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J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Caribbean flowers © Mary-Lynn
Caribbean flowers © Mary-Lynn

Located in the centre of Road Town, Tortola, the splendid J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens are a must for fans of the Caribbean's tropical flora. Pathways wind beneath floral pergolas, through a mini rainforest and passed a variety of ponds, waterfalls and exotic, indigenous plants. The gardens are also home to tropical birds and red-legged tortoises. Travellers may see baby tortoises if they visit at the right time of year. The four-acre gardens are maintained and developed as part of the British Virgin Islands' National Parks system, and offer a great escape from the heat. Though perhaps not as big as some people are used to, the gardens can easily keep visitors occupied for an hour or so.

Address: Station Avenue, Road Town.