local families place. The food and drinks were things we have never seen at any Soda in CR, but really good. We then went to a local artists house and they painted us a picture of the waterfall. Suprisingly, they didnt even want to charge us! We instead bought a few of their other crafts for sale and gave a tip. Next, We milked some cows (not the best), and saw how they make cheese.
This was a very interesting day, and for the 2 of us, they only charged us $100 (including the meal and painting). We would HIGHLY reccomend this tour to anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience you really have to go out of your way to find, but will not regret it at all.
Note: you need to know some Spanish. We are not fluent by any means, but were able to communicate enough to understand and converse with the people of this town, where NOBODY speaks English.

4. Hiller Aviation Museum

601 Skyway Rd, San Carlos 94070, Costa Rica +1 650-654-0200
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5 based on 3 reviews

A privately financed educational organization dedicated to restoring and preserving such artifacts of aviation as the B-29 Superfortress Bomber.

Reviewed By robertjb988 - Avenal

For people who love aviation history this is a must to see. The exhibits are real. It starts with early aviation history displays to modern ones. It is a very interesting place to take the whole family.

5. Termales Agua hermosa

Concepcion de la Palmera, San Carlos, Costa Rica +506 8376 6674
Excellent
51%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 8 reviews

Termales Agua hermosa

Reviewed By FabianVarela - San Ramon, Costa Rica

El lugar es muy bonito, lleno de naturaleza, tiene varias piscinas calientes y frías. El lugar tiene buen paqueo, lo único que es hay como kilómetro y medio de camino de piedra sin embargo los automóviles si pasan bien si van despacito. Es ideal para pasar un día en familia. Tiene ranchos con hamacas y con electricidad.

6. Know Costa Rica

Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Excellent
94%
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6%
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5 based on 15 reviews

Know Costa Rica

know Costa Rica has more than 10 years,is a travel agency that provides,hotels,tours,transportation at the best prices in the country of Costa Rica.

Reviewed By veraz - veraz

My personal opinion that your tour guides can make or break the whole experience on tours in Costa Rica. Javier definitely made our experience very memorable! We spent pretty much all day with him and went to the Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, had a great lunch at Casona Rio Fortuna, then went on a hike around Arenal Volcano, and finished the day off at Tabacon Springs. Javier was very good spotting all sorts of different animals: sloth, monkeys, eyelash vipers, tarantulas, numerous birds, etc. He has a degree in Biology and is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica flora and fauna. We also got a bonus Spanish lesson! Javier speaks great English, but we asked him to teach us a few key phrases in Spanish came in very handy through the rest of our trip in Costa Rica. He definitely adapted to our style and catered the tour to what we were looking for! He also helpful with picture taking as well. Definitely recommend!

7. Cultour Costa Rica

Zonafluca de la Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Excellent
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5 based on 9 reviews

Cultour Costa Rica

Reviewed By liesl2020 - California City, California

My family and I had the very unique and Private Costa Rican Experience Tour with this Beautiful family seatled in the Arenal Volcano La Fortuna. We arrived to their ancient and historical farm house that belong to an important expresident of Costa Rica named Rafael Iglesias (not the famous singer) green lushes, organic gardens the best safe view to the volcano and the clean river of La Fortuna, where we bath for a hot day! We shared a typical cooking class, made the gratest tortillas on a wooden stove, get fresh sugarcane juice from the Trapiche, an old sugar cane mill worked with real friendly oxen!!!! We took a ride in this expectacular wagon pulled by a tractor to the town between Beautiful plantation of yuca, papaya, banano, pinnaples and lichi trees. The tropical flowers and the friendly people along the road were amazing! They invited us to visit the middle school to see the children performing folcloric dances and we danced as well... at least we tried ! Also we visited a organic farm full of fruits and vegetables! There we had the best banana and pinnaples in Costs Rica, back to the Casona we have the Best home cooked lunch and the host family sang beautiful and happy songs. The perfect Pura Vida Experience Out Off the Beaten Path! Must Do It!

8. Dr Paradise Hot Springs

Del Super La Palmera 2 km al este | Junto a Termales Estrella, San Carlos, Costa Rica +506 2100 8821
Excellent
22%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 9 reviews

Dr Paradise Hot Springs

Reviewed By Adriana S - San Jose, Costa Rica

El lugar está bonito y me parece que la idea va por buen camino.
Para llegar hay que pasar una parte de calle de lastre y me parece que debería tener más señalización porque hay varias desviaciones que tienden a confundir.
Me parece que los temas deficientes en este momento son dos:
1. El pago con tarjeta, ya que básicamente solo aceptan efectivo porque el datáfono según nos indicaron tiene problemas.
2. La otra es la parte de alimentos y bebidas. En el bar húmedo solo hay bebidas alcohólicas y en la soda solamente dos tipos de gaseosas. Tienen comida rápida ( como 5 opciones) a buen precio, buen tamaño y sabor.
Las bebidas solamente las venden en estos dos lugares y quedan largo de gran parte de las piscinas, creo que deberían tener alguna opción más cercana al otro sector.

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