The Senda Monteverde Hotel is a new sustainable hotel located outside Monteverde Cloud Forest on Costa Rica’s continental divide. A modern design, local artwork, and cozy nooks paired with the cool mountain air make the Senda experience one of a kind. Area Activities A hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest with a naturalist guide is a […]
The Tabacon Grand Spa Resort offers spectacular views of the 5,000-foot volcano and natural, therapeutic hot springs and pools that meander through one of the most exotic gardens in the world.
Located on over 65 acres of land with miles of foot trails for exploration, Arenal Kioro boasts some of the best views in all of Arenal.
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa is a deluxe hot springs boutique hotel at Arenal Volcano, with three restaurants, three pools, a spa, and a yoga deck on-site.
Arenas Del Mar is a beachfront luxury boutique hotel near Manuel Antonio with rooms surrounded by tropical rainforest.
Sitting above the Pacific Coastline, The Parador Boutique Resort sits on 12 acres of rainforest just minutes from the country’s best beaches and the little and lovely Manuel Antonio National Park.
Aguila de Osa Inn is located on the Osa Peninsula, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Aguitas River with panoramic views of Drake Bay.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is an award winning, luxury eco lodge situated within a remote, private rainforest preserve where the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean meet.
Private cabins combine with dramatic Jurassic scenery and abundant wildlife on the Gulfo Dulce at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.
Playa Cativo Lodge is an 18-room little hideaway in the Osa Peninsula region, one of the most unique and secluded destinations in Costa Rica. Looking out over the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce and surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, this boutique beachfront hotel is set on over 1,000 acres of private rainforest, leaving plenty of room […]
Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is an eco-luxury beachfront resort set on 70 acres of untouched rainforest reserve.
Crocodile Bay Sportfishing & Eco Resort is nestled in the rainforest, on the edge of the Golfo Dulce bordering Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. This region is celebrated as the most biologically intense place on earth. It is here, where luxury runs wild, that you will finally be able to slow down to the speed […]
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park.
El Silencio Lodge and Spa is a planet-friendly sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness.
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, set within the peaceful Los Angeles Cloud Forest, offers the authentic charm of Costa Rican traditions preserved from the turn of the century
Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is the most upscale lodge in Monteverde, located just 15 minutes from the cloud forest.
Located in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, Rancho Naturalista is a birding paradise, where Chachalacas, Collared Aracaris, and even the Rufous Motmot can be seen right from your balcony.
With over 500 acres of tropical rainforest, at Selva Verde Lodge there are unparalleled chances for up close and personal encounters with nature.
Tortuga Lodge is situated on 146 acres of private land bordering Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s northeast Caribbean coast.
Laguna Lodge is a rain forest ecotourism lodge located on a narrow strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the Tortuguero Lagoon.
Featuring 153 deluxe rooms, 3 restaurants, and 2 cascading outdoor pools, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort begs to be discovered.
Surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of tropical forest with a superb white sand beach and a championship 18-hole golf course, the Westin Playa Conchal Resort is the largest and most sophisticated All-Inclusive Resort in Costa Rica.
El Mangroove Hotel, a luxury hotel in Guanacaste, covers 17 acres and rests along 150 meters of beach front.
Hotel Capitan Suizo is a gem and an unbeatable choice for those travelers looking for a combination of relaxation and activity.
Hotel Borinquen offers beautiful and private villas and bungalows with a rustic design yet modern amenities.
Hotel Punta Islita is the perfect romantic hideaway situated on a cliff overlooking the stunning Pacific.
Harmony Hotel, located just off Guiones Beach, is a perfectly rustic wellness retreat.
Latitude 10 Resort leaves nothing to be desired as it merges luxury and elegance in natural setting.
Lagarta Lodge is nestled within a private nature reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula between two rivers, sandy beaches, and a lush forest with mangrove trees.
Isla Chiquita Glamping Resort is the only glamping resort in Costa Rica. This brand new resort offers the unique experience of camping on an island in luxury!
Experience authentic Costa Rica in the mountainous southern highlands of Costa Rica at an eco lodge off the beaten path.
This boutique hotel features 25 rooms decorated with an angel theme including stained glass windows and lampshades, carved wood details, tile mosaics and other artistic touches. Located about 4.5 miles south of Dominical Beach on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Cuna del Angel Hotel is set inland and up from the beach with easy […]
La Cusinga Lodge is a rainforest eco lodge set up from the beach offering guests sweeping views of the South Pacific Coast. A steep trail leads guests through the rain forest down to the very private Acro Beach. An excellent restaurant serves meals in a family style setting. Yoga is offered on a regular schedule and […]
Tropical victorian architecture and gourmet dining make Hotel Grano de Oro a highlight in the San Jose & Central Valley region.
