Caguas Botanical Gardens In Puerto Rico (2023) – All You Need To Know

The Caguas Botanical Gardens are among the most gorgeous gardens in Puerto Rico.

These gardens offer a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage, with various plants and trees.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a gardener looking for family-friendly activities to explore outside the San Juan area, these gardens have something for everyone to enjoy.

In this article, I will cover everything that you need to know about the Caguas Botanical Gardens in Puerto Rico:

What are the Caguas Botanical Gardens?
Where in Puerto Rico are the Caguas Botanical Gardens located?
What is the best way to get there?
When is the best time to visit?
Do you need to book in advance to visit Caguas Botanical Gardens?

 

What are the Caguas Botanical Gardens?

The Caguas Botanical Gardens are botanical and cultural gardens famously known for their rich history and natural beauty.

They cover 60 acres and are built on the grounds of what used to be a sugar mill!

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Caguas Botanical Gardens is a must see for anyone that loves botany and wants to learn about the plants native to Puerto Rico.

This park’s purpose is to educate and provide value to the visitors on tropical agriculture and Puerto Rican culture.

It offers many paths with gorgeous scenery, even a path that leads you to the remains of the sugar mill.

These gardens are full of all sorts of plants, including tropical and endemic plants. 

Not to mention the activities they offer, like riding on pedal boats in the lake for a few dollars and horseback riding for kids to enjoy for free. 

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Water lilies bloom in the water gardens, some ponds on site are large enough to rent a paddle boat to explore them from water.

This garden opened in April of 2007 and was renamed after the much-loved mayor of Caguas: William Miranda Marín Botanical & Cultural Garden.

The entrance fee is around $10 with discounted options for kids. 

Guided tours are available at an additional cost, and if you want an English-guided tour, you’ll need to call in advance. 

No outside foods or drinks are permitted inside the gardens. Luckily there are restaurants, food stands, and restrooms inside. 

Expect to spend at least 2 hours here. 

Below is a video of someone touring the Caguas Botanical Gardens:

While you are planning your visit, read our article 45 Best Things To Do In Puerto Rico, where the Caguas Botanical Gardens made the list.

 

Where in Puerto Rico are the Caguas Botanical Gardens located?

The gardens are located in Caguas, just 45 minutes south of San Juan.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Caguas Botanical Garden:

 

What is the best way to get there?

The best way to get to the Caguas Botanical Gardens is by rental car or Uber.

Drive south on Highway 18 when you leave San Juan, and you will see this sign for Highway 52. Take exit #18 for the Caguas Botanical Gardens.

When driving, you’ll want to take Route 18 south to Route 52 south from San Juan to Caguas. 

Get off at exit #18 towards Aguas Buenas. Once you get off the exit ramp, you’ll want to hop onto Road 196.

Drive straight ahead, and you’ll see the garden right in front of you. 

To learn more about getting around, read our article How To Rent A Car In Puerto Rico.

 

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit the Caguas Botanical Gardens is at the beginning of the day when they open.

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The perfectly manicured gardens are the perfect location for a photo shoot.

You can visit all year round as the weather in Puerto Rico is consistent. Better in the wintertime when the temperature drops a bit, and the weather is nice and cool. 

It’s best to visit during the week as it can get pretty busy over the weekend. 

For general information about when to visit the island, read our article about the Best Times To Visit Puerto Rico.

 

Do you need to book in advance to visit Caguas Botanical Gardens?

No reservation is needed to visit the Caguas Botanical Gardens.

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Plan your trip in advance to have the opportunity to experience one of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful gardens via guided tour.

If you’d like to book a guided tour, especially in English, you’ll need to book a reservation 24-48 hours in advance. 

You can call them at (787) 653-0470 or at [email protected]

For the most up to date information about opening hours, visit the garden’s Facebook page.

 

 

FAQ section

Are the Caguas Botanical Gardens worth visiting?

If you love nature and walks, Caguas Botanic Garden is worth visiting!

Is this a good activity for families with kids?

Visiting the Caguas Botanical Gardens is an excellent activity for families with kids. There’s lots to learn, beautiful scenery, and 60 acres of space to explore.

 

Final thoughts

For those who love nature, walks, and just being outdoors in general, you will want to visit Caguas Botanical Gardens.

It’s a family-friendly activity you can bring with your kids or partner, and it’s a perfect trip to explore outside the San Juan area.

Visiting during the weekday is best.

Check out our article on the 15 Best Outdoor Activities in Puerto Rico for more nature-related activities you can do while staying in Puerto Rico. 

Article by

Miguel Concepcion

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and have experienced every inch of this stunning island. Growing up in Puerto Rico has helped me truly learn about the rich culture and extensive history this island has to offer. I share my local knowledge in all of the articles that I write.

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