Nature Air, the world’s first carbon-neutral airline, is heading for new sustainable heights with the launch of its Earth-friendly, Fly-and-Stay packages, focused mostly on Costa Rica, but available also to leisure destinations in Nicaragua and Panama.
The Nature Air marketing team points out that by working with some of the top names in sustainable tourism, the packages have succeeded in showing that comfort and quality don’t have to be sacrificed when it comes to traveling with a smaller carbon footprint. According to Claire Saylor, the airline’s marketing director, “With issues like green-washing or self-certification, it can be hard for travelers to pick authentically sustainable accommodations. This is why we’ve done the homework and verified each hotel’s green claims.”
While Nature Air operates 74 daily flights to 15 destinations in Central America, those highlighted by Fly-and-Stay packages include leisure travel hotspots such as Arenal, Manuel Antonio, the Osa Peninsula and Guanacaste in Costa Rica, and off-the-beaten-track gems such as Bocas del Toro in Panama and Granada and San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. Additionally, some packages are designed for special interest stays for the active traveler who wants to surf, golf, snorkel, dive, raft and fish.
Each of the new Nature Air packages includes roundtrip airfare from San Jose, Costa Rica, ground transport from the airport to the hotel, a 3-night stay in deluxe and sustainable accommodations, breakfast daily and applicable taxes.
Consider a few 3-night package samplings:
• Manuel Antonio: With powdery white beaches and dense rainforests, Manual Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most beloved destinations, one where visitors spend their days surfing, hiking the rainforest and ziplining through the canopy. Travelers are offered a choice from one of three eco-friendly and deluxe hotels: Arenas del Mar Rainforest Hotel, Parador Resort & Spa, Si Como No Resort & Spa, with 3-night packages starting at $514 pp dbl, air included.
• Bocas del Toro: On Panama’s Caribbean coast, discover the colorful, laid-back island destination of Bocas del Toro, known for its sandy beaches, biodiversity on land and beneath the sea, and lively nightlife. Activities range from scuba diving and snorkeling to surfing, fishing and wildlife watching. The two hotels featured are the Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort and Palma Royal Hotel & Suites. With air, the 3-night package is priced from $490 pp dbl.
• Nicoya Peninsula: Come see the birds and turtles, visit funky shops and cafes, dive into the surf culture of Nicoya when staying at one of five sustainable hotels located on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula (for whale-watching mavens) or on the prime beaches of the peninsula’s Pacific coast. Choices include Tango Mar in Tambor, Punta Islita Resort in Punta Islita, Hotel Pranamar or Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa and Harmony Hotel in Nosara. The 3-night packages start at $635 pp dbl, air included.
For more information, contact Nature Air at (800) 235-9272 or visit natureair.com.