Every year, thousands of migratory birds visit our shores in search of the warm climate and food. Those coming from the North start to arrive during Autumn in route to South America. Cabo Rojo, a municipality in the Southwest of the island, is strategically located in both the Missisipi and Atlantic airways. This is why you can watch and listen to over 100 species in the area.
One of the places where you can find them is in a bird haven site called Refugio de Aves Iris L. Alameda Martínez. This mangroove forest receives many species, including native birds. Even though the migratory birds visit us in the Winter, you can enjoy sounds of birds any time of the year thanks to the local bird species.
The sound of birds in Cabo Rojo
Here is a curious video of a bird playing with a rear view mirror in a car at Alameda. You can listen to the birds in the background.
In this one you can watch a couple of birds taking a dip on a pond.
Protected zones where you can watch birds
The Alameda haven is part of a system of protected areas around Buyé, Boquerón, Combate and El Faro. It consists of several landlots, each one protected by a federal, state, or non-profit organization. Four of these lots are open to the public.
Refugio de Aves Iris Alameda
Board walk, fishing, and sport hunting
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 4:00 pm
Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre (National Wildlife Refugee)
Museum, walking paths, endemic tree species
Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
This brochure provides more information about the Wildlife Refugee. It lists some of the birds you can watch in the area.
Centro Interpretativo Las Salinas de Cabo Rojo Efrén Pérez
Observation tower, museum, walking paths, biking, salt industry
Open Thursday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo
Walking paths, landscaping, beach, historic lighthouse
All the places are close to each other. The last two places in the list are specially attractive because of the gorgeous views you can find. At the Centro Informativo you will see beautiful landscapes of pink salt mines agaist the green ocean and blue sky. As someone in Tripadvisor said, “It opens another page in your memory book with the beautiful views of tri-colored blue ocean and interior pink salt flats that are framed by dusty blue mountains and rolling white clouds.”
El Faro (” The Lighthouse”) is a historical site where you can see panoramic views of a cliff and nearby beaches.
About Cabo Rojo
This town offers a wide range of options to visitors, from laying on the beach and doing nothing at all to adventurous activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, cycling trails along the coastine, and wonderful educational activities.
Things to do in Cabo Rojo