5 Super Cheap, Green Beach Resorts

4. Natura Beach Hotel and Villas, Polis, Cyprus

Photos via Natura Beach Hotel

The Natura Beach Hotel in Cyprus was designed by a botanist, so it's no surprise that the property respects its surroundings: The hotel harnesses groundwater for its toilets, wastewater is treated and used for irrigation, solar panels heat the water for the villas, air conditioners shut off automatically if the sliding doors are left open, and bright lights and water sports are prohibited from the beach to protect breeding sea turtles. The kitchen serves local specialties made from ingredients grown in the hotel's own garden--but it's all only a 15-minute walk from the town of Polis, where restaurants, coffee shops, and the Akamas peninsula nature reserve are easily accessible. (Rooms from 37 EUR (about $52))

5. De La Costa Eco-Lodge, Venezuela

Photo via Eco Venezuela

If you're looking for maximum proximity to the flora and fauna of Venezuela, look no further than the De La Costa Eco-Lodge: It's located in Henri Pittier National Park. Spend the day people-watching on the nearby beaches, take a surfing lesson, try mountain biking through tropical clouds, or experience the biodiversity first hand with bird watching. Back at the lodge, you'll stay in rooms air conditioned with high-efficiency units, shower with solar-heated water, and eat locally-grown fruits and vegetables prepared in the on-site restaurant. (Rooms from $48)

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