Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails

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Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails
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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.
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KirstenLFH
Brockville, Canada11 contributions
Beautiful and tranquil. Another review referred to it as almost therapeutic and we would certainly agree with this. It is a bit pricey though, especially for a family. The website says $10 USD entrance fee but it was $15 USD when we arrived. We were told the price has been $15 since before COVID. Would be nice if they took a moment to update that... If you are interested in the local flora and learning about it, I do recommend a visit.
Written July 15, 2022
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Amanda D
Curran22 contributions
I am not an adventurer and I don't remember the names of plants 10 minutes after you tell me, but I LOVED this tour of the Carambola gardens and thoroughly enjoyed hiking the jungle trail up to the peak and back. The gardens are so natural-looking, the variety of plants is staggering and the atmosphere is therapeutic. It's warm, humid, quiet, relaxing and I could have spent all day hanging out here. The tour took only about 20 minutes and we learned so much about the local vegetation. The hike took another 30 minutes. The hike is along a steep mountain trail which zig-zags along to the top of a mountain peak. At the peak is a view of Anthony's Key Resort. It's a very pretty view from up there of the island and reef. The hike wasn't too much for me and I'm 50 years old and not in top shape. But, anyone with knee or cardio-vascular issues likely wouldn't care much for the trail up the mountain. But the gardens at the base of the mountain are suitable for almost anyone.
Written April 14, 2022
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Dawn H
Grand Rapids, MI5 contributions
Wow, Our tour guide was Bill through the gardens he has worked for years to add fruit trees and signage to enlighten people about many of the trees and plants native to this tropical land. The birds and butterflies abound through this breathtaking space. We sat a spell in several of Bills palapas, taking in the splendor of Roatan. We also took a morning hike up to the summit and enjoyed an incredible 360 view. Though their are flowers it is not a flower garden, just nature doing what it does in a tropical climate with many different fruits and nut trees. The highlight for me was the Cacao trees. We so appreciated Bills wealth of knowledge about so many aspects of the Island and flora and fauna. He was a delight to talk with and he was happy as could be to talk with us about anything Roatan. Thank you for the highlight of our trip to Roatan.
Written January 30, 2022
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Ann K
6 contributions
Family
We did not do a specific tour and are a family of 6, so it was a bit expensive for what we got ($15 a person for a paper map). We overhead some of the tours and they seemed interesting (we planned to do the one where chocolate is made, but missed it). We tried to contact them in advance to find out times for tours unsuccessfully.

That being said, there are neat trees and a moderate hike up to a beautiful view (about 45 minutes). Not a ton of flowers and the trails were steep and overgrown in places, so wear good hiking shoes. Our youngest is 6 and was able to do it, but was pretty tired by the top!
Written February 26, 2022
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Nancy J
San Antonio, TX16 contributions
Couples
This was a very fun and educational excursion we took through Carnival Vista. Elvin, our driver and tour guide, was exceptional as a driver and tour guide. He was also exceptional in helping some elderly people on our tour who had limited mobility. Elizabeth was a great teacher and cook. The chocolate and lunch were wonderful. We will remember this trip for a long time! Thank you!
Written February 2, 2022
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Matt B
Park Rapids, MN111 contributions
Business
We came here as a class for an afternoon, and we saw lots of native Honduran plants. There was signs below each type of tree/plant and had clearly marked trails and paths throughout the area. At the back of the garden there is a trail that leads up to the top of the hill to a viewing area of Anthony’s Key Resort and the ocean.
Written July 14, 2020
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TheresaVib
Brooklyn, NY6 contributions
This is such a cool place. We live in NYC and often escape the city to go upstate to hike. We went to the gardens for their hiking trail. It was awesome. A little steep and not perfectly maintained but we loved it. Total jungle hike experience, but safe and secure and the view at the top is beautiful. This is also great if you dont do the hike, the gardens and paths are beautiful and all the tress are labeled so you can learn aboutt the plant life of Roatan which is very cool.
Written March 15, 2020
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Desiree B
3 contributions
Barely any flowers, not ideal for anyone who is afraid of heights if you want to see the view at the top of the hill, which is worth it. Path was thin, and dangerous coming back down. Not recommended for small children or older adults. Also charged for a tour guide, which we did not get.
Written June 19, 2022
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Michael H
Burke, VA203 contributions
We decided to go to this wonderful little hideaway on a rainy day. Carambola had larger umbrellas for us and we walked along numerous trails which had nice covered areas to hang out as well. The flora was wonderful. It also had elevated trails that took you to the top of the mountain (not that high) and allowed views of the north shore of Roatan and the sea. Nicely marked trees and shrubs and an abundance of nice things to see
Written January 31, 2020
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Jennifer M
Roatan2 contributions
Friends
We have driven past this place many times and thought it was only a botanical garden. Then we saw that there are nature trails so we decided to check it out. We were very pleasantly surprised. We spent the morning hiking through the trails and enjoying nature. Even on a cloudy and drizzling day it was pretty. Our favorite part was hiking up to the top of the mountain to see the view. I am not a big hiker and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I got some exercise but was by no means exhausted. There was a gradual trail that wound its way up the hill. The view at the top is beautiful, even on a cloudy day. I'm sure it is even better with sun! Entrance is only $8 and is something different to do if you need a break from the sun or it is not a good beach day. A nice activity for families too.
Written November 19, 2012
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