The government of Costa Rica has put in place a careful system for planning, monitoring, and the management of its resources to prevent destruction. They do this by placing an economic value on each resource with the rationale that if it is not protected, it will be squandered. Even more to the point, if not used appropriately, the result will be to the detriment of the people of Costa Rica. The government and people are very aware of their perishable birthright. These programs are intended to protect the critical elements of the eco-system and the people from exploitation and abuse. The Costa Rica National Accreditation Commission instituted a program called the Certification in Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) to monitor the industry and its resources. It prescribes how stakeholders will operate within a pre-defined, sustainable model of, cultural, natural, and social management of all the countries resources. The system awards points to each participant, based on the level of their participation in the plan. It assigns a ‘green leaf’ insignia to each of the five levels (5 leaves) or standards achievable. Blue River Resort and Hot Springs is currently rated as a ‘3 leaf’ boutique resort and is steadily working toward achieving more. The mission statement and all policies of the Blue River Resort are in strict accordance with agreed principles and practices of the CST regulations. For details about Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica and the Blue River Resorts involvement, check here CST & BBR. Unregulated, Costa Rica could rapidly become a ‘paradise lost’, joining so many other tourist destinations worldwide that have been over used, inappropriately exploited, and left as barren wastelands.