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Travelling throughout Costa Rica on a budget? Don’t miss the free swimming hole and tarzan swing while in La Fortuna!
The swimming hole – otherwise known as “El Salto” – is located just outside the downtown core of La Fortuna. It takes only a few minutes to get to by taxi so the cost is inexpensive. The swimming hole is at a little clearing in a river (a clean river!) at the base of a small waterfall. It can be found under a bridge along the road from La Fortuna to San Ramon (upon exiting downtown La Fortuna, the route towards the La Fortuna waterfall). Driving on this road about 2-3 minutes from downtown La Fortuna you will pass the road (on your right) to the entrance to the La Fortuna Waterfall. Continue past this road (to not turn to the right) and about 50 meters after you will meet the small bridge.
Stop at the bridge and climb down the left side (a bit rocky, but not a difficult climb – total climb time is about 30 seconds) to arrive at the swimming hole. There are large rocks you can sit out on if you prefer not to swim, and there is a tarzan swing if you are daring enough to jump! Note: as you are driving on the road towards the bridge, if you pass the tour operating company “Arenal Mundo Aventura” on your right, you have gone too far.