Costa Rica is rich in its wildlife, natural beauty and delicate ecosystems. If you want to explore the beauty of Costa Rica and want to stay in a tropical paradise surrounded with stunning views, beautiful waterfalls or want to enjoy healthy lifestyle with neighborhood access to beautiful gardens, a rainforest preserve with hiking trails, you can stay at a eco village. Costa Rica has many ecovillages to choose from and here are few of those:
Situated in Costa Rica’s rural countryside, Gaia Vista is a sustainable eco-village where you will be able to get more connected to the nature. As the eco village is located in the Central South Pacific area of Costa Rica, it offers an abundant view of the rolling countryside and untouched beaches. If you stay at this place you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the largest Pacific Coast Mangrove forest and its wildlife. Gaia Vista is built on the principles of green building as well as the utilization of sustainable energy derived from the environment.
More info: http://www.costaricajourneys.com/gaia-vista/
La Eco Villa:
Located in San Mateo, Alajuela, close to San Jose and half an hour away from the Pacific, La Eco Villa offers green spaces, swimming pools, a community center, playgrounds, hiking trails, a plant nursery, and organic gardens. There is also a studio suitable for yoga, dance and sports. There is a school which promotes full child development, which is so much more that simply transmitting knowledge. This is not only perfect for spending holiday but also for shaping a better future through education and living in harmony.
Pura Vida Sunset Eco Village:
Pura Vida Sunsets, developed by Geoff McCabe ( a professional fire dancer, owner of Tropisphere Real Estate and also founder of Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary). People who desire to have a property but cannot afford the high prices in the Montezuma and Malpais areas, they can chose Pura Vida Sunset Eco Village. Pura Vida Sunset Eco Village has Eco Houses which intend to work with each client individually to design the perfect house according to their dreams and needs. These Eco Houses have a lot of outdoor living space, lots of natural light and great air flow. While staying here you will enjoy the beauty of Montezuma, local culture and also accompanied by the local people and the people from all around the world who have settled here.
Situated at the top of the Escaleras hill, in between Dominical and Uvita, Pura Tierra is an eco-village. It is only a ten minute drive off of the Pacific coast. This place is rich in biodiversity and mostly covered with green rain forests. This eco village is close to Playa Hermosa, which means ‘a beautiful beach’ in Spanish, Playa Dominicalito, Playa Ventanas, etc and there are also spectacular waterfalls, which are scattered all around. While staying here you can enjoy many adventure activities like mountain biking, hiking, traveling, observing wildlife, discovering rare plants and flowers. You can also enjoy health sessions like yoga and meditation.
Rancho Delicioso is an eco village, a living community and a producer of fresh organic food, placed in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, close to Montezuma and Santa Teresa. It offers activities like farm manual working, taking care of animals, general maintenance of the retreat, cooking, providing ideas for ongoing projects. There is volunteer house specially designed with green color and beautiful mural and 4 people can stay together in this volunteer house and there is space for tents.
Rancho Mastatal is an eco-village promoting sustainable living and trying to achieve social and environmental justice. It offers a large number of naturally built cozy cottages (made of local natural building materials), at rates more affordable than other similar retreats in Costa Rica. The housing complex includes a classroom, a library, composting toilets and showers. For knowing about eco-friendly lifestyle, one can take part at the volunteering program offered by Rancho Mastatal.
Serenity Gardens Eco Village:
Situated in the sloping mountains of the Costa Ballena area of the Southern Pacific Coast, Serenity Gardens Eco Village is one of the up and coming self-sustainable communities in Costa Rica. It is not just a eco-resort rather it is the place where you can learn to thrive using the resources that the land has to offer. All of the housing designs and ideas offered focus on green building, more open spaces and natural air flow.