Tourism in Costa Rica can be very wasteful and use up many resources. There are ways to travel that are less damaging to our Earth. At Serendipity Charters, we pride ourselves on our commitment to care for our community and our environment.
Wikipedia defines Ecotourism as:
“A form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights.”
Serendipity Charters is uniquely positioned close to the pristine Santa Rosa National Park. This area of our coastline has been beautifully protected and we intend to appreciate and explore while having a minimal impact on the natural flora and fauna in our area.
Our Commitment to Our Planet
We Use Wind Energy
The beauty of a sailboat is that we can harness the wind. We are blessed to live in a place that has consistent winds and we rarely have to rely on running our diesel engine during tours.
We Don’t Serve on Single Use Plastic
Most boats in our bay sadly serve their guests on plastic plates and use plastic cups. On Serendipity we are committed to minimizing our single-use plastic and serve our guests on durable, marine grade re-usable plastic. In addition, we recycle!
We Shop Locally
Most everything we serve comes from Costa Rica. When possible, we buy at our local farmer’s market and try to buy organic when we can.
Our Commitment to Our Ocean
We Snorkel Responsibly
We have trained all of guides to treat each animal we see with care. This sometimes means just looking at them. If they do touch buy ambien hong kong them, they wear gloves so as not to harm the animal with our oils.
We Encourage Sustainable Fishing
Serendipity Charters was a supporter and organizer of a petition to stop destructive shrimping practices in our area. We also encourage our guests to book with responsible fishing operators that only keep full grow fish that are not endangered.
Beach Clean Ups
Plastic is polluting our planet. When we can, we participate in locally organized beach clean-ups that unfortunately only remove a small fraction of plastic from our seas, but it feels so good to do our part 🙂
Our Commitment to Our Community
La Paz Community School
For those of you who would like to spend more time in the area and giving of your time and energy while you do, we have several organizations that we recommend. Geneva is the volunteer coordinator for the La Paz Community School, our local IB, non-profit, dual-language school. For more information about the volunteer program, please visit:
CEPIA stands for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents and is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers and their families from poor backgrounds in the communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Since 2005, we are supporters of the IUD project which gives low-income women free access to copper IUDs. These IUDs provide birth control for up to five years.
Black and White Party
Since 2010 we have been sponsors and organizers of the Black and White Benefit Party in Tamarindo. Each year locals and visitors dress in their best and come out to support a great cause. Last year we raised $25,000 which purchased school supplies for kids living in extreme poverty as well as food care packages for Christmas.