I headed to Orosi Valley to check out the hot springs.
There were two places to swim in various pools at different temps
They were businesses and not natural hot springs.
But it only cost $3 to swim.
The problem for me was I arrived on a weekend and every kid within a 20 mile radius was there yelling and screaming. I didn't even bother.
I heard about some natural hot springs in the area along a river that I could hike to. It wasn't recommended because there was a chance of getting robbed.
I went anyway.
I fund the hot springs and there were some locals there. It was ackward at first but I told them I was on a motorcycle trip around the world and that broke the ice. After that, they invited me back to their house to party with them.
I found CR to be not dangerous at all. The people seem very friendly