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Balata Gardens

Park and garden, Botanical gardens in Fort-de-France
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  • The Jardin de Balata, on the Route de la Trace in Martinique, is famous the world over!
    It invites you on a fascinating voyage of discovery into the world of tropical biodiversity.

    Balata is a remarkable garden! Designed by the late Jean-Philippe Thoze, this is an artist's garden... The minimum 1? hour visit is based around a Creole House.

  • The house :
    Set like a diamond, this magnificent traditional house, entirely decorated with period furniture and objects, will be the starting point for your visit

    A unique collection of tropical and world flora:
    Thanks to nature and its treasures, the Jardin de Balata is like a dream come true. Your eyes will be constantly adjusting to the palette of tropical colours. You'll wander through a magnificent and exceptional collection of tropical species: Anthuriums - Hibiscus - exotic Water...
    The house :
    Set like a diamond, this magnificent traditional house, entirely decorated with period furniture and objects, will be the starting point for your visit

    A unique collection of tropical and world flora:
    Thanks to nature and its treasures, the Jardin de Balata is like a dream come true. Your eyes will be constantly adjusting to the palette of tropical colours. You'll wander through a magnificent and exceptional collection of tropical species: Anthuriums - Hibiscus - exotic Water Lilies - Porcelain Roses - Heliconias - variegated Pandanus... or even Dracenia and Balisier... Palms and bamboo cathedrals soar skywards. The freshness of the ponds invites you to take a contemplative break. A magnificent cocktail in a setting worthy of the greatest landscape artists. From wild vegetation, the artist has imagined and created a heavenly place. Hundreds of tropical flowers and plants are listed in an itinerary that is both educational and rejuvenating...

    In the middle of the garden, there's a unique walk to the top of the Botanical Garden:
    During your visit, you'll be able to admire the garden from a height of 15 metres on totally secure suspended bridges and walkways. Discover the canopy at the top of the hundred-year-old mahoganies and enjoy a unique panorama of the garden, the bay of Fort de France and the Pitons du Carbet.




    Children's play area:
    For the little ones aged 3 to 8, a play area has been set up with tubular slides, wooden walkways and tree houses... to keep the children happy.

    A little history:
    It was in 1982, when Jean-Philippe Thoze, horticulturist, landscape gardener and artist at heart, returned to his childhood home in his grandparents' Creole house, that his passion for botany was born, a passion that would take him to the four corners of the world. At the time, Jean Philippe Thoze was a horticulturist running a landscaping business, using the derelict premises as storage for the plants he brought back from his many travels. The family decided to sell and Jean Philippe Thoze was naturally asked to clear the land. It was then that he rediscovered Balata and literally fell in love with it. He bought the property and, from what had been a savannah where nature had reclaimed its rights, he gradually created, like a painter, this garden which today is home to more than 3,000 species of tropical plants. This exceptional man left us on 23 November 2017. But his mark will remain indelible forever.

    Admission 2023
    Adult ticket: €16
    Child ticket: €11

    Two-site pass - adult: €31.50
    PASS for two children's sites (3 to 12 years): €21
    Last admission to the Jardin de Balata is at 4.30pm.

    When you visit, tell the hostess that you've come on our recommendation, share your visit with us and leave us a comment.
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French Creole
    • French
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  • Rates
  • Adult
    16 €
  • Child rate
    11 €
Openings
  • From January 1, 2024
    until December 31, 2024
  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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