Costa Rica’s been a leading country in sustainable efforts for years now, and there is no exception when it comes to green tourism. There are tons of great eco-friendly resorts to stay at, but there are 5 crucial things you should keep in mind when choosing the best eco resort in Costa Rica.
5 Things To Look For When Choosing The Best Eco Resort In Costa Rica
1. Eco-Friendly Adventures In The Jungle
Traveling through Costa Rica means at least two things: adventure and nature. Exploring Costa Rica’s abundant nature is an absolute must, but the environment can suffer serious consequences if tour groups aren’t responsible. The best eco resort in Costa Rica will have a plethora of eco tours for you to chose from.
The Goddess Garden has developed tons of great connections with local tour facilitators that operate in a responsible way and make a minimal impact on the environment. You can choose from a lengthy list of options, including, visiting the BriBri Indigenous Reserve, trying your hand at sea and river kayaking, or soaring through the treetops on a rainforest canopy adventure.
2. Designed For Minimal Impact
The best eco resort in Costa Rica should be designed in a way that will make a minimal impact on the community. From choosing organic spa treatments to shopping local produce, the design and functionality of an eco resort should have the environment and community in mind.
At the Goddess Garden, we’ve made every effort to reduce our impact on the environment since the very beginning. We constructed our resort across 14 acres using natural clearings in the forest. The water in each of our rooms is heated by solar panels to cut down the use of electricity, and our Ayurvedic cuisine is made from organic, local ingredients that are both fresh, and supportive of the local economy.
3. Provide Safe Wildlife Encounters
Just like adventuring through the jungle, experiencing wildlife up close is another Costa Rican essential. Did you know Costa Rica is home to over 500,000 species? Biodiversity is packed into every square inch of this country.
While Costa Rica has set up laws and guidelines to protect the creatures that call this country home, it doesn’t mean every tour group operates in a way that keeps the animals safe.
It is still 100% possible to have life-changing encounters with whales, sloths, monkeys and so much more, but only with the right company. The best eco resort in Costa Rica should have a wealth of knowledge and connections to help you embrace wildlife in a way that benefits the creatures and you.
At The Goddess Garden, we love to connect our guests with the people and places needed to make their trip a success. One of our favorite places to experience the glorious rainforest, and some of its creepy crawlers, is the Vergua Rainforest research and adventure park, where guests can visit frog and reptile habitats. Another place beloved by guests is the local Sloth Sanctuary. This sanctuary was among the first to advocate for sloths and since 1992, they’ve been working hard to educate the public on these incredible creatures.
4. Work To Ensure Positive Relationships With Locals
Unfortunately, when a country sees a boost in tourism, the local people can often be the ones to suffer. Responsible tourism includes a focus on the way purchases affect the local economy, and the best eco resort in Costa Rica should work to build positive relationships with the locals.
Whether its hiring local staff, shopping from the community’s farmers or building relationships with responsible tour guides and animal sanctuaries, The Goddess Garden does all it can to be responsible members of society.
5. Educate Guests On The Importance Of Eco Responsibility
The best eco resort in Costa Rica will have ample amounts of knowledge to help you navigate your vacation in an environmentally responsible way. At The Goddess Garden, we always encourage our guests to appreciate the environment. Whether it’s meditating in our garden, or sipping coffee on a balcony surrounded by jungle, we’ve worked hard to create an oasis that inspires a love for Mother Earth.
If you’re headed to Costa Rica and want to stay at the best eco resort in Costa Rica, give The Goddess Garden a try!