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Sustainable Ecotourism at Hotel Resort Villas Rio Mar in Dominical, Costa Rica

Eco Hotel Villas Rio Mar is one of the best options in the area of Dominical, Uvita and Manuel Antonio for sustainable ecotourism. An important part of our mission is to run the hotel responsively; with respect to local nature, wildlife and communities. That is why Eco Hotel Villas Rio Mar is already for many years a certified eco lodge and certified supplier of eco tours. Villas Rio Mar is certified to level 4 with the official certification institute of Costa Rica for sustainable tourism; CST.   

CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism)

The Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program - CST - is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). The CST was designed to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector, based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission.

The sustainable certification is divided in 4 environments, with different practices for each:

Physic-Biological environment

  • Evaluate the negative impacts the company’s operations can cause
  • Encourage customers to visit protected areas
  • Inform about climate changes
  • Monitor water and energy consumption
  • Manage wastes

Politics of service environment

  • Establish politics, vision and mission
  • Train the staff
  • Consumer friendly environmental products
  • Use friendly environmental cleaning products
  • Have procedures and installations in case of emergency

External customer environment

  • Inform customers about the place and actions made
  • Signs in the rooms about sustainable practices

Socioeconomic environment

  • Hire people from the community and the area
  • Use local products and services
  • Inform about activities available in the community


Sustainable tourism; what can I do?
Stay at a hotel or eco lodge which respects the sustainable tourism values and travel with a responsible attitude.
Please contact us in case you want to participate in sustainable programs as carbon compensation or when you want to donate to national parks like Corcovado.

During the tours and activities, respect the following recommendations:

  • Do not leave trash
  • Do not feed the animals
  • Do not extract flowers or plants from national parks and private reserves
  • Always stay on the trail 
  • Be silent, do not disturb the wildlife
  • Do not use the flash while making pictures of wildlife
  • Also at sea; do not touch the fishes or other living organism like sea stars
  • It is not allowed to have fires within protected areas
  • It is not allowed to consume alcoholic drinks in protected areas
  • Don´t waste drinking water; close the drinking fountain when you are done
  • Bring your own water container
  • Don´t throw toilet paper in the toilet of protected areas, always in the bin

Hotel Amenities

  • Spacious tropical gardens
    Spacious tropical gardens. Relax in nature. Enjoy the exotic flowers and plants of our spacious tropical gardens and observe wi..
  • Large swimming pool with pool bar
    Large swimming pool with pool bar. Take a refreshing dive in the large pool and enjoy the sun & tropical gardens from a sunbed, while s..
  • Quality restaurant & room service
    Quality restaurant & room service. Taste our delicious International dishes and local specialties. The restaurant is open from 7 am to ..
  • Cozy bar with international sports programming
    Cozy bar with international sports programming. Socialize with friends & family, meet new people or watch your favorite team at our cozy bar. We ser..
  • Tour & Transport services
    Tour & Transport services. Our experienced tour desk offers a great variety of exiting tours. We can also arrange transport and..
  • Kids’ play area
    Kids’ play area. While you are relaxing by the pool your children can play in the pool, baby pool or at the adjacent ..
  • Jungle trail
    Jungle trail. Explore the jungle and its wildlife by walking our jungle trail. Spot sloths, frogs, exotic birds, m..
  • Massage, nail studio, and other body treatments
    Massage, nail studio, and other body treatments. Relieve yourself from tensions by having one of our massages, body scrubs, body wraps or facials. We..
  • Outside gym
    Outside gym. Keep your training schedule and workout in nature! We have 5 outdoor fitness equipment stations inst..
  • Tennis court
    Tennis court. Well, that's just aces! Villas Rio Mar is the only hotel in the area with a tennis court. We have te..
  • Miniature golf
    Miniature golf. Have fun with the whole family playing some challenging miniature golf..
  • Billiard table, darts, foosball, board and other games
    Billiard table, darts, foosball, board and other games. Have a good time playing some games with friends & family. Villas Rio Mar offers several games for y..