The best eco-lodges in Costa Rica

photo by Sam Effron

Costa Rica’s breath-taking jungles and national parks did not have to wait long before becoming the target of eco tours. Eco tourism is very important in a country with such precious natural resources as Costa Rica, and where the preservation of the environment is intimately tied to tourism. While Costa Rican towns and cities are definitely worth visiting, it is the natural wonders such as the Arenal Volcano or Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks that attract the most visitors. Fortunately, eco-conscious travelers have lots of accommodation options in Costa Rica that do their best not to damage the environment. Such is the case with the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica, which manage to combine modern comfort with sustainability. Here are some of the best you can find:

Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve

Selva Verde is the doorway to a world of enchantingly beautiful almendro trees, toucans and howling monkeys which you’d be hard pressed to find in other parts of the world. At Selva Verde they are just a regular part of the landscape. If you want a place close to San Jose for your rainforest explorations, then you could hardly do better than Selva Verde – one of the first and best eco-lodges in Costa Rica.

Ojo del Mar Eco lodge, Osa Peninsula

Corcovado National Park, photo by Miguel Vieira

If you want to get as close to nature as possible and yet you’d rather not give up any modern amenities, Ojo del Mar has the right kind of lodges for you. Airy wooden lodges are sandwiched between the beach and the rainforest, and offer the best of the two worlds. Trek in the jungle and then head out to be beach in a matter of hours!

Harmony Hotel Nosara, Guanacaste

Subdued luxury, a wellness center and nature combined in a way that is sustainable? Harmony Hotel Nosara made this possible in its 25 rooms where you can retreat in order to hide away from the bustle of civilization. You don’t have to do anything but relax, but if the quiet is getting too much for you then you can engage in all sorts of outdoors activities that will create a closer bond between you and the surrounding nature.

Corcovado Rainforest Ocean View Tree House

photo by Everyspoon on Flickr

Corcovado National Park is a must-see for nature lovers who visit Costa Rica, and if you want to immerse yourself as much as possible in the natural wonders of the park, skip the conventional hotel accommodation and stay in a treehouse. Corcovado Rainforest Ocean View Tree House is the perfect lodge for groups of 6 people or less who want to enjoy the beauty of the jungle and wildlife. You also get free access to the lodge’s vegetable garden

Finca Exotica, Osa Peninsula

Another excellent lodge near Corcovado National Park is Finca Exotica, a place that seems created exclusively for people who wish nothing but to unwind. Rustic cabins among palm trees, turquoise water and golden beaches will provide more than enough enjoyment even for the pickiest traveler, and your eco-conscience will not have to suffer one bit.

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