Costa Rica has adopted sustainability as a way of life as it holds the five percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity and 3.5 percent of its marine life.
Costa Ricans have the goal of being the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021.
In the hospitality industry some steps have been implement to significantly reduce waste, toxicity and resource consumption. Many hotels have developed programs in areas such as recycling, reforestation, and environmental education.
In today’s post you will find 5 Costa Rica’s Eco-Hotels to stay in while visiting this magnificent country.
This property was build in 2002 with as many indigenous plants as possible to attract and create a refuge for the animals. Over the next 15 years, it became home to a multitude of animals including sloths, armadillos, howler monkeys, kinkajous, parrots and toucans.
The owners of the hotel created a very interesting concept called; “Street Dogs” with the sole purpose of caring for homeless dogs and finding good homes for these sweet pups.
Santa Juana Lodge is located just a 60-minute adventure in a 4×4 vehicle from Manuel Antonio National Park.
The houses are located on natural hillside terraces and over the 85% of the lumber utilised came from farm grown Melina, Teak and Pine products.
Respect, honor, and protect the Magic of Nature are the core values of of Santa Juana Lodge’s community.
Some of the actions that the property is carrying out are;
- Protect native biodiversity through conservation and stewardship.
- Promote sustainable practices in hotel and tour operations
- Create local employment.
- Combine nature-based adventure with rural culture in guest engagements.
- Responsibly expand rural/agro tourism to support local micro-enterprises.
Copa De Arbol is situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park and is only accessible by boat. Because Copa De Arbol is located in such a remote area of Costa Rica it is an all-inclusive resort.
Every cabin was made by hand and maintain an indigenous Costa Rican architectural theme. In addition, all cabins are constructed using recycled materials and reforested wood.
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is located in Montezuma, directly on a white sand beach surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and jungle teeming with exotic wildlife.
In Ylang Ylang Restaurant they use fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients to create healthy meals. The resort offers a wide range of options including seafood, hormone-free chicken, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and sushi to suite any lifestyle.
Arenas Del Mar is located in Manuel Antonio in an 11-acre private rainforest reserve and it has direct beach access to Playitas Beach and Espadilla Beach.
This resort has sustainability in its DNA and made the conscious decision to get rid of all plastic water bottles. Moreover, they
have a hydroponic vegetable garden which grows food for some of their dishes. The hotel invests in green technology for example they use solar energy generated to heat water for the guests and staff rooms.
Have you ever visited Costa Rica? Did you know about the great existence of eco-hotels? Would you like to feel the experience and be fully engaged with the nature in one of them?
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