Hope Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical gardens in the West Indies. It was once the estate of Major Richard Hope, one of the English officers who helped capture Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the tract of land was a sugar estate. The Hope Aqueduct—still in evidence at Hope Gardens, Mona Heights and Mona Road—was built to carry water from the Hope River to turn the estate’s mills. The 200 acres of land became Hope Gardens in the late-1870s. When Queen Elizabeth II came to Jamaica in 1953, the gardens were officially renamed the Royal Botanical Gardens, although locals still know it as Hope Gardens. Don't miss the orchid house, cactus garden and lily pond. Sago palms are among the oldest living trees in Jamaica, and Hope Gardens is the site of aptly named Palm Avenue. Other attractions include a small zoo, a lake, military band concerts and even a poet's corner. You can also grab a bite to eat at the gardens' Ashanti Oasis Ital (vegetarian) restaurant. If the love bug bites, the gardens are a favorite venue for weddings.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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