Jacumba Hot Springs Resort & Spa - Hot Springs in California


What did influence the destiny of the town?

The West Coast is an area of high population density and is located on the Ring of Fire, so there are several spa towns nearby.

Meanwhile, some places became ghost towns.


It is said to be currently closed. Please consider visiting based on the latest local information.

The U.S.-Mexico border

The closest hot springs to the U.S.-Mexico border must be Langford, but the second closest may be Jacumba Hot Springs.

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At Jacumba, there used to be no barriers between the U.S. and Mexico, and people could come and go as they pleased.

U.S.-Mexico Border

Anthony Albright - U.S.-Mexico Border (2017) CC BY-SA 2.0

However, the number of drug-related smuggling and illegal immigrant had increased.

In 1995, the border was barricaded, and it dictated the city’s destiny of the continuous downfall.

During World War II, Jacumba Hot Springs had been a world-famous spa town, but it lost out to cities more closely to Los Angeles like Desert Hot Springs.

Lukewarm water for summer

When I visited there, there was no cell phone reception from the U.S., and my cell phone was connected to Mexican carriers.


This motel is the only facility that opens.


The indoor bath is a Jacuzzi.


From the very beginning, I do not like a Jacuzzi.

It looks like a kind of washing machine; I am not willing to soak in it after someone's soak.

Outdoor Pool1

The water in the tub looks contaminated like that in a washing machine.

Outdoor Pool2

There are two pools outside, and free-flowing water is provided to them.

It looks like just a swimming pool.
But water is geothermally heated.
Outdoor Pool3

The temperature of the source is tepid (around 100 degrees F), and it is additionally chilled in the huge pools.

Another Pool 01

The water has clear and smells of rotten eggs.

Water Outlet

Generally, people in the United States recognize the sulfur smell as a bad odor, so one of the reasons for the town’s downfall seems to be the smell.

However, I feel regret for seemingly making little effort to emphasize the characteristic of the water.


Jacumba Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Jacumba Hot Springs, California, U.S.

My rating

Type: Lodging

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 100 degrees F

Official website

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It is a 50-minute drive from Jacumba to the country park.

Agua Caliente County Park
Agua Caliente County Park

Unfortunately, the water was badly chlorinated.

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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