Belize Botanical Gardens (San Ignacio): Top Tips Before You Go

Belize Botanical Gardens

Belize is a pristine country bursting with fragrant flowers, exotic wildlife, and an incredible diversity of trees and plants. One of the best ways to see this biodiversity at its finest is by visiting the Belize Botanical Gardens.

First established in 1997, the Belize Botanical Gardens contain more than 45 acres of plants from all around the country and the region. The Belize Botanical Gardens contain experimental fruit trees imported from Asia, including mangosteen, litchi, and rambutan plants.

There is also an inland lagoon that draws in many different bird species, including whistling ducks, herons, and grebes. The Orchid House contains more than 200 different species of native orchids, including the Black Orchid, Belize’s national flower.

Why You Have to Do a Tour of the Botanical Gardens

Visiting the Belize Botanical Gardens is the perfect introduction to the beauty of Belize’s nature. The vast grounds contain a combination of both indigenous plants as well as a research center working to find new plants and crops that will flourish in Belize’s fertile soils.

Whether you’re coming just to wander and enjoy the atmosphere or want to learn more about the plants of Belize, the Belize Botanical Gardens is well-worth a visit. The gardens offer guided and self-guided tours, including packages that include transportation to/from San Ignacio and courses to learn more about the different plants, including ancient herbal remedies used by the Maya.

Where in Belize Are the Belize Botanical Gardens Located?

The Belize Botanical Gardens are located approximately 10 miles outside of San Ignacio Town in the country’s central Cayo District.

The Best Way to Get to the Belize Botanical Gardens

By private vehicle, the Belize Botanical Gardens can be difficult to find. Visitors are encouraged to call (501) 824-3101 or email them at for more information.

Guided tour packages include round-trip transportation to and from the Belize Botanical Gardens from San Ignacio Town.

The Best Way to Experience the Belize Botanical Gardens

Guided tours are available between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM and take around one to one and a half hours to complete. Guided tours include learning about the plants and birds on the property as well as information about traditional medicinal remedies.

Children 12 and under when accompanied by their parents can enter free. For adults, the standard entrance fee is $15 and several guided tour options that include transportation and a meal are available from between $70-100 per person.

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