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Roatan island style website featuring articles and stories of adventures, yarns and photography, this is how we invite you to experience the island. Roatan readers grasp a sense of what it means to escape to pristine beaches, coral reefs and participate in the islands culture.

Roatan Historical Perspective Born

The idea is born... and that idea was to plan and develop an area that would showcase the natural beauty of Roatan.

The idea would be called "Carambola Botanical Gardens"

The first sign for Carambola Gardens around 1985

Added inspiration came in the early 80,s when Brady and his wife made several trips to The Lancetilla Botanical Gardens in Tela, on the north coast of Honduras.

This experimental garden had been established by The United Fruit Company in the 1920's and the man in charge was Wilson Popenoe. He traveled the world bringing back large quantities and varieties of tropical fruit trees. Lancetilla soon became a mecca for botanists from all over the world. Later Popenoe would help establish The World Renowned Agricultural School in Zamorrano, near Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. The accomplishments of Wilson Popenoe became an inspiration for Brady. Carambola Gardens would also be an Educational Center.

The property that had been designated for the garden was in Sandy Bay on the North West protected side of Roatan near Anthony's Key Resort. It covers more that 30 acres. The area could be considered a mini or micro Eco System within the context of the overall Eco System of Roatan and The Bay Islands in general. The hills and ridges that surround the garden area, form a valley, and they also provide protection from the South East Trade Winds and the storms that come from the North. With the Sandy Loam soil condition surrounding the creek area it became like a natural green house, providing a prefect tropical growing condition.

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