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“Wonderful Tour for Nature Enthusiasts”

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails
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Ranked #7 of 20 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 April 14, 2013

Really enjoyable way to immerse yourself into the Honduran ecology.

As a Dionysian it was difficult, but I managed not to strip the cacao pods and coffee beans off of the trees! Carambola is nearly the garden of eden ;)

Irma as a guide was very informative and we really loved seeing the diversity of plants they have arranged in such a beautiful garden. As we visited in December many plants, such as orchids were not blooming, but it was still very beautiful and worthwhile.

I highly recommend for those interested in botany, ecology, farm to table cooking and natural medicine - it was very interesting.

Thank jl13
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We walked to Carambola Gardens from our Sandy Bay rental recently. It was very easy to find, right across the road from the entrance to Anthony's Key.

We went early in the morning, before it got too hot, and I think we may have been the only ones there. Other than the employee at the gate who welcomed us, we never saw another person.

In the main garden there are so many different paths and varieties of flowers and plants that it was hard to take it all in. What a beautiful paradise!

We were given a little map, that marked out where the plant life was, etc. I just wish the map also included the jungle and mountain trails. We did follow the mountain trail, but found there were several times that the trail went in 2 different directions and we weren't sure which way to go. I think they all went to the top, just by different means, but having a map for those trails would have been really helpful.

Regardless, we made it to the top and the beautiful view. I agree with previous comments that bringing water along would be a good idea. And sturdy shoes! The mountain trail was steep in places and I was glad to have good shoes on - flip flops would have been very tricky on the way back down!

Unfortunately the orchids weren't in bloom. There were so many it would be have been amazing to see them.

Our tour of the gardens and hike on the mountain trail took about 2 hours. There was a small gift shop at the gate. They could probably do well selling some bottled water there too, but I didn't see any.

1  Thank gotta-c-sun
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is a great place to take a hike in the morning. We walked down from our VRBO in Sandy Bay. You see some great flowers and cool jungle plants. Take the mountain trail for a great view of the small islands.

Thank KamilleSwenson
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

My wife and I went to the gardens and did see some great trees, palms, and some great paths for wandering around, but unfortunately not much in bloom in February.

We did challenge ourselves to take the hike to the top of the mountain which is a fair challenge in itself - switchbacks and steep sections, bridges to cross. It is very hot and humid away from the beach and breeze, so bring some water - you'll need it. You are eventually rewarded with a great view of Anthony's Key from high atop, and the reef and ocean to the north. There are even a couple of benches to catch your breath, take a photo or two before challenging your ankles and calves for the trip back down to sea level.

Some good exercise and a few neat things to see - probably a little over- priced at $10 US each.

3  Thank harvman
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

not much to see in February, go there in the spring, nice hike and good view overlooking Anthony's Key

Thank AngieWeinberger
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