The June temperatures have us all dreaming of a dream vacation, but it's no question that international travel has a carbon footprint. As lovers of travel and conscious consumption, we sought out to create a wish list of Carribean eco resorts to visit. We've combed through them all and these are the best of the best in each category.
Most Budget Friendly: Natura Cabana, Dominican Republic
Nestled into the landscape with natural building materials, like thatched roofs and stone walls, the 10 cabanas that make up this resort create an idyllic backdrop for a carribean vacation. They are open air, with no AC or televisions, but the connection to their surroundings and the price tag ($200/night with breakfast included), make them an ideal budget friendly option.
Most Remote & Luxurious: Tiamo Resort, the Bahamas
It's a journey to get there, but this luxury eco resort located on South Andros Island in the Bahamas, will cure any residual jet lag. In addition to their environmental commitment seen in everything from solar water heaters to ecological friendly cleaning products, they also educate their guests to help create an understanding and love of marine life.
All Around Winner: Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize
Chaa Creek bills itself as a "wildly civilized luxury resort," and it more than fits the bill. 10% of the resorts REVENUE (not profits) goes directly to environmental and community projects. Our favorite initiative is that they run a free, week long summer camp for Belizean kids each summer that teaches them about biodiversity and environmental stewardship. They also work to keep ecotourism at the heart of everything they do, ensuring that their guests can help Belize maintain its beauty and charm for future visitors. They boast a variety of room styles, ranging from $429 to more than $1,000 per night. We are dreaming of the Kukulan Master Suite which boasts walls of windows that open to the surrounding jungle, an outdoor shower and private pool.