Baldi Hot Springs (Arenal Volcano) – Costa Rica

One of the many popular activities in Costa Rica is a trip to one of the hot springs resorts near the Arenal Volcano. After ziplining (which talked about last week) my tour continued on to give me a quick peak at the Arenal Volcano and then gave us some time to enjoy the Baldi Hot Springs Resort.

To be completely honest, this wasn’t my cup of tea. While the resort was very pretty, it’s a resort. It consists of a series of pools and swim-up bars sprawled out in the midst of lush tropical greenery and you have the freedom to wander and enjoy the various hot spring pools. However, because it’s a resort there is really no indication that these pools are heated by the nearby volcano and could just as easily have been heated with a standard heater. Additionally, it’s already quite warm in this area of Costa Rica so there wasn’t any pressing need to jump into 104 degree water as it was 90 degrees outside.

With that said, the buffet dinner we received was quite good – especially the design your own pasta dish station – and if you’re interested in a lazy relaxing day where you do nothing but chill out and enjoy a cocktail, this is a great place to do it. I just prefer a little more excitement, I suppose.

For those of you who like the idea of doing nothing, the video below will give you a quick view of Arenal Volcano and then a look at the Baldi Resort:



Poas Volcano – Costa Rica

Poas Volcano - Costa Rica
If you’re lucky, this will be your view of the crater at Poas Volcano in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is known for great views at a few of its volcanoes. Poas is one with a wonderful view of the crater (if you happen to be there when there isn’t complete cloud cover). After checking out the crater, you can also hike up through an awesome, fairy-tale-like path to the lake at even higher elevation than the crater.

Crater - Poas Volcano - Costa Rica
If you’re not lucky, you may see this (nothing but clouds).

If you want to see either the lake or the crater, however, you’d better cross your fingers. When I arrived at the crater I literally couldn’t see 3 feet in front of me because the clouds were so thick (see the pic above). We decided to hike up to the lake and it was the same there. We had some patience and stuck it out for about 20 minutes, however, and everything cleared and we were able to get some great views. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always clear and numerous people have told me that they never got to see anything at Poas. It’s definitely worth a quick trip if you have the time, but be prepared for it to be a bust if it’s not a clear day.

Crater - Poas Volcano - Costa Rica Crater - Poas Volcano - Costa Rica