Ecotourism in Puerto Rico is going strong – especially in Fajardo!
What is ecotourism how can you make your next trip environmentally-friendly?
Ecotourism is defined as: tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. In other words, it’s about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. Those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following principles:
- Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
- Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.
While you can practice these principles wherever you go, Puerto Rico offers an especially unique opportunity to do so. If you’re looking to ecotour, here’s who to team up with:
Black Beard Sports is a sporting goods outfitter that specializes in extreme fun in nature. As a tour operator it offers scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, SUP, and biking adventures as well as tours of the Bio-Bay. The company supports Vieques Island families by sponsoring and participating in a wide range of high quality youth and community activities. From conservation and outdoor recreation to education, culture and arts, Black Beard Sports is committed to providing positive role models and experiences for residents and visitors.
Pirate Snorkeling Shack offers kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Natural Reserve Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo. They’re committed to conserving the environment and preserving local waters. Their tour groups are always small to affectively carry the message of conservation, education and most importantly love for nature. They actively participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day, water safety workshops, recycling programs and other conservation efforts.
Ceiba – East Region
Pure Adventure Snorkel and Dive Center is located in the Marina of the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in the municipality of Ceiba. The surrounding area of over 3,000 acres has everything any nature lover would want — bird watching, beaches, reef for snorkeling, wetlands and Mangrove forests. At Pure Adventure you can experience fun in the sun like never before with a variety of water sport activities that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
So, if you love the environment and traveling to new and exotic places, ecotourism is the way to go. Luckily, the Fajardo Inn is at the center of it all. Relax and recharge after a long day of eco-touring by our beautiful pool and enjoy dining at our delicious restaurants. Book your room today.