Jardin de Balata

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Swing From the Trees at Balata Botanical Garden
This three-hectare park holds 3,000 types of indigenous flora and fauna—including some 300 species of palm trees—just outside of Martinique’s capital. For nearly 30 years, horticultural enthusiasts have followed the multilingual markers through the Jean-Philippe Thoze–designed gardens, traversing rolling green fields and sultry ponds dappled with water lilies and lotus flowers. More adventurous botanists can experience a thrilling canopy ride, which sit approximately two stories above ground level and provides an aerial view of the landscape.

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