Top 10 Costa Rica Eco Lodges

March 13, 2012 12:00 am(3 comments) Post a comment

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Lapa Rios: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Photo Credit: Courtesy Lapa Rios: Gregory Basco/Deep Green Photography

<p><strong>Why It's Green:</strong> Lapa R&iacute;os is the premier eco-lodge in Costa Rica. Along with providing top-notch, sustainable hospitality, the lodge's mission is to protect the 1,000 acres of forest in its private preserve edging Corcovado National Park. Its main weapon is education, through local school programs and community involvement. The lodge owners spearheaded the building of the local school and provide direct employment to more than 45 area families. Lapa R&iacute;os was the first area lodge to offer a free sustainability tour, highlighting innovative eco-friendly practices, including feeding organic waste to pigs to produce methane fuel. As a guest, you'll be thankful for the absence of motor noise&mdash;gardeners work exclusively with manual tools. </p><p><strong>Full Review:</strong> The most spectacular eco-resort in Costa Rica, Lapa R&iacute;os has won numerous awards for its mix of . . . <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/mexico-and-central-america/costa-rica/south-pacific-coast/review-30615.html">Read more.</a></p>

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  • villasplayasamara on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:54 PM

    Costa Rica is a one in a life time experience!

    When I stay in Costa Rica I always recommend Samara Beach and always stay a http://www.villasplayasamara.com

  • LuluMu on Apr 05, 2011 at 09:54 PM

    Interesting list and quite useful as we plan our third vacation to Costa Rica.  Based on our wonderful experiences in this magical country I must wholeheartedly agree with the inclusion of Lapa Rios and Si Como No but I must point out a few glaring omissions…  Selva Bananito Lodge (http://www.selvabananito.com), a hidden little gem.  Humble with rich in charm and with an impeccable five-leaf sustainability rating.  El Silencio Lodge & Spa (http://www.elsilenciolodge.com), another five-leaf property that perfectly combines luxurious wellness with the preservation of a pristine tropical forest.  And the Punta Islita hotel (http://www.hotelpuntaislita.com) where we were able to share meaningful exchanges with local artists thanks to their ground-breaking community art museum program.  Overall, it is exciting to learn about sustainable travel leaders in Costa Rica.  Thanks for the article!