About Our Ecolodge
Casa Cubuy Ecolodge is a special, tranquil place where you can contemplate the wonder and beauty of the rain forest that surrounds you. Sunbathe on granite slabs and boulders worn smooth by eons of cascading waters. Slip into a natural jacuzzi and let the water gently massage away the tensions of city life. Relax in a hammock on the verandah, read, or just watch the clouds float by in this setting of giant tree ferns, soaring breadfruit trees and wild orchids. Explore trails to prehistoric Indian rock carvings. Casa Cubuy is located above Naguabo in Eastern Puerto Rico.
Casa Cubuy offers a less stressful alternative than the busy North side of the El Yunque Rainforest. This quiet retreat lies nearly at the top of the road on the south side of the mountain. Casa Cubuy is perched on a hill above a river with many waterfalls. A short uphill trek from the house on a paved road brings you to the new El Yunque National Forest recreational facility, where interpretive guides may offer forest hikes.
About the mother and son owners,
Marianne and Matthew
Marianne Kavanaugh LaForce and Matthew Cobb Kavanaugh, mother and son, are the co-owners of Casa Cubuy Ecolodge. Marianne came to Puerto Rico with Matthew, age 6, from Miami in 1960. She bought the property in 1972 and used it as a weekend getaway until she retired from school teaching in 1991. The two bedroom, one bath house on 1.5 acres of land bordering the Cubuy river was expanded to a ten room ecolodge. Architect Pablo Quinones redesigned a merger of the original structure with the new additions to create a flow between the indoor and outdoor space.
Under Matthew's direction the two year expansion project was completed in 2000. Casa Cubuy Ecolodge is the main bed and breakfast that has eleven private rooms all with unbelievable rooms often times in the clouds due to the high elevation.
Sierra Palms is the other facility 1/2 km down the road with rooms available for rent. Sierra Palms has a large communal kitchen, huge outdoor dining space located on the top level with great WIFI connectivity. Sierra Palms is perfect for group retreats, activities, and large gatherings. "The House" at Sierra Palms is a completely private unit with its own kitchen, living rooms, bedrooms, terrace, and entryway with a shared courtyard. There is enough parking for three cars and you can enjoy the privacy at our mountainside retreat along with a private accessway to the rivers down in the valley below.