The islands of the Caribbean are literally lined with luxury resorts and hotels. While these provide all of the pampering you need for a relaxing vacation, sometimes it is nice to really get away from it all and see the true natural beauty of these islands. If you are looking for a nature-based vacation, consider these eco-friendly lodges as your destination of choice.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Papillote Wilderness Retreat is on Dominica, right in the heart of the rainforest. You will stay at the base of the mountain surrounded by gardens. While you visit, indulge in a natural mineral bath, or take a dip in a river fed by a secluded waterfall that is just a short walk from your room. While secluded and natural, the rooms are quite comfortable, so you will not have to sacrifice comfort to enjoy the jungle.
Natura Cabanas and the Attabeyra Spa
Located in the Dominican Republic in Cabarete, this eco-friendly hotel offers something different than the high-rise resort common on the beaches. Guests stay in private, rustic bungalows surrounded by the sounds of the forest. While quite earthy, the bungalows are filled with comforting amenities, and most also boast a porch and hammock to allow you to take in the sights and sounds of the jungle around you. While staying here, take advantage of the treatments at the Attabeyra Spa.
Cinnamon Bay Campground
If you really want to get close to nature, head to St. John’s Cinnamon bay Campground. You can camp right on the beach, either in a provided cottage or tent or in your own tent. This is considered the best campground in the Caribbean, and you will spend your days swimming, snorkeling and hiking through the national park. Be prepared to cook your own meals, though, because there are no dining facilities here.
Brac Reef Beach Resort
Located in Cayman Brac, the Brac Reef Beach Resort boasts simple rooms and a few on-site amenities, but the beach right outside your door is what makes this hotel so appealing. All of the activities the resort offers are built around nature. Hiking, snorkeling, diving and swimming are all common pastimes enjoyed by resort guests.
Finca Rosa Blanca
The Finca Rosa Blanca resort in Costa Rica combines the luxury of a high-end resort with the eco-friendly nature of an eco-resort. The inn, which receives five stars from Costa Rica’s green tourism commission, goes above and beyond to recycle, use local artists and cut down on their impact on the local environment. In addition to seeing the natural beauty of Costa Rica while staying here, you will also dine on some of its finest naturally grown foods in the hotel’s restaurant.
Whether you are looking for luxury or really want to rough it, beach style, the Caribbean’s eco-resorts are the place to stay. With each of these options, you can revel in the natural beauty of the tropics while doing your part to help maintain that beauty for the next generation.
Karolina Shenton works with The Cruise Web. Whether you want to take a trip throughout Northern Europe or you are trying to find Caribbean cruise deals, the consultants at The Cruise Web can help you find and book the perfect vacation.
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