One of the largest tropical gardens in the world, the Lancetilla Botanical Garden & Research Center was founded by the United Fruit Company in 1926 and is still an active center for scientific study today. The gardens are a delight to visit – a tropical wonderland of plant species from all corners of the globe. There are 636 species of Asiatic fruit trees, including many varieties of lycee, mango, durian, mangosteen and jackfruit. Trails are well marked.
Birdlife also thrives at Lancetilla – hundreds of species have been spotted. Each year on December 14 and 15 the Audubon Society conducts a 24-hour bird count; you can participate if you’re here then. Migratory species are present from November to February.