Cuffie River. Set amongst the secondary growth of a former plantation. Surrounded by trees and birds.
Beautiful rooms, wonderful staff, fantastic food, a lovely swimming pool and run by the gracious and friendly Regina. Heaven.
The forest comes right up to the balcony.
Rufous-vented Chacalacas: every morning we were woken up at 6am by their calls - like an alarm clock you couldn't turn off.
Blue Backed Manakin. A walk before breakfast brings you to a lek where, skulking in the undergrowth, you could find this delightful bird. If a female turns up you will get two males dancing together to attract her favours.
At Breakfast you can watch hummingbirds at the feeders which are full of sugared water.
White-necked Jacobin; an aggresive little brid which chased away all other birds.
You can see the amazing S shape they make when hovering
White necked Jacobin
The tiny Ruby Topaz
Ruby Topaz hummingbird
A bright jewel in the forest
Black-Throated Mango with its gorgeous purple tail
This is Rufous-breasted Hermit hummingbird sitting on its tiny nest which swings precariously on the breeze.
After watching hummingbirds its time for a walk in the forest.
Evidence of Cuffie's plantation past - this is part of a sugar mill.
Bromeiiad flowers are so striking against the beatiful Caribbean sky
Trail 45 - our favourite walk
Bamboo arches over the path
Gorgeous butterflies flit through the trees
Jacamars perch on branches for all the world as if they are posing for the camera. They are, of course, waiting for insects to pass by.
Night draws in but all is not over yet
Potoos are a bit like owls, swooping silently through the air and deftly catching their prey
Cuffie River - such a wonderful place it was a shame to leave it. If you want to find out more visit http://www.cuffie-river.com/