Caribbean Gardens, Parks & Flora
Exotic Caribbean gardens make the regional a botanical wonderland
As well enjoying the Caribbean sun, sea and sand, there are plenty of beautiful Caribbean gardens to visit. The Caribbean is a botanical wonderland with lush gardens, spectacular orchids, stunning tropical flowers, and a vast array of shrubs and trees.
Beautiful tropical Caribbean gardens surround luxury hotels – vibrant flora and colourful flowering trees such as the flamboyant (aka flame tree), frangipane and trumpet tree for instance. Bougainvillea in a multitude of colours thrive on many islands, as does the hibiscus, Allamanda, jasmine, the desert rose, flamingo flower, ginger, ixora, the bird of paradise and oleander. Caribbean gardens are a must visit for gardening enthusiasts.
Some Caribbean gardens that might be of interest
ARUBA: The National Park Arikok covers nearly a fifth of the island. It features scrubland, a cactus forest, aloe vera, and more than 50 types of native trees including the Kwihi and Divi Divi trees.
BARBADOS: There are a few Caribbean gardens of interest to visit in Barbados. Andromeda Gardens are located on the East Coast, near Bathsheba. It’s a 6-acre shaded garden with plenty of tropical trees. There’s a lily pond and a huge native banyan tree. Small but perfectly-formed shady Hunte’s Garden has been created in a sink hole – it has towering palms and is bursting with tropical plants. Welchman Hall Gulley is located in the hilly part of Barbados, St Thomas, and is rich with natural vegetation. There is a feeding station for the green monkeys and a nutmeg grove with a lookout offering great views over the East Coast.
BELIZE: There’s an orchid house with more than 100 native species in the Belize Botanic Gardens, garden trails, thousands of plants, exotic flowers and stunning views from the lookout on the hill top. There’s also a bird hide, shady walkways, and vibrant showy plants such as gingers, bird of paradise, and heliconias.
DOMINICA: Within walking distance of the cruise ship port you’ll discover Dominica’s lush botanical gardens which cover around 50 acres and feature a huge variety of trees including towering palms, banyan tree and bamboos. There is a sculpture made from bottles and a bus which was crushed by a fallen tree during a storm.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: The national botanical gardens in Santo Domingo are spread over 200 acres and are home to over 300 orchid varieties as well as palms and exotic plants. There is also a Japanese Garden and a train to take you on a guided tour of the gardens if you don’t want to walk around them.
Some Caribbean gardens to explore
Nevis Botanical Gardens
GRENADA: As well as a few small gardens on the island – a palm tree garden, herb and spice garden, spice, and nutmeg garden – there is a 60-acre fertile garden sitting in the foothills of the Grand Etang tropical rainforest.
GUADELOUPE: In the Deshaies Botanical Garden (more than 17 acres), as well as a lily pond full of koi carp, majestic trees, flamingos, palm grove, tree ferns and cacti, there is an array of vibrant Caribbean flora, a large aviary, and fantastic views from the restaurant. The Domaine de Valombreuse covers more than 12 acres – it’s a floral park with greenhouses full of orchids, a rainforest waterfall where you can swim, and lots of things to do for children.
JAMAICA: The picturesque Hope Botanical Gardens in the St Andrew district of Jamaica also feature some animals so if you’re travelling with children they might be of interest. There’s a Chinese garden too.
MARTINIQUE: Just ten minutes from Fort de France in Martinique you’ll find the Balata Botanical Gardens with around 3,000 tropical species. There are great views from the tree canopy walkway in these beautiful Caribbean gardens.
NEVIS: The pretty Botanical Gardens of Nevis are a must visit when you’re on this friendly unspoilt island. The well-maintained Caribbean gardens cover around five acres and are home to spectacular flowering trees, orchid terraces, water lilies and more than 100 species of palms.
ST LUCIA: The peaceful Diamond Botanical Gardens, near Soufrière feature the colourful Diamond Waterfalls, mineral baths (fed from the Sulphur Springs), a nature trail and lovely botanical gardens with well maintained pathways. These Caribbean gardens are located near the base of the famous Pitons, in a sheltered gorge.
ST THOMAS: Exotic tropical plants in the Phantasea Tropical Botanical Gardens are home to over 1,000 orchids as well as hundreds of palms and other exotic plants. Paths wind through the garden which also features decks, gazebos and places to sit.
ST VINCENT: Stroll around and relax in the botanical gardens in St Vincent (Kingstown). These Caribbean gardens are tranquil and worth visiting with a guide who knows them, you’ll find the experience interesting and discover smelly treats you’d miss without a guide.
TRINIDAD: Home to 700 trees or so, many from all over the world, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Trinidad has some lovely blossoming trees – orchid trees, tulip trees and magnolias. These Caribbean gardens are well laid out, have some nice picnic spots, and are located within walking distance from Port of Spain.
Flora found in Caribbean gardens or in the wild
Aranda Noorah Alsagoff
Aranda Noorah Alsagoff
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