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Belize Botanic Gardens

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Address: Big Eddy, Chial Road, San Ignacio, Belize
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+501 824-3101

Belize Botanic Gardens is a great place to spend from a few hours to the...

Belize Botanic Gardens is a great place to spend from a few hours to the whole day! Come and take one of our guided tours through the gardens and discover some of the secrets within the plants and trees. Do you know what perfumes Chanel No5? or what tree can colour your clothes? come and find the answers. Visit our Orchid house with over 120 orchids species of Belize.

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Far better than expected

In mid-december we were the only tourists there, and despite several hours of walking around, didn't see everything in the 45 acres.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alice F
Oakland, California
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New York
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471 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 466 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An unpaved road from the highway takes you here. But tickets at the main office. The garden is fairly interesting, laid out into distinct areas- rainforest, savanna etc. Neatly kept grounds. You will also see a number of birds here. Small orchid house, but none flowering when we were there. Does not match up to Botanic gardens I have seen... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In mid-december we were the only tourists there, and despite several hours of walking around, didn't see everything in the 45 acres.

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Pleasanton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is also a great place for bird watching. There is a tower which you climb to get a great view of the mountains.

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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Some friends and I stayed at du Plooy's for 3 nights and visited the Botanic Gardens several times/day including once with a birding guide. Different times of day offered different highlights and we loved exploring the hiking trails and bridges along the river, the medicine trail, and the orchid house. Highly recommended!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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554 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you're in Cayo, don't miss the Belize Botanic Gardens, on the grounds of duPlooy's Lodge. It was started by the late Ken duPlooy, who traveled across Belize and Central America collecting specimens for the gardens. His work started in the late 1980s, and today many of his collected specimens have grown into large trees. Ken's spouse, Judy, and the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Tropical gardens, well maintained and home to many birds and wildlife. Enjoyed our peacefull strolls through the gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The drive to the Botanical Gardens at duPlooy’s was like most of the driving around the Cayo District, wild and crazy with the added twist of driving up a very steep grade for a large part of the excursion. The destination even with rain and bugs is very beautiful. Take the guided tour for added benefit. It was not expensive.... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Our guide Louis was fantastic! He pointed out lots of interesting plants and their medicinal uses. We even got to sample different fruits within the garden. We loved the experience and found it to be both education and entertaining. The only negative was the drive to the gardens. Be warned that the road is TERRIBLE, steep, and slippery. Make sure... More 

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Sunnyvale, CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Maybe if it hadn't just been tattered by a hurricane, it would have been better. Our guide wasn't that great either. All he showed us was medicinal herbs and he had a dubious personal story about how each one had solved a personal problem that western medicine failed.

Thank Julie C
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Shayla was in the office when we arrived and she was very informative about some plants we had questions about. There was a class that day, so unfortunately there were no guides for guided tours, so we did a self tour. A booklet with a map and a description of the plants comes with the price of admission ($30 BZ... More 

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