Port Royal Plantation

Port Royal Plantation


Area name

Port Royal Plantation

Area Location

Mid-Island. Left off Hwy 278, the same exit for the Westin Hotel.

Area Map


Access is restricted to residents and their guests as this is  gated residential community.


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  • The lagoons along the golf course fairways are good habitat for herons and egrets.
  • A “Do Not Disturb” nesting area is roped off for the Least Tern.
  • An arboretum in the Plantation is a botanist’s delight and attracts both resident and migrating passerines.
  • Resident passerines, particularly Eastern Bluebirds, are common on the golf courses.
  • The same shorebirds mentioned for Fish Haul Creek Park sometimes congregate high on the beaches near high tide on the Port Royal Plantation side of the creek (particularly Piping Plover).
  • In Port Royal you may also visit the remnants of Fort Walker (built during the Civil War). The plantation is the location of one of the only two steam canons ever in American service, put in place at the time of the Spanish American War but fired only as a test.

Key Birds


Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White Ibis, Eastern Bluebird.


Least Tern.


Cattle Egret, Least Tern.


Least Tern.


Piping Plover.