Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Discovering the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn

Naturally intoxicating, Costa Rica is the perfect setting for travellers searching for a definitive clarity in their style of life and sustainable endeavors. Is it because Costa Rica was the first Latin country to implement electricity (which by the way, is water-based)? Or maybe it’s due to their litany of sustainable hotels and rich flora and fauna, which includes 130 species of freshwater fish, 160 species of amphibians, 210 species of mammals, 850 species of birds, 9,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of butterflies, 34,000 species of insects and much more.

“When it comes to Costa Rica, many think solely of beaches and sun,” says Hans Pfister, CEO and principle of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, a company that manages a number of Earth-friendly, Central American hotels. “And while those are certainly two amazing draws, there’s so much more to discover.”

Hans’ statement is so true, as my wife Misa and I had come to Costa Rica looking for ocean water and sunbathing. And though the initial mission was accomplished, we were led 4,000 feet above sea level in the Manuel Antonio area 25-minutes outside of Costa Rica’s capital San José.