Climate Change Poses a Threat to Coffee

The coffee industry is actively combatting the effects of climate change. From providing seeds to monitoring production and suggesting new agricultural practices for their partner growers, larger coffee companies are using their knowledge and resources to help everyone adapt. And there’s no choice: between rising demand for top-quality beans and the potential for supply disruption. Of the organizations, Starbucks has spearheaded farm development, especially in …

Sustainability at Olas Verdes

The boutique hotel shows how Costa Rica’s colonial past paved the way for its conservationalist future

It’s somewhere between the oddly low organic-juice-bar-to-streetlight-ratio and the packs of chickens that freely roam the streets of Nosara that it hits visitors: eating local isn’t a buzzy concept here, it’s a way of life. Long before tourists schlepped to the beaches and mountains of Costa Rica in search of pura vida, Costa Ricans proudly lived close to the land. And nowhere is that tradition …

Olas Verdes: Costa Rica’s Greenest Boutique Surf Hotel

An affordable, laid-back beach hideout with a distinctly Tico attitude

If the quip “The journey is the destination” typifies your approach to travel then set your sights on Playa Guiones, Costa Rica. The humble but growing beach town is a two-and-a-half hour drive over mostly washboard dirt roads from the nearest international airport. Passing through towns small and smaller, getting lost in the scenery is easy. The region’s agricultural roots give way to modern snippets …