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“Nice place to spend an hour”

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails
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US$45.00*
and up
Customizeable Best Of Roatan Island Tour
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Sandy Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The 100% natural 40 acres of the Carambola Botanical Gardens and their many jungle trails offer a perfect place for hiking, wildlife and scenic photography, eco tours, bird watching, nature studies, and of course, relaxation. So, "take a walk on the wild side" and watch the playful Monkey La La scurry along jungle trails as you enjoy flowering plants, orchids, medicinal plants, exotic spices, fruit and nut trees, including the very popular "Chocolate Tree" and the world famous Honduran mahogany tree.
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Let me start by saying this is not some phony, man-made enclosed area with some imported plants. This is nature pure and simple, modified with some paths, bridges and seating areas. The owner bought the area and keeps it well maintained for the visiting tourists, most of them (and us) from the cruise ships.

It does cost $10 without a guide but we just wanted to walk around and observe the local flora and fauna. One can argue about the admission price all day but we have paid the same or more for less in other islands. Lots of birds, lizards and beautiful plants and trees. You can walk all the way upslope to the top for a grand view of the island but we did not want to exert the effort on this humid, warm day so we just walked around the paths.

Gardens are not for everyone but if you are on Roatan with some time to spare, go visit this attraction.

2  Thank lonestarlizard
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

The botanical garden is nice (10$ per person). You can see many trees and flowers in the garden: coffee, cacao, orchids, etc. But the highlight IMO is the hike to the top of the mountain where you can see Anthony's Key Resort and the dolphin show. It is not an easy hike, so kids and elders might have a hard time making to the top. If you hike, then this is a must do in the island.

2  Thank SickofRain
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Very beautiful, well kept gardens, interesting Flora to be seen here. We did not pay for the guide, but I think that you would learn a lot more, although that being said, we though $10.00 US without a guide per person was a little steep. We found much better value at the other attractions on the island. Very pretty bathrooms!

2  Thank threesixx
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Beautiful gardens, helpful staff. The map was well done and the hike to the top was well worth it. I would suggest bringing water though and going in the AM. The garden is shaded and a peaceful place to spend some time in the shade.

1  Thank yakermary
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

The front desk at Infinity Bay arranged for our transport and tickets to the nearby park. As we were waiting to enter, we were amazed as several large parrots made sweeping passes overhead, made for a very impressive sight. We were assigned a guide who accompanied us throughout our tour, there was one other couple in our group. We passed over a wooden bridge to cross a turtle filled lake to get to the monkeys. Previus reports stated to bring peanuts, but our guide discouraged us from feeding the white faced Capuchins directly. He said we could get bit, and that the monkeys respond more kindly to the guides handing them treats. As it was, the monkeys climbed all over our head and shoulders, allowing some great photos on our own cameras. There wasn't an official photographer who was the only one allowed to take pictures that could later be bought at exhorbitant prices in a gift shop. We were pleasantly surprised by this, perhaps because we went on a one cruise ship in port day? After the monkey escapades, we saw lots of iguanas, inc. the black iguana found solely on Roatan. There was an insect and butterfly room, a map room with a raised profile of the island, simulated pirates and their treasures. The guide gave a history of the island with emphasis on the pirates heritage. Finally we saw an outside hummingbird feeding area and tried to capture the swift darting birds on camera. There was a lunch station, a small, unimpressive beach, but where (one might snorkel from).

2  Thank Robert S
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