Imagine a destination where you can enjoy and learn about outstanding natural and cultural richness while protecting the environment and improving the wellbeing of local communities.
In Puerto Rico, we strive to make sure that tourism facilities bring a positive impact to locals, tourists, and the environment. That’s why the All-Star Island became the first in the Caribbean to develop its own Green Certification Program, which certifies that all our endorsed touristic facilities and activities meet sustainable principles, natural and cultural conservation, education, community integration and local socioeconomic development.
These facilities and activities will offer you a travel experience like no other, combining a sense of contact and bonding with our island’s world-class natural resources.
A place to stay is a key component of any sustainable journey. Puerto Rico offers several lodges that ensure sustainable practices on all operational areas, including energy efficiency, water conservation, appropriate disposal of waste products, indoor air quality, landscaping practices, recycling programs, established environmental policies, local community involvement, green fleet of vehicles, reduction of toxic and hazardous substances, and many others.
These inns are among the most environmentally friendly in the entire region.
Old San Juan - Metro Region
At 316 Calle Sol in legendary Old San Juan. Casa Sol provides its guests with the experience of staying in a restored colonial style 18th century building. The restoration process made use of reused materials that were salvaged from other properties in Old San Juan. “Casa Sol is a piece of architecture that evokes the past, and offers commodity to the modern traveler searching for personal attention in a cozy and family friendly ambiance.” as described by owners Eddie Ramírez and Margarita Pastor. This bed and breakfast inn has five uniquely decorated rooms, all with antique - carefully restored furniture and artwork by local artists. Casa Sol embraces environmental responsibility, has internal practices for waste reduction, recycling, electric and water conservation, and it also supports local manufacturers and growers.
Hix Island House
Vieques Island - East Region
Located in a 13-acre natural refuge, here you will be one with nature in total privacy and tranquility. 6 of its 19 lofts are located in Casa Solaris, which is completely powered by solar energy. Its swimming pools, fountains and pumps run directly with power from the sun. Solar panels augment electrical capacity and provide hot water. Water from your shower and basins are collected and flowed back to various fruit-bearing plants. Casa Solaris is also powered by the trade winds of the Caribbean and uses the latest in LED lighting and super-efficient appliances.
Parador Villas del Mar Hau
Isabela - West Region (Porta del Sol)
Installed its first solar panels in 2009, which provided energy for 3 of their beach front cabins, as well as their Olas y Arena Restaurant. These cabins run solely on solar energy. Its roofs have been sealed with an acrylic elastomeric paint. They’ve also been properly insulated, lowering the temperature approximately 25%. Each cabin comes with a system that collects rainwater for the cabin. In addition, hotel management has purchased a solid waste trash compactor to decrease their solid waste. During 2012, they have continued installing solar panels throughout the facility and installed a windmill of 20 kilos.
Turtle Bay Inn
Lajas - West Region (Porta del Sol)
The Turtle Bay Inn is the first solar-powered guesthouse in the southwest region of Puerto Rico, featuring a photovoltaic system that doesn’t require batteries and provides 90% of its energy needs. Solar LED high-efficiency lighting can be found in every room and around the premises. Hot water is distributed to all rooms using three turbo solar water heaters. Recently added gardens with Puerto Rican plants provide direct contact with nature. Air wind meters monitor wind power with the intention to add a wind turbine that could provide the remaining 5-10% energy to make the hotel 100% independent of electric power.
Puerto Rico might seem like a small island, but it offers six different ecosystems. From dry forests to rainforests, you can experience different natural scenarios such as coastal plains, karst systems with caves and caverns, wetlands, mangrove forests, salt plains, coral reefs, and more. Coupled with our culture and our people, Puerto Rico’s biodiversity will charm every ecotourism enthusiast.
These tour companies offer specialized ecotourism experiences around the island.
Puerto Rico’s agricultural diversity gives tourists a unique opportunity to taste a wide range of fruits, local produce, and local cuisine. Agricultural tourism lets you go behind the scenes to experience how the island’s culture and traditions are shaped by our harvest.
For instance, you can see first-hand how world-renowned Puerto Rican coffee gets made in one of these haciendas.
Engagement with local communities is one of the best ways of truly getting to know any country you visit. Puerto Rico is no exception. Here we offer you the opportunity of helping preserve local culture and natural resources while benefiting the economy of small communities.
These communities will welcome you and give you an experience you will be talking about for years.
Humacao Natural Eco-touristic Reserve
This natural ecosystem invites you to explore the several coastal lagoons, wetlands, and forests that harbor a diversity of native and migratory birds. The reserve also provides a habitat to several fishes, mollusks and crustaceans.
But the real beauty of this place is its people, who engage in the sustainable management of the forest under an agreement with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company has embraced this destination as the first eco-touristic project in the island.
As you arrive, you will be welcomed by local entrepreneurs who will guide you through hikes, kayak rides, and bike rides. You can also enjoy local food and join an arts and crafts workshop using raw materials from the forest.
Bosque del Pueblo, Casa Pueblo
In the mountain town of Adjuntas, Casa Pueblo is based in an old cottage that has been restored to serve as a cultural center, gallery, antique museum, and artisanal store. The house sits in the middle of Bosque del Pueblo, or Town Forest, a stunning, beautifully preserved ecosystem.
Daily tours take you to the house and through the forest.
Year-round sun and hot weather can really do a number on your skin, especially if you’re not used to the heat. Use it, even if you don’t plan to visit the beach.
With so many beautiful beaches to choose from, you don’t want to miss out on the fun just because you forgot your suit (and none of our public beaches are clothing-optional).
After a day of sightseeing in Old San Juan or Ponce, you’ll be glad you decided to bring those white cotton shirts.
Comfortable shoes mean happy feet. And happy feet equals great vacation.
Protect yourself from unpleasant mosquito and no-see-um insect bites, especially if you plan on visiting the El Yunque rainforest or doing outdoor activities.
Bring an umbrella or poncho to keep you dry. Tropical climate is very unpredictable and it can start raining out of the blue.
Protect your most precious body part from the sun's rays. It also keeps you cooler.
Even though the overall dress code is casual 24/7, some nightclubs, bars, restaurants and shows require more formal attire.
They protect your feet from the hot sand and wash off easily when it's time to go.