World's Greatest Places 2021
July 20, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

Thanks to Costa Rica’s conservation efforts, forests now cover 53% of the country’s lands—a dramatic reversal after decades of severe deforestation—and 98% of its energy comes from renewable sources, a strong step toward its goal of becoming one of the world’s first decarbonized nations by 2050. The ethos of Costa Rica’s newest hotels aligns with the country’s commitment to sustainability: Nayara Tented Camp, for example, has invested in reforestation efforts while offering cliff-top glamping with unmatched views of the Arenal volcano. The eco-conscious Six Senses Papagayo—with its own organic farm—will be the ultra-luxury hotel brand’s first development in Central America. And solar panels power the new Cielo Lodge, overlooking the Pacific coastal village of Golfito. —Sucheta Rawal

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