Calypso Cruises is the ONLY tour operator going to Tortuga Island that has earned the coveted Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).
Calypso Cruises has obtained the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). Our mission is to raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation and part of that goal is remembering our own impact. The Certification for Sustainable Tourism program evaluates each tourism company based on the degree to which its operations comply to a model of sustainability.
In order to meet their criteria, our staff is constantly evaluating our physical-biological parameters, service management, interaction with external clients and relationship with the community. We hold each of these criteria to the highest importance and are proud to uphold the ideals of Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).
Information about Costa Rica's certificate for sustainable tourism (CST)
The concept of “ecotourism”, going “green” and building “sustainably” in the tourism industry has exploded over the past ten years. These terms are well known in Costa Rica at most hotels, restaurants and with tour operators. There are varied definitions for these terms but simply put - finding ways to satisfy the requirements of today’s society without making it impossible for future generations to satisfy their own.
Sometimes finding truly “sustainable” tourism operations has become extremely difficult for consumers. With the advent of “green washing”: the practice of using terms such as “ecotourism” or “green” are used as a marketing ploy to attract a more socially and environmentally conscious customers. Not necessarily as real operational plan or commitment.
How are customers supposed to know the difference between a hotel or tour operator that is truly sustainable (making substantial contributions to the environment and surrounding community) and one that simply says that it is “green” for the sake of attracting customers?
Environmentally and socially conscious persons who visit Costa Rica have a great tool for assuring that their money is spent in a way that will truly make a positive contribution. This is the Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST) administered by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
This complete and rigorous, certification system (which is the only certification endorsed by the Costa Rican government) awards hotels and tour operators ‘leaves' on a scale of one to five based on their sustainability achievements (much like the mobile star rating which evaluates hotel services).
The CST bases its judgements on four factors:
Biological-Physical: How does a property impact and/or protect its surrounding environment?
Services and Infrastructure: How do the property’s operations (including product use and disposal, water and energy management, etc.) affect the environment?
Social-Economic Environment: What impact does the property have on nearby communities to promote/provide education to its staff and community and to work with community service providers?
External Client: How does the property promote and teach responsible tourism with guests who visit.
Currently, the CST is not mandatory for all properties in Costa Rica. For this reason, it is imperative that the consumer take an active role in looking for properties (hotels and tour operators) that are participating in the certification process. By supporting CST certified organizations, you not only know where your money is being spent, but are showing your support for fair, honest and above all, truly sustainable business practices. When you travel in Costa Rica, inquire about CST certification, ask questions and demand answers. Your travel decisions and your ‘colones’,can truly make a difference. If you would like more information, please visit: www.turismo-sostenible.co.cr
Environment tips for travelers to Costa Rica
Calypso Cruises participates in Sustainable Tourism Policies and follows environmental guidelines and programs to protect our environment.
Calypso Cruises doesn’t use disposable plates or glasses. We recycle: paper, glass and plastic and organic material is made into compost and used at Punta Coral, a property owned by the owners of Calypso located in some of the last 2% of Tropical Dry Forest left in the world today. (www.puntacoral.com) Calypso Cruises has been protecting this precious eco system from development for more than 35 years.
Food and health:
When in the natural environment:
Use of transportation:
Traveling with children and babies:
While on tour:
RESPECT the local environment, culture and traditions. PROTECT nature and the natural treasures. PRESERVE local resources. You can accomplish this by follow these suggestions:
Camping and the proper use of water:
After yout trip:
Think of how all these environmental suggestions have benefited you and our country. Apply them at home and consider participating or contributing in this important effort to protect the Earth.
Try to always learn more about Best Practices for the environment. Sustainable tourism is the key to protecting the livelihoods and natural resources of local communities. Especially those with limited economic resources and whose culture and traditions are also in danger of being lost. Be a part of it.
Find out what are the important environmental issues in the country. Good environmental practices (e.g. reduce, reuse, recycle!) are often the same in different countries. Talk about these issues with people you meet.
Think about where you are eating and staying and support the more environmentally friendly businesses. If you stay in an Ecolodge, speak with the owners/managers. Ask how do they manage their garbage? Do they recycle? Do they use treatment plants to reuse their water? Do they practice or contribute to conservation? Do they support the local communities in any way? These questions can also be asked at any hotel you visit.
Many countries have interesting volunteer opportunities with environmentally-oriented organizations. If you have the time and interest, support these efforts by volunteering!
CALYPSO CRUISES pioneered and created the Tortuga Island Cruise in 1975.
CALYPSO's complete One-Day-Vacation is a tour-de-force of all that's magical about Costa Rica and is necessary before one can claim to have fully explored COSTA RICA.
One block north of Los Antojitos Restaurant.
300 west of Mercado Central in front of Parque Victoria.