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For Puerto Rico vacationers who are staying in San Juan, the Botanical Gardens give visitors a taste of the diverse tropical flora and fauna found on the island.
Sur carretera 1, interseccion 847, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Visitors staying in San Juan, but longing for a little Caribbean fauna and flora amidst the metropolitan hustle, will find relief at the University of Puerto Rico's Botanical Gardens. The new urban train stops directly at the gardens, which are close to the UPR campus and the Plaza del Mercado in Rio Piédras. Inside the gardens, stroll through flora and fauna unique to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as a bamboo canopy, orchid garden, and the breathtaking "Monet Pond." Pack a lunch and a book for a peaceful afternoon. Yoga devotees can attend Lollyanna's hatha yoga classes at the gardens, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 (beginner's), or Sundays at 10 (advanced), just $5.