Onsen Action in Florida
|The Original Fountain of Youth|
|The "Swimming Hole"|
burial ground in North America. For more of the history of the dives & the archeological content, check out Warm Mineral Springs. The spa does have quite the history far more than its founding back in the 1960's where it was turned into a spa. It's Ponce de Leon's original fountain of youth.
People from all over the world are known to make a pilgrimage here. There are fifty-one healing, nourishing, essential minerals in the lake that is far more highly concentrated than any other spring in America. The water even flows out the Gulf of Mexico by a river from the lake too & nourishes the ocean. There are numerous exercise classes from yoga to zumba. An excellent organic cafe, spa that offers treatment from pedicures to acupuncture, a shop that sells products made from the spring & of course a dip in the mineral springs is the big highlight for the many visitors daily to the springs. This place does have some amazing healing powers for sure. Just forget about what your brain has told you to think about things when visiting the place & let it go, really just let it go, it doesn't serve you here. Lead from the heart & turn on those senses that allow you to go deeper than what the mind is telling you. Go on, you can do it. Just take a dance and see where it goes.
I have been to the famous Spa World of Japan & I quite loved my time there. It was a wee bit pricier than the other onsens that I went to in Japan. It was fun tho cos it has either an Asian or European theme spa for the men or women. Yes, the bath houses are sex segregated in Japan and you must bath before going in. It's part of the culture. Just get over the fear, jump in & embrace it. It's my advise to the weary traveler. Also the Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica are also a favorite. Best advise it to take a day trip tour from San Jose up there because the cost is equal to the entry when you get there which doesn't include the lunch/dinner at the spa. If you go on your own, it's optional & more pricier.
It does cost $20 for the admission price at the Warm Mineral Springs and that includes a dip in the springs and all the exercise classes for the day. Don't be alarm if English isn't the first language you hear because North Port is a rich Slavic community in Florida that you will hear different dialectics at the spa. They do feature perigios at the cafe as an entree too. It really is an European style spa for sure. The admission price doesn't include the treatment or food at the cafe. However, the cafe has excellent wheatgrass shots & a flowerless chocolate torte cake, that screams yum after a day at the spa. But really, does the cost of things will make you be more happy than you are actually are, not necessarily. Just be happy & embrace the present moment on what it has. Your on an adventure here & your doing something good for yourself. Like Buddha said "happiness is our birthright" go on & remind yourself to make that happen more in your life. A spa day is definitely an amazing experience. Just remember "money can't buy your love", like the Beatles said. Go on & have an amazing time & enjoy your journey.