Puerto Rico: Jardin Botanico y Cultural en Caguas

We headed to the Botanical Garden William Miranda Main in Caguas for our first day for two reasons (1) at home we enjoy strolling through the NY Botanical Garden and (2) we were in lazy mode. The Botanical Garden was about a 10 minute drive from our friends’ house where we were staying.

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View in the Violet Zone

Entry fee is about $3 per adult and kids under 5 are free. The Garden is divided into four zones (Note: The blue in the blue zone is not all water lol I was fooled!) In our opinion, the best zones are the Red and Violet.

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The Red Zone is what you immediately walk into once you pay your entry fee. There’s a little pond where you can rent a paddle boat and enjoy the view. There’s also an orchid area but unfortunately it was closed off so we couldn’t access it. Womp! Womp!

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We crossed the bridge from the Red Zone and found a restaurant right at the edge of the Blue and Purple Zone. They served arroz y carne from these huge pots on coal. It smelled delicious.  It was crowded with a school trip so we didn’t get a chance to have a meal.  NOTE: This is the only place you can buy water at the Garden. 

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Directly across the restaurant you’ll see La Casa Jibaro. You can’t actually go inside but it’s setup to mimic a mountain home. It’s small and simple but very intriguing.

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We crossed into the Yellow Zone using the suspended bridge next to the restaurant.  Just know that it swings as you cross it!

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The Yellow Zone was lacking in plants, trees, and flowers.  We did come across this phenomenal statue and pat the Taino design inspired bench.

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The Violet Zone you’ll find a Taino monument and statues. I would have liked more of a description and history behind these but they were beautiful to walk through and enjoy.

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Overall the Botanical Garden is a great place to walk or relax ooooor let the kids run around and get themselves tired out!

 

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