Costa Rica is one of the planet’s prime ecotourism destinations. Many of the hotels, isolated nature lodges, and tour operators around the country are pioneers and dedicated professionals in the sustainable tourism field. Many other hotels, lodges, and tour operators are honestly and earnestly jumping on the bandwagon and improving their practices, while still others are simply “green-washing,” using the terms “eco,” “green,” and “sustainable” in their promo materials, but doing little real good in their daily operations.
What to do & what to bring?
Visitors can see the country from zip lines sliding down sloping steel cables over the tree tops suspended by harnesses, or in aerial trams, by train, airplane, and helicopter or on horseback. There are river sports of all kinds, including rafting, kayaking, river boarding; there is windsurfing, sport fishing and SCUBA diving; there are waves from world class surfers’ dreams to small enough for beginners; there are golf courses hedged by forests where golf and bird watching occur side by side, and more. Every region is accessible by plane, boat, bus, chartered transportation service or car, which makes vacations varied and travel times minimal.
- A waterproof jacket
- A daypack
- Insect repellent
- Binoculars for spotting wildlife
- A lightweight sweater
- Hiking boots for jungle treks and waterproof sandals.
- You might want one formal outfit for dinners and outings.