National Botanical Gardens Areas of Natural Interest, Havana . Cuba
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- Parque Lenin. Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
This spacious area located in Lenin Park contains everything from a Japanese garden to greenhouses bursting with cacti and tropical vegetation.This gorgeous botanical garden, covering a 600 hectare surface, is situated only 25 km away from town and deserves a special visit from all eco-fans. You will find yourself in the middle of 150000 specimens and over 4000 different kinds of Cuban and international plants. The most natural ambient is created by elevation and an artificial creation of little hills. The whole place is organized into geographical areas. We recommend you to keep an eye on the cactus pavilion, tropical rain forest, the Buganville and Orchids exposition, the palm-tree collection and the Japanese garden, tastefully designed with little water falls and fountains. You won´t have to leave the place when feeling hungry. The restaurant “El Bambú” is a flagship of traditional vegetarian kitchen.
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National Botanical Gardens is located in Havana
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Jardín Japonés Koisima
Jardín Japonés Koisima This wonderful Japanese garden Koisima -Love Island- is located within the premises of Restaurant 1830. It has several caves, terraces, bridges and ways all among exotic trees and plants in the mouth of river Almendares, at the end of Havana sea-wall. Waiters can bring visitors some drinks but it would be very good for the place to have its own bar and well-assorted too. A nice place to be at sunset, especially in couple.
The Botanical Gardens
This is one of the most agreeable spots on the island. The Botanical Gardens offer a marvelous collection of plants from all around the Caribbean, and particularly from Cuba. The Japanese Garden replete with fountains and waterfalls is a favorite among tourists and a perfect place to stop and rest. The facility includes a cafeteria, toilets, etc. The trip ends with a visit to the ExpoCuba Exhibition Center, followed by a delicious traditional Cuban lunch at the Don Cuba restaurant.
The National Botanical Gardens of Cuba lie to the south of the city, being just a short distance to the east of Jose Marti International Airport. Covering an immense 1,500 acres / 600 hectares, the gardens contain large and important collections of exotic plants, trees and flowers, some of which grow in vast glasshouses. Landscaped areas include a Japanese Garden with oriental features, seasonal flower borders and plenty of seating. Guided tours are available onboard a land train, allowing you to see the main horticultural attractions and gardens within approximately two hours.
“Large and well stocked botanical gardens provide a nice respite from Havana bustle ”
Toured the botanical gardens with a botanist guide from the University (with which the gardens are affiliated). The facility is expansive and well laid out. It also provides a welcome and calming green environment as a get away from the hustle and bustle of Havana. We had lunch in the restaurant there -- based on our experience I would eat... More
“Well worth a visit ”
Situated on the outskirts of havana, these gardens are in the best traditions of botanical study. Supported by the university and with links to worldwide gardens, including Kew, they have some very interesting collections. The glasshouse are stunning and beautifully maintained. The collection of palms is very interesting, as are the collections of trees from different continets.
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