Take a look at Belize Botanic Gardens Photo Gallery. This will give you an idea of what we’re all about; however, you can’t depend on photos to really know. The thing to do is to visit us.
Here you can walk our many trails on your own or with one of our knowledgeable guides. Learn about why our native plants are important. Check out the Maya Medicine Trail and sample some teas made from “bush” plants at Belize Botanic Gardens.
Join us for a tamale making experience and make your own lunch Maya-style.
Or just spend the day wandering around the gardens, having a picnic by the pergola or maybe under the bamboo tunnel. You could climb the tower and enjoy your lunch while looking out over the gardens.
Belize Botanic Gardens is home to around 300 species of birds so don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
You can stay with in our comfortable Guest House or rent the “Blue House” for your Belize Vacation. With access to lots of nearby points of interest, you can’t go wrong. And where else can you stay right in a Botanic Garden and wander the grounds any time you want?
Belize Botanic Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Belize. BBG was opened to the public in 1997. Cleared farmland as late as 1993, our garden now extensive collections of native and exotic plants and trees.
One of our many features is a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. Let one of our experienced guides show you Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya Medicine Trail. This trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.
A Story From A Botanical Garden in Belize:
Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay whose elderly grandfather was a learned medicine man. The boy’s father sent him to stay with his grandfather to learn about the forest. So the boy went to stay with his grandfather. Every day they would walk in the forest and study the trees and plants so the boy could learn.
One day the grandfather told the boy to go to the forest and bring him back a plant that was not useful. He was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated. “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said. “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”
“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”
Other Features: Nursery, Trails, and More
In addition to the Maya House and Medicine Trail, Belize Botanic Gardens contains many other features. Among these features are a Native Orchid House, Palm Area and Cycad Circle. There is a tea trail where you can (by reservation) sample teas made from plants grown on the trail. Also featured is a rainforest trail and a tower which overlooks the gardens. Continue reading a Botanical Garden in Belize, Belize Botanic Gardens→
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to. You will delight in learning about in climate, language, culture, people and even insects unique to the area. There is an amazing variety of wildlife in Belize and, hopefully, you will see some of it while you are here.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed). Look for leaf cutter ants (wee-wee ants) marching in single file along a trail and disappearing into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
Others may run screaming at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf)