Green Corner

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.

  1. Casa Sol

    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.

    Website (787) 399-0105
  2. 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.

    Website (787) 741-2302
  3. 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.

    Website (787) 872-2045
  4. 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.

    Website (787) 899-6633
  5. Ritz Carlton, San Juan

    Ave. Los Gobernadores, Isla Verde

    Located at Los Gobernadores Avenue in Isla Verde, the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, is located on eight acres of precious beachfront property, right in front of the Isla Verde Coral Reef Marine Reserve and close to Blue Flag Award, on Carolina Beach. Sustain, Protect, and Experience are the principles that guide The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. A comprehensive set of initiatives and practices are in place, designed to reduce energy use, water consumption, and waste. At the same time, organic dining options are increased by partnering with local farmers and growers. The hotel supports environmental conservation efforts through its Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team (REACT), and also local community through the Community Footprints Program.

    Website (787) 253-1700

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.

  1. Aventura Cueva Ventana

    Cueva Ventana, Arecibo

    Aventura Cueva Ventana (Adventure in Window-Cave), it offers an interpretative and educational journey through the breathtaking cave and ecosystem nearby. It is a cultural experience to meet with the Taíno (Pre-Columbian indigenous people that inhabited the island) history embedded in the caves walls.

    Website (787) 322-3554
  2. Batey Zipline Adventures

    Tanamá National Forest

    Batey Zipline Adventure is a family company with over ten years of experience in Ecotourism. For ten years they have been combining education elements with nature adventures at the Tanamá National Forest. They own about 30 acres of secondary tropical forest were most of the tours take place.

    Since 2001 Batey Zipline has been working on a sustainable and holistic way of living; going from organic gardening, self-sufficient home construction, solar power, spring water, homemade composting toilets and more. All of their tours promote a minimal impact to the environment and encourage joint efforts activities with adjacent communities.

    A very important element of Batey Zipline practices is the interpretation of cultural, historical and ecological facts for the benefit of all our visitors, including: social projects, schools and the scholar communities of the colleges nearby.

    Website (787) 484-3860
  3. Black Beard Sports

    Vieques Island

    Black Beard Sports is a sporting goods outfitter specializing in extreme fun through the use of human power in a natural environment. As a tour operator it offers scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, SUP, and biking adventures as well as tours of the Bio-Bay.

    The company supports Vieques Island families by sponsoring and participating in a wide range of high quality youth and community activities. From conservation and outdoor recreation to education, culture and arts, Black Beard Sports is committed to providing positive role models and experiences for residents and visitors.

    Website (787) 741-1892
  4. Watersport and Ecotour, Humacao

    Road #3, Km 74.3, Bo. Rio Abajo - Humacao

    Water Sports & Eco Tours focuses on interpretation of aquatic and terrestrial paths in the Humacao Nature Reserve. Kayak, pedal boats, SUP rentals, and guided hikes are part of the ecotourism activity offered. The kayak rental is a self-guided experience through channels, marshes and lagoons. There are water shallows with no waves or strong currents.

    Website (787) 741-1892

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.

Coffee Haciendas

  1. Café Lucero, Ponce

    Carr. #140 Km. 7.0 Bo. Collores

    Café Nativo is Premium Coffee, 100% Arabica, 100% Puerto Rican. It is grown, harvested, processed, roasted, ground and packaged in Collores neighborhood in the mountains of Jayuya.

    Café Nativo ecofriendly technology uses pure, spring water and organic methods to process the beans. It applies low temperatures in the dryness process to preserve the oils and the aromatic flavor of the coffee.

    Website (787) 315-7881
  2. Café Nativo, Jayuya

    46 Mirasol Street, Playa de Ponce — Ponce

    Café Nativo is Premium Coffee, 100% Arabica, 100% Puerto Rican. It is grown, harvested, processed, roasted, ground and packaged in Collores neighborhood in the mountains of Jayuya.

    Café Nativo ecofriendly technology uses pure, spring water and organic methods to process the beans. It applies low temperatures in the dryness process to preserve the oils and the aromatic flavor of the coffee.

    Website (787) 848-8387
  3. Hacienda Tres Ángeles, Adjuntas

    Carr. 129, Km. 4.8 Bo. Portillo

    Tres Ángeles coffee hacienda is located in the town of Adjuntas, better known as the Switzerland of Puerto Rico. Due to its cool climate and high mountains it’s an ideal setting for producing one of the best coffees in the world.

    A visit to Tres Ángeles coffee hacienda will bring you the opportunity to learn and participate in a variety of activities like: cultivating coffee beans, bean selecting procedure, and the ecofriendly technology to process coffee beans in the "Beneficiado".

    The experience will also allow you to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and taste an exquisite homemade sweet.

    For Roasters, Tres Ángeles have available 100% single origin Arabica/Caturra/Premium Green Coffee for purchase.

    Website (787) 360-0019
  4. Quesos Vaca Negra

    PR 492 Km 0.1 — Hatillo

    A farm where cheeses of the highest quality and unique taste are produced. From the fields of Hatillo, Quesos Vaca Negra offers a delicious variety of aged cheeses, yogurts, craft seminars, and visits to the general public.

    Straight from the farm to your table, the first aged cheeses elaborated in Puerto Rico are from a category of cheeses made with raw milk, that come from Vaca Negra. An extraordinary experience, which includes learning the process of cheese and yogurt making, and also offer you an opportunity to taste a variety of cheeses. Participate in making your own cheese and personalize it with spices and your name.

    Website (787) 262-5656 / (787) 458-6345

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.

  1. Humacao Natural Eco-touristic Reserve

    Humacao

    The Humacao Community Ecotourism Initiative is a group of entrepreneurs who joined efforts for the economic development of the community of the coastal area of Humacao. This group is trained and has the necessary skills to carry out passive activities in the Reserve because of their understanding and commitment with the environment.

    In the Reserve, the natural ecosystem motivates you to explore several coastal lagoons, wetlands, and forests that harbor a diversity of native and migratory birds. As you arrive, you will be welcomed by local entrepreneurs who will guide you through a learning adventure. You can also enjoy local food and join an arts and crafts workshop that uses raw materials from the forest.

    Website Eco-experience: hiking, kayaks, biking (787) 852-6058