Hope Gardens and Zoo
Popularly known as Hope Gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Zoo is laid out on 200 acres of land, and is 20 minutes from Strawberry Hill in the Liguanea Plains of St. Andrew, Kingston’s highest point. Founded in 1873 on land from one of the first British colonists, Major Richard Hope, the Gardens offer some of Jamaica’s loveliest varietals, including the cactus garden and the bougainvillea walk. Hope Gardens is the largest open green space within Kingston’s urban boundaries and is a popular excursion for families and sweethearts. Charming features include a lily pond and sunken gardens.