Green, the new color of Travel?

Green; the color of money (in the US), the color of envy? the color of energy? Maybe all three? Maybe you have none?

But actually ‘green’ also seems to be becoming the color of travel. Words like “sustainability,” “organic” and “eco-tourism” are more and more prevalent each and every day.  We all read them on travel websites and guidebooks targeting the people conscious of their footprint. And now such choices are no longer just for those backpacking through remote jungles in Central America or South East Asia. These choices now exist when selecting a luxury vacation too. A choice tourists, not just travelers make today.

Just in the last year(ish), I stayed at three resorts considered ‘green.’ All three enjoyable. All three luxurious. All three in Mexico.

The coast of Riviera Maya

Last winter in the ancient Mayan sea post of Tulum I stayed at CabanasCopal. I selected an ocean front bungalow that did not include electricity. The time “without” allowed me to experience a deeper connection with nature. With light only from the moon and candles I savored the hours and the chance to pause and ponder a different world.

On a recent trip to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, I stayed about 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas in Pescadero. After the exit, or really just left turn, off highway 1 I traveled a dirt road past countless organic farms on the way to Rancho Pescadero. Each of the three meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, prepared with the locally grown and organic ingredients, pleased the palette.

In the Riviera Maya I stayed at Hacienda TresRios, a pioneer in the green space.  The Hacienda earned numerous environmental construction and sustainable awards including the coveted Green Global Certification. Built on land that was once a national park altered by Hurricane, the recently opened luxury resort and spa did not forget its roots. Guest can swim, snorkel, kayak or just learn about the diverse ecosystem on the grounds. For me, it was all about the cenotes.

Yes green, the color of so much, including life, is also becoming the color of travel. And that is why I volunteered (well it’s a contest with a prize) to help promote traffic to one resort. I didn’t say “yes” solely because of the prize, but more importantly said yes to spread the word about choices resorts are making, and choices you have when taking a vacation.

...a suite (sweet) color

Many resorts are doing more than asking you to reuse your towels. As consumers we can support them with our business. So do your research, ask questions, and make a conscious choice.

But since you must ask for what you want, I am asking my readership to cast a vote for Turquesa (or a ‘like’ since its on FaceBook page.) Thanks.

stay adventurous, Craig

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  • Maggie

    Great to see that green isn’t just green washing but real, sustainable approaches and with luxury too. I’m not the backpacking type! :)

    Will vote for Turquesa too – love that name!

    Thanks for reminding us to stay adventurous Craig!

  • Steve


  • Darpan

    I vote for Turquesa.

  • litchat

    I voted!

  • Kim

    LOVE hearing that Green/Eco-Tourism is becomming more and more synonymous with Luxury travel ~ Yet another reason to get out there and travel, see the world, meet her peoples, support these special places – thanks Craig for opening our eyes to what’s out there!


  • Betsy

    Sign me up!!!

  • Jennifer @ Approach Guides

    Hi Craig! Great list of hotels to try on our next trip to Mexico! I, like Maggie, am not the backpacking type, so it is great to have some green luxurious options!
    And, of course, I voted for Turquesa.

  • stayadventurous

    For everyone who commented, voted, and well read the story – Gracias. Muchas Gracias.

    A Native American proverb tells us, “we do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” So to me its great see vacation choices understanding that and making sustainability a goal.

    Stay Adventurous,

  • Jeramy Cusworth

    Sawadee Khrab! I’m about to go to Thailand and I’m very excited about my holiday. Already booked the flight to Suvamabhumi Airport and from there I’ll go travel around Pattaya, I saw your awesome site on Bing and it seems that you know a lot about Thailand. Could you kindly give me some advice where to stay in Sukhumvit? I’ve heard there are a couple of good hotels near Sukhumvit and the airport… Thank you in advance!

    • stayadventurous

      Not sure how Bing found my blog from – Thailand and then led you to this post on Mexico, but I thought I’d approve the comment and respond. I guess you can see my sunset photo from Kata Beach:

      Plus, this inspired me to discuss my ‘green’ experience from Phuket – my Kayak tour. A great adventure and now a future post. Have a blast in Thailand even if you are from there.

      Stay Adventurous,