Ecotourism is about more than simply visiting natural attractions or natural places. Ecotourism is defined as responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains and provides economic benefits for local people, and communities, in addition to informing and educating tourists. 

To this date Jamaica is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean region. Tourism makes up over 50% of the gross economy on the Island of Jamaica. That same industry also disproportionately affects Jamaican citizens living and working on the island. Unfortunately, poverty is prevalent on the island, as over 30% of the entire documented population live below the poverty line, and a significantly larger percent lack basic necessities such as electricity and WIFI. One of the main issues is that jobs are scarce on the island, and the jobs that don't exploit citizens are even more rare.

Wanderlust is a small slice of paradise tucked away in nature.  At Wanderlust Wellness Retreat, we believe in the power of eco-tourism to make a positive impact on the environment and local communities. As responsible travelers, we prioritize conservation and sustainability while also providing economic benefits for the people of Jamaica. But we don't just stop there - we also strive to educate and inform our guests about the importance of eco-tourism. In a country where tourism makes up over 50% of the economy, it's crucial that we support the local people and communities. This retreat is created by Jamaicans, who hire locals from around the island at fair market wages. We are committed to sustainability, using renewable materials for our cabins and we are aiming for over 80% utilization of renewable energy sources. The on-site art gallery showcases beautiful pieces by talented artists and sculptors from across the island, our gift shop features handmade souvenirs and crafts made by local residents and formerly incarcerated citizens looking to support their families. We are dedicated to supporting small businesses and vendors on the island in every stage of our development. By choosing Wanderlust, you are not only treating yourself to a luxury getaway, but also making a positive impact on the lives of local communities.