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Puerto Rico: Casa Cubuy EcolodgeRt 191 , south side of El Yunque Rainforest preserve, Phone: (787) 874-6221
Reviewed by: Jeannew from PA, review #2005
When: June 2007
Off the beaten path place to experience the mountains and rainforest of Puerto Rico. Rustic but comfortable.
Casa Cubuy is located on the south side of the El Yunque rainforest preserve in Puerto Rico. It is on route 119 shortly before it comes to an end, permenantly closed by a landslide. The only traffic on this road is local and construction vehicles that are working on preserving the road. When driving to the lodge, one must watch for chickens, dogs and sometimes larger livestock on the road. The glimpses of mountainside waterfalls can also serve to distract the driver.
Comfortable rooms with private bathrooms go for $100-120 per night including delicious breakfasts of fresh fruit and other goodies. Bedrooms are screened but common areas are open to the cool mountain breezes and surprisingly no mosquitoes. No air conditioning, but not needed even in June. A short walk down hill from the lodge is a river with waterfalls (see photo). Lush vegetation and flowers line the trail. There are 2 more waterfalls within easy hiking distance. A short walk up hill gets one into the El Yunque preserve, but a car is needed to get to the "touristy" side of the El Yunque where the visitor center is located.
Casa Cubuy only serves evening meals if there is a minimum number of guests. However they have an honor bar which includes microwavable meals, beer, wine and other snacks. About 2 miles down the road is a small bar that serves good local food.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights here. There were very few guests in the off season, yet the weather was pleasant. It was a wonderful place to just relax, look at the view and listen to the sounds of the waterfalls. We plan to stay there again on our next visit to Puerto Rico.
Caveat: This is more like a comfortable summer camp than a luxury hotel, but if you want to experience the "real" Puerto Rico spend a few nights and eat at the local bar. For us it was a great experience. The one gross-out for me was the need to put used toilet paper in the trash can rather than flushing it down. I guess that is part of being an Eco-lodge.
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