- Parks and Gardens Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Visit one of Martinique's most famous sites, the Balata Gardens, to see why this is "the Isle of Flowers." This private botanical garden just outside Fort-de-France is home to a staggering number of begonias, bromeliads, bamboo and about 300 different types of palm trees. There's a small admission fee to enter, and according to some recent visitors, it isn't worth it unless you're really into plants. Instead, you might want to take some tropical flowers home with you. You can arrange to have your flowers delivered to the airport, or visit the Balata Gardens' satellite shop in the terminal of the Martinique airport. They'll arrange special packaging to facilitate bringing your flowers on the plane.
Balata Gardens is a short drive from Fort-de-France and is accesible via car (parking is free), taxi or bus; the L25 bus takes passengers from downtown Fort-de-France to the entrance of the gardens. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance for adults costs 13.10 euros (about $14) and 7.50 euros (around $8) for children between the ages of 3 and 12. For more information, check out the Balata Gardens website (in French).