Costa Rica has very pronounced tourism seasons.   Christmas vacation through spring break is the high season with high occupancy (and rates) across the country.  And then comes the low season (we like to call it the green season), and hotel occupancies drop sharply.  This is especially true for Guanacaste that attracts more of a sun and beach type tourism.  The rest of the country has more of a focus on wildlife and nature.

Green Season on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

In many hotels and resorts employees get laid off in late April or early May.  In some cases up to 50% off the staff.  In the best case, they go on an “unpaid holiday” and come back to work in mid-December.  This is typical for many seasonal destinations in the world, but a real problem creating unemployment, underemployment and economic instability in rural areas for Costa Rica.  The same thing as in Costa Rica, also happens in Nicaragua.

At the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Resorts, we have never liked this policy and since our first year of operation have opted to provide year round employment to all of our staff.   While at first sight, this might not be the most sensible business decision, we believe that it does make a lot of sense and it is the right thing to do.  Here is why…

Long time employees of Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio.
Cleaning & Maintnance at Aguas Claras.
Our maids here in Jicaro Lodge in Nicaragua have made up the beds for our guests many times. They do it with extra special love and care, maybe because they have had the experience of sleeping in those sheets themselves…

If you want to be a sustainable traveler.  Considering traveling during the times of the year with less demand.  Read here about peak season travel and its impacts.

By the way, here are The Cayuga Collection green season values for this year.  There are some real attractive savings and you support our staff’s employment for the next months.  They will thank you for it.

The animals are around all year. No matter if it is high season, peak season or low season. There might even be better wildlife viewing in the green season.

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