Recently on social media, someone questioned if we were cutting down the rainforest to grow sugar cane. This is absolutely not the case, but it is an opportunity to talk about the history of the land.
Prior to our founder acquiring the land in 2006, the area was home to a rum distillery — Rocky Run Rum — during the late 1940s and 50s. The distillery closed in the late 70s and a portion of the property was turned into a citrus farm. In 2006, the land was purchased and began the transition to Copal Tree Lodge, a pioneer in the idea of sustainable food production and agritourism.
Rather than cutting down trees, each year the Lodge plants thousands of trees as part of an extensive agroforestry program that also supports local wildlife.