Costa Rica pretty much created the term ‘eco-travel’. This was born out of a combination of a few things but mainly its revolutionary national parks system created back in the 1970’s and then winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for brokering an agreement among troubled Central American countries to promote democracy and end civil strife.
Costa Rica Ecotourism with a Difference
The reasonably unknown and unspoilt beauty of the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific coast around Santa Teresa, Costa Rica ecotourism is a hidden gem becoming not so-hidden anymore. The area that hugs the coastline of the Pacific from Manzanillo in the north to Mal Pais in the south seems to have attracted a remarkably cosmopolitan mix of eco-conscious people settling here.
The area is a thriving community made up of an international, eclectic, melting pot of expertise. The net result is the quality of the services and products available here for travelers. The yoga is second to none and some of the restaurants are world class. This has translated into a vibrant and colorful place to explore and chill out, with the perfect combination of a tropical beach town matched with quality restaurants and services.
Add to this, the award winning people-less beaches and you have pretty much found a little piece of paradise in Santa Teresa Costa Rica.
Being in the tropics also means that the beaches are surrounded by lush, dense jungle, full of the sounds of howler monkeys and an abundance of huge palm trees. You can pick coconuts and drink the fresh and naturally isotonic pipa juice from your hammock – it really is this idyllic, trust me.
But, whilst the coastlines of the Pacific have incredible and world-class beaches, they are also beginning to see the effects of the global consumer washing up on its shores. PLASTIC and more PLASTIC. Having lived in London my whole life, I was always trying to decrease my daily shopping waste that was predominantly made up of plastic. Now living in Costa Rica, I am seeing the effects every day and it is extremely sad.
But this is not a sad story. This is a tale of how the people that live in and around Santa Teresa are fighting back against plastic and are taking small but positive actions to reduce the slow damage to its beaches. The first Friday of each month is beach cleaning day.
It is an initiative created by local people and driven by . Their message is simple: ‘To throw the rubbish in the sea, is to throw the sea in the rubbish’. It is something that all businesses get involved with and is something that travelling guests are welcome to participate in. Their calendar of events can be found on the local areas radio station www.purasonica.com.
Not only do they play some truly blessed out beach sounds, they also provide detailed information about everything that is happening on the Peninsula (from the beach clean ups to parties to yoga classes).
How many holidays have you been on where you actively helped with local sustainability initiatives that are designed to future-proof holiday-goers enjoyment of its shores? Interesting twist on Eco-Travel Tourism Holiday.
Pura Vida. Dahlia who lives in Costa Rica with her husband and two kids. Dahlia is an ex-London city girl who moved the jungle with her husband and two young children. She enjoys writing about the Nicoya Peninsula.
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