SustainabilityShining Example of Eco-Tourism
We are very grateful for having the opportunity of living at one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. We love this place, its tranquility, waves, biodiversity and surroundings. The more we get to know and relate to this environment, the more we understand how deeply fragile it is, and that is how we have come to the conclusion we cannot not just be observers, we have to be proactive and protect everything that makes this area so special.
Over time all of our efforts and initiatives have made of Florblanca an environmentally committed place and we are convinced that a sustainable development is possible, one in which we can grow hand in hand with nature and our community, respecting everything that makes us privileged. Our Mission is to be the change we want to see in the tourism development of our community. We do not have all the information nor all of the answers, but we sure have thirst for knowledge and are very enthusiastic of every step we take. We are constantly brainstorming for new ideas that come from our guests, our partners and our staff. We get great joy from every step we take forward on this endless but exciting journey towards sustainability.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” Albert Einstein
Certification for Sustainable Tourism
Understanding the patterns of our behavior, the way we do business, and how our actions affect our environment have become a fundamental roll of the sustainability process. We can only be a truly sustainable hotel if we have solid data and accurate information. For this reason, we have chosen to be evaluated through the most strict certification program for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica, known as the CST (http://www.turismo-sostenible.co.cr).
Here the categories that are evaluated in order to achieve certification with the goal of demonstrating sustainability within our operation:
Physical and biological relationship: The CST evaluates the interaction between the business and the surrounding natural environment, and seeks to implement sustainable policies and programs, like the protection of the environment, among others.
Internal processes and practices of lodging establishments: Aspects are evaluated related to the business's internal processes and systems with respect to waste management and technologies used to conserve electric energy and water.
The client: Efforts that management takes to encourage the client to participate in the implementation of the business's sustainability policies are evaluated.
Socio-economic realm: Identification and interaction of the business with developing communities are evaluated, by looking at, for example, the degree to which tourism establishments respond to growth and development in the region, by generating employment and results that positively benefit the collective whole.
We are honored to take part in the CST certification process and we're proud of our 4-out-of-5 Leaf status within the program. We are continually trying to improve and develop our efforts and hope to attain that 5th Leaf!