6 Eco-Friendly Spring Break Spots
Spring break is coming up and you know what that means: time for a vacation! Instead of opting to stay at a huge (and environmentally unfriendly) chain resort, why not choose an eco-chic destination for spring break 2013? If you think going green means forsaking luxury or convenience, think again. Here are 6 amazing vacation rentals from the Boutique-Homes.com collection that are stylish, affordable, and totally eco-friendly.
Quirky travelers will dig the retro vibe of the Airstream Safari Trailer in Big Sur, California, which is powered by solar energy and propane. Parked on the ocean side of Highway 1 and near to Pfeiffer Beach, the trailer is fully equipped with a galley kitchen, full bathroom, and lounge sofa that converts into a queen sized bed. The outdoors has a private seating area with patio furniture and great mountain views. It starts at $195 per night. Book .
Mexico might be the #1 spring break destination for college students, but you don't need to fight the teenage crowds to have a relaxing and totally sustainable vacation. The V-House at Verana can be rented as a private house on the hotel property. Made up of three individual houses, each holding a bedroom and outlook area, the V-House has amazing bay views from every room, giving guests the feeling of floating over the jungle. Best of all, it has a tiny footprint due to the innovative architecture. It starts at $260 per night. Book here.
Want to spend your spring break taking in the beauty of nature as it comes into bloom? Try a stay in Taos, New Mexico, at Rio Eco House, a 900 square foot sustainable rental located in a grove of 100-year-old cottonwood and willow trees. Constructed to be totally eco-friendly, the house makes use of green technology for insulation, appliance, and heating. The rental situated so near to the Taos de Fernando river, it's possible to drop a fishing line right out the back door. And when you're ready to return to civilization, the great restaurants and galleries of Taos are only 3 miles away. Starts at $140 per night. Book here.
Costa Rica is a popular spring break destination due to its many beautiful beaches and budget-friendly prices. Intimate and eco-friendly Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa take relaxation to another level with friendly ambience and tropical beauty on one of Costa Rica's most spectacular stretches of sand. A great choice for wellness travelers, the property offers on-site yoga classes and an open-air restaurant and tea lounge specializing in healthy cuisine prepared from local ingredients. The green-friendly bungalows for amazing ocean views and start at $175 per night. Book here.
A self-sustaining alternative to the mega-resorts of Punte Del Este, Eco Container Apartments in Jose Ignacio offer a cool combination of green design, fantastic location, and simple yet luxurious amenities. The 2-story property is made up of shipping containers that have been stacked on top of each other and transformed into chic, fully equipped apartments (each with private deck) and kitted out with chic modern furnishings. Each apartment is lit by low-energy LED lights, while a solar heater is used to warm up water. The outdoors is even better–a self-sustaining herb garden, dining area, jacuzzi, and fire pit. Starting at $120 per night. Book here.
Looking to go further afield this spring? Check out Eco Cabanas in the fantastically unique landscape of Easter Island. These 4 pre-fab cottages are a stunning combo of modern architecture, green construction methods, and basic creature comforts. They were constructed with the aim of keeping their impact on the fragile ecosystem as minimal as possible, and make use of solar power and other green technologies to offer guests a high quality retreat. Each spacious cabana sleeps 6 guests and start at $130 per night. Book here.