Jardín Botánico de la Universidad de Puerto Rico

Gardens in San Juan & Around

This 75-acre tract of greenery is a good urban respite. Hiking trails through cathedrals of bamboo lead to a lotus lagoon, an orchid garden with more than 30,000 flowers and a plantation of more than 120 species of palm. The air smells of heliconia blossoms, nutmeg and cinnamon trees. Pick up a free map at the small cafe and gift shop near the entrance.

The garden is a 1.5km walk south of the Tren Urbano Rio Piedras station.