Agree with most of the above. RIU is a disgrace to Costa Rica and all the country stands for in terms of its environmental policies. The crimes perpetrated by this hotel are well documented and several court cases are pending.
This goes well beyond opinions or politics, broken laws and crimes against nature are easily proven and I can only hope that in the end justice will prevail.
For anyone staying there in the near future, I do sincerely want you to have a nice vacation. Most people outside of Costa Rica are not aware of what happened here, the destruction, the disregard for nature, and you can't be blamed for something you knew nothing about.
All we can do as responsible members of this forum is try and get the message out to people who are not aware. If you do know about the environmental carnage and still want to go, then so be it.
I do not think the idea of anyone here is to make people think as we do, but rather to inform people so you can make a good choice that fits you and having all the facts is crucial in the process.
To the RIU from me = Get Bent
To the forum as a whole = Cheers
Edited: 01 November 2011, 23:00