Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Keeps it Green

Resort excellence proves eco-friendly By: Mark Rogers
Barcelo Maya Beach incorporates eco-friendly practices. // © 2012 Barcelo Maya Beach
Barcelo Maya Beach incorporates eco-friendly practices. // © 2012 Barcelo Maya Beach

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Barcelo Maya Beach Resort
www.barcelo.com

The all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Beach Resort is committed to protecting the environment for future generations as well as giving back to the community.

The resort’s green practices expand beyond what guests see during their stay. Treating water in filtration plants to be reused for garden irrigation, sorting trash for proper disposal, using energy-saving light bulbs and installing automatic light control in public areas are just a few elements of the resort’s overall sustainability efforts. The resort complex even has a 3,200-square-foot vegetable garden where vegetables, herbs and 10 different types of chili peppers are grown. Additionally, a reverse-osmosis plant purifies drinking water.

During sea turtle season, which begins in May and ends in October, the resort protects nesting sites with a wire fence and posts signage to inform guests about the importance of protecting sea turtles. Once the eggs hatch, guests are encouraged to participate in the release of hundreds of newborn turtles on the beach. Guided by Maya Beach’s on-site environmental team, guests of all ages can assist the native loggerhead and green sea turtles as they journey from sand to sea.

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