Trails

Mangrove Wetland

This wetland is enhanced with a man-made limestone waterfall on one side and a quiescent coconut grove on the other. The waterfall helps aerate the wetland and is a great place for spotting herons or egrets stalking fish or frogs. Another interesting feature are the natural sinkholes in the rock. These holes are directly connected to the sea, evidenced by the water inside rising and falling daily along with the tides and by the presence of salt-tolerant red mangroves which flourish as a mature forest on the site. 

Follow the boardwalk to experience this unique island ecosystem and observe all four species of native mangrove: red, black, white and buttonwood. 



Browse the plants found in this area below.

 PLANTS FOUND IN THE WELCOME CENTRE AND MANGROVE WETLAND AREA

Five Finger Tabebuia bahamensis
Rufous Orchid Encyclia rufa
Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera
Pigeon Plum Coccoloba diversifolia
Lignum Vitae Guaiacum sanctum
Whisk Broom Psilotum nudum
Golden Creeper Ernodea littoralis
Southern Shield Fern Thelypteris kunthii
White Head Rhyncospora floridensis
Giant Fern Acrostichum danaeifolium
Tropical Fimbry Fimbristylis cymosa
Pink Rain Lily Zephryanthes rosea
Yellow Rain Lily Zephryanthes citrina
Porter Weed Phyla nodiflora
White Rain Lily Zephryanthes puertoricensis
Rusty Sedge Fimbristylis ferruginea
Large Cyperus Cyperus ligalaris
Capitate Spike Rush Eleocharis geniculata
Waterhyssop Bacopa monnieri
Capitate Spike Rush Eleocharis caribaea
Buccaneer Palm Pseudophoenix sargentii
Wild Tamarind Lysiloma latisilliquum
Horse Bush Gundlachia corymbosa
Coonti Zamia pumila
Sea Oats Uniola paniculata
Black Ink Berry Scaevola plumieri
Bay Lily Hymenocallis arenicola
Shanks Salmea petrobioides
Spike Grass Uniola virgata
Buttonwood Conocarpus erectus
Mosquito Bush Strumpfia maritima
Bay Lavender Argusia gnaphalodes
Wild Thyme Rhachicallis americana
Silver Top Palm Coccothrinax argentata
Gum Elemi Bursera simaruba
Ming Tree Bucida spinosa
Spanish Stopper Eugenia foetida
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