Finca Rosa Blanca is a beautiful family-owned coffee and art hotel in Heredia, outside of San Jose, renowned for its on-site coffee plantation. This boutique hotel is a charmer, especially when you notice its local touches. From the artisan crafts and murals in each suite to the bracelets in the gift shop, Finca Rosa Blanca is a comprehensive […]
The Courtyard Marriott Alajuela is ideally located just 5 minutes from the San Jose international airport.
Located in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on the Caribbean Coast, Almonds and Corals Tent Camp is a unique destination. Staying at Almonds and Corals hotel offers you the opportunity to get a feeling of the jungle while having luxury accommodations in the middle of the wild rainforest. Almonds and Corals Hotel calls […]
If you want to really feel the rhythms of the natural world, Selva Bananito is the perfect getaway.
A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Pacuare Lodge is one of the top eco lodge adventures in Costa Rica. This is more than just a lodge or a rafting trip, this is an experience. Just getting there is an adventure – many guests visit as part of a multiple day rafting trip on […]
Rios Tropicales Lodge is your Costa Rica adventure vacation hot spot. The lodge is located deep in the rainforest, with native wood furnishings, open-air pavilions, thatched roofs, and comfortable hammocks. Rios Tropicales Lodge was the first eco-lodge built on the Pacuare River and is currently the only one powered with hydro-energy. Even getting to the lodge […]
Amazing beauty and diversity and incomparable birdwatching can be found at this coffee plantation! Finca Lerida has its own trail network, allowing adventurers to explore on their own.
Nine cabins built along a mile-long reef coast, Punta Caracoal is dedicated to protecting the natural environment, where the only interruption to the crystal-clear waters is the occasional curious dolphin!
Built right on the sea and nestled amid a mangrove, the views and beautiful surroundings make Laguna Azul Eco-Lodge a place of both relaxation and inspiration.
Explore the white sand beaches of the Pearl Islands while staying in one of 17 amazing cabanas – each with stunning panoramic views of beach, sea, and forest!
Situated in the Gulf of Chiriqui on the Pacific Coast of Panama, Isla Palenque is an intimate eco-lodge accessible by boat. This private island is made up of over 395 acres of jungle surrounded by seven pristine beaches – just waiting to be discovered! How to Get to Isla Palenque Once you arrive at Tocumen International Airport in […]
How is sustainability measured in Costa Rica eco hotels?
The Costa Rica Tourism Board created the Certification of Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) to measure environmental sustainability in the tourism sector. The CST consists of five levels or “leaves” in which participating hotels can score between zero and five leaves. The program has been a fantastic motivating force for businesses to improve their operations in sustainability. Certifications are available for renewal every two years.
The CST evaluates five areas of sustainability:
• Physical-biological environment: the relationship between the hotel and the surrounding environment • Service plant: internal systems in the company in relation to waste management and water and light saving technologies. • Service management: how the company designed a tourism product according to market trends and the localities of where the product will be put into operation • Client: management invites client participation in the hotel’s sustainability programs • Socioeconomic environment: the interaction between the facility and local community such as employment generation, response to growth or development in the community, and attaining benefits for the community
What are some things Costa Rican eco hotels are doing to be more sustainable?
Some features that will earn a hotel five leaves are solar heating on all houses, residual treatment plants, wood from fallen trees, oil-based natural paint, and roofs made from recycled materials. Many hotels offer tree-planting experiences to guests, have their own gardens, and buy ingredients they don't have on hand locally. At Lapa Rios Ecolodge, food leftovers go to pigs that live just outside the resort. Biogases from the pigs are then used to operate the staff kitchen.
Leaf Level Compliance
Each leaf level corresponds to a percentage of compliance. To acquire one leaf, compliance must be at 20-39%. For two leaves, compliance must be 40-59%. For three leaves, compliance must be 60-79%. For four leaves, compliance must be 80-94%. And for the highest categorization of five leaves, compliance must be 95% or greater.
Explore Costa Rica’s Top Eco Lodges
El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Bajos del Toro
El Silencio Lodge & Spa is located in the cloud forest just two hours from San Jose. Upscale cabins and fine dining seamlessly blend with surrounding environment and local culture.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Osa Peninsula
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is located outside of Puerto Jimenez on the remote Osa Peninsula, a destination with no shortage of wildlife and plentiful opportunities for rainforest exploration. Learn all about the lodge's with a guided tour showcasing the lodge's sustainability practices.
Pacuare Lodge, Pacuare River
The Pacuare Lodge experience is packed with adventure. White water raft into this remote rainforest eco lodge, member of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World. Enjoy an all natural spa treatment or explore the trails and waterfalls accessible from the lodge.
Whether you dream of visiting the rainforest, mangrove estauaries, or the cloud forest, Costa Rica is one of the best eco-travel destinations in the world with a collection of spectacular ecolodges to match.