The birds flocking to the estuary’s tranquil mangroves, scrub, cactus and salt ponds include coots, egrets, herons and flycatchers. Meandering hiking trails wind through the parklands, formerly the estate of cousin to Queen Elizabeth, Lord Brownlow.
Tucked away within the nature center are buildings offering accommodation, including the lovely colonial-style manor house and some cottages. There’s also a highly regarded beachfront restaurant for twilight dining under the palm trees.
Leave time to visit those lovely beaches, protected from the wind and little-visited – the perfect location to escape the crowds.