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Eco Travel: Spotlight on the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico

22nd February 2019   |   Emma Daffurn

Ecotourism: 'Travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the wellbeing of local people'.

Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, endless white sand islands, tropical rainforests, multicolored wildlife and mystical cenotes, this region seems to have it all.

Discover these amazing eco resorts that offer world-class diving in dreamy destinations...

1. Explore stunning coral reefs in Cayos Cochinos Marine Park

Turtle-Bay-Eco-Resort

  • Dive with: Turtle Bay Eco Resort, Honduras
  • Stay at: Turtle Bay Eco Resort
  • When: April or May
  • Reccomended trip length: 10 days

This tropical island resort is set over 10 acres and offers panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, far from the stresses of the modern world. Even better, the resort is a proud recipient of PADI's Green Star Award, given to forward-thinking dive operators who have demonstrated their ability to take action on the environmental issues around them and bring awareness to their divers.

Discover Turtle Bay Eco Resort


2. Experience tropical island life off the coast of Placencia

Ranguana-Caye

  • Dive with: Ranguaga Caye, Belize
  • Stay at: Belize Underwater
  • When: April till June
  • Reccomended trip length: 1 week

Escape the tourist traps with this all-inclusive private island resort - rent a single cabana or group together with your mates and take all three! The island boasts a large white sand beach and shallow reef circling the island- ideal for snorkelers and divers alike. The resort is committed to protecting the fragile ecosystems that draw visitors from around the world to Belize, and encourage their guests to do the same.

Discover Ranguaga Caye


3. Marvel at incredible birds, mammals and marine life in Costa Rica

Aguila-de-Osa-1

  • Dive with: Aguila de Osa Dive Center, Costa Rica
  • Stay at: Aguila de Osa Marine & Adventure Lodge
  • When: October to February
  • Reccomended trip length: 5 days

Discover the wonder of Corcovado National Park, a region home to 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. Come face to face with monkeys, frogs, sloths, 350+ bird species and beautiful butterflies. Beneath the waves, you'll find sharks, rays, turtles and more. Sustainable tourism is at the core of this resort, shaping all elements of the business whether it be educating visitors, reducing waste, conserving energy or serving up home-grown produce at the restaurant.

See Aguila de Osa Marine & Advanture Lodge


4. Swim through mangrove forests and sacred cenotes in the Yucatan

Sandos-Caracol-Eco-Resort

  • Dive with: Scuba Libre, Mexico
  • Stay at: Sandos Caracol Eco Resort
  • When: May till September
  • Reccomended trip length: 10 days

Enter a mystical world of sacred cenotes, Maya ceremonies and mangrove rivers with Sandos Caracol Eco Resort. The resort offers a micro animal sanctuary, home to rescue pigs, goats and rabbits. Every one of the resort's eco adventures is designed to champion and preserve the regions amazing nature, culture and wildlife. For something super indulgent, pay a visit to the eco spa for a body wrap featuring local plant extracts.

Go to Sandos Caracol Eco Resort


5. Search for dugongs and turtles in Southern Belize

Hopkins-Bay

  • Dive with: Hopkins Bay Resort, Belize
  • Stay at: Belize Underwater
  • When: April till June
  • Reccomended trip length: 1 week

Rated number 1 for Best Value in Hopkins on TripAdvisor, this one is a no brainer. Shallow reefs, clear seas, dugongs, turtles, rays and many more incredible marine species are waiting for you to discover them. All efforts are taken to reduce the negative impact of tourism on the surrounding environment. As part of this, a portion of every booking is donated to local charities. The charities change every month, to make the largest impact in the community as possible.

Explore Hopkins Bay Resort


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