"A walk in the woods" vs "A wonderful walk with
Carambola Gardens are located along the main road in Sandy
Bay, just across from Anthony's Key Resort. The Gardens can be contacted
at 504 2445-3117. The "gardens" have not changed
much in the last 18 years even though the cruise ship passengers have been
filling the place on cruise ship days. The entrance fee is $5 and has "A
Wonderful Walk With Nature" printed right on the entrance coupon. The
trails and plants displayed have been upgraded in 2013. For
the entrance fee, you will have the opportunity to take a "walk in the woods" and
a walk in a "garden area". The garden area does have a good
selection of tropical plants and trees that are found on Roatan.
Bring your own plant and tree book! However, once you leave the garden area, it
is best described as "a hike in the woods" on a small, steep, marked
trail. At the top of the site, there are some nice views of West End,
Gibson Bite, and Anthony's Key Resort. Just stay on the path and you
eventually will get to the top on either the Jungle Trail (misnomer), Mountain
Trail, or main path. Below are a few of the plants that were not
marked. There are about 30 plant markers in the garden.
Anthony's Key cut from the inside through the reef as seen
from the top of Carambola Gardens.
If you are looking for a true
rainforest experience, the mainland of Honduras has several guided tours in the
Pico Bonito Forest (7,500 ft in altitude). Pico Bonito is located only a short day trip or overnight
trip from Roatan to LaCeiba. (Roatan to LaCeiba by ferry or airplane is
approximately 30 miles). Several tour operators offer trips into the park.
Day trips and overnight camping is available. The best bets for tours
within the park are Omega Tours, Jungle
River, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, and Rios Honduras. Also, check
(Jungle Lodge--lodging, river rafting, hikes, and canopy slide),
(Lodge) for a sample of what is on the mainland in the Pico Bonito area.
Camping is available in Pico Bonito. Pico Bonito is for the adventure
traveler. Expect basic facilities with a friendly staff. If you want to see
the real beauty of a tropical forest and the animals that inhabit it, head to
Pico Bonito near LaCeiba.
Other tourist sites on the
north coast west of LaCeiba are the Jardin Botanic Lancetilla and the Wildlife
Refuge at Cuero y Salado.
Note: We do not "book" or make
reservations for the above activities.
This information is provided solely to inform visitors of activities available
on Roatan and is not an endorsement of the activity.