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Gardens to Visit in Jamaica
Gardens of Jamaica
Bath Botanical Gardens, St Thomas
Established in 1779, this is Jamaica’s oldest botanical garden. It is located near the hot springs of Bath Fountain. Breadfruit and ackee, Jamaica’s national fruit, were first introduced to Bath Botanical Gardens, and to Jamaica, by Captain William Bligh – whose story is told in the classic film Mutiny on the Bounty.
Coyaba River Garden & Museum, Ocho Rios
Coyaba features a water garden, with ponds fed by natural streams, Spanish-Jamaican architecture and a natural aquarium with koi carp and turtles. Visitors can enjoy a dip at the foot of the Mahoe Falls, visit the Museum of Island History – which tells the story of Jamaica’s first inhabitants, and enjoy a cup of Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain Coffee in the courtyard. www.coyabagardens.com
Cranbrook Flower Forest & River Head Adventure Trail, St Ann’s Bay
An eco-tourism attraction set within 130 acres of tropical forest, with 40 acres of landscaped gardens, and dozens of tropical plants, flowers and birds. There is a hiking trail along the Little River that leads to its source. Other activities for visitors include bird watching and fishing. www.cranbrookff.com
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hope, Kingston
This much-visited attraction is known locally as Hope Gardens and was established in 1880 with the assistance of representatives from Kew Gardens. It was granted ‘Royal’ status after the Queen’s visit in the 1950’s. As well as a host of exotic and endemic plant species, the gardens also feature a Coconut Museum, Sunken Gardens, an Orchid House, Palm Avenue, Lily Pond, and a maze.
Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, Ocho Rios
Situated high on a hill top overlooking the Bay of Ocho Rios, Shaw Park features 25 acres of tropical gardens, with a waterfall, natural pool, and an abundance of tropical trees, plants and flowers. www.shawparkgardens.com
For more information on visiting Jamaica, see www.visitjamaica.com