Hotel Tropico Latino
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Celebrate Sustainable Tourism at Hotel Tropico Latino

Want to make a difference to the planet when you travel? Stay at sustainable tourism hotels like Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

sustainable tourism Santa Teresa Costa RicaYour travel choices make a difference in the world. Hotel Tropico Latino knows that and it’s why the Santa Teresa, Costa Rica beach hotel is happy to celebrate this month’s World Tourism Day 2017 focused on sustainable tourism.

“Tourism can contribute to all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental … it also improves the quality of people’s lives. It can bolster environmental protection, champion diverse cultural heritage, and strengthen peace in the world,” states the World Tourism Organization.

Tourists from all over the world come to Santa Teresa to enjoy the spectacular beaches, beautiful jungle and warm tropical climate, and Hotel Tropico Latino operates as sustainably as possible to protect its remarkable setting.

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Hotel Tropico Latino beachfront in beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Noteworthy Sustainable Tourism Efforts by Hotel Tropico Latino

  • Tropico Latino Hotel is the flagship for Costa Rica’s National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy, and hotel Chef Randy Siles is Costa Rica’s international ambassador in the program.
  • The hotel hires mostly local residents as staff, ensuring sustainable employment in the small community of Santa Teresa.
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    Chef Randy Siles and his team at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
  • Hotel Tropico Latino implements an initiative called the $5 Check Out Program that allows their guests to add an optional charge on their bill at the end of their stay to fund community and environmental initiatives in Santa Teresa. For the price of a smoothie in Santa Teresa, guests can help keep area beaches clean and assist other community initiatives.
  • Hotel Tropico Latino supports Costa Rica’s Ecological Blue Flag Program for Santa Teresa’s beaches through their $5 Checkout Program. It’s easy to see that area beaches have been awarded Costa Rica’s Ecological Blue Flag for environmental purity.
    Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
    Santa Teresa Beaches fly Costa Rica's Ecological Blue Flag for environmental purity.
  • Hotel Tropico Latino operates an intensive recycling program, collecting and separating waste from special bins in the hotel’s guestrooms, offices, restaurant and kitchen, and public areas.
    • Cooking grease is collected and sent to local company Viogaz, which uses a biodigester to turn the grease into cooking gas for the local Tourism Police precinct.
    • All organic waste is composted into fertilizer for the hotel’s gardens.
  • The hotel is working toward eliminating all disposable plastic such as plastic bottles, straws, etc. They use biodegradable bamboo straws for smoothies and drinks in the restaurant.
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    Hotel Tropico Latino in Costa Rica operates an intensive recycling program.
  • They use only biodegradable soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, and cleaning products throughout the hotel.
  • Microorganisms in hotel septic tanks help control odors, degrade waste better and make the system more efficient.
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances help reduce electricity use.

Now in September and October, Hotel Tropico Latino is offering big savings of 50% off all room rates with breakfast included. It’s the perfect opportunity for a much-needed vacation in Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley