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“Still one of the prettiest sites to visit in the Eastern Caribbean”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens
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US$89.00*
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Shore Excursion: The Best of St Vincent and the Grenadines
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Kingstown
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Owner description: The Botanical Gardens are one of the most important and popular sites in St Vincent. They are the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere (established in 1765) and are also an important conservation site (particularly for the St Vincent parrot). The Botanical Gardens are in Kingstown, a short journey from the town centre.
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Still one of the prettiest sites to visit in the Eastern Caribbean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

One always gets a thrill when one visit the Botanic Gardens in Kingstown St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) because of its share beauty, how clean and prestine condition its always in, it's manucured grass and the overall peacefulness of this beauty spot.

The Botanic Gardens in SVG if not the oldest in the Western Hemisphere is not far from; it's however grandiest and prettiest even when size is taken into account. This Botanic Gardens is located on the edge of Kingstown the Capital heading towards the Leeward side of the island, but walking distance even in the hot sun if you are feelng fit and motivated. If this is too much for the visitor, then a Maxi Taxi ride from near the fish market is the easiest and quickest way; or by taxi from the Bay front near the government office and police headquarters that should be no more than a 5-10 mins ride dependin of traffic and time of day.

The Gardens hold some of the grandiest and rarest trees in this side of the Caribbean and they are all labelled for easy recognition. Here you can see the oldest and authentic breadfruit tree, brought to SVG from Polynesia by Capt Bligh. The tree as in the photo is from the original sucker of the first breadfruit tree.

As a visitor, do take sometime out to chill by the green and white gazeebo that house a fountain, water lillies and local fresh water fishes. Not too far from this spot and the breadfruit tree one see the SVG native parrot albeit in a cage. And if you are into Royalty, then stop by the tree that was planted by Prince William on a visit.

The Botanic Gardens is a favourite attraction for locals and it should be part of the visitor itinerary and its free. A must see.

Visited April 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 14 July 2016
We are elated to know that you had a good time at the gardens. Thank you for visiting.
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“Beautiful - BUT watch for scam”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

The gardens are lovely. You'll need the guided tour to know what's what. BUT - be sure to understand who you're paying for what. The admissions desk clearly says $4 US pp for tour. At the end of our tour the guide told us we owed $4 US pp that what we'd paid was garden entrance. Our driver had warned us to pay at the entrance, not at the guide. The other half of our group paid less at the entrance, then paid the guide for the tour.
THEY ARE CLEARLY SCAMMING
which is really too bad because if left a bad taste in our mouths after a lovely walk in the gardens with an informative guide.
So just be sure you're clear with the front desk and the guide about who you're paying for what. I wouldn't have minded the paying, but I do mind being ripped off.

Visited August 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 14 July 2016
We are apologize for the unpleasant experience at the entrance booth. We have improved our staff system. So we do hope to read of a better experience soon. Thank you for visiting the gardens.
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St. Vincent
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a magnificent garden. Beautiful, peaceful and serene. The Botanic Garden falls short of excellent as a destination only because there is no refreshment stall in the vicinity. If you are planning a long outing its a good idea to bring water and a few snacks.

Visited April 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 14 July 2016
We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at the gardens. Thank you for coming.
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

The garden's were very beautiful and well worth a visit. They're easy to find, just a short 10 min walk out of Kingstown past the hospital.

I would definitely recommend paying the extra for the guided tour, it was interesting, and you can take time after to wander about by yourselves.

Visited May 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 14 July 2016
We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at the gardens. Thank you for coming.
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Naantali, Finland
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“Nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is nice park like Botanical Garden in central location. Make sure you take a local guide, because with him we had fruits straight from the tree etc. Normally those kind of things are strictly prohibited.

Visited January 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, 14 July 2016
We are happy that you enjoyed your visit at the gardens. Thank you for coming.
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