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Contact us at: 305-852-7200 or konakai@aol.com                                                                photos by Kona Kai guest Jen Grapentine


Welcome to the Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort


Welcome to The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort, an ethnobotanic teaching garden and one of only two frost-free tropical botanic gardens in the continental USA. Our Botanic Gardens are a unique addition to your Florida Keys vacation experience.

Visit our Gardens or better yet, vacation here: Uniquely, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort is, perhaps, the only botanic garden with a hotel incorporated into our gardens. Visitors are able to stay, enjoying our gardens day and night. If plants have not yet captured your attention, a vacation here at Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens just might tweak your perspective. “Nearly every organism on this planet depends on plants for their survival,” says ecologist Brad Cardinale. The idea for The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort was born with this understanding in mind and it is with this awareness that we invite you to grow your appreciation and understanding of the greenery all around you. 

Registered guests of the resort get to live with and in the gardens, day and night, during their entire stay. For the botanic garden enthusiast or tropical vacationer, this is a one-of-a-kind experience. Registered guests are invited to enjoy complimentary self-guided tours, at any time during their stay, using our smart device enabled signage.


Collection: With over 250 documented tropical species, The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort, overlooking Everglades National Park, is unique to South Florida. Most botanic gardens are tens or hundreds of acres and oftentimes prove to be quite overwhelming. That is one of the unique things about The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort: while our gardens are packed with many genera and species, they are quite compact and thus a great introduction to understanding the importance of the tropical plant universe.

Supporters: The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort was founded by the Resort's previous owners and is currently supported by Kona Kai Resort's new owners. We invite you to inquire about our gardens at this e-mail: konakai@aol.com.