Jardin Botanico Nacional

Jardin Botanico Nacional, Havana: Hours, Address, Jardin Botanico Nacional Reviews: 4.5/5

Jardin Botanico Nacional
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Unless palm trees are your thing, not worth the effort
Dec 2019
First, I have to say that as an English-speaking family with limited Spanish, the gardens did provide a guide who spoke reasonable English. We didn’t have the option of just wandering in without a guide. He took us through the three glass houses, at quite a pace, so we didn’t have much chance to look at anything. We were then told we had to wait for the tractor ride up to the Japanese garden. On the way the guide pointed out various different types of palm trees. There are 300 species in the garden, of which 98 are endemic to Cuba or maybe nearby. Despite the fact the Japanese garden has been redone recently, it was very disappointing. It consists of a pond, some rocks, a couple of ornaments, two bridges and a wooden gazebo over part of the pond. The plants that there were in this area were certainly not typical Japanese plants, and indeed the beds were badly in need of weeding. We were told we had 20 minutes before the tractor back to the main entrance. When we said we wanted to eat at the restaurant there, we were told that they didn’t take CUCs, only local pesos, and that there might not be another train down, so we would have to walk the 3km back to the main entrance (with no map). We dutifully route marched round the Japanese garden before getting the train back down. Neither of the kiosks selling food and drinks near the entrance took CUCs, and with no map of the gardens, it was not obvious if there was anywhere else to go, as all the reviews I had read suggested the greenhouses and the Japanese garden were the highlights. Very few of the plants were labelled, just some of the plants in the glass houses We left very hungry and disappointed. However, in the city the next day, we happened to come across the old botanic garden in the Quinta de los molinos. This was altogether a much nicer area, though small, including its own Japanese garden with a pond and quite a few bonsai trees, with the added bonus of being free. It’s clearly not well visited, as the guard assumed we were lost and looking for the exit!

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Hemuli
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Couples
Great green oasis in the middle of Havana if you love flowers, trees, and animals. Ticket includes guided tour which was great. We saw humming birds, lizards etc. Well worth a visit!
Written February 14, 2020
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Ann S
Leeds, UK22 contributions
Couples
We took the tractor tour which was ready to set off when we arrived. This was well worth it as the guide was extremely knowledgeable. He spoke good English but it wasn't really necessary as his Spanish was so lovely and clear.
The highlight is the Japanese garden which is serene and lovely. Try to go early so you have plenty of time after the tour is finished to wander around by yourself.
The vegetarian organic restaurant next to the Japanese garden is wonderful - fruit and veg grown in the Jardin Botanico and wonderful delicate flavours including hibiscus flowers and other unusual things.
PLEASE NOTE: in spite of what it says in the Rough Guide this garden is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Written June 5, 2015
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Anton P
Bolzano, Italy164 contributions
Couples
The Gardens are for sure worth the 40 minutes trip to visit them. You switch from the busy Havana to a quiet park with an extension of more than 600 hectares and it's a pity that in an afternoon you cannot explore all of the parts of the gardens.
We started with the bus-like vehicle pulled by a tractor and got a good overview of a part of the gardens. Our guide was really good in explaining to the (few) visitors the main attractions, especially the palm trees endemic to Cuba and from all over the world. After the tour we visited the Japanese garden and enjoyed it's serene atmosphere. Last stop were the greenhouses with the cactii, succulents and all kind of tropical plants.
For sure the gardens are worth a longer visit - maybe the next time we'll be able to see other parts of them.
Written May 20, 2015
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Rachel C
West Sussex, United Kingdom3 contributions
Family
First, I have to say that as an English-speaking family with limited Spanish, the gardens did provide a guide who spoke reasonable English. We didn’t have the option of just wandering in without a guide. He took us through the three glass houses, at quite a pace, so we didn’t have much chance to look at anything. We were then told we had to wait for the tractor ride up to the Japanese garden. On the way the guide pointed out various different types of palm trees. There are 300 species in the garden, of which 98 are endemic to Cuba or maybe nearby. Despite the fact the Japanese garden has been redone recently, it was very disappointing. It consists of a pond, some rocks, a couple of ornaments, two bridges and a wooden gazebo over part of the pond. The plants that there were in this area were certainly not typical Japanese plants, and indeed the beds were badly in need of weeding. We were told we had 20 minutes before the tractor back to the main entrance. When we said we wanted to eat at the restaurant there, we were told that they didn’t take CUCs, only local pesos, and that there might not be another train down, so we would have to walk the 3km back to the main entrance (with no map). We dutifully route marched round the Japanese garden before getting the train back down. Neither of the kiosks selling food and drinks near the entrance took CUCs, and with no map of the gardens, it was not obvious if there was anywhere else to go, as all the reviews I had read suggested the greenhouses and the Japanese garden were the highlights. Very few of the plants were labelled, just some of the plants in the glass houses We left very hungry and disappointed. However, in the city the next day, we happened to come across the old botanic garden in the Quinta de los molinos. This was altogether a much nicer area, though small, including its own Japanese garden with a pond and quite a few bonsai trees, with the added bonus of being free. It’s clearly not well visited, as the guard assumed we were lost and looking for the exit!
Written January 5, 2020
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djm257
London, Canada31 contributions
Couples
If you're interested in a huge variety of tropical and subtropical trees, this is worth a visit. There are trees from Cuba, Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. The guide was very knowlegeable. There are three pavilions containing smaller plants: one for desert plants, and two with jungle plants.

Not everything is labelled, but that was okay: we wouldn't have remembered the names anyway.

One negative is that it's a fair way out of the city, so costs a bit for a taxi (ours was 30 CUC, but that was from east of Havana).
Written January 27, 2017
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Josh S
San Francisco, CA95 contributions
Friends
The Jardin Botanico Nacional is on the outskirts of Havana, but well worth the trip. It is huge, and has an amazing collection of plants. There are several plant houses, containing cacti, succulents and tropical plants. Most of the garden is out doors, and it is huge! There are amazing collections including palms, that contain many rare species endemic to Cuba. There are also tropical plants organized by continent from around the world. The Japanese garden is very peaceful and well designed. The staff guides are very knowledgeable and can help you navigate the garden, since it is so large.
Written February 21, 2015
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Jeannie
Andover, UK118 contributions
Situated on the outskirts of havana, these gardens are in the best traditions of botanical study. Supported by the university and with links to worldwide gardens, including Kew, they have some very interesting collections. The glasshouse are stunning and beautifully maintained. The collection of palms is very interesting, as are the collections of trees from different continets.
Written February 23, 2013
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JeannefromNorCal
Alamo, CA82 contributions
Couples
The very large garden is divided into various regions. I was impressed by the palms and pines as well as the greenhouses with unusual cacti and succulents. Unfortunately the Japanese garden is in need of repair due to drainage problems.
Written February 13, 2017
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,124 contributions
Couples
We went around the botanical garden on our coach as it is vast.First we had home grown coffee in the visitors hut and were given a brief history of why this place exists and what it sees for the future. A guide told us about the various areas from around the world where specific flora and fauna came from. It is very beautiful and relaxing but we never had a chance to take a walk. I am sure that this would be a great place to chill out and relax.
Written June 7, 2016
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AnnaWellington
Wellington73 contributions
If you enjoy plants and gardens, and want a break from the busy-ness of Havana this is well worth visiting. It is further away than I expected, about 45 mins. There is a tractor / bus trip we did with a guide. She was very knowledgable about all the plants and history. It was really great to be in a quiet place. Hardly anyone there, but we did go mid week.
Written January 17, 2015
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