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Eco-Travel in Costa Rica

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Photo: Amanda Pratt

In the country that more or less invented eco-travel, you’ll find lush jungles, enormous turtles, untouched beaches—and rapidly expanding luxury-resort developments. Read the article

Inspired by: The New Costa Rica — by Julian Rubinstein, Published Oct. 2007

Hotels (11)

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    Tiskita Jungle Lodge

    Extravagant ocean views are de rigueur at this 800-acre hillside establishment near the less- traveled Panamanian border. Owner and environmental a

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    Harmony Hotel

    The Harmony sits a stone’s throw from Playa Guiones in the sleepy Pacific coast surf town of Nosara. Its 24 rooms are stylishly spare, with vaulted

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    Arenal Observatory Lodge

    Close enough to Arenal Volcano for visitors to hear and feel the nearly constant rumbling, this observatory (on a hillside just over a mile from th

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    Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

    If Tarzan were tempted out of the jungle and into a hotel room, this 26-room lodge, right on the grounds of Tortuguero National Park, would be his

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    Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

    Deep in the forest nearby the Gulf of Dulce on the southwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica lies the Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Constructed from

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    Lapa Rios

    If the idea of open-sided, thatched-roof bungalows with netted teak beds, private decks with hammocks, and secluded outdoor showers stirs you, you’

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    Hotel Punta Islita

    At nearly 15 years old, Hotel Punta Islita is a granddaddy of Costa Rica’s eco-resorts.  This attentively run mainstay shares its crescent-shaped s

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

    Take Four Seasons pampering (chilled towels delivered to your pool chaise), cross it with the charm of location (just north of the Nicoya Peninsula... More
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    Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

    This rustic eco-lodge in the lush, misty Tilarán Mountains set the standard for environmentally sustainable properties here when it opened in 1990.

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    El Remanso Lodge

    The eco-minded lodge, set on a 185-acre Osa Peninsula reserve, has 12 streamlined rooms and a private path that leads to a secluded beach with tide

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    Florblanca

    Named for the frangipani flower, with rock waterfalls and tropical landscapes, Costa Rica’s Florblanca is an ideal Nicoya Peninsula getaway for bea

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Restaurants (2)

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    Miss Junie's

    Miss Junie came to Totuguero from Nicaragua and brought her culinary expertise with her, which she channeled into establishing one of the best-know

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    Bakea

    Chef Camille Ratton marries French technique with fresh Central American ingredients. Don’t miss the tarta de pasiones with crème of passion fruit.

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Activities (7)

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    Osa Aventura

    An independent group of naturalists directed by biologist Mike Boston leads custom wilderness treks on the Osa Peninsula.

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    Horizontes

    This long established agency can organize botany, birding, or photography tours, and more.

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    Tortuguero National Park

    One of the most remote areas in Costa Rica, this 47,000-acre coastal preserve—which encompasses an intricate series of jungle canals, lagoons, and

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    Sky Trek

    The most dramatic zipline tour around, featuring 11 lines and the country’s tallest platform.

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    Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

    Nearly 5,000 feet above sea level—and reached via a four-hour, precipitous, unpaved drive from San José—this 25,700-acre, amazingly biodiverse pres

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    Corcovado National Park

    Corcovado’s 127,000 acres of lush primary rainforest protect an extraordinary array of wildlife. Central America’s largest population of scarlet ma

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    Costa Rica Expeditions

    The oldest and most reputable adventure outfitter in the country (founder Michael Kaye left his native New York to open the biz in 1978), Costa Ric

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