Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean and is associated with the United States. The island has a rich history, and you can discover this with stops at Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal in San Juan. Moreover, the island lures tourists who love diving to witness stunning coral reefs and those who like kayaking in the bioluminescent bay. You can even explore El Yunque National Forest. With over 270 mi (435 km) of coastline, tourists have no shortage of powder-soft beaches to choose from.
Islands that rely on tourism can feel the pinch when natural wonders are not maintained. In light of this, Puerto Rico’s local government is pushing for eco-tourism, and several hotels and resorts on the island are also taking steps. Continue reading for the top sustainable hotels in Puerto Rico to reduce your carbon footprint when traveling.
This hotel is on the island of Vieques and is spread over 13 ac (5 ha). Moreover, this truly exceptional property offers lofts spread across four distinct buildings designed to complement the surrounding nature. The Casa Solaris building is completely solar-powered and disconnected from the island’s electricity grid. The lofts even have large windows that promote natural air circulation to keep the units cool.
Hix Island House has been designed by owner-architect John Hix, with the principle of wabi-sabi that celebrates imperfections and natural aging. This place also has a garden, minimalist decor, and a serene setting. The hotel welcomes guests aged 12 and above only to help maintain the tranquil settings on the property.
This eco-friendly hotel in Fajardo has been making sustainable strides in its operations. Fajardo Inn Resort only replaces amenities and changes towels and linens when requested instead of daily change. Showerheads have been upgraded to offer a reduced water flow, and washrooms have recycled toilet paper. This place also includes a recycling program and works within the local community to promote sustainable initiatives. A fruit garden and bicycle and hybrid parking slots are some other initiatives the hotel has in place.
Another highlight of the hotel is its tropically landscaped pool area, where guests can lie back with a drink in hand or splash around in the water. Additionally, Fajardo Inn Resort offers a wide variety of rooms that cater to everyone from solo travelers to large families.
Parking Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre Garden Terrace
Designed by the celebrated local firm FUSTER+ Architects, El Blok seeks inspiration from the corals of Puerto Rico. The hotel has surrounding lush greenery and is across the road from the beach. Instead of glass, the hotel uses perforated panels and reinforced concrete with holes that filter natural light and air into the building. Some of these panels offer uninterrupted sea views. Moreover, this hotel has stairs to the second floor and a radial pathway to the upper stories. This place also uses the roof terrace to collect rainwater for reuse.
For a relaxing atmosphere, none of the 30 rooms at the hotel have a phone or a TV. The on-site restaurant Placita is open for dinner and relies only on fresh local produce to create its contemporary local culinary delights.
Top guest reviewseach room has complimentary beach chairs and you can request beach towels at the front deskwe had a fabulous stay - clean accessible staff was always cheerful and helpful; great food in restaurant
Host:staff is so friendlygreat staff we were able to check in earlythe staff members were always really helpful and the food from their restaurant was amazingthere is a cute little shop in the lobby and the staff was always helpfulRead more reviewscozy hotel perfect for couples or young people looking for adventures and close beach
This award-winning hotel in San Juan is reducing its ecological footprint by being a vegetarian establishment. However, Dreamcatcher does not just stop there. This 19-room boutique hotel offers minimally designed rooms, each with an expansive terrace. Each suite is individually designed for offers a flowing indoor-outdoor living space.
Dreamcatchers by DW is an LGBTQ-owned property and welcomes all travelers without discrimination. The hotel also offers excursions to explore the natural wonders of Puerto Rico, such as treks to explore the rivers to El Yunque National Park.
Other sustainable accommodations
Surrounded by pristine natural beauty, the inn sits on the edge of the magnificent El Yunque National Park. This place is a top choice for a romantic break in Puerto Rico and offers four private accommodations. The buildings have surrounding flora and fauna that will delight you as you trek Lost Machete. At the end of the trail, guests can opt for a picnic near the waterfall.
There is no air conditioning on the property, but fans and the jungle surroundings are enough to keep the temperatures low. More than just rustic-luxe accommodation, El Yunque Rainforest Inn aims to provide a sustainable experience. The hotel uses LED lights, stores water in cisterns, and composts waste. The inn even has solar facilities that run about 60% of its energy use.
Aside from recycling, the inn uses toiletries made by the locals and ingredients sourced from the property or local market. This LGBT-friendly place is also a smoke-, pesticide-, and meat-free property.
This accommodation is in a remote area, but it will let you appreciate nature at its best. While there are four casitas or cottages on the property, only three are available for guests. Each offers the utmost privacy and seclusion for a tranquil stay. This place is also part of a working farm that is taking steps towards building a 100% sustainable property.
Currently, a percentage of the electricity is renewable, and the farm collects rainwater for use in the cottages and grey water for irrigation. As part of its ecological practices, the property does not use air conditioning but relies on fans and innovative building design for ventilation. However, guests need to keep in mind that critters are sometimes part of the accommodation experience since this place is on a tropical farm.
If you are looking for a secluded romantic escape where the only sound is that of nature, then you have come to the right place. This 13-room retreat is on top of a small hill, and the rooms follow a minimal design pattern. It even uses organic linen and bamboo pillows.
El Yucayeque is a unique accommodation with 10 old shipping container units. These rooms do not include air conditioning but rely on the natural breeze, ceiling fans, reflective roof coating, and louvered windows. Since these rooms rely on solar power, they do not feature high-consumption appliances such as a coffee maker and hairdryers. Lejos Eco Retreat also only welcomes guests 18 years old and above.
Guests are in for a rustic-chic experience surrounded by the forest when they choose to stay at Finca Victoria. The bed and breakfast enjoys a prime location at one of the highest elevations on the island, so be prepared for panoramic sea views during the day and the star-lit sky at night.
Each guestroom is individually decorated with vintage furniture sourced from shops and some passed on from friends. The bespoke accommodations, which include an airstream, are spread across a 2.5-ac (1.01-ha) property. Finca Victoria even has a herb garden, a medicinal garden, and an edible garden. These plants are used to create oils and balms used in the wellness house and are for sale. The on-site Ayurvedic and vegan restaurant also benefits from fresh and seasonal garden produce.
However, note that this place only allows guests 18 and older.
Bask in Puerto Rico's natural charm
Puerto Rico relies on its land and water-based natural beauty for tourism. The island’s sustainable practices also help to maintain and conserve its unique, biodiverse landscape. To support this place’s green initiatives, check out this list of the best sustainable hotels in Puerto Rico.
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