Ecotourism is defined as responsible travel to natural places. A new global movement that's about conserving the environment and sustaining the well-being of the local people.
Complex problems combined with challenging cultural and social conditions make change a gradual process at best. While immediate action can delay or prevent some of the direct consequences of deforestation, the true cornerstones of change are education and consciousness-raising. Green Hotels of Costa Rica wants to make its contribution to reversing this destructive cycle. Not only do we wish to offer a great vacation experience, but also to make our hotels a model for the local community -- helping people in our own area understand how conservation can improve their lives without negatively effecting their economic needs.
Green Hotels of Costa Rica supports a 30-acre Wildlife Refuge at Si Como No, and the Private Biological Reserve next to Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel. The Nature Refuge of Fincas Naturales features a multi-level Butterfly and Aquatic Tropical Gardens, Aquatic Amphibian Gardens, Nocturnal Walk, and both hotels include user-friendly nature trails interpreted by qualified naturalists on staff. The exhibits are considered some of the most unique in Costa Rica.
Snorkeling in San Juanillo
Playa San Juanillo is actually a series of small, mostly protected coves. The primary cove is a classic picture of colorful local fishing boats (pangas) protected by a rim of rocks and reef. Here the water is calmer than most other beaches on the entire peninsula. This makes for very pleasant swimming and much better snorkeling than many places on The Pacific Coast