Jardin de Balata, Fort-de-France

(4.6/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
Wander and observe exotic plants and flowers in the beautifully sculpted Jardin de Balata. Explore the gardens, nestled in the jungle-class mountains of the island, and set around the designer’s childhood Creole home. Take winding paths through expertly manicured gardens, or traverse suspended pathways in the trees, affording spectacular views of the site and its surrounding countryside. Consider bringing comfortable shoes, as the trails can be hilly at points, and be sure to bring along a camera to capture the picturesque vistas. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Jardin de Balata by using our Fort-de-France trip itinerary maker.
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  • We visited the garden in winter (January) and it was a beauty up to our expectations. Superb views over the surrounding hills, a course in the trees that bring a lot to the visit, playful and very well maintained. I am a little shocked to read some comments saying that the Park is a tourist trap in search of exoticism... This isn't the case. Even if everything is very framed and organized, well-made flowerbeds and the marked path, it is the case in all botanical gardens. However, this one is exceptional to beauty. Of course if you want to be left alone to visit, as we, stand up and be the first to experience the Park in the morning!
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  • Beautiful place to walk, a real treat for lovers of Botany. You can see among others an outstanding collection of bromeliads. Very interesting for the inhabitants of the island and for enthusiasts, the entrance ticket gives free access to the garden throughout the year. A walk on bridges suspended in trees gives another point of view about this magical place. Of course prefer midweek and off-season visits if you want to enjoy the most of the beauty of this exceptional garden.
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  • It is very easy to get to the garden and the directions are clear. It's hidden in the mountains and from the terrace at the bottom of the Park you can enjoy a beautiful view to the sea. The price of the ticket is definitely high but worth it. We took the audio guide and it was interesting to see details that maybe I wouldn't have noticed along the way between the walkways. At the entrance you receive the salute of a cloud of hummingbirds that come to feed on the abbeveratio hanging from the patio of the villa. There are several areas with flowers and plants from different countries of the world, nice ponds with water lilies and fish. Only drawback: it can be accessed with strollers and wheelchairs, too bad that along the way there are many stretches with stairs, both uphill and downhill. If we had known we would not have brought the stroller.
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  • It's that 5 stars is the max, but really Balata Garden deserves 6 out of 5 stars! A great place to visit if you like flowers, trees and nature in general. The entrance fee is pretty steep, but very well worth it! A must-visit, if you're on Martinique for your vacation.
  • The garden is very big and nice. You can see a lot of different plants and trees there. If you rent an audio guide, you'll learn a lot of the history of the garden. If you want to see all of it, you would need at least 2 hours.
  • It's a nice garden with a lot of tropical flowers all together
  • A very beautiful place. In addition to many different flowers there are a few places to watch hummingbirds.
  • One of the best botanical garden I ever seen