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6 Eco-Friendly Vacation Spots For Families That Won't Break The Bank

By Maria Cook

Traveling with a family can be tough. It's easy to find ourselves struggling to stay within budget, while keeping kids entertained. For the eco-conscious, tourism can seem doubly daunting. We want to experience faraway places and observe nature, but we don't want our presence to contribute to any environmental damage. Luckily, eco-tourism is booming, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune, either! Here are six eco-friendly vacation spots for families that won't break the bank.  

1. Iceland

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Northern Lights, cozy cabins, hiking in the snow, salmon fishing. Just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of Iceland. This remote land is also a booming hub for eco-tourism and the world's largest clean energy consumer. For such a popular spot, prices are surprisingly low. In some areas, families can rent vacation homes for as little as $30 a night. Kids and adults are sure to enjoy Iceland's expansive hiking trails, unique cuisine and the outdoor, geothermal pools. 

2. California

California is one of the most geographically diverse states in the U.S., with everything from sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains. For those looking to experience the natural beauty of the Californian wilderness, look no further than Yosemite National Park. The park offers eco-friendly rustic lodging for reasonable prices. Depending on the time of year, a myriad of family-friendly activities can be enjoyed here, including hiking, skiing, rafting, biking, ice skating, and rock climbing. 

3. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is known as a pioneer of eco-tourism. The country began using less energy and focusing on recycling in resorts as early as 1990, long before it was trendy. There is no shortage of things to do in this tropical haven. Kids can enjoy snorkeling, zip lining through the rain forests, and watching the colorful wildlife. Finding a place to stay within your budget is simple too; eco-tourism has its own section on Costa Rica's offical tourism website. You can check out all your options here.