Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens
In 1989, an American couple of Indian origin moved to Punta Gorda and decided to grow the spices from their homeland of Kerala. Since that time, the spice garden and botanical garden has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike.
Today,Punta Gorda is home to a wide variety of flowering plants, trees, and spice plants. Thanks to help from the government of Belize, the spice farm has been able to import seeds and cuttings from India. The spice farm grows more black pepper and vanilla than anywhere else in the country and is home to magnificent tree species such as rosewood, mahogany, teak, sandalwood, and banyan.
Why You Have to Visit This Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens
Visiting the spice farm is as close as you can get to touring a tropical plantation in southern India. With so many exotic spices filling the air, the atmosphere of the spice farm is truly unique. The area is in the heart of one of the most pristine areas of Belize and is also a great place to enjoy activities like hiking and bird watching.
Where Is It Located?
When Is the Best Time to Visit?
The spice farm and botanical garden is open seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Advanced reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]
How to Get There
The entrance to the spice farm and botanical garden is one mile south of the Golden Stream Bridge on the Southern Highway in Toledo District.
Best Way to Experience the Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens
Currently, visitors can choose between a guided walking tour or ride in a tractor-pulled trailer. Visitors can choose between bird watching, a spice and fruit tasting tour, a culinary tour, and a lotus and orchard tour. The grounds of the spice farm and botanical garden are extremely beautiful so be sure to bring your camera.
Visitors should include enough time to enjoy a lunch at the farm‘s Cinnamon Hall restaurant. There is also a small gift shop on site.