Camuy Coastal Area
The Camuy Coastal Area is the only mangrove area designated as protected by the Puerto Rican Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and is a very unique area where different types of ecosystems can be found within a short 15 minutes distance travel. This high energy coastline makes this beach a variable landscape available through the year; visitors here can find more than 40 species on any single day they spend in town, especially during the migratory season. A study of the area showed that at least for the month of January, close to 50% of the birds recorded for the area were either regional or North American migratory birds. However there is a constant flow of migrants from as early as June up to March every year.
The Camuy River is the third largest underground river in the world and the scenary for the biggest rafting event on the island (Balseada del Río Camuy):
Over 14 species of butterflies and similar count for dragonflies adds up to the atractives on these wetlands:
Camuy is a regular stop for birders of all levels in Puerto Rico and can be accessed via a paved road, PR 485. Along this road, there are bakeries, coffee shops, and restaurants where visitors can enjoy Puerto Rican tropical cuisine as well as their favorite refreshments from local beers to fruit frappes. Along this route is also Playa Peñón Brusi where you can take a rest while enjoying an acaí fruit bowl or have your own picnic on any of the tables located in the area.
The mudflat area in the following picture is at a high water level that changes levels throughout the seasons, providing one of the best birding spots in the area due to the resulting species rotation during the year:
More than 120 species have being recorded for Camuy territory (that’s 1/3 of the total for Puerto Rico), including 10 out of 17 Puerto Rican endemics species and other endemic subspecies.
Transportation for small groups can be coordinated in advance with the municipal Tourism Office:
Enjoying the sunset at the iconic Peñón Amador (right of the pier) after a long day of birding in Camuy: