Hope Botanical Gardens
Hope Botanical Gardens © RoadtripWarrior
This 20-hectare (50-acre) oasis of beauty in the middle of downtown Kingston is the largest botanical garden in the West Indies. Inside, paths meander past manicured lawns and tranquil gardens, including a cactus garden, orchid house, a forest garden and an ornamental pond. The gardens also contain a zoo, where children will enjoy interacting with the animals.
It is ideal to combine a quick exploration of the zoo with a picnic in the lovely gardens. The gardens are often included in birding tours of Jamaica because they offer an interesting overlap of urban and natural habitats. Although parts of the gardens can get crowded at times - and there are frequently weddings and other events at the venue - it is always possible to find a peaceful nook.
Address: Old Hope Road