Beaches with Benefits
If you’re looking for a beach vacation on the cheap, go now—you can save hundreds of dollars taking your trip during the off-season. Plus, choose a destination that puts sustainability high on its priority list and you’ll help save the Earth at the same time. Here are three of our favorite eco-conscious getaways.
KALANI OCEANSIDE RETREAT Pahoa, Hawaii Enjoy ocean views, daily yoga classes and hula lessons at this Hawaiian getaway. Kalani is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so all proceeds from guest stays support education, recreation and Hawaiian culture preservation in the poorest district in Hawaii. ($40 a night for a campsite, $275 for a cottage or $600–$1,000/ month as a volunteer; kalani.com)
SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT (formerly Jalousie Plantation) St. Lucia, West Indies At this resort surrounded by the majestic Piton Mountains, you’ll have access to world- class snorkeling and scuba diving in a National Marine Reserve at Anse Chastanet Beach. Plus, they offer comprehensive recycling and water- and energy-saving programs. ($350–$1,600; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com)
FINCA ROSA BlANCA Santa Bárbara, Heredia, Costa Rica Tour Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic coffee plantation and hike through nearby Carara National Park at this resort that contributes funds to local schools and earned Costa Rica’s highest rating for eco- consciousness. ($250–$400; fincarosablanca.com)