Jardin de Balata
The Jardin de Balata is a beautiful, tropical, botanical garden in the mountains above Fort de France, Martinique. On our recent family travel aboard the Disney Wonder, we were fortunate to visit this wonderful island. We chose a tour of the Jardin de Balata as our port excursion. We were not disappointed.
Our tour guide was a young German lad, giving a tour in English to Americans, on a French speaking island. He was really a very good tour guide.
The bus ride to the garden was about 45 minutes on maybe the most comfortable bus I have ever ridden (seriously). We enjoyed the ride to (and from) the garden, but the Jardin de Balata was definitely the highlight of the day. Our guide on the bus also led our tour through the Garden. His knowledge of both Martinique, its history, and of the plants in the garden was impressive. He was quite thorough and informative.
The visitors center of the Jardin de Balata is the home of the person who designed and built the garden.
Birds and lizards make up most of the wildlife on Martinique and can be found in the botanical garden.
Being a tropical garden, there are a variety of palm trees, some native, but many not.
A hanging rope bridge winds above a portion of the garden giving a different perspective. The views of the garden are beautiful, but the views of the Harbor of Fort de France far below is stunning.
Paths wind through the garden showing many different plants, different garden styles, and different facets of the same plants and gardens approached from different directions.
Some of the paths in the garden travel along quite hilly terrain. One person in our tour was unable to view much of the garden.
We love botanical gardens as you can see from our prior posts: Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh http://www.familytravelescapades.com/visiting-the-royal-botanic-garden-in-scotland/and Yew Dell Garden. Touring the Jardin de Balata was shear joy and our time quickly passed. If you have mobility issues, then this is not a tour for you. Otherwise, I strongly recommend that you visit the Jardin de Balata botanical garden when you visit Martinique.