The Retreat National Park

Garden oasis

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Tucked into a residential neighborhood on the east end of Nassau, this 11-acre Bahamas National Trust property is known specifically for its more than 170 species of rare palms.

Trails take you past the structural ruins of a historic home and garden overgrown by lush vegetation. Columns, a pergola lawn, and statues provide scenic photo opportunities.

Warblers, bananaquits, vireos, doves and other small birds flit through the palms and native vegetation such as lignumvitae, red cedar and mahogany.

This is a lovely spot definitely worth seeking out to escape downtown bustle. It is the site of the Christmas Jollification festival in mid-November.

At A Glance

Village Rd.
(239) 393-1317
$2 adult donation

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