Everyone loves a good vacation. Especially for those living in cooler climates, the dream vacation often involves going to an island or some tropical country to enjoy a piece of paradise. The problem with many vacation destinations is that they’re very highly commercialized, and you don’t necessarily get to experience the area in which you’re vacationing.
That might be OK for some people, but if you’re the kind of person who loves actually being in nature, then there is some good news you may not have heard before. While standard resorts are popping up everywhere and are becoming quite cliché, many vacationers are looking for a more “natural” vacation experience. As a result, there are also vacation spots popping up (or simply being discovered more) that fill that need.
What is sustainable tourism?
The term for that is “sustainable tourism”. Basically that means the vacation spot has a very low impact on the environment and surrounding culture, and they also work towards providing jobs for the local people. The point is to grow tourism in such a way that benefits both the environment and the people.
Sustainable tourism in Costa Rica
Costa Rica tourism companies have actually been using sustainable practices for quite some time. There are many small resorts and activity companies that have been around for a while, but now the rest of the world is starting to notice. The Caribbean area, for example, is trying to learn from Costa Rica’s practices to make their tourism more sustainable.
Many lodges and bungalows have been built with extremely low impact on the surroundings. They’re doing it that way not only to help preserve the gorgeous landscape of Costa Rica, but they’ve also realized that there’s a demand for that type of vacation. A lot of people just don’t want to visit large, commercial resorts that don’t really let you experience Costa Rica.
What can you do in Costa Rica?
There’s more to do than you might realize if you’re considering a Costa Rican vacation that’s both memorable and sustainable:
- There are many non-resort hotels, lodges, and bungalows to find and book that follow sustainable practices. Some mention it on their websites, but for others you may be able to tell by their photos.
- There are many adventure travel companies that can give you some exciting thrills. You’ll find zip lines, ropes courses, hiking, nature tours, and more ways to see the beautiful tropical landscape.
- You’ll also find many nature reserves and non-commercialized beaches to see how nature really intends for them to be.
- If water is your thing, you’ll find places to surf, snorkel in pristine water, and go rafting on Costa Rica’s awesome rivers.
So as you’re planning your next vacation, consider Costa Rica! You can feel good about your contribution to a healthier earth while enjoying some gorgeous scenery and having a really good time. You don’t have to participate in the highly commercialized, not-really-native resort lifestyle. You’ll get your real tropical paradise fix, and you’ll help save the earth at the same time!
Heather B loves to travel and she is always interested in sharing her travel advice with others.