Trinidad and Tobago Cuffie River Nature Retreat Tobago Cuffie River Nature Retreat & Ecolodge

The Cuffie River Nature Retreat & Lodge is located in Tobago's beautiful mountain rainforest, on the Caribbean side of the island in the idyllic Runnemede valley. This secluded area in the foothills of Tobago's virgin rainforest abounds with birdlife.

In Tobago we'll seek the species of birds not found in Trinidad: Red-billed Tropicbird, Rufous-vented Chachalaca, White-tailed Sabrewing, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, White-fringed Antwren, Venezuelan Flycatcher, Blue-backed Manakin, Caribbean Martin, Scrub Greenlet, and Black-faced Grassquit.

We'll explore Tobago from the wetlands in the southern lowlands to the heights of the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve and on to Little Tobago Island, an uninhabited offshore island wildlife sanctuary. During our visit to Tobago we'll be transported in a safe, comfortable maxi-taxi throughout the southern lowlands, to the top of the Main Ridge Reserve—the oldest national park in the Western Hemisphere—and to several areas where hummingbirds, chachalacas, doves, motmots, and jacamars congregate. Our two-mile glass-bottomed-boat trip to Little Tobago Island Wildlife Sanctuary will allow us to view colonies of nesting seabirds and explore a seasonal dry forest that looks exactly the same as when Christopher Columbus first viewed it.

The food at the Cuffie River Nature Retreat is excellent, especially the seafood, which is freshly caught only a few miles from the lodge. Indulge in a relaxing swim in the elevated pool if you like, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rainforest.

Tobago has a laid-back ambiance that contrasts sharply with that of Trinidad, which bustles with activity and has a more diverse cultural mix. Your visit to Cuffie River Nature Retreat will be wonderful thanks to the excellent location, the warm hospitality of owner/manager Regina Dumas, excellent food, and plenty of hiking trails and lush native gardens.