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“Carambola Gardens, World Class”

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails
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Customizeable Best Of Roatan Island Tour
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Sandy Bay
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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 September 5, 2012

Bill and Irma Brady have created a World Class collection of tropical plants at Carambola Gardens on Roatan’s North side behind Anthony’s Key Resort in Sandy Bay. Included in their beautiful and well planned miniature tropical forest are rare and endangered plants from Lancetilla, the famous United Fruit Company experimental garden near Tela Honduras.

As you walk the trails you may see deer, rabbits, butterflies, lizards, unusual insects and other fauna, in addition to the flora.

And then there’s the available hike through a natural habitat of various palms and plants where it is almost dark, climbing to the top of the hill. Bill has carefully carved foot paths through this original forest to arrive at a vista of Anthony’s and Bailey’s Cays. In addition, he has a telescope for night time celestial photography available by reservation.

My family and I travel to Roatan several times a year and always try to include the gardens in our itinerary. I highly recommend you contact Carambola Gardens through the internet to arrange a private tour with Bill during your visit to Roatan.

Bill and Irma are strategically involved in the preservation of Roatan’s’ ecology.

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"mountain trail"
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"anthony's key"
in 18 reviews
"trees and plants"
in 11 reviews
"key resort"
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"self guided tour"
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"great hike"
in 6 reviews
"hummingbird feeders"
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"local flora"
in 4 reviews
"bring water"
in 4 reviews
"tropical forest"
in 4 reviews
"cocoa beans"
in 3 reviews
"nature hike"
in 3 reviews
"jungle experience"
in 3 reviews
"worth the effort"
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"anthony key"
in 3 reviews
"caribbean sea"
in 3 reviews
"couple of hours"
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We hiked on one of the cooler afternoons during our July visit, which was a fortunate choice (bring water). Flowers and hummingbirds are beautiful, as is the view. Many paths, but all seem to connect (so don't worry, as they are not very well-marked). We stayed at Tranquil Seas and walked down the beach to the Anthony's key footbridge and up to the road, and then entrance is right across the street. The man offered us delicious local bananas when we left.

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

My husband and I hiked to the top of the mountain trail in less than half an hour, beautiful vantage point to get a broad view of the sea. The gardens had a nice variety of flowers and native plants in one place too.

Thank skidownbrown
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We found the gardens fairly easily as they are almost opposite the sign to Anthony's Key. We weren't sure what to expect but we really enjoyed our visit. There were only the two of us so we didn't have a guide but we were given a map and told the general direction of where to go. I liked the fact that it wasn't hugely signposted because it felt more adventurous and it wasn't really possible to get lost because the paths seemed to connect with one another at some point.

The gardens were lovely, well tended but maintained their naturalness. We saw lots of butterflies and could hear the sound of the birds in the trees.

The trek to the top of the mountain was challenging as it was very hot but there are plenty of benches at appropriate places along the trail and the views at the top are amazing. We were there when the Dolphins were performing on the beach below at Anthony's Key and we could see them leaping out of the sea.

I preferred not to have a guide because we were able to experience its naturalness without everything being explained but I realise that many people enjoy having a guide so if you do, it would be important checking out when guided tours operate.

4  Thank Indira
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

If you go be sure and hike to the top of the trail for an incredible view looking out over Anthony's Key.

1  Thank sealeo
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