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Dominica benefits from marvelous biodiversity and has chosen to make ecotourism (and the conservation and preservation practices that go along with it) the centerpiece of its economic development. It's pretty, affordable, and close to the United States—a perfect destination for eco-adventurers. So pack your bags made of recycled material, fill up your reusable water bottle, and say goodbye to emissions for a few days—at these eco-friendly locations, natural entertainment and environment is the name of the game, and "green" is the color of choice.
Jungle Bay's 35 tropical hardwood cottages were designed with preserving Dominica's precious tropical rainforest in mind, nestled in the Morne Trois Piton National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean. Merging comfort with conservation, the resort has a pampering, Swiss Family Robinson appeal.
For organic meal and natural juice options, also check out Jungle Bay's Pavillion restaurant, serving a rotating menu from breakfast through dinner.
Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge
In addition to the usual eco-lodge trappings (green power, composting, full water reclamation), Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge has made a name for running educational eco-tours, supporting community schools, and creating an NGO to help tourists and locals build their own green energy systems. Their cottage-style lodgings are bare bones but inexpensive, tucked away in serene seclusion in the Dominican jungle.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Built in 1969, Papillote Wilderness Retreat lays claim to being the first eco-lodge in Dominica. The rooms consist of singles, doubles, and small suites surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and a carefully-tended botanical garden begun the year Papillote was founded. Be sure to check out the four hot mineral spring pools on property as part of the Papillote Spa experience, or visit one of the public pools throughout the day.
Beau Rive settles comfortably amid three acres of tropical rainforest on the banks of its namesake, the Richmond River. With solar-heated water, locally-sourced food, natural soaps, and zero chemical gardening, it's a genuine eco-resort, but it doesn't scrimp on comfort: The 10 ocean-view double rooms feature queen-sized beds, a private shower, and a veranda, and the resort includes a library, swimming pool, and combination restaurant and roof terrace bar.
Cocoa Cottages is proud of its authenticity—there's no air conditioning, spa service, or television—just Dominica as Dominica is meant to be experienced, full of natural beauty and rustic charm. Which is not to say it's uncomfortable. Cocoa's six bedrooms are clean, airy, and well furnished, with calming views of the local rainforest. It's also a prime location for "canyoning," an eco-tourist vogue that's part mountain climbing, part diving, and part spelunking, to bring you up close with your environment.
Manicou River Eco Resort
Just 10 minutes north of Portsmouth, Manicou River is a secluded resort in Dominica, nestled away on a mountainside and surrounded by amazing views of Douglas Bay and the town of Portsmouth. At Manicou River, guests will stay in hand-built, tree-house style cottages, offering private spaces surrounded by trees and the natural environment.
Manicou River is proudly 100% energy self-sufficient and features solar-powered energy across the estate.
Your stay at Manicou River includes optional Wifi (free either way), daily maid service, scuba or yoga gear upon request, kitchen and bath amenities, and a short, 25-minute walk to nearby Tantante Beach.