After a full day’s travel made longer by our lively travel companions — a toddler and a 4-year-old — we near our final destination: Concordia Eco-Resort, tucked in the verdant hills on the southernmost tip of St. John.
We have taken three airplanes, two airport shuttles, one open-backed taxi truck and a ferry to return to the smallest and least developed of the three main United States Virgin Islands. As we navigate our rental car up St. John’s switchbacks and unending curves to reach the island’s opposite end, I silently calculate that we have been in motion for nearly 15 hours.
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Other green-minded lodging options in the Caribbean:
Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Dominica. Lush Dominica’s leading eco-inn, we stayed in this wilderness retreat perched on the rainforest slope of Morne Macaque near Trafalgar, reveling in its tropical gardens and hot mineral pools. 767-448-228, www.papillote.dm.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. This small bungalow project protects more than 1,000 acres of rainforest while educating guests on natural and cultural issues, employing locals and remaining vigilant in energy conservation. 011-506-2735-5130, www.laparios.com.
Rainforest Ecolodge, Saba. This 12-lodge retreat in the northeast Caribbean is a low environmental impact eco hotel nestled inside a rainforest. 011-599-416-3348, www.ecolodge-saba.com
Natura Cabaña, Cabarete, Dominican Republic. The most eco-sensitive hotel in the Dominican Republic lies between Cabarete and Sosúa, where everything revolves around nature. 809-571-1507, www.naturacabana.com.