From Guest Blogger James Helliwell:
Any destination that is branded as an eco-friendly destination is sure to receive an influx of visitors who are looking for that perfect green-friendly holiday. An eco-friendly destination features natural attractions that have been conserved and sustainably utilized for tourism purposes. Complemented with green accommodations, facilities, and travel options, an eco-friendly tourism destination ensures that there is minimal carbon footprint left by domestic and local tourists
In the Caribbean, there are eco-friendly destinations that fulfil the criteria for eco-friendly destinations. Local resources and attractions are sustainably used; communities are involved in eco-tourism and conservation efforts, and positive eco-friendly experiences are provided to visitors. A great way to have the time to explore these islands is with a Caribbean cruise and stay holiday this gives you a good 5days to week to experience the lush vegetation.
Costa Rica tops the list of eco-friendly countries in the Caribbean. It has a number of national parks and reserves that feature the country’s diverse animal and plant species. These national parks include mountains, forests, and coastal areas that are sustainably maintained for eco-tourism purposes. The country has approximately 28 natural parks and reserves that can be enjoyed through guided tours and activities.
The country has a Sustainability Certification Program that endorses hotels with eco-friendly amenities and facilities. Before selecting and booking for accommodations in Costa Rica, ask if the hotel or resort is sustainably certified.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is also one of the leading destinations in sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas offer a variety of eco-tourism activities that allow visitors to enjoy the natural attractions and learn about the importance of resource conservation and preservation.
In St. Thomas, tours around the Marine Sanctuary and Mangrove Lagoon are conducted by experienced guides who provide information about the local marine and plant ecology. The Virgin Islands National Park in St. John stretches across 5,000 acres of pristine beaches, coral reefs, and lush verdant hills Scuba diving and snorkelling options are also available in both locations for those who want to see and experience marine life up close.
Although there are few beaches in Dominica, this island in the Lesser Antilles has national parks and reserves with rainforests, mountains, inland water systems, and hot springs that are promoted as eco-tourism spots. To balance tourism and conservation efforts, camping is generally not allowed in the parks.
The Morne Trois Pistons National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has several hot springs, waterfalls, volcanoes, and a boiling lake. Tropical plants, birds and other animal species inhabit the park and are protected by local conservation efforts.