J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, Road Town

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#30 of 45 in Parks in British Virgin Islands
Stroll in the shade of the serene J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens and observe the lush tropical plants and exotic animals that live here. Terrapins reside in pools and lizards scurry though the plants, while many colorful fruits hang overhead. Located just a short walk from the port, and not exceedingly large, you’ll manage to see a diverse amount of flora and fauna without taking up the whole day. Be sure to have a peek in the gift shop before you leave. Plan to visit J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended British Virgin Islands attractions using our British Virgin Islands road trip planning tool .
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  • February 8th we woke in Road Harbor, the port of Road Town, the capital of Tortola, city in which you live most of the 28 000 inhabitants of the British Virgin Islands. There everything is concentrated around the city and the port, which is vital and dynamic and does not think at all in a population so small concentration. The succession of civilizations that left traces of their passage in these islands is not unlike much of which saw other populations in the region: in the beginning there were Amerindians, Arawak and siboneyes, then came the Spanish, which, disappointed by the absence of gold, abandoned it well soon. Later came the Dutch and the English, who were constantly besieged by pirates. Sir Francis Drake is an authentic myth in these places. More than one monument and the famous canal that divides the two main groups in the British Virgin Islands bear his name. Great Britain administered, through the Commonwealth, this remote colony without too many interests until 1966, date in which those who colonized the island were American millionaires, with the Rockefellers to the head, which, based on tourism investments, the they became the wonder of welcome and hospitality that one can admire today. On the Islands, it should be made clear it, even her Majesty Elizabeth II, represented by a Governor who appoints herself Queen. The geographical formation of the British Virgin Islands, with the exception of Anegada, is mountainous, and Tortola has the highest massif of the archipelago, La Sage Mountain, whose Summit is a rain forest that is worth admiring. Tortola is a windy Island whose climate is mitigated by breezes and currents favored by mountains. A splendid island which you can admire, on foot, by bike or Jeep, with paragraphs and fascinating corners that can be achieved. In what refers to the tourist activities, Tortola and Road Town are equipadisimas, both with regard to water sports in what refers to the excursions. Cane Garden Bay, in this sense, is the privileged point of reference and is where we celebrate the typical Festival square and the beach in Tortola in addition to being the place you live the famous musician Quito Rymer, that it is not difficult to find in your bar the Quito's Bar & Grill, while improvised sonnets and songs. On the beach we spent a wonderful afternoon under a blue sky and bright sunshine to + 29 ° C. Sun loungers lined up under the coconut trees and the friendliness of the waiters make it was an evening worthy of recall. Very beautiful is the natural park of the J.R. O'Neill Botanical Gardens. The huge garden is located in the center of Road Town, and hosts 62 varieties of Palm trees and thousands of flowers. It is populated by songbirds and parrots. Another natural attraction of a certain importance, protected by the authority of the parks, is Mount Healthy Windmilt, which preserves the remains and the testimony of one of the first plantations of the archipelago. Our picturesque Safari-bus took us through the island, offering us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views that the island offers. The road climbs to the Summit, and given that the island is narrow, at various points, we could see almost all the Virgin Islands, to St. Thomas. The houses have roofs color: pink, turquoise, Orange, red, etc. While its walls are made of very strong colours as: bottle green, violet, marañuela, etc. Many cars abandoned, rusted and covered by vegetation can be seen along highways. It was impressive to see the faithful at the end of the mass. The ladies wore hats and elegant dresses, men and boys with suits, ties or ties and girls looked like princesses. The Guide explained to us that to go to mass, the people dressed very elegant, just as they do when attending a wedding.
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  • Been to several Botanic gardens and this one is one of the better ones. Easy to find your way around with a wide variety of plants and trees. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Worth the small fee.  more »
  • This is a tiny Botanical Garden. It's nice enough, but I've been to several others that are much more impressive. Actually, I expected something more special for being in such a lush location.  more »
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  • I found this beautiful garden as a great stop in a self-guided walking tour around Road Town from the Cruise Pier. The garden is small but very well maintained and just beautiful and peaceful.
  • Lushly Botanical Garden. I enjoyed here. I took a walk through this round 4-acre showcase of lush plant life. There are sections devoted to prickly cacti and succulents, hothouses for ferns and orchids, gardens of medicinal herbs, and plants and trees. Love the gardens. It worth a visit indeed. ****
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