Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically friendly destinations in the world with their focus on sustainable tourism and green hotels. If you’re heading to the land of rainforests, make sure you have these eco travel tips in mind when planning your next vacation.
Costa Rica boasts its own Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (CST, or Five Leaf Program) that sets the bar high for hotels looking to get the coveted 5 leaf rating. More than 100 hotels are currently leaf rated, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star luxury resorts. The program measures how
well the accommodation meshes with the nature around it and how it integrates with the local economy and society. Here are
our suggestions for hotels in Costa Rica.
Along with the leaf ratings, much of the charm of Costa Rica is the fact that you can purchase just about anything locally. From locally owned and operated hotels to citizen-run tour agencies, you can make sure your money stays in the pockets of the people of Costa Rica by choosing your hotel
and activities carefully. While there are several big chains to eat at while there, take a moment to discover homegrown food at a local restaurant, or “soda”.
One of the ways that many businesses are keeping it local and green is to participate in the sustainable farming movement. Whether it be coffee plantations and their mixed-use land or smaller restaurants growing their own produce, people are putting forth the effort into minimizing the
effects of bringing in food from an outside source. What you get is an incredibly green, super fresh, local product with a minimal carbon footprint that employs local farmers and agricultural workers.
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Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.Follow Erica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus.
